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Our Online Urban Gift Registry

COLE HARDWARE is pleased to announce our new online Urban Gift Registry service. Traditionally, gift registries have been the domain of department and hopresentme stores; however, we get many requests for a more practical registry of tools, hardware, and garden supplies. Because many couples get married now at an older age than in generations past, they often are merging established households and may not need many housewares. And with a fixer-upper in San Francisco costing a pretty penny, many couples starting out just don’t have a big budget for remodeling after a hefty down payment. They may choose the do-it-yourself route to make their house a home, thus needing a sturdy drill or a gallon of premium Benjamin Moore® Aura® paint more than a formal set of china. Registries are also no longer just for weddings. They are now common for housewarmings, birthdays, and first apartments or even for recent high school graduates heading off to college. With the mild weather and casual lifestyle we enjoy in the Bay Area, it’s not unusual for couples to register for a deluxe Weber® grill or Big Green Egg® to entertain their guests year-round or for garden tools for their outdoor areas that need some help. A registry assists friends and family in choosing a thoughtful gift desired by the recipients and allows friends and family far and near to send a gift to a newlywed or new home owner and feel they are part of the celebration. Community Partners are also welcome to set up a registry for items that they are in need of for their operations.
To set up a registry online, just click on the registry link on our home page. You can also visit our store and handpick the items you would like in your registry. One of our registry attendants will scan the items you choose, and we will set up your registry so that your loved ones can order your gift online, order by phone, or purchase it in the store. We’ll keep track of what is purchased, too, so overlapping gifts are not a problem, and we will even deliver your gifts in the City for free. Our Urban Gift Registry is available for our tool, garden, and home departments—basically our entire store—whatever your occasion. To set up an appointment at one our stores or for any questions, simply e-mail service@ or call 415/674-8913 ext. 4.
— Rick Karp, President, aka Keeper of the Karma

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Artists in Residence

A customer once commented to us, “If I want to see museum-quality artwork, I just go to Cole Hardware!” This inspired our popular window designer, Noelle, to create her classic “Louvre” window, which recreated many masterpieces—with a hardware twist: Van Gogh’s sunfowers, using circular saw blades, and Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, using latex gloves, to name a few.

With our many multitalented crew members as the artists, we’re proud to present to you the exhibit we’ve put together to spotlight all of the talent within Cole Hardware. The exhibition is featured in the  window of our downtown location (70 Fourth Street, between Market and Mission) through the end of May. Be sure to stop by to see these works of art:

Paintings and Sketchesartistinresidence
Bill at Fourth Street
Nick at Mission Street

David at Fourth Street
Daniel at RockridgeJewelryTessa at Rockridge

Hat Pins
Felicia at Polk Street

Daniel at Rockridge
Vicki at Fourth Street

Felicia at Polk Street

Tim at Polk Street

Knit Afghan
Kelly at Rockridge

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Espresso Disco

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Bamboozled Palooza

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Ice Entice

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Birds Build Birdhouses

Window Display - Birds Build Birdhouses - Cole HardwareActual birdhouse blueprints complete the theme of this window.

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Hello Morocco Bistro!

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Farmer’s Market at Cole Street

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Joy to All Royal Window

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The ‘throne’ is a street find!

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