One of my favorite BURO businesses for over 50 years has been Home Lumber Company located across the street from Allandale Shopping Center. It has been owned by Frank Bomar and his family since the 40’s, I think. It has to be one of the oldest businesses on Burnet Road.
This is an old fashioned business. If you like cooky cutter hardware/lumber stores with no personality, Home Lumber is not your place. When you walk in the door you can feel the nostalgia. If you think this must be what a store looked like 50 years ago, you are right. Believe me Frank’s place hasn’t changed. There are no computers and modern cash registers. Frank still writes up my ticket in long hand and mails me a bill at the end of the month.
Frank was a friend of my dad and I tagged along with him many times to buy lumber and other supplies. They were both children of the depression and both could be cranky. My dad would ask how much something costs, then always gripe about the price. Dad would pick out lumber in the yard out back like he was searching through diamonds. And Frank would complain that he didn’t have time to wait around for him to find the perfect board because he had a business to run. It was all good natured fun and Dad always found what he needed.
I recently added on to my backyard deck and I purchased the lumber from Frank. Ken delivered it to my house at no charge just like he had countless times before for my dad.
If you need a specialty item for an old house you are restoring or live in, stop by Home Lumber. If Frank doesn’t have it in the back he will call around to his suppliers and find it.
There aren’t many mom and pop stores left and sadly Home Lumber won’t be around forever so stop by the next time you have a do-it-yourself project and you need lumber and nails. You can probably pick out your own lumber just like my dad.
Home Lumber Company
5705 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78756