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Coins for the Community Tops $60,000!

Coins for the Community Jar

Coins for the Community JarOur August collection of $725.17 benefitted our friends at ArtSeed, whose goal is to bring a lifelong love for creativity, knowledge, and generosity into the lives of young people. That puts our grand total since our spare change collection’s inception at $60,489.12! All thanks to the generosity of our loyal shoppers.

For September, our spare change collection was earmarked to assist Lyon-Martin Health Services, which provides excellent health care to women, lesbians, and transgender people. We’ll report on those numbers next month.

Our October collection will go to Dress for Success and Wardrobe for Opportunity, two organizations whose missions are to provide professional attire and support to disadvantaged women. In addition, we will have a clothing drive during our Ladies’ Night. Click here for further information.

It’s easy to donate to Coins for the Community! Simply drop your spare change in any of our collection jars or choose the “donate” option when you’re checking out at any of our registers. Or bring in that old jar of pennies that’s collecting dust on your dresser.

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Emergency Preparations: Lighting

Emergency Preparedness: Lighting

Emergency Preparedness: LightingThe recent devastating earthquake in Italy and 27th anniversary of the October 17 Loma Prieta earthquake are both reminders to make sure your emergency kits are up to date. One thing of importance is to have backup lighting sources available. We can experience power outages during even mild rainstorms, and a major earthquake could leave us without electricity for days at a time.

With the many options of lanterns, flashlights, and headlamps available these days, there is no reason for candles, which can be dangerous. Review your home and work emergency kits and update if necessary.

Personal Flashlights: A ll f amily m embers and coworkers should have easy access to a flashlight, which should be checked regularly. I recommend Fenix® P D35, w hich p roduces a brilliant beam of light. With a maximum output of 960 lumens, this light is brighter than many search-and-rescue flashlights on the market while remaining a fraction of the size and the cost. Powering this incredible technology is either two lithium CR123 batteries, or a single, rechargeable Li-Ion 18650 cell. (Sku 300396, $79.99) Powered by two AA batteries, the Mini Maglite® LED is very compact for a purse, backpack, or desk drawer. Maglite is known for its quality and durability. (Sku 34090, $14.99)

Area Lighting: Dedicated area-type lanterns like the Rayovac® Sportsman 9-watt lantern can be set on a high shelf and illuminate a large space. This will allow you to perform tasks or play a board game with the family while the power is out. (Sku 3165784, $34.99)

Headlamps: A wellfitting headlamp makes it a lot easier to read, cook, or perform any task because your hands are free. The Energizer® LED Headlight offers various settings and a pivoting light. (Sku 3529773, $19.99)

Should you have any questions on lighting or emergency preparations, please feel free to reach me at or by calling the Cole Street store at 415/319-6705.

—Glen, Cole Street Safety Coordinator

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Rockridge Out & About

Rockridge Out & About

Sunday, October 9
12:00 pm–6:00 pm

Rockridge Out & About

Join Cole Hardware at the 10th annual Rockridge Out & About festival along vivacious College Avenue. Visit our Pumpkin Patch. Kids are welcome to get creative and adorn a pumpkin (while pumpkins last). Parents can purchase and enjoy a seasonal brew and keep our signature pint beer glass.

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Polk Street Pumpkin Festival

Polk Street Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, October 29
3:00pm – 5:00 pm
Costume Parade for Kids & Pets!
Pumpkin Decorating! Games! Prizes!

Parade Meeting Spot: FLIPP 1400 Green Street @ Polk Street 3:00 pm

Parade ends at Glammic (1488 Vallejo Street) for pumpkin decorating and games. Meet us at the beginning of the parade or join us anywhere along the route! Free to kids of all ages and all pets!

To register and see a map of the parade route & spooky participating merchants, go to or call 415/674-8913 ext. 4.

Polk Street Pumpkin Festival

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Ladies’ Night & Mixer

Ladies' Night & Mixer

Thursday, October 13
4PM -8PM

Ladies' Night & Mixer

Ladies’ Night returns to all Cole Hardware locations on October 13. 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 the exciting evening and bring the family! Receive a special-edition 5-gallon pink bucket with any $10 purchase!

Bonus Ladies' Night Coupon - $10 OFF Any $20+ Purchase During Ladies' Night

Meet and Greet!

Stephanie: Espoma® Cole Street Store
Espoma offers the highest quality, most effective natural and organic products for the lawn and garden. Stephanie will be on hand to answer all of your plant questions.

Colum: Malibu Compost Rockridge Store
Malibu Compost products are hand-crafted, using only fully finished compost that is made according to traditional biodynamic practices. Colum will be on hand to answer composting questions and serving Frey Vineyards biodynamic-certified wine, highlighting terroir as part of its soil story.

Hands On!

We will be conducting these demonstrations during Ladies’ Night:

Planter from Salvaged Items
Almost any old item can be transformed into a fun planter! Bring in a small salvaged item, suitable to hold dirt, and we’ll help you create a fun planter. We’ll supply the soil and three succulents—you just need to br ing you r treasured vessel.

This revolutionary appliance has changed the soda game. Make sparkling beverages in a matter of seconds. See how easy it really is to make soda and sparkling water. Buy any SodaStream starter kit and receive a free flavor— up to a $8.99 value.

Christophe Pourny Furniture Tonic
Come see how this tonic restores the luster and shine to wood that time and sun can diminish. (Sku 102103, $17.99) Bring in a small wooden item that needs some love, and we’ll treat it with the tonic free!

Block Oil®
Bring in your favorite wooden or bamboo cutting board for a free Block Oil treatment that will penetrate, condition, and seal the surface, protecting it from cracking, drying, and absorbing food odors. (Sku 102004, $7.99)


  • Appetizers
  • Cole Hardware Cutting Edge wine
  • Cole Hardware gourmet chocolates


Dress for Success® and Wardrobe for Opportunity Clothing Collection

Our Ladies’ Night will once again also serve as a donation drop-off site for Dress for Success and Wardrobe for Opportunity, whose missions are to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Both organizations offer services designed to help their clients find jobs and remain employed.

Our lifestyles and even work attire have become so casual over the last few years, many of us have professional clothing that we no longer need. This is your chance to help someone in our community who can use this clothing. A tax donation form will be provided at the time of your donation. During Ladies’ Night last year, we collected hundreds of articles of clothing and accessories, and we hope to do it again with your help!

The following is a list of appropriate clothing and other items we can accept:

  • Matching suit (jacket and pant/skirt)
  • Interview-appropriate blouses, skirts, slacks, and dresses
    Above clothing must be on hangers—no bags, please.
  • Work-appropriate shoes
  • Jewelry and scarves
  • Handbags (briefcases, portfolios, or work-appropriate purses)

Donate $10 to Dress for Success during our Ladies’ Night event and receive a $5 Cole Hardware gift card good on your next visit.

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Good News for Our Mission Store Patrons: Cole Hardware Is Coming to SOMA!

Cole Hardware is coming to SOMA

We have scoured the Mission corridor for new locations in order to be as close to our Mission Street patrons as possible. The closest suitable space we could find will become home to our newest store at 9th and Folsom Streets in SOMA. We hope you will reconnect with us there if you haven’t already been patronizing our other City stores. The location on 9th Street is a short 10-minute car ride from the Mission District or a 20-minute ride on the 14, followed by a two-block walk. Please come and say hello when we open early next year! We miss you and need your continued support of our business.

The building that housed the Mission Street store, as you know, has been totally demolished. The property owner is unsure of his future plans at this point. If we have the opportunity to purchase the property at an affordable price, or if we are offered a reasonable lease in a new building there, we most certainly will open up once again in our previous space. In the meantime, we will continue to watch for space and hopefully will be part of the Mission community once again.

Important info for our Mission store patrons: If you have not yet shopped at one of our other stores since the fire, and you wish to continue to stay connected with us by receiving the Hardware Hotline in the mail, you must e-mail us at, letting us know your Rewards number or phone number and your name and address. If you prefer, you can also sign up to receive the Hardware Hotline and other digital communications via e-mail, if you aren’t signed up already. You can do this at In the meantime, we’ll keep you posted on any developments of interest as they unfold. I thank you for all of your heartfelt messages of support and friendship, as well as for 32 wonderful years. It has been a privilege to be part of your community. We miss you.

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Big Green Egg® Demonstration

bgeRockridge Store
5533 College Avenue
Saturday, September 17
11:00 am–2:00 pm

From appetizers and entrées to desserts, the Big Green Egg will exceed all your expectations for culinary perfection. With seven convenient sizes to choose from, there is a Big Green Egg to fit any lifestyle. The EGG® stands alone as the most versatile barbecue and outdoor cooking product on the market, with more capabilities than all other conventional cookers combined. More than just a barbecue, the Big Green Egg is a complete cooking system that allows you to grill, slow cook, bake, smoke, and roast.

See the Big Green Egg in action and prepare to get hungry! Join us as we cook up a variety of tasty treats while demonstrating how easy it is!

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Keyless Home Entry with Your Smartphone

august-logoWhat can our smartphones not do these days! Our stores now feature two cool new products that will make your life easier and make your home smarter. The August Smart Lock allows for keyless home entry with your smartphone. Your smartphone is now a smart key—and more. Lock and unlock your door, create virtual keys for guests, and know who comes and goes, all from your iOS or Android smartphone. The August Smart Lock easily installs on the inside of your door using only a screwdriver. Choose to grant access for a few weeks, a few hours, a few minutes, or even specific dates and times; you’re in control. Never make duplicate keys again! Send a virtual key from anywhere instantly—all from the August app. Available in silver and dark gray. (Skus 503021–2, $199.99)august-smart-lock

No more fumbling for keys, as the August Smart Lock auto-locks behind you for peace of mind and unlocks as you approach for a hands-free entry. Know who comes and goes with the 24/7 activity log. The August app tracks who enters and exits your home and when. Keep your existing door hardware. Your door’s exterior hardware stays the same; the August Smart Lock only replaces the interior portion of your deadbolt. Use your traditional key any time. The lock works with most standard deadbolts and installs in about 15 minutes with just a screwdriver and nothing to wire.
Sold separately, the August Connect module allows you to remotely access your lock. (Sku 503018, $79.99)
smartlock-camsmartlock-phoneThe August Doorbell Cam lets you see and speak with visitors at your door, from anywhere. Always know who’s at the front door, even when you’re not home. This doorbell cam alerts you when the bell is rung. A one-way highdefinition camera lets you view visitors from your smartphone while still ensuring your privacy. Whether you missed a visitor or want to replay a conversation, the August Doorbell Cam records each interaction at your door. Replay audio and video through the August app. The doorbell cam replaces your doorbell and works with existing wiring. Available in dark gray or silver. (Sku 503014, 503017, $199.99)

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Oakland Pride Happy Hour and Benefit

10-off-pride-couponSunday, September 11
4:00 pm–8:00 pm
Rockridge Store
5533 College Avenue

Shop with us at our Rockridge store and save 10% during our Oakland Pride Happy Hour and Benefit. Not only will you save 10%, but 10% of all sales will benefit Lyon-Martin Health Services and the many programs it administers in the community. Founded in 1979 by a group of medical providers and health activists as a clinic for lesbians who lacked access to nonjudgmental, affordable health care, the clinic soon became a model for culturally sensitive community-based health care. The clinic is named after Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, feminists and well-known LGBTQ civil rights activists. Visit for further information, and please join us for a fun evening, a glass of wine, and some sweets.

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Indian Summer Hardware Happy Hour

Happy Hour at Cole Hardware

Happy Hour at Cole Hardware20-off-couponWednesday, September 14
4:00 pm–8:00 pm
All Cole Hardware Stores

Enjoy our Indian Summer Hardware Happy Hour with a glass of our Cutting Edge wine. Take advantage of our 20% off storewide savings to stock up on some household essentials, buy a treat for yourself, or even start your holiday shopping—it’s never too early to at least start getting ideas for those special folks on your list. We hope to see you!

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