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K&B True Value’s Jared Littman Talks Hardware Business Trends At True Value Chicago Hardware Show (HBS Dealer)

K&B True Value Rolls Out Clean Energy Initiative (The Hardware Connection)
K&B True Value has become the first retail business in the city of Annapolis, Md., to become net-zero on electricity consumption. Owner Jared Littmann partnered with Solar Energy Services to install a 224-panel solar energy system that offsets 15 percent of the store’s annual electricity consumption.

K&B True Value, Evolve Direct Primary Care, and Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits Team Up for Our Schools
K&B True Value Cash for SchoolsMany years ago, Jared Littmann realized that to be a true neighborhood store, he needed to give back. And Cash For Schools was born. The concept was simple. When a customer makes a purchase, they can donate a small amount to a designated school, and K&B True Value Hardware would match it up to $5000. Since its inception in 2009,  K&B True Value Hardware, its customers, and its partners have donated more than $95,000 to our local schools.

Solar power gaining fans (Bay Weekly / Chesapeake Bay Media)

K&B True Value in Annapolis, MD, operates on 100 percent solar power.

Photo by Focus by Kenneth

Jared Littman, owner of K&B Hardware, is a lifelong environmentalist. He and his wife Marlene Niefeld purchased K&B True Value from her parents in 2008. In 2012, after installing their first solar panels, their electric bill dropped $6,000 annually. The new, larger system eliminates their electric bill completely, says Littman. “These (new) panels have already produced—in three months—double the amount of electricity that my home solar panel array has produced in two years,” he says.

K&B True Value and Solar Energy Systems partner for clean energy (Eye on Annapolis)

K&B True Value in Annapolis, MD, upgraded to 100 percent solar power in 2022.

Photo by Focus by Kenneth

K&B True Value of Annapolis and Solar Energy Services of Millersville has commissioned what they believe is the first retail business in the City of Annapolis to become net-zero on electricity consumption. The 224-panel solar energy system, designed and installed by Solar Energy Services, Inc, will replace a 2012 installation that offset about 15% of the hardware store’s annual electricity consumption. Deciding to purchase this new system was a relatively easy decision for Jared Littmann, the owner of K&B True Value on Forest Drive in Annapolis.

Local Business Spotlight: SOFO (Eye on Annapolis podcast)
K&B True Value in Annapolis, MD, is part of the SOFO (SO FOrest Drive) Business AssociationBack in 2013, a group of business owners got together and hatched a plan to work together to develop a business association for a section of Annapolis that was largely forgotten or passed by. From that meeting, SOuth of FOrest Drive was born! Now almost a decade later, they are stronger than ever and the organization along with their members have really become part of the community. Today we talk with three members of SOFO–Jennifer Balducci (President, and co-owner of One. Physical Therapy & Wellness), Jared Littmann (owner of K&B True Value Hardware), and Faye Currie (Branch Manager of Arundel Federal Savings Bank) to find out what SOFO and their businesses have been up to and what lies ahead.

Gardening for health (Bay Weekly / Chesapeake Bay Media)
Infographic of garden composting bin with scraps.You can enrich your soil, reduce the amount of fertilizer you need to add to your garden and reduce what goes into the landfills by composting your organic waste. If you are interested in buying ready-made compost and supporting an important regional nonprofit, Annapolis Green has announced its spring “secret sauce” compost sale, March 11-13. Buy it in 15-pound bags at K&B rue Value on Forest Drive in Annapolis for $10.

Best of Anne Arundel County 2022 (Capital Gazette)
Residents’ favorite people, places, and organizations, including K&B True Value as Best Hardware Store.

Maryland statewide plastic bag ban looks for support on Bay (Chesapeake Bay Magazine)

Discarded plastic bag.

Photo: Will Parsons / Chesapeake Bay Program

Jared Littmann, owner of K&B True Value in Annapolis and a member of Annapolis Green—a local nonprofit advocating for a healthy community and planet—made the switch from plastic bags to paper in early 2020.  “The response from our customers was very positive,” Littman says. “No complaints, if we used paper bags with handles, which are much more expensive than bags without handles. The paper bags without handles weren’t as popular.”

K&B True Value leads donation of $30,000 to 15 Annapolis area schools (Capital Gazette)
K&B True Value in Annapolis has awarded $30,000 to 15 Annapolis-area schools, compiling donations from customers and then matches them with the help of two other businesses. The hardware store on Forest Drive collected 3,114 donations totaling $15,515 from customers. Its annual fund drive usually matched the amount, but when owner Jared Littman saw the early results, he reached out to two other businesses.

30 amazing local gifts for everyone on your list (Eye on Annapolis)
K&B True Value is among many favorite local businesses for holiday shopping ideas.When you shop local, more money stays in our local economy; but more importantly, shopping local allows our locally-owned stores to remain viable in order to hire local employees. See how that works? With that said, here is a gift list for everyone on your holiday list. All local.

True Value celebrates ‘Best Hardware Stores in Town’ (Hardware + Building Supply Dealer)
From Annapolis to Zionsville, 13 True Value dealers were honored with a “Best Hardware Store in Town” award from the Chicago-based hardlines wholesaler True Value Company. The winning retailers, selected from more than 4,500 stores, were recognized at an awards ceremony during the company’s Spring Reunion buying show in Dallas, Texas. The stores go through a series of selection processes and then the top candidates are narrowed down by the regional managers. Mystery shoppers then visit each selected store to gain a customer’s perspective. True Value evaluates each finalist based on physical appearance, product selection, competitive pricing, promotional sales and customer service.

“Green” hardware store K&B True Value once again marks Earth Day (Sierra Club – Maryland Chapter)
Long-time Sierra Club supporter and “green” hardware store K&B True Value, on Forest Drive in Annapolis, will once again mark Earth Day with special events, giveaways and sales. The store, which just celebrated their fortieth anniversary in April, has long championed environmentally-sustainable items to reduce the carbon footprint of its own operations and its customers. Products such as organic gardening and cleaning solutions, beneficial insects packages, and lawn fertilizers that are bay-friendly are prominently featured throughout the store.