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Meet the Bugs!

Kid holding bug

Kid holding bugKid with giant bugSaturday, August 13
12:00 pm-3:00 pm
Rockridge Store
55 33 College Avenue

SaveNature.org is committed to inspiring participation and awareness in the preservation of fragile ecosystems by providing opportunities for direct personal action to save the diversity of life on earth.
Since 1988, the organization has focused its efforts on protecting entire ecosystems and natural communities, not just individual species, to ensure a long-term conservation strategy. It raises donations and awareness for these biologically diverse ecosystems through adoption programs, conservation meters, and its popular Insect Discovery Lab by partnering with schools, universities, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, natural history museums, and science centers worldwide to protect wildlife and nature.
You can help SaveNature.org, too. Shop at our Rockridge store on Saturday, August 13, between noon and 3:00 pm and use the coupon below. You’ll save 10%, SaveNature.org will receive 10% of all purchases made by shoppers using the coupon, and your children (or you!) can meet the bugs from the Insect Discovery Lab that will be making an appearance.
Explore the fantastic lives of beetles, millipedes, tarantulas, walking sticks, whip scorpions, and more with this hands-on event! Introduce your children to the extraordinarily diverse world of insects and other arthropods and learn about their key role in the web of life. Scientific observation, insect identification, and the natural history of bugs’ lives are just some of the areas that will be focused on. Visit SaveNature.org to learn more. Please join us for this exciting event!

Meet the Bugs event coupon 10% off

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Hardware Happy Hour

Happy Hour at Cole Hardware

Happy Hour at Cole Hardware
Hardware Happy Hour Coupon - $10 offWednesday, August 24

4:00 pm–8:00 pm
All Cole Hardware Locations

Enjoy our last Happy Hour of the summer with a glass of our Cutting Edge white wine or a wine spritzer made with some of the fruity, sparkling flavors of SodaStream® . Take advantage of our great Happy Hour deal, $10 off a $20 purchase, to stock up on some household essentials, buy a treat for yourself, or get a gift for someone else. We hope to see you!

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Sidewalk Sale

sidewalk sale Saturday, August 27 10 am - 4pm

Cole Hardware Sidewalk Sale

Saturday, August 27
10am – 4pm

All Cole Hardware Locations

In the retail world, we work a few months ahead of the current season. To make room for our holiday trees and decor, we’re cleaning out the cupboards! Stop by any of our locations to pick up some exceptional deals—or even start your holiday shopping early.

sidewalk sale Saturday, August 27 10 am - 4pm

 

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Hawaiian Happy Hour

Happy Hour at Cole Hardware

Happy Hour at Cole HardwareHappy Hour CouponWednesday, July 27
4:00 pm–8:00 pm

Join us for a tropical shopping adventure on Wednesday, July 27! In addition to our Cutting Edge wine, we’ll also be serving some white wine spritzers and cocktails concocted with assorted SodaStream® sparkling soda flavors, including cucumber lime, cranberry raspberry, pink grapefruit, mango berry, and pear.

This is a great opportunity to stock up on household supplies or buy everything you need for a gardening project, and you can participate as we demonstrate two of our favorite products.

We hope to see you there!

Christophe Pourny Furniture Tonic

Come see how this tonic restores the luster and shine to wood that time and sun can diminish. Once you see how beautifully dried wood is restored, you may wish to use Christophe Pourny Furniture Tonic (Sku 102103, $19.99) for a larger piece of furniture. Bring in a small wooden item that needs some love, and we’ll treat it with the tonic free!

Block Oil®

Bring in your favorite wooden or bamboo cutting board for a free Block Oil treatment that will penetrate, condition, and seal the surface, protecting it from cracking, drying, and absorbing food odors. Keep some Block Oil (Sku 102004, $7.99) on hand to treat your cutting boards at home. Bring in a wooden or bamboo cutting board for a free Block Oil treatment!

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Sewing Circle: How to Hand Mend

Sewing Circle: How to Hand Mend

Tuesday, July 12, 5:00 pm–7:00 pmSewing Circle: How to Hand Mend
956 Cole Street

It’s unfortunate that we live in such a disposable world these days. Oftentimes, it seems more convenient to toss something and replace it with a brand new item instead of trying to make repairs. We all probably have a piece of clothing that needs a stitch (or nine), but many of us seem to never get around to doing that mending. With home economics (wood shop and auto shop classes, too) no longer offered at many schools, some younger folks may have never even threaded a needle. We’re here to help!

Join us at our Cole Street store for a sewing circle on Tuesday, July 12, and learn how to hand stitch minor tears in clothing or sew a patch on jeans or a jacket. Just bring your clean clothing, and our friend Alicia Pucci from Sew-it-All will lead us in the repairs. A former home economics instructor, Alicia now teaches private sewing lessons, sewing classes, and specialty workshops in her charming Marina studio

Hand mending is a valuable skill for anyone. Who wants to go on a date or a job interview with a missing button that could have been fixed in a matter of minutes? Everyone is welcome to stop by and repair a few pieces of apparel, pillows, curtains, or other household items in need of mending. We’ll be serving tea and cookies.

The class is free, but please register by e-mailing julia@colehardware.com or phone 415/674-8913 ext. 4. (Children 12 years of age and up welcome. Clean clothing only. Needles and thread will be provided.)

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Sidewalk Sale

sidewalk-saleAs 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 21, 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 perhaps a bit 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 find some exceptional deals.

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Our 10th Annual Earth Day Inventory

This year marks our 10th anniversary tracking our “quadruple bottom line” and my 10th anniversary at COLE HARDWARE (celebrated March 1). I knew it was going to be a special place to work when I went to a mixer in my first month working here. Multiple people responded, “I love COLE HARDWARE!” when I told them where I worked. And I have not been disappointed.
One of the first projects tasked to me was getting our stores certified as Green Businesses with the San Francisco Department of the Environment. This has been one of my proudest professional accomplishments. Changing our light fixtures to more energy efficient models was a lot easier than changing our behavior when it came to composting and realizing we could eliminate some of our landfill trash dumpsters in exchange for larger recycling bins. All along the way, thearthdaye folks at the Department of the Environment were there to guide us, and we’ve made some great friends over the years.
Last year we were awarded the California Product Stewardship Council’s Infinity Arrow Award for our recycling efforts. (Another career highlight for me!) David Karp and I were humbled and honored to fly to Los Angeles to receive this statewide award on behalf of our warehouse crew members, who deal with the thousands of pounds of recyclables we collect on a daily basis.
Of course, none of this would be possible if Rick Karp didn’t have the vision and foresight to partner with the vibrant Department of the Environment 20 years ago with a spent battery take-back program. This was well before Hollywood jumped on the bandwagon and “earth friendly” became trendy. Over time, we’ve become somewhat recycling experts within the community—we get calls almost daily on how to dispose of hundreds of consumer products. We think it’s pretty cool, too, that COLE HARDWARE is viewed as the go-to place for answers. While many companies report on a triple bottom line, we created our own “quadruple bottom line” based on these areas of importance to us:
• Environmental advocacy
• Social advocacy
• Workplace advocacy
• And to operate a profitable business, too COLE HARDWARE continues to be the best family-run business to work for, and I am happy to continue to spearhead our environmental and community outreach efforts for the next decade.

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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@ colehardware.com or call 415/674-8913 ext. 4.
— Rick Karp, President, aka Keeper of the Karma

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Hardware Happy Hour and Create a Salvaged Planter

Wednesday, March 23
5:00 pm–8:00 pm

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 $10on a $25+ 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. To sweeten the deal, spend $30 (after discount) and get one of our cool new “skyline” wine glasses. Spend $50 (after discount) and get a set of two!

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Timbuk2 for You

backpack

Timbuk2 is a San Francisco original. Founded in a San Francisco garage in 1989 by a bike messenger named Rob Honeycutt, the street style of bike messengers and their messenger bags has graduated to Main Street. Our downtown Fourth Street, Cole Street, and Rockridge stores all carry an assortment of Timbuk2 bags, which will help you look professional and stylish at the same time!

Timbuk2 for You
Walker Laptop Backpack
Built for the city, the Walker Laptop Backpack easily transitions from public transit to the office to after-hours drinks, while carrying and protecting your laptop. Rugged waxed canvas, heavy-duty zippers, and leather trims are tough as nails and get better with age, so you can wear the Walker with abandon. Comfortable shoulder straps, a refined liner, and an easy-access front pocket make it a practical but luxe choice for everyday use. Available in carbon and oxide. (Skus 926789–90, $229.99)

Hudson Laptop Briefcase
Built with the business traveler in mind, the Hudson Laptop Briefcase dresses up or down with ease and is designed to carry and protect both a MacBook and an iPad. Timbuk2’s famous rugged waxed canvas, heavy-duty zippers, and leather trim let you feel good about being hard on the Hudson. Use the removable shoulder strap for an easy airport carry or go old school and carry it in-hand for an all-business entry. Available in carbon and oxide. (Skus 926787–88, $209.99)

Cask Laptop Backpack
A modern, premium backpack with pockets for everyday essentials. Waxed canvas and genuine leather binding and trim give the Cask Laptop Backpack a professional look to match its sharp design. The Cask can carry and organize a 15″ MacBook, iPad, notebook, phone, keys, and everything else you need to get you through your awesome day. Available in carbon and oxide. (Skus 926785–86, $229.99)

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