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Daughters keep father's tradition going with broom event at Mitchell Hardware

The broom event will run until Saturday with all proceeds going to the Lions Club, which uses it to help people who are blind or visually impaired. (Greg Payne, NewsChannel 12 photo)

He may be gone but his work continues.

Greg Smith, the owner of Mitchell Hardware in New Bern and a major staple in the Craven County community, died more than two months ago. His daughters have taken over operations of the downtown business and are asking for the public's help with a project near and dear to their father's heart.

"It's easy to talk to customers," said Lindsay Sims, co-owner of Mitchell Hardware. "It's easy to work here. It's not sad. I think it's exciting because every memory is a happy memory."

From the moment you open the front door of Mitchell Hardware in New Bern, you sense Smith's presence.

"It's wonderful, I can see his smile in them."

Both of Smith's daughters say they strive to bring the same great service their father did.

"The hardest part is just learning everything all at once and being able to provide the same type of service that was expected from him and giving everyone that same experience," Sims said.

Which includes maintaining traditions like the annual Lions Club broom sale, an event Smith started.

"Greg would come out and be with everybody shaking hands and laughing carrying on and having a good time," said Carlton Metts, Twin Rivers Lions Club member said.

Sims and her sister, Winnie, say thanks to the community for their support. It has helped made the adjustment since Smith's death that much easier.

"We've had a lot of support from our local customers and visitors," Sims said. "They still come in expecting the same welcome and we've been really happy."

The broom event will run until Saturday with all proceeds going to the Lions Club, which uses it to help people who are blind or visually impaired.

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