Chase-Pitkin, which was a companion store to Wegmans, was a local chain of hardware stores. It maintained a "neighborhood" feel despite being associated with such a large chain.
The company's roots began with the Chase Brothers Nursery, which was founded in 1857 by brothers Ethan, Lewis, and Martin Chase. William Pitkin, who married Lewis Chase's daughter, joined the Chase brothers in their company. Pitkin served as mayor of Rochester from 1845 to 1846, and was a descendant (by another marriage) of Nathaniel Rochester.1,2