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Weekend Tree Delivery!

Weekend Tree Delivery: $20

Tree Delivery

As always, our stores will have freshly cut trees available in a variety of sizes. We’re happy to deliver to your home for $20 on the weekends. Just arrange for delivery at the time of purchase, allowing for a two hour window.

We also have live potted trees, poinsettias, wreaths, garland, and other seasonal plants to make your home more festive.

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Ohh, Baby, Baby!

Cole Hardware Baby Onesies

Baby Onesie

What baby wouldn’t look adorable in a Cole Hardware onesie? These 100% cotton onesies are available in size 12–18 months. Send us your cherub’s picture donning one of our onesies, and we’ll feature it in the Hardware Hotline and send you a $5 gift card. (Sku 960690, $12.99)

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Wreath Workshop



Wednesday, December 14
5:00 pm and 6:00 pm Classes
All Locations • $10

Come and create a holiday wreath with us to adorn your door and warmly welcome guests! We will provide wire wreath forms and fresh Christmas tree branches to build the wreaths, along with a few accessories to customize your creation. We also offer a variety of lights and unique trinkets for sale to decorate your wreath with! The workshop is only $10 to register, which will be reimbursed to you after the class with a $10 Cole Hardware  gift card. We will have refreshments on hand, and children are welcome to attend with a parent. Please sign up at

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Clipper Cards Now at Cole Street!

Clipper® Cards now available at Cole Street!

clippercardsIf you take public transit, even on occasion, nothing beats the convenience of an all-in-one Clipper card. We have become somewhat of a cashless society, due in part to the versatility of our debit and credit cards. Scrambling for the exact fare on a bus, train, or ferry is a hassle, too, especially when riding multiple transit lines.

As an added customer service, our Cole Street store, in addition to our Rockridge and downtown Fourth Street locations, now offers Clipper cards and can fully load them with transit passes, discount tickets, ride book, and cash value. All applicable fares, discounts, and transfer rules are easily tracked. This lets you customize your cards for your own transit needs. You can also use Clipper to pay for parking in a limited number of locations.

The Clipper card can hold multiple passes, ride books, or tickets (which are specific to the transit system being used), as well as up  to $300 in cash value at one time and up to $250 in parking cash value. Cash value on your Clipper card can be used to ride any participating transit system. You can add value (in the form of both passes and cash value) to your card as you go. Use Clipper on Muni, BART, AC Transit, VTA, SamTrans, Calt rain, Golden Gate Transit and Ferry, and San Francisco Bay Ferry.

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Holiday Hounds: Pooch Pictures with Santa


Sunday, December 11
2:00pm – 6:00pm
5544 College Avenue, Rockridge
$10, with Proceeds Going to the Oakland SPCA

Most folks would agree that their dogs are part of the family! Bring your canine kids to our Rockridge store on Sunday, December 11, to have their photo taken with Santa Claus. The proceeds will benefit all of the great work that the Oakland SPCA does, and you’ll receive a 5″ x 7″ photo keepsake. Payment can be made at the time of the photo, but please register at so that we have an idea of how many dog treats to have on hand!

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Join Us at Our Anniversary Sale!


At Cole Hardware, we feel incredibly blessed that after more than five decades and the countless changes we see every day in the Bay Area, we are still a part of this wonderful City, and now operating in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood, too. And we’re excited about our new North Beach and SOMA stores opening in the new year!

Our founder, Dave Karp, often regaled us with his fond memories of serving the “love children” of the 1960s and the starving, yet-to-be-discovered musicians of the Haight-Ashbury, including frequent shopper Janice Joplin. (It took Dave a while to figure out why sales of alligator clips were so brisk!) We’ll be celebrating Dave’s legacy this year in our groovy, limited-edition tie-dye T-shirts, created especially for us by artist Norma Brooks. Pick up one of these one-of-a-kind artworks for $24.99, available in men’s sizes small–XL.

Join us as we celebrate 55 years since Dave’s purchase of our flagship store (which has been in Cole Valley since the 1920s). While we will be celebrating with a 20% off sale all day, from 5:00 pm to closing we will be serving our signature Cutting Edge wine, gourmet chocolates, and homemade brownies. (No, not those kind.)

You’ll also receive a free, reusable Cole Hardware shopping bag. Take advantage of this opportunity to pick up last-minute gifts on your shopping list — or to just get started if you’ve procrastinated. Please stop by! Peace — on earth, that is!

Discount off regular retail prices. Offer does not apply to gift cards, postage stamps, Muni passes, Clipper cards, meter cards, special orders, or sale merchandise. Not valid with coupons or other offers. Rewards points do not accumulate.

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Pop-Up Holiday Shoppe and Christmas Trees on Mission Street!

Mission St Treescole_hours_holidayFrom the day after Thanksgiving right up until Christmas Day, we’ll be back on Mission Street selling Christmas trees and holiday decor.

We’ll be open each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 3293 Mission Street at 29th Street — just across from our former Mission location. We’ll have both live and cut trees, garland, poinsettias, lights, lots of decor, gift wrap, and more. I know that many, many folks who were regulars at our Mission Street location had a family tradition of picking out their tree and holiday supplies at the store each year. For others, it was a convenience to have us nearby to select a tree or take home a nice poinsettia. We want to do our best to both honor that tradition and provide convenience to our Mission friends, and thus we bring you this temporary Holiday Shoppe. Please come by and say hello.

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Holiday Card Workshop for Kids

Holiday Card Workshop

Join us for our Holiday Card Workshop for Kids!

Saturday, December 3rd
1:00 pm–2:00 pm or 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
All Cole Hardware Stores – $5

Holiday Card Workshop

Grandparents love the handcrafted masterpieces their grandchildren create, and kids will enjoy our hands-on holiday card workshop! They can make a Christmas card for Santa or Grandma and Grandpa or a Hanukkah card for someone special. We’ll provide the card template, envelope, and all the bling for decorating the card. Kids will receive a $5 gift card after the class toward holiday shopping. Children five years of age and older are welcome to the workshop. Visit to sign up. Spaces are limited, so sign up your young Picasso today!

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November 12th Bag Sale

Nov 12 Bag Sale

Shop with us on Saturday, November 12, for our annual pre-Thanksgiving 20%-off sale!

Nov 12 Bag Sale


This is an excellent opportunity to get a jump on your holiday shopping, stock up on household supplies, or purchase everything you need for that DIY project that you swore you’d complete before the end of the year. Our Holiday Shoppes will offer unlimited inspiration for your seasonal home-decorating and gift-giving needs.

*Discount off regular retail price. Offer does not apply to gift cards, postage stamps, Muni passes, Clipper cards, meter cards, special orders, or sale merchandise. Not valid with coupons or other offers. Rewards points do not accumulate.

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Hello, North Beach and SOMA!

Last month we announced our new South of Market location—and now we’re announcing a North Beach location, too! Not one, but two new stores! Opening a hardware store from the ground up is crazy complicated and tons of work. Opening two simultaneously is, well, crazy-nuts. But nuts we are! We have a wonderfully talented and dedicated management team, anxious to take on this challenge. And here we go.

Our New North Beach Store on Vallejo at Columbus

North Beach LocationI have yearned for a store in North Beach probably for 20 years. We’ve tried numerous times to secure a lease, but with no success. There have been many, many requests from North Beach residents and businesses for us to join their community. With a grateful nod to Supervisor Aaron Peskin for his insight, we began working on securing the former Piazza Market last April. Fast-forward six months, and we’ve finally signed a lease—a long one that will keep us part of the North Beach community for many, many years to come.

Our New SOMA Store on 9th at Folsom

SOMA LocationImmediately after the fire that destroyed our Mission Street store, we began searching the City for new locations. We found one at 9th and Folsom in SOMA. It is a large store—6,000 square feet—and has enough warehouse and office space for us to replicate the  logistical side of our business, lost as well in the Mission fire. We are excited to be part of the SOMA community.


This month, we are working diligently at both locations, remodeling to make both new stores retail ready. We hope to roll the store fixtures, equipment, and merchandise into both locations within a few months. If all goes according to plan, we’ll be celebrating the opening of two new stores in the first quarter of 2017. Stay tuned to our website and e-mails, and of course the Hardware Hotline, for progress reports.

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