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Montana GOLD Spray Paint


Montana GOLD spray paint is the perfect tool for artists and creative workers. The specially developed low-pressure system guarantees maximum accuracy to give professional results! High-covering and quick drying acrylic lacquer, Montana GOLD allows for a new level of ease and control when painting with spray cans—with no cracking or color bleaching. The Montana GOLD color system has been completely overhauled and optimized by a dedicated team of artists and laboratory experts. With over 200 matte acrylic colors, Montana GOLD offers one of the largest color ranges available in spray paint and can be applied on canvas, wood, concrete, metal, glass, or even flexible surfaces.

The low-pressure system allows perfect handling with a level of control that has never existed before. The Montana Level Caps were precisely developed for the low-pressure system, allowing the cleanest and most even lines with the highest efficiency and accuracy. Spray widths from 0.4 cm up to 25 cm can be achieved, depending on the user’s skill and experience.

Available at our downtown, SoMa, and North Beach stores in a wide variety of colors. ($9.99)

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Pantone® Color of the Year: Greenery

A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings. Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore, and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, Greenery signals for us to take a deep breath, oxygenate, and reinvigorate. Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle, and design choices globally.

Benjamin Moore®  colors in this family of green include Fresh Lime (2032-30), Traffic Light (2032-20), and Lucky Charm (2030-30). An entire room in a bright green hue might not be for everyone, but it will surely brighten up a dark room and make a fun accent wall. You’ll find a selection of housewares in various shades of Greenery on our shelves, too.

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Coins for the Community Tops $77,000

Thanks to our generous customers, our December spare change collection raised $8,695.37 for Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent, Inc. (W.O.M.A.N., Inc.), to support the many programs it provides to survivors of domestic violence. This brings our grand total since our program’s inception to $77,405.15.

sproutsFor January, our spare change collection was earmarked for Sprouts Cooking Club, whose mission is to teach children, hands-on, that healthy, nutritional eating is fun by involving them in the entire process, from planting the seed, to harvesting, to cooking with real chefs, to cleaning, to eating a delicious meal. The Sprouts Cooking Club scholarship program allows the group to include kids from all backgrounds, no matter their financial standing! We’ll report on those numbers next month. Our February collection will benefit our favorite bugs: Save Nature and its traveling insect petting zoo!

Since 1988 Save Nature has focused its efforts on protecting entire ecosystems and natural communities, not just individual species, to ensure a long-term conservation strategy. The hands-on Insect Discovery Lab introduces children to the extraordinarily diverse world of insects and other arthropods and their key role in the web of life.

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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Mardi Gras Hardware Happy Hour


All Cole Hardware locations Tuesday, February 28 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm!

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Celebrate Fat Tuesday at our February Hardware Happy Hour with a fat deal: 50% off one regular-price item up to $30 in value! Enjoy a glass of classic NOLA Boozefish sangria while you shop. We’ll be welcoming all North Beach residents to our first happy hour in our new location. Treat yourself or shop for something for your home or garden. We hope to see you!


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Polk Street Valentine Wine Walk


The Lower Polk Community Benefit District and Steven Restivo Event Services, Inc. are hosting the 1st Annual Polk Street Valentine Wine Walk on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

The tasting event will include merchants offering wine samples and special treats inside their stores throughout Polk Street from Post to Union Streets.  We will also have a free cable car shuttle from 5pm to 8pm!

Attendees wishing to participate in the sampling program may purchase on-site tickets for $25 or advance tickets for $20 via the website. The on-site ticket sales location is at 1475 Polk Street. Participants will receive a wine glass and map with all of the tasting locations. Ticket sales on the day of the event will be “Cash Only.”  Please note: The last sale of tickets is 7:30 PM.

Don’t miss this delicious and affordable event – experience the romance of Polk Street. Go to for more information!

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Cole Hardware Becomes a Legacy Business!

Legacy Business

Part of the daily mission at our stores is preserving our founder Dave Karp’s legacy. Dave’s grandchildren, Adrianna and David, our third generation, are tasked with fostering Cole Hardware ’s heritage, while at the same time ushering the business into a modern and evolving City. We are proud to have been awarded Legacy Business designation by the City and County of San Francisco, which recognizes small businesses and nonprofits—not just the buildings that house them—as historic assets. Passed unanimously by the Board of Supervisors in March 2015, the program mandates that legacy businesses must be 30 years or older, have contributed to their neighborhood’s history, and agree to maintain their identity, name, and craft. Cole Hardware  is in good company too, joining other iconic City legacy businesses: Green Apple Books, Cafe du Nord, Project Open Hand, Specs’ Twelve Adler Museum Cafe, The Stud Bar, and Zeitgeist, to name just a few. Thank you, San Francisco, for this wonderful honor and for recognizing the contributions that the thousands of small businesses make to give San Francisco its unique character!

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Hello, North Beach and Chinatown!

Cole Hardware is excited to be opening our doors this month in North Beach, right on the edge of Chinatown! On our radar for eons, we’ve also had inquiries from residents for years asking us to consider moving to the neighborhood. And we’ve looked at multiple locations over time, but none worked out until we found the old Rossi’s Market. Painting, unpacking, upgrading, building—you name it!—our crew has been busy getting the space spruced up for our soft opening around Valentine’s Day. We’re excited to be joining the many other iconic businesses in North Beach and Chinatown and hope to fill the vacant niche left when Figoni Hardware on Grant Street closed years ago. We’ll be hosting a business-wide grand opening celebration in April for our new SoMa and North Beach locations. Stay tuned!


Meet the North Beach Management Team: Tina and Adrianna

Just over 20 years ago, Tina, newly arrived in the City, walked into our Mission Street store inquiring about a job. It didn’t take us long to realize what a gem had just come through our door. We gave Tina a  job—as a cashier. Opportunities came Tina’s way and she embraced them all, growing personally and professionally, all the while delighting our staff and customers with her super efficiency and buoyant personality. She’s run the warehouse, assisted store managers, and been a store manager herself—both at our Mission store and, for many years, at our Polk Street store. And as if that weren’t enough, Tina wears another very important hat at Cole Hardware —that of our human resources director. Now, Tina will be the store manager of our new North Beach location! When you meet her, you will understand immediately why she has thrived in our culture. Her presence in Cole Hardware  has grown from a shining gem to something equivalent of the Hope Diamond. We are tickled to have her leading the team in our new store and fostering our relationships with the North Beach and Chinatown communities. Adrianna has been involved with Cole Hardware nearly all of her life. She’s my daughter and has been hanging around the stores since she was five or six, spending many a summer and weekend working in the stores as she got older. I recall the summer she apprenticed as a locksmith in our downtown store. Try her out: I’ll bet she still remembers how to rekey a lock, and she can certainly cut your keys! Adrianna began her full-time career at Cole Hardware  a little over three years ago. She has been learning all facets of the business as she (and her brother David) learn ownership responsibilities. But Adrianna’s main passion is working alongside our staff and with our customers. She has been over-the-top excited about creating a store in North Beach and has been our project manager there from day one. (And she is responsible for the store’s beautiful facade too!) Adrianna also loves to cook, and our kitchen department reflects her experience and taste. I love her, of course, and I know you will too!

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Snow Cable Chains


Veteran Tahoe travelers know that tire chains, also known as tire cables, are sometimes necessary when crossing the mountain passes in winter. These are sold by the pair and help car or truck tires get more traction in conditions where snow and/or ice have accumulated on the road. Four-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires used to be exempt from chain controls, but no longer. All vehicles must now carry chains to enter a chain control area.

Our Cobra™ cable chains feature tough carbon-steel rollers that provide traction and long wear. The low-profile steel rollers allow increased tire-to-road contact, resulting in better stability, plus a considerable reduction in noise and vibration, and they are galvanized for rust prevention.

All Cole Hardware locations stock four of the most popular size cables for cars (Skus 818818–21, $46.99–$49.99) and a popular truck size (Sku 818822, $99.99). Just bring in your specific tire size as set forth by the ISO metric tire code. Virtually all tires have this information molded into the sidewalls, or you can refer to the factory specs for tires if the tires have not been changed on your car since you purchased it.


What if we don’t carry your size? No worries! We can special order the chains for you. Just come in with your tire size by Monday, and if we don’t have the size you need, we’ll order them and have them in our store for you by Thursday of that week.

IMPORTANT! If you buy a pair of Cobra cable chains, you must use a pair of tensioners with them. These are essentially six small, rubber, bungee-type cords bound by a circular rubber piece in the center, and come two to a bag. (Sku 818823, $12.99) This is an integral part of the Cobra system and cannot be omitted.

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Benjamin Moore® 2017 Color of the Year

Influenced by fashion, home furnishings, and fine art across the globe, the color researchers at Benjamin Moore have named Shadow as their color of the year for 2017. The royal amethyst hue hints at allusiveness and has an aura of mystery. Shadow can be used to create a dramatic room or as a standalone shade for a stunning accent wall. Pick up a copy of Color Trends 2017 at any Cole Hardware paint department, a corresponding palette of 23 sophisticated hues, ranging from muted pales to saturated deep tones that celebrate the impact of light on color.



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Chinese New Year Happy Hour

Wednesday, January 25th
All Cole Hardware Locations
5:00 pm–8:00 pm

Join us as we ring in the Chinese New Year! Since it’s bad luck to clean on New Year’s Day according to Chinese lore, you can stock up on cleaning supplies to clean your home before January 28, the official New Year’s Day. Get all your cooking supplies for your fish and dumpling dinner. Or use your coupon toward ensuring good luck with a Mandarin orange tree.

We’ll be celebrating the Year of the Rooster with tea, fortune cookies, and of course our Cutting Edge wine! Please join us.


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