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Freshly Cut Christmas Trees

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Many of our longtime Cole Street shoppers fondly recall Dave Karp delivering their first Christmas tree when they moved to the Cole Valley neighborhood. Keeping with tradition, all of our stores will once again stock freshly cut Christmas trees in a variety of sizes. All COLE HARDWARE locations also have tree stands, lights, ornaments, and more—everything you need to create a festive holiday tree! We’re happy to bring the tree to your home in San Francisco and the Rockridge neighborhood for a $20 delivery fee. Just make arrangements for delivery at the time of purchase. While we will try our best to deliver your tree exactly when you request, please allow for a two-hour delivery window.

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Holiday Hounds: Pooch Pictures with Santa

Sunday, December 3 2:00 pm–6:00 pm 5533 College Avenue, Rockridge $10, with Proceeds Going to the Milo Foundation
Most folks would agree that their dogs are part of the family! Bring your canine kids to our Rockridge store on Sunday, December 3, to have their photo taken with Santa Claus. The proceeds will support all of the great work that the Milo Foundation does, and you’ll receive a 5″ x 7″ photo keepsake. The Milo Foundation is a nonprofit rescue and adoption center for domestic animals, and it’s where our Rockridge store manager, Tessa, found her newest canine companion. Please register for photos at so that we have an idea of how many dog treats to have on hand!

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Bag Sale

bagsaleKick-start your holiday shopping, stock up on supplies, or get everything you need to tackle that home improvement project before the holidays creep up on us! Whatever fits (or not) in our sturdy, reusable shopping bag will be 20% off. This includes nearly every regular-price item in our stores, with just a few exclusions (see stores for details). And you keep the COLE HARDWARE reusable bag, too.  Enjoy a 20% savings on knives sharpened that day at our Cole Valley and North Beach stores, too, courtesy of our friendly knife sharpener, Matt.

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Food Drive for Seniors

Friday, November 17–Monday, November 20fooddrive

The Bay Area is home to some of the wealthiest people on earth but also to thousands of seniors whose income level falls below the federal poverty line. These seniors live with the daily threat of hunger. Being food-insecure can worsen chronic health problems that can in turn lead to hospitalization. Food is a basic human need, and without an adequate diet, people cannot fight off disease and infection. Low-income seniors must often choose between purchasing food and buying medicine. We will be hosting a food drive to benefit two wonderful organizations whose mission is to help feed our elderly neighbors: Groceries for Seniors in San Francisco and St. Paul’s Pantry of Hope in Oakland. Please bring in any nonperishable foods during our drive if you can. Besides canned foods, we also welcome boxed foods, past as, and cereals.

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This Holiday Season, If You Click, Click Locally

Click with thriving Bay Area retailers. Click by exploring both new stores and old favorites. If you don’t have time to explore the stores in person, then click online with your favorite local retailer. That way, your hard-earned dollars stay in the community. Thanks to the research done by our friends at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), we can share with you the facts and figures that show the value of shopping locally. Bay Area residents treasure the vibrancy of their neighborhoods, and most of us totally get the benefits of shopping locally. Whether you shop in person or online, check out local businesses like these during the holidays:
Are there books on your shopping list? The independent bookstores in the Bay Area are thriving! Immerse yourself at Green Apple Books
(, Books Inc. (, The Booksmith(, Russian Hill Bookstore (, Pegasus Books (, or East Bay Booksellers ( . . . I wish I could name them all. Each is a joy to browse, and most have a vibrant online presence.

Want some local art, jewelry, home décor, or unique clothing? All made by local artists? Check out Secession Art and Design ( on Mission Street.

Athletic and outdoor stuff on your shopping list?Sports Basement ( is your destination. Shopping their stores is an adventure. Ditto their online shop.

And if you want to send flowers or are into the online meals craze, be sure to check out Hoogasian Flowers ( and Luke’s Local (

Are you a foodie or shopping for one? You are going to love Market Hall’s website almost as much as their two East Bay stores

Finally, don’t forget us, your friends at We’re here to fulfill your COLE HARDWARE. orders!We’re in the “stuff” business, and our stores are overflowing with everything from plants to Vitamix blenders to Riedel glassware, toys, heaters, and gobs more. And you can shop with us online 24/7 at or on Google Express, too. These are but a few examples of unique, great retail stores in our area that fulfill online orders. There are plenty more. Let us know some of your favorites, and we’ll give them a shout out, too. So, here are some facts from ILSR regarding the benefits of shopping locally versus shopping at Amazon:

Jobs. Amazon creates fewer than half the number of jobs as local businesses do. For every $10 million in sales, Amazon employs just 19supportlocal people. In contrast, independent retailers create 47 jobs for that same $10 million.

Taxes. Yes, Amazon is finally collecting sales tax in California. But in addition to sales taxes, local businesses pay property taxes and other local fees for storefront locations, which is money that recirculates in our local economy and contributes to our collective well-being.

Local Economy. Remember, every dime you spend with Amazon benefits their shareholders and Seattle where they are headquartered. That’s cool perhaps if

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Ladies’ Night & Mixer – Wednesday October 4, 4 pm–8 pm

Ladies’ Night returns to all Cole Hardware locations on Wednesday, October 4. We’ve put together a fun evening of activities and raffle prizes for all to enjoy. The great news is that you don’t even need to be a “lady” to attend—all are welcome: men, women, the young, and the young at heart! Please join us for an exciting evening and bring the family. Enjoy $10 off a $20 purchase, and a $10 purchase gets you a free gift!

See page 2 for event details!

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Cole Hardware North Beach, Russian Hill, and SoMa Stores Are UPS Access Points™

Being at home for package deliveries isn’t always convenient when you’ve got places to be. Shipping your online purchases to your workplace or office can be awkward if a coworker mistakenly opens a package. That’s why Cole Hardware ’s North Beach, Russian Hill, and SoMa locations are now part of the UPS Access Point network that offers you a safe place to pick up your shipments—at your convenience. Redirect your packages to Cole Hardware before UPS makes a first delivery attempt to your home with a UPS My Choice® membership. You can even choose a default location to send your packages for free. If you are not home when UPS attempts to deliver your package, they will drop off your package with us for you to pick up. This way, it’s not sitting on your doorstep for anyone to nab. Just bring identification with you when you come to retrieve your delivery. Shopping for shoes and clothes online can often result in the need to return merchandise if it doesn’t fit, or the quality isn’t what you want. You can now drop off your return packages with us too! Just make sure it has a UPS return label. No need to find a UPS store. And with our everyday hours of 8:00 am–8:00 pm at North Beach and Russian Hill, and 8:00 am–7:00 pm at SoMa, you can pick up or drop off a package on your time frame. With the holidays soon to be upon us, UPS My Choice allows you to print labels and then drop packages off with us to ship your cookies and gifts to family and friends across the country. We’re working to get our other locations up and running as UPS Access Points, too!

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Aarke: Home Carbonation Refined


I love it. Well, I love making my own sparkling water, and my SodaStream machine has been a workhorse and very functional. But then something shiny and new caught my eye! Recently, I came across the Aarke, which means “everyday” in an obscure Swedish dialect. When I saw the Aarke in a trade publication, I was immediately intrigued. Its creator clearly set out to make a beautiful and functional appliance. Success. The Aarke is a sleek, stainless steel soda maker. Its visual footprint on your counter is compact, and it is 100% compatible with your existing SodaStream 60-liter cartridge and bottles, too. The lever carbonates and releases pressure nearly simultaneously, and it’s pretty darn quiet, too. Designed from the inside out, this Swedish marvel will look great in your kitchen.
Want to upgrade your plastic soda maker to this beautifully designed Aarke? Come on in and take a look. (Aarke: Sku 606700, $199.99; CO2 Cylinder: Sku 6275929, $29.99) —Rick

Upgrade to an Aarke, and we’ll include your first cylinder exchange free when your carbonator is spent—a $16.99 value.

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Meet the Bugs!

girlbugsgirlRockridge Store 5533 College Avenue Saturday, September 16 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
Russian Hill Store 2254 Polk Street Saturday, September 23 1:00 pm–3:00 pm is committed to inspiring participation and awareness in the preservation of fragile ecosystems by providing opportunities for direct personal action to save the diversity of life on earth. Their popular Insect Discovery Lab will be visiting our Rockridge store on Saturday, September 16, and our Russian Hill store on Saturday, September 23. You can help, too. Shop at our stores during the insects’ visit and use the coupon below. You’ll save 10%, will receive 10% of all purchases made by shoppers using the coupon, and your children (or you!) can meet the bugs from the Insect Discovery Lab that will be making an appearance. Explore the fantastic lives of beetles, millipedes, tarantulas, walking sticks, whip scorpions, and more with this hands-on event! Introduce your children to the extraordinarily diverse world of insects and other arthropods.

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Benjamin Moore®: Paint Like No Other®

In the Bay Area, we enjoy our most pleasant weather in September. A great time to enjoy the bounty of outdoor activities, but it’s also a great time to take on a weekend painting project before the chaos of winter holidays sets in! Painting a room is an easy, inexpensive upgrade that do-it-yourselfers can take upon themselves and accomplish in a day or two. All COLE HARDWARE stores offer the full line of premier Benjamin Moore paints: Aura, Regal, Natura, and
ben along with a complete assortment of accessories, including paintbrushes, rollers, sprayers, and wood refinishing products. Let our paint professionals help you select the right paint, sheen, and color for your home-improvement project.
Aura® Interior Paint
With its exclusive Color Lock technology, Aura delivers the ultimate performance for brilliant, rich, and everlasting color. Ideal for a master bedroom or living room.


Natura® Interior Paint
The most earth-friendly paint in the Benjamin Moore family, Natura is now certified asthma and allergy friendly and has zero VOCs and zero emissions (measured at four hours after application). Perfect for a nursery, child’s room, or small space such as a bathroom.

Regal® Select Interior Paint
Regal Select Interior has been a trusted brand for more than 50 years and is formulated for easy cleaning in a wide variety of sheens. Use in high-traffic rooms (kitchens, dining rooms) and high-traffic hallways.

ben® Interior Paint
Ben Interior is user-friendly paint for flawless results and puts premium color within reach of any budget. Ideally suited for renters. We do have to warn you! You may be overwhelmed by the more than 3,000 Benjamin Moore paint colors available. But don’t forget that paint isn’t permanent—it’s simple to paint over any color experiments gone bad. So don’t be afraid to try a new color. We also have a handy-dandy painting checklist, which assures you have everything you need for your project in one trip. And if you’re on Muni or BART, we’ll happily deliver your paint, even on the same day as your visit if possible!


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