Great discounts, free food, live music and a chance to celebrate its 60th Anniversary made Goodman Building Supply a heck of a lot more crowded than a typical Wednesday afternoon this week. The checkout lines and aisles of Mill Valley’s hardware store were packed Wednesday afternoon for a dedication of a plaque in honor of the late longtime owner Richard Harris, as well as the unveiling of a painting of Harris by his granddaughter Segall Govrin. 
“A store like this doesn’t stay around for 60 years by accident or luck,” Mill Valley Mayor Ken Wachtel said during the plaque ceremony. “It takes hard work, dedication and a commitment to great customer service. Goodman’s has all of that and more. I couldn’t be more proud to be here to recognize this great local business.”
Joined by her daughter Dove Govrin and son-in law Zviki Govrin, the store’s general manager, Harris’ widow Julie Harris was on hand for the dedication, saying, “This store was his true love. He knew the shelf and the price of every nail and every item in this store. Thank you all so much for being here – we’re excited that you could be a part of it.”
Goodman’s at 775 Redwood Hwy., the sister store to San Francisco’s original Goodman’s location that closed its doors in 2000, started as a partnership between Harris and the late Ed Goodman. Harris bought out Goodman’s share in 1998 and retired in 1999. Harris passed away in September 2014.
“When the late Richard Harris opened Goodman Building Supply in 1955, he knew from the very beginning the key to lasting success was quality customer service and happy employees,” Zviki Govrin said in a statement. “Since he retired, nothing has changed in the management’s philosophy.”

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