The Frager's: 

Fritz "Frank" Frager immigrated from Russia around 1902 after traveling across Europe, where he became skilled in many languages, which helped him to be successful in business. After he was laid off from the Navy Yard, where he worked as a cabient maker, he decided to open his own business. With only $5,000 in borrowed money, he was able to open a hardware store 11 blocks from the United States Capitol in 1920, where it still stands today.

The family lived above the store, as was common in those days.  The business was became so successful that they were able to expand the store during the Great Depression. After Frank died of a heart attack in front of the building, his sons, George & Jules, who worked in the store since childhood, ran the operation for many years. They eventually grew tired of the daily grind and decided to put the store up for sale in 1969. However, it wasn't until 1975 that the operation would change hands. 

Ed & John:

Being the only two gents who weren't from the Richmond area in their Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity at the University of Virginia, the outsiders immediately formed a lasting connection. They roomed together during college, then went off to serve after graduation. John joined the Coast Guard and Ed volunteered in the Navy, and they both did tours in Vietnam.

When they reconnected again at George Washington University getting their Masters, Ed in Engineering Administration and John in Business, they decided to go into business together. Their search to find an operation to run lasted over a year, but in 1975, they came back around to the first store they visited, Frager's Hardware, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Today, the business has grown to include a robust garden center, a rental store and a paint shop. As the neighborhood has prospered over the years, so has Frager's, while retaining that old-fashioned hardware store charm.  Although the current owners do not live above the store, they live on Capitol Hill and normally walk or bike to work.







Frager's Hardware Store
1323 E St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
202.543.6157
[email protected]




Frager's Paint Store
1323 E St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
202.543.6157
[email protected]




Frager's Just Ask Rental
1317 E St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
202.543.0100
[email protected]




Frager's Garden Center
1317 E St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
202.543.6157
[email protected]

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