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Local Business Owners Talk Shop in Maple Grove | Donato’s Floral, LeVahn Bros. Plumbing, Juniper Clothing | Maple Grove Magazine


LeVahn Brothers Plumbing Donato's Floral and Juniper clothing Talking Shop

We all shop in Maple Grove, but what is it like on the other side of the counter? We talked with three Maple Grove business owners who, as it turns out, hold similar views on what it means to be entrepreneurial and to serve our community.

Local Business Owners Talk Shop in Maple Grove | Donato’s Floral | Maple Grove Magazine.

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LeVahn Brothers Hardware Celebrates 90 Years | community businesses | Maple Grove Magazine


LeVahn Brothers Plumbing's original plumbing license from 1923

LeVahn Brothers Plumbing’s original Plumbing license from 1923

The Maple Grove landmark turns 90 this month.

BY: HEBBA ABURIA

“Get in, get help, get it done,” is the door sign that greets you when you walk into LeVahn Brothers Hardware. But the friendliness doesn’t stop there: Once you step into the store, you’re greeted by a smile and a kind, “Hi, how can I help you?”

This family owned establishment was started by brothers Arthur, Ernie and Ed LeVahn in 1923. The business thrived there until 1994, when it moved from its original North Minneapolis location into Maple Grove. There store is owned by Loren LeVahn and managed by his son, Andrew LeVahn. The store is celebrating its 90th anniversary this month.

The Original LeVahn Brothers Plumbers

The original LeVahn Brothers Oscar, Ed, and my Great Grandfather Art

They rent and repair, size and cut, sharpen and test—but that isn’t all they do. Their extensive plumbing knowledge, combined with the vast amount of plumbing parts they stock, is but one reason that several stores, including Lowe’s, send their customers to them.

Another unique aspect of the business is their popular blog, which brings inquiries from all over the country. This-easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide is written from experience, and gives customers all kinds of informative tips and tricks. Andrew LeVahn says he tries to post about things that are relevant to the time of year, as well as issues he has heard customers discussing. The blog is filled with pictures, recommendations and product highlights.

What it comes down to, though, are the customers, the LeVahn’s say. “We have very, very regular customers,” says Andrew. When a customer walks in, they try to take them to the item they are looking for, instead of just directing them to an aisle. Andrew says they have customers who tell them, “‘I don’t know what I would if you guys ever went out of business.’” He says he usually replies in kind: “‘We don’t know what we would do if we went out of business.’”

Their attitude is to try to do as much as they can for the customer, he says. Their biggest strengths are their longevity, knowledge and professionalism, Andrew says. They try to be as honest and professional as possible—meaning they do jobs right the first time and don’t charge their customers just to charge them. If it’s not broken, they won’t fix it—and furthermore, if they can help you fix it yourself, they will try their best to do so.

1923 Plumbing registration card from the city of Minneapolis

1923 Plumbing registration card from the city of Minneapolis

“We do work from restaurants, industrial buildings, universities to fixing the faucet at the person’s house down the road,” says Andrew.  Some eclectic jobs have included some work at Prince’s house and servicing Eastcliff, the President of University of Minnesota’s home.

LeVahn Brothers Hardware Celebrates 90 Years | community businesses | Maple Grove Magazine.

LeVahn Brothers Plumbing and Hardware is located a 12700 Bass Lake Rd in Maple Grove, MN 55369

Find us on the web at www.levahnbros.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/levahnbrothers

Business Matters: Maple Grove company celebrates 90 years


The Original LeVahn Brothers Plumbers

The original LeVahn Brothers Oscar, Ed, and my Great Grandfather Art

LeVahn Bros. Plumbing and Hardware is a fixture in Maple Grove today. But you have to go back to 1923, when Warren G. Harding was president, to discover the origins of this local company that’s celebrating 90 years in business in February.

At their retail shop in Maple Grove, LeVahn Bros. is the kind of place where you come to get answers. A fourth-generation family owned business, the hardware store has an old-school feel with aisles of tools and parts and employees that can answer questions about that doodad that you need to fix a leak or to install something.

“We try to stress the service and the expertise that we’ve got,” said store manager Andy LeVahn. “People keep coming back because they know they can come in and get something and get out quickly and get the right thing the first time.”

Andy LeVahn is the fourth generation of LeVahn’s to run the business, but it was his great–grandfather, Art, and his two brothers who started LeVahn Bros. Plumbing in North Minneapolis back in 1923.

At the Maple Grove store, old black and white photographs adorn a wall depicting the early days of the business. Back then plumbers used a horse and buggy and later a Model T Ford to answer service calls, and a receipt from 1923 shows outfitting an entire house in Minneapolis with plumbing cost $68.14.

A Plumbing bill from 1923 or $68.23

A LeVahn Brothers Plumbing bill from 1923

Today, the prices and the modes of transportation have changed, but LeVahn Bros is still a plumbing business. Andy’s father, Loren LeVahn, the current business owner, added a hardware store to the business in 1994. The retail business brought the company to Maple Grove, and the plumbing/hardware store pairing has helped sustain the business.

“When the hardware store gets slow, the business in the plumbing seems to be a little bit better, so they can help each other out that way,” said Andy LeVahn.

It’s customers like Dennis Peterson of Maple Grove that help explain the company’s true longevity though. Peterson is one of many loyal customers who frequent the shop on a regular basis.

“I’m sure I come in here at least once a month for something,” said Peterson. “Some things I really need some help on, I come here cause they can help you more than the big stores can.”

LeVahn Brothers Plumbings retail Hardware Hank Store

Our retail Hardware Hank store located In the Bass Lake Shopping Center

The roots of good customer service go back 90 years for LeVahn Bros., and the younger generation believes that’s just as relevant today as in 1923.

“My great-grandfather started it in Minneapolis. They always try to put the customer first, and that’s what we try to do also,” said Andy LeVahn.

Alexandra Renslo reporting
arenslo@twelve.tv

Here’s a link to the video  from Channel 12 TV: Business Matters: Maple Grove company celebrates 90 years.

LeVahn Brothers Plumbing and Hardware is located at 12700  Bass Lake Rd in Maple Grove, MN 55369

Find us on the web at www.levahnbros.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/levahnbrothers 

Appliance Parts Now Available Through LeVahn Bros. INC


Order parts online

LeVahn Brothers Plumbing and Hardware in Maple Grove is proud to announce the availability of parts for appliance, home electronics, outdoor equipment, barbecue, and hearth parts. Contact us or go straight to the website by clicking this link: Partscription. We now have over 8 million parts available to us that cover hundreds of makes and models.

For more Information contact us at 763-553-1222

Stop in and see us at 12700 Bass Lake Road Maple Grove, Mn 55369

Find us on the web at levahnbros.com and at http://www.facebook.com/levahnbrothers

We have appliance parts available to us for the following manufacturers:

A Acros, Admiral, Alliance, Amana, Arkla, Avanti

B- Bertazzoni, Bissel, Bosch, Broan Nutone, Broil King

C Cadet, Caloric, Char-Broil, Comfort Aire, Conquest, Coolerator, Cornelious, Crosley, Crystal Tips

D Dacor, Dormont, Ducane, Dundas-Jafine, Dynasty

E Electrolux, Elenco, Embraco, Estate, Ez-Flo

F Fiesta, Fisher & Paykel, Fridiaire

G Gaffers & Sattler, Gaggenau, General, General Electric, Gibson, Glenwood, Grand, Greenwald Industries

H Haier, Hampton Bay, Hardwick, Holiday, Hoover, Hot Point, Huebsch

I International

J Jade, Jenn-Air, Jordan, Julien

K Kelvinator, Kenmore, Kirkland, KitchenAid, Koblenz

L

M Magic Chef, Maytag, Menu, Master, Modern, Maid, Monogram

N Napoleon, Norcold, NuTone

O OKeefe & Merritt

P Philco

Q

R Rainfresh, RCA, Revco, Robinair, Roper, Royal

S Samsung, Shepherd, Siemens, Speed Queen, Speedqueen, Sterling, Sub Zero, Sunbeam, Sunray

T Tappan, Thermador, Thermos

U Universal

V Vermont Casting, Vesta

W Waste King, Weber, Welbilt, West Bend, WhirlPool, White Westinghouse, Wilshire, Wolf

XYZ

We have home electronics parts available for the following manufactures:

A- ADC, Advent, Acer, Aiphone, AIM, Aiwa, Akai, Akro-Mils, Alpine, Altec Lansing, Ambico, Antenna Craft, APC, Apex Digital, Apple, Audiovox

B- B & K, Bazooka, Belden, Bogen, Bosch, Bose, Boston, Brady, Broksonic, Brother, Bussman, ButtKicker

C- Cambridge, Canare, Cannon, Casio, Channel Master, Chemtronics, Chipquick, Clarion, Compaq, Computer, Connex, Crescent Tools

D- Daewoo, Delkin, Devices, Dell, Denon Electronics, Discwasher, Duracell

E Eazypower, Eclipse tools, Edsyn, E-Machine, Emerson, energizer, Epson, Eveready

F- Fisher, Fluke, Fuji, Funai

G- GC, Gateway, General Electric, Goldstar

H- Hakko, Harman/Kardon, HiCapacity, Hisense, Hitachi, Howard Sams, Hewlett Packard

I- IBM, Ideal, Infinity, InFocus, Insignia

J- JBL, Jensen, JTT, JVC

K- Kenwood, Kester, Kings, Kodak, Konica, Minolta

L- LeadeKossr, Lexmark, LG, Linksys, Lufkin Tools, Luxo

M- Madison Cable, MagLite, Magnavox, Master, Maxent, Metro/DataVac, Middle Atlantic,  Miracle Remote, Monster Cable, Motorola, Mueller, Multicore

N- NEC, Neutrik, Nite-Ize, NTE

O- Okidata, Olympus, Onkyo, Orion

P- Paladin Tools, Pan, Pacific, Panasonic  Panavise, Panduit, Philip, Philmore, Pioneer, Platt Luggage, Polaroid, Products/Datatel  Progressive Electronics

Proscan, Protek, Proview, Polk Audio

Q- Quasar, Quest Technology

R- Radio Design Labs, Razor, RCA, Recoton, RTS

S- Samsung, Sanyo/Fisher, Sector, Sencore, Sennheiser, Sharp, Shure, SimpleTech, Sony Parts & Accessories, Sony Pro Audio, Sony Recording Media, Switchcraft

T- Tech Spray, Techwood, Technics, Telex, Test-Um Inc, Toshiba, Thomson Exact Semiconductors, Toshiba America Imaging Systems, TPI, Tripplite

U- Ungar

V- Velleman, VeriFone, VDC, Video Mount Products, ViewSonic, Viore, Vivitek, Vizio

W- Wavetek, Weller, Wiha, Winegard

XYZ-  XCelite, Yamaha, Zenith

We  have Lawn & Garden equipment parts available for the following manufacturers:

A- Agri-Fab, Aircap, Atlas,  AutoSock, AYP/EHP/Electrolux

B- Bobcat/Bunton/Ryan, Briggs & Stratton, Brown Manufacturing

C- Champion, Classen

D- Dana (Foote)

E- ESA, Engine Service Association, E3

F- 

G- Gardenway, General Power, Generac

H- Honda Engines, Husqvarna, Hydro Gear, Hy-Pro

I- 

J-

K- Kohler

L- Little Wonder

M- Mantis, Maruyama, McCulloch, MTD/Yardman, Murray

N- N2, NGK, Noma

O- Oregon, OEP Parts

P- Peerless, Poulan, Poulan, Pro

Q- 

R- Robin Subaru, Ryobi (IDC)

S- SnowSport, Stanley, Swisher

T- Tecumseh, Thermoid, Troy-Bilt

U- Walbro

V-

W- Weedeater, Windsor, Whit

XYZ-

Product Highlight: “Roofmelt” roof de-icing tablets


Roof Melt

The product highlight for the first week of February is “Roofmelt” roof de-icing tablets. This product is designed to help aid in the removal of ice dams that form on the eaves of your roof. It comes in a bucket that has approximately 60 tablets in it. You place the tablets about a foot or less apart along the backside of where the ice dam has formed. Down below is the instructions from the back of the bucket.

Roofmelt "how it works"

We have found the claim that you can “throw the tablets safely from the ground” is not the best way to do it. Unless you are a major league pitcher and can throw the tablets from the ground and have them land directly behind the ice dam with about a one foot spacing in between them, you are probably going to have to get on a ladder and place them on the roof.

The point of the roof melt is to HELP aid in the removal of the ice dam. It is not magic pixie dust that makes your ice dams disappear after one day. If used correctly it will help create a channel for the water to go and it will help loosen the ice that is already there. We’ve found that people expect instant results and that’s just not going to happen. It is a good product, that when used properly will help you get rid of your ice dams. Just don’t expect a miracle.

For more information on getting rid of ice dams check out these blogs:

Product Highlight: Roof de-icing cables

Get a roof rake to prevent an ice dam

Get your home ready for winter

How to prevent and get rid of ice dams on your roof

The product above can be found at LeVahn Brothers Hardware Hank

12700 Bass Lake Rd. Maple Grove Mn 55369

To contact us call 763-553-1222

Check us out on the web at levahnbros.com

Check us out on Facebook and “like” us

Product Highlight: The “Ultimate” Scraper ice and snow scraper


the "ultimate" scraper

The product highlight for the week of Dec 20th-26th is the “Ultimate” Scraper. The “ultimate” scraper is a fantastic tool for removing ice and compacted snow. It’s blade is made from a spring steel that you can really abuse without it breaking or bending. It’s meant to be used as a scraper and not a chopper for ice but I’ve used it as a chopper and it holds up. The blade is replaceable if it does break or wear out. It has a spot to push with your foot, which I thought was  nice feature. It can also be used for removing other things such as old carpet and carpet padding, mud and other compacted debris or for general clean up of work spaces such as barns, garages and work spaces. It works better than a classic ice scraper and if you ask me the less work the better when it comes to ice and snow removal.

the "Ultimate" scraper in action

For more ice and snow removal tips check out the blog ice removal for your driveway and sidewalk or the product highlight post incredible orange

For more info call us at 763-553-1222

Stop in and see us at 12700 Bass Lake Rd. Maple Grove, Mn 55369

Visit us on the web at levahnbros.com

Check us out on Facebook and “like” us

Product highlight: Incredible orange anti ice


Incredible Orange Ice and Snow Eliminator

Incredible orange is an anti-ice and snow product that is marketed as a pre-treatment for snow and ice. It’s the same product that is used by highway departments around the country. Use a pump sprayer to apply the liquid to outside surfaces that you don’t want ice or snow to build up on. We use it on the walkway in front of our store and have found that it works great for those irritating snow dustings that we get all winter long. Incredible orange also works to keep ice and snow from adhering to the surface of walk and driveways so that shoveling is easier later on. This product can be used to help melt ice that has already built up on outside surfaces but we find it works better as a pretreatment. For other ideas on how to remove ice and snow from your driveway check out this ice and snow removal post.

For more information call us at 763-553-1222

Stop in and see us at 12700 Bass Lake Rd. Maple Grove, Mn

Visit us on the web at levahnbros.com

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