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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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SOMA, We’ve Got You Covered!

With the opening of our new store on Ninth Street in western SOMA, we have the entire neighborhood covered for your convenience. Our legacy downtown store, formerly Fox Hardware, has been on Fourth Street between Mission and Market for close to one hundred years. And our new baby on Ninth Street will open its doors softly early this month.

Meet the Teams

Renato and Connie manage the downtown Fourth Street store. They are a great team keeping that store running smoothly and making it a neighborhood gem for locals, tourists, and the many businesses anchored in the area. In fact, just about every engineer working in the area shops at Cole Hardware, utilizing our special commercial sales desk in the back of the store. We have locksmith services here, too. Connie and Renato have been part of the Cole Hardware family for a combined 30 years. They began their careers with us when they were “kids.” Now, Connie has three of her own! Come in and say hello and experience the great customer service offered at our downtown store.





Chris and Jose are teaming up to manage our new store on Ninth Street. Chris, the new store manager, is moving to SOMA from our Cole Street store where he was the assistant manager. Jose was the assistant manager of the Mission Street store. Chris and Jose have been part of our Cole Hardware  family for a combined 15 years. The SOMA store will also house our commercial sales group, Cole Hardware Supplies . Cole Hardware Supplies  specializes in serving the needs of institutions, property management companies, and businesses all around the Bay Area. They will be a great addition to the store and the neighborhood, which is chock-full of businesses hungry for a convenient new hardware store!

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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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