It's hard for some to remember the days when big-box chain stores weren't the go-to destination for a lot of shoppers.
While the idea of mom-and-pop businesses may seem nostalgic, a north Houston lumberyard is fighting to survive by filling a niche that others can't.
McCauley Lumber has been open for business more than 50 years. While it caters to customers with specific projects, like custom builders and remodelers, it is also a helpful destination for do-it-yourselfers in need of a little advice.
Price competition from big-box stores, along with slower home-construction, has meant some lean times, but owners Curt and John McCauley say there was never a chance they'd shut the doors.
"Me and my brother don't know anything else but the lumber business," Curt says. "We have to make it. We struggled through the last two years ... I mean, by our teeth, we made it."
McCauley says the formula for their survival relies on personalized service along with stocking unique supplies that customers can't get elsewhere.