Sources of pride in Star Supply’s 50-year history
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Sources of pride in Star Supply’s 50-year history

IS IT A HARDWARE store? a HOME CENTER? NO ONE KNOWS YOUNGSTOWN In Star Supply Bargain Outlet owner Richard Rosenthal’s office, a collection of photographs of Mahoning Avenue in the early 1970s hangs on a wall above his desk. The images show what the corridor looked like when Rosenthal moved his business to its current location at 875 Mahoning Ave. At that time, the buildings were unused and unloved, fading into disrepair. One of Rosenthal’s greatest sources of pride in Star Supply’s 50-year history is transforming those properties into useful spaces. Today, they are enlivened by Star Supply’s signature bright-yellow color, the eclectic mix of goods the store sells and projects such as Rosenthal’s display of eye-catching art. This year marks 50 years since Rosenthal opened his business, originally at another location on Mahoning Avenue. He came to Youngstown in 1968, married, with three young children, to make a living for his family. Rosenthal had worked at his father’s business, but a dispute caused him to leave the family business (he and his father later made up). “I was young, inexperienced and poor,” Rosenthal said. “I had been working with my father in New Castle [Pa.] in a business […]

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