TIOGA, PA. — About 48 years ago, Paul Hall started from the ground and worked up to build a business that is not only prosperous today, but stands out as having the largest selections of fire-resistant wear and Carhartts, including women’s and children’s, in the area. 
It started when Hall purchased an old, closed-down gas station along Route 287 in Tioga. There, he started a mobile home business, setting up and selling homes. He did some repairs and eventually became a hardware store.
Today, Halls Homes and Lumber Inc. is owned by Paul Hall and his daughter, Paula Hall Jones. They are still located along Route 287 at the junction of Route 328 in Tioga.
Hall’s is made up of several departments. “Hal-As Equipment” handles the rentals and sales of large excavating equipment. They also do excavating work, including gravel and mulch.
The Halls, a family involved with horses and rodeo events, naturally added “Hall’s Cowboy Closet,” which delved into western wear. The Cowboy Closet expanded to more rugged work wear a few years ago when the first gas drillers came in looking for fire-resistant clothing. They started with basic coveralls, expanding to carry much more.
“We have the largest selection of fire-resistant clothing in the area,” said Rose Liquori, Hall’s manager. Liquori went on to explain that in addition to the large selection of Carhartts, they carry “anything that the gas well guys need to dress.” They carry different types of steel-toed boots, and they stock heavy-duty Wigwam socks that are made in the USA. If they don’t have it in stock, and it’s in their capability to get it, they will. 
In keeping with the gas industry needs, they carry a large selection of hard hats — and not just white and yellow ones. They have camper supplies, understanding the needs of workers who are staying in temporary campers in the area. They also fill propane in large quantities.
Hall’s has always been known in the area for its general hardware items. But since the gas industry has come into the area, it also carries some items that aren’t the standard size, such as pipe fittings.
Its western wear section includes crafts and gift items, including the largest selection of Montana Silversmith jewelry in the area.
Pet owners can find pet supplies and horse-related products.
“We have everything you need to ride, except the saddles,” Liquori said, adding that they can order saddles for customers.
Hall’s doesn’t sell stoves, but it does carry the wood pellets. It sells dual-fuel fireplaces as well — either gas, propane or electric.
Liquori started working for Hall’s in 2000 when Jennifer Hall, Paula’s sister, went off to college, creating a need for someone to handle the western wear. Liquori brought years of extensive retail management experience with her, and she’s been at Hall’s ever since.
“I happened to come in at the right time and place,” said Liquori, who started as the western wear manager.
According to Liquori, Hall’s Home and Lumber has seen an increase in its business since the gas drilling started in the area. They have grown so much that they have hired someone to do outside sales, as a sales representative for the company.
They have also hired someone to do the embroidery on-site, finding that it works more efficiently and timely, rather than sending the work out. They embroider company logos, as well as individual names, on shirts, hats, coats and blankets. Hall’s can do the embroidery on just about anything a customer wants, including dog collars and leashes. They even have fire-resistant thread to do the embroidering on fire-resistant clothing.
Mike Barton, Hall’s industrial commercial sales representative, has found that since the gas drilling has started in the area, he has noticed an increase in their special order sales. He noted that he has seen an increase in sales overall, in all areas of their business, including home building, relating it to the “ripple effect” that gas drilling brings into an area. It isn’t just gas-related products that are on the increase. It’s everyday things too.
“It’s business as normal for us, whether you are our gas industry customer or our everyday customer,” Barton said. “Special orders are done for everyone. You get the same friendly, courteous service no matter who you are.”
Customers who go to Hall’s truly get a hands-on experience there; it helps customers know they have received the very best customer service. It’s much more personable.
Barton, like all of Hall’s employees, tries to create lifelong customers with their good service.
“We look at all of our customers as equally important,” Liquori said. “From the person who buys one screw, to those who purchase a complete house.”