Now that Frager's Hardware has gotten over the initial trauma of the fire that devastated its storefront on Pennsylvania Avenue and has temporarily relocated to Eastern Market, we can turn our attention to the question on everyone's mind: Where can you buy an iconic blue and orange Frager's T-shirt?
"Our first priority was to get the plants down, to take care of them," said Rob Larsen, a Frager's employee. "We're going to get back some sense of normal, at least as far as the garden, as soon as possible," he added as people shopped for nursery items on Tuesday morning in Frager's new spot. The new digs are at the same place used to temporarily house Eastern Market in between its own fire in April 2007 and when it reopened a little more than two years later.
A customer asked as he was buying plants if there were T-shirts available for purchase.
"We should have T-shirts by the weekend," said another Frager's employee, Ricky Silverstein. He said that virtually the entire stock of shirts went up in the fire and the store's current order was so big that their vendor had to contract out to complete it. "Even the staff needs new T-shirts," Silverstein added, pointing out the worn garb of a colleague, Andrew "Air Force One" Melendy.
Melendy said he was proud of the shirt he was wearing, complete with sweat stains and faded glory but said it was time for a new one, pointing to a product depicted on the shirt that the store doesn't stock any longer. "I mean, we don't even sell Sakrete anymore," he said.