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Ladies’ Night Returns Wednesday, October 7, 4:00 pm to Closing


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Collection: Underwear for the Underserved

underwearWe’ve all heard the line from our mothers, “Always wear clean underwear in case you’re in an accident.” And most of us have the luxury of wearing clean underclothes daily. Unfortunately, for thousands of homeless and underserved folks in San Francisco with no access to laundry facilities, clean underclothes are not a reality. Along with our friends at St. Anthony Foundation, all Cole Hardware locations will serve as drop-off sites for new underwear during the month of September. For obvious reasons, we can only accept new items in their original, unopened packaging and/or with manufacturer tags. We will be happy to take any new undergarments—including underpants, T-shirts, socks, and bras. Don’t forget children’s sizes, too!

In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, the mission of St. Anthony Foundation is to feed, heal, shelter, clothe, and lift the spirits of those in need and to create a society in which all people flourish. They are committed to providing the poor of San Francisco with basic needs and services as a gateway to reclaiming their sense of dignity and progressing toward stability. No need for designer duds, plain tighty-whities will be gratefully accepted!

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Awards Season!

We are proud to announce that Cole Hardware has recently won three awards! We are both honored and humbled tawardso have been chosen as the recipient of the California Product Stewardship Council’s Infinity Arrow Award, San Francisco Magazine’s Best Hardware Store, and 7×7’s Cause Local Effect Award™.

Our recycling programs, packed aisles, knowledgeable and attentive staff, and Community Partners program all helped in our being selected for these honors. We love being part of the Bay Area community and are happy to be a resource in so many ways.

California Product Stewardship Council’s Infinity Arrow Award:

Cole Hardware was one of four companies operating in California honored by the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) during the organization’s 6th annual Arrow Awards ceremony held in Los Angeles in August at the California Resource Recovery Association’s 39th annual conference and trade show.

Cole Hardware is the winner of the 2015 Infinity Arrow Award for Service and Take-Back. This award is given to a retail business, group of businesses, or chain that has initiated an outstanding take-back program for one or more products as an added convenience and service for its customers and that works with the producers of those products in developing safe storage and recovery of used products and packaging.

We are one of the two original retailers that partner with the San Francisco Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program (Retail Program), which started in 1997. Our participation in the program allows customers to conveniently drop off their household batteries, and our take-back services have since expanded to all our locations, where we now collect batteries, paint, fluorescent bulbs, and empty camp-size propane cylinders. We’re astonished at how popular the program is in our stores. In fact, our four San Francisco locations collected 24% of the total waste collected through the Retail Program last fiscal year. “Cole Hardware is truly a leader in the retail industry by providing take-back services for such a large number of products,” said Heidi Sanborn, executive director of CPSC.

San Francisco Magazine’s Best Hardware Store:

The Best of 2015 issue noted that our “packed aisles lend the impression that every home improvement product lies within 40 feet.” Our knowledgeable and attentive staff, as well as our Repair Referral Service, also received a shout-out.

7×7’s Cause Local Effect Award:

The Cause Local Effect Award is 7×7’s way of recognizing locally owned businesses that give to charity or do other good deeds in the community—allowing customers to make more conscientious choices in their everyday lives. This award is sponsored by dailyKARMA™, whose vision is to enhance social giving and enrich people’s lives by spreading gratitude.

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Sidewalk Sale

As part of San Francisco’s Small Business Week, all Cole Hardware locations—including our Oakland Rockridge store—will celebrate with a sidewalk sale on May 16, along with merchants across the various business corridors in the City. We’ll be cleaning house and lining the sidewalks at each of our stores with hundreds of bargains! We have lots of merchandise that is in good shape but shopworn—ripped packaging or maybe a little scratched or dusty. We need to empty the warehouse and make room for summer and fall merchandise. Everything will be marked down 25% to 75%, so you’ll be able to fnd some exceptional deals.


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Hardware Happy Hour and Create a Salvaged Planter

Wednesday, March 18 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

Bring a small salvaged item to our Hardware Happy Hour Wednesday, March 18, and we’ll provide the supplies for your project.

Bring a small salvaged item to our Hardware Happy Hour Wednesday, March 18, and we’ll provide the supplies for your project.

Kick off spring with Cole Hardware at our Hardware Happy Hour, held at each of our five locations. Not only can you enjoy a glass of our Cutting Edge wine and save $10 on a $20+ purchase, but you can also create a fun planter with a salvaged item that you find around the house! Almost any old item can be transformed into a planter with personality: an old boot, a teakettle, a rustic watering can—you name it. Just bring your salvaged treasure to Happy Hour, and we’ll supply the soil and up to five succulents to help reinvent your vessel. You’ll leave with a cool planter that will add a unique flair to your garden, patio, or porch.


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Grand Opening Sale!


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Valentine’s Day Mixer


Rockridge Location Only
Saturday, February 14
5:00 pm–8:00 pm

Our founder, Dave Karp, has been matching “nuts to bolts” since 1959. In the tradition of Dave’s matchmaking, join us at our Rockridge location for a Valentine’s Day mixer. Singles, couples—all are invited. It will be a fun evening where “nuts” can meet “bolts,” and everyone can enjoy a glass of our Cutting Edge wine, taste a few of our gourmet chocolates, get some sweetheart deals, and meet other locals, whether for friendship, community, or who knows what else may bloom!

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Community Partners: Claim Your Dividends Today!


This year marks the 21st anniversary of our Community Partners Assistance Program, estab­lished to aid the fund-raising efforts of local schools and community-based nonprofit organizations that work hard to make the Bay Area the unique place that it is. We’re thrilled that we now have more than 600 organizations and schools participating in our program. Cole Hardware is sympathetic to the inadequacy of government funding available to schools and worthwhile social causes, and at the same time, we realize the importance of social responsibility of businesses of all sizes.

Each year we give away thousands of dollars in gift cards and Cutting Edge wine for fund-raising events. The more participants, the merrier! To see if your group or school is a member and to see all of the benefits available to members, visit or e-mail We’re happy to make a presentation at PTA or nonprofit meetings to share the program with your members, and we’re happy to work with you to make the program as beneficial to your group as possible.

One of the biggest benefits from our program is our 10% dividend. When your community members shop at our stores, we earmark 10% of each transaction for your school or group. Shoppers just need to mention at checkout that they would like their purchase to go toward your group. At the end of the year, we give that dividend to you in the form of a Cole Hardware gift card. To see if your group has earned a dividend from 2014, e-mail

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2015 Color of the Year

Benjamin Moore’s 2015 Color of the Year goes to…

guilford-greenGuilford Green (HC-116)

For a new outlook, painting can transform a room, and you get a lot of bang for your buck. For the cost of a can of paint and supplies, a room can easily be converted to a more inviting space. Monochromatic colors can create a graceful flow from room to room. Try warm, cool, dark, and light layers of the same hue. Benjamin Moore’s Guilford Green (HC-116), their 2015 color of the year, is the color that can tie this all together. A neutral color, it is a silvery green that works with a wide range of color combinations—from neutrals to daring shades.

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Cole Hardware Rewards: Simple. Finally.

Cole Hardware Rewards: Simple. Finally.

As far as retailers go, we were a pioneer back in the mid-80s when we began our Frequent Shoppers Club. American Airlines had introduced their frequent flier’s club. REI began year-end rebates to its members. And I had an epiphany: Why couldn’t Cole Hardware combine the best of both and create our own Frequent Shoppers Club? That’s just what we did. It was nothing fancy. It was simple, and it was rewarding. Then, many years later, we acquired some fancy and sophisticated software that manages loyalty clubs. It is pretty cool, actually. But say good-bye to simple and hello to complex.

We heard you loud and clear that our program was confusing. In fact, a lot of our staff were confused as well. A few months ago, we set out to reinvent simple with one guiding principle: Everybody should understand the benefits and the way the Rewards Program works in 30 seconds or less.

Four easy bullets to read and understand in less than 30 seconds: 

  • Rewards points are calculated daily and shown on your receipt.
  • For every dollar spent, one point is earned. Points are converted to a dollar value on your Rewards card at the end of each calendar quarter, and never expire. Yes, I said never.
  • Points are converted in $5 increments for every 100 points earned. Yes, that equates to a 5% reward.
  • Rewards dollars are valid for three months. Four times a year, we’ll send you a postcard, e-mail announcements, and more to remind you to use your Rewards dollars.

Simple enough?

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