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Trend Watch: Copper



Maybe it’s the resurgence in popularity of the Moscow Mule, first introduced in 1941, but we’re seeing a lot of copper lately in our housewares departments—so much so that our creative window dresser, Noelle, created an entire window of copper vignettes. From classic French pots and pans to stately copper-clad buildings, copper has been a favorite metal of designers and architects for centuries. Check out these photos of Noelle’s window displays showing many of the copper items you’ll find on our shelves!

Copper will develop a blue-green patina over time. For items you wish to keep shiny and bright, we offer a variety of copper cleaning and polishing products, too, including Brasso®, which has been shining copper pots for over 100 years. (Sku 10339, $3.99)

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Meet Andrew: Master Electrician and More!

Master electrician Andrew earned his title through the old-school tradition of apprenticeship. In 1985, he began pursuing his fascination with all things electrical by signing on with master electrician Jon. Under Jon’s tutelage, Andrew learned theatrical lighting, both residential and commercial electrical, and the special ins and outs of knob and tube wiring in San Francisco’s famous Victorians. To this day, Andrew lives and breathes knob and tube, claiming “if the system hasn’t been ‘remuddled,’ it has a proven track record of being a very safe wiring method.”

In addition to providing general electrical services, Andrew is skilled at troubleshooting electrical quandaries. He brings a highly developed sense of esthetics to lighting design, which is informed by his background in theater. Creativity comes naturally to Andrew, and his lifelong pursuit of music took him all over the world as a founding member of ROVA, the Bay Area–based saxophone quartet with whom he has toured extensively and has recorded more than a dozen albums.

Andrew’s current musical activities include live music for film (Reel Change) and playing with the improvisational music ensemble Howling Ray and the Bent Tones, which he also records in 7.1 surround sound. Which brings us to another of Andrew’s passions and talents: audio/visual and surround sound. He loves bringing his expertise into people’s homes via designing, installing, and calibrating a whole-house sound or theater system. As well as being licensed as an electrician, Andrew is a Denon trained and certified custom installer. Whatever the size of your space, it can always sound more fabulous!

Andrew is an avid bird watcher, and he volunteers his electrical services at the San Francisco Charlotte Maxwell Clinic, which provides free cancer treatment for low income women. He is delighted to have joined forces with Cole Hardware, a business model he truly admires and believes in—one  that’s committed to enhancing the well-being of the neighborhoods it serves.

To reach Andrew for any electrical or sound projects in either San Francisco or Oakland, contact our Repair Referral Service at 415/753-2653 ext. 3  or

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Organic Gardening Workshop

Organic Gardening Workshop

Saturday, November 5, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

956 Cole Street – $10 per person

garden1Our friends Colum of Malibu Compost and Stephanie of Espoma will be leading a class at our Cole Valley location on Saturday, November 5, on the benefits of home composting and organic gardening. Composting is the decomposition of food scraps, yard trimmings, and soiled paper products into a rich, earthen material. It’s excellent for enriching garden soil and houseplants. It’s also a crucial way of reducing the volume of trash that we send to our landfills. As cities and counties across the state work toward a 100% waste diversion goal, it’s a simple step to help pitch in. Organic gardening ensures that water runoff from gardens does not send harmful chemicals to our waterways, and ultimately into the Bay and ocean. Malibu Compost offers compost and compost teas that repair your soil’s ecosystem, save water, and serve as a source of humus for plant ing and managing soil health while also emanating energetic life forces to vitalize vegetables, plants, flowers, lawns, gardens, and farms. Its line of Bu’s Blend™  products are handcrafted from a base of dairy cow manure, which is laid in rows to mature and is treated with biodynamic preparations that contain plant materials and minerals designed to increase microbial life and nutrients in the soil. Espoma’s mission is to offer the highest quality, most effective, natural, and organic products for the lawn and garden industry. It achieves this by sourcing the finest and purest natural ingredients available; adhering to strict quality-control garden2standards throughout the production process; and continually improving and testing its products so that they provide generations of gardeners consistent and superior results. Space is limited, so sign up today! Your $10 entry fee will get you a $10 Cole Hardware  gift card, a Cole Hardware  fashion tote, and product samples to start your organic home gardening. Join us for an informative session to answer all of your home composting questions! Visit  to sign up.

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Basic Knife Skills Workshop

Knife Skills

Join us Wednesday, November 9, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm for a Basic Knife Skills Workshop

2254 Polk Street – $10

Knife Skills

Wish you had better skills in the kitchen? Now is your chance to learn knife techniques of a professional chef! Our friend Joel from Zwilling J.A. Henckels, manufacturer of quality German-made cutlery, will lead a hands-on workshop. You’ll learn basic grip and movement skills, along with mincing, cubing, julienning, and more. Impress your in-laws this holiday season by  whipping up something special for Thanksgiving dinner. Space is limited, so sign up today. Your $10 registration fee will get you a $10 Cole Hardware gift card and our signature Cole Hardware  bar board (a 6″ x 8″ bamboo cutting board that is perfect for slicing lemons and limes when you make home cocktails). Visit  to sign up.

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Ladies’ Night & Mixer

Ladies' Night & Mixer

Thursday, October 13
4PM -8PM

Ladies' Night & Mixer

Ladies’ Night returns to all Cole Hardware locations on October 13. We’ve put together a fun evening of activities and raffle prizes for all to enjoy. The great news is that you don’t even need to be a “lady” to attend—all are welcome: men, women, the young, and the young at heart! Please join us for the exciting evening and bring the family! Receive a special-edition 5-gallon pink bucket with any $10 purchase!

Bonus Ladies' Night Coupon - $10 OFF Any $20+ Purchase During Ladies' Night

Meet and Greet!

Stephanie: Espoma® Cole Street Store
Espoma offers the highest quality, most effective natural and organic products for the lawn and garden. Stephanie will be on hand to answer all of your plant questions.

Colum: Malibu Compost Rockridge Store
Malibu Compost products are hand-crafted, using only fully finished compost that is made according to traditional biodynamic practices. Colum will be on hand to answer composting questions and serving Frey Vineyards biodynamic-certified wine, highlighting terroir as part of its soil story.

Hands On!

We will be conducting these demonstrations during Ladies’ Night:

Planter from Salvaged Items
Almost any old item can be transformed into a fun planter! Bring in a small salvaged item, suitable to hold dirt, and we’ll help you create a fun planter. We’ll supply the soil and three succulents—you just need to br ing you r treasured vessel.

This revolutionary appliance has changed the soda game. Make sparkling beverages in a matter of seconds. See how easy it really is to make soda and sparkling water. Buy any SodaStream starter kit and receive a free flavor— up to a $8.99 value.

Christophe Pourny Furniture Tonic
Come see how this tonic restores the luster and shine to wood that time and sun can diminish. (Sku 102103, $17.99) 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. (Sku 102004, $7.99)


  • Appetizers
  • Cole Hardware Cutting Edge wine
  • Cole Hardware gourmet chocolates


Dress for Success® and Wardrobe for Opportunity Clothing Collection

Our Ladies’ Night will once again also serve as a donation drop-off site for Dress for Success and Wardrobe for Opportunity, whose missions are to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Both organizations offer services designed to help their clients find jobs and remain employed.

Our lifestyles and even work attire have become so casual over the last few years, many of us have professional clothing that we no longer need. This is your chance to help someone in our community who can use this clothing. A tax donation form will be provided at the time of your donation. During Ladies’ Night last year, we collected hundreds of articles of clothing and accessories, and we hope to do it again with your help!

The following is a list of appropriate clothing and other items we can accept:

  • Matching suit (jacket and pant/skirt)
  • Interview-appropriate blouses, skirts, slacks, and dresses
    Above clothing must be on hangers—no bags, please.
  • Work-appropriate shoes
  • Jewelry and scarves
  • Handbags (briefcases, portfolios, or work-appropriate purses)

Donate $10 to Dress for Success during our Ladies’ Night event and receive a $5 Cole Hardware gift card good on your next visit.

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Tips for Home Safety and Accessibility

Safer Moss and Algae Killer and Surface Cleaner

Hazards in the home are responsible for about a third of the injuries suffered by older adults, and people with impairments may face difficulties—and barriers to independent living—in their own environments. It therefore makes sense to observe household habits, identify problem areas, and make changes that will help create safer, more accessible living situations. Since June is Home Safety Month, we’ve compiled a list of easy fixes to common problems. The products shown are samples of the many from which to choose at Cole Hardware.


  • Improve lighting, if necessary, both indoors and out, to add safety as well as security. FrogLeggs Night Vision LightTake special note of stairways, and don’t forget closets.
  • Night lights or motion-sensor lights should be put in hallways and bathrooms used at night. Entryways and stairwells should be well lighted, too. One of our favorite motion sensor lights is the Light It™ wireless LED porch light, which can stand on a surface or be mounted on a wall. (Sku 3266087, $31.99)
  • Key ring flashlights allow maneuvering through dark parking areas—or even to the bathroom. The FrogLeggs™ Night Vision light is small enough to attach to a key ring and features a long-life LED bulb. (Sku 9309501, $3.49)
  • Stair safety treads provide stability, and a contrasting color tread at the edge of a step gives a visual cue. Cole Hardware has assorted widths, colors, and textures available.
  • Handrails should be positioned about adult elbow height on both sides of staircases. Knobs at both ends will alert the user that the stairs end.Monaco Lok-Lift Rug Gripper
  • Grab bars should be situated vertically at tops of stairs, and bars or handrails should be placed in bathrooms where needed (towel racks should never be used for support).
  • A shower seat and a handheld showerhead will help avoid fatigue and eliminate bending. The Safety First™ nonslip seat has rustproof legs and fits in standard tubs and showers. (Sku 4017000, $44.99) The Oxygenics® handheld power massage showerhead has five settings, a 5-foot hose, and a stationary mounting bracket. Easy installation. (Sku 4495750, $39.99)
  • Nonslip coatings or safety mats or strips will guard against slips in tubs and showers. Bath mats should have nonskid backings.
  • Limit the use of extension cords and fasten them to baseboards. 3M Cord Clips hold firmly and remove cleanly with no surface damage. Each clip holds 1 pound. Package of four clips and five adhesive strips. (Sku 5095856, $4.99)
  • Throw rugs should be removed or secured to the floor with double-sided rug tape such as Manco® Lok-Lift Rug Gripper 2.5″ x 25′. (Sku 6016158, $11.99)
  • Lever door handles and rocker light switches are great for those with poor hand strength.Safer Moss and Algae Killer and Surface Cleaner
  • Relocate items in cupboards and cabinets so that they are low enough to be easily reached.
  • Lower closet shelves if necessary.
  • A long-handled pick-up tool can be used to reach objects that are on high shelves or on the floor. The Pik Stik pick-up tool has a 32″ handle and a 4″ jaw opening. It will hold a 3-pound object. (Sku 2114957, $29.99)
  • If a step stool is necessary, a sturdy one with side handles should be used.
  • Clear moss and mildew from shady stairs and sidewalks so that areas are not slippery. Water-based Safer® Moss and Algae Killer and Surface Cleaner will do the job—plus it’s noncorrosive to metals and will actually beautify wood. (Sku 7115991, $19.99)
  • Hose reels loop hoses out of the way.
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Oakland Dust Spice Rubs

oakland-dust-logoThe story of Oakland Dust goes back to when I was a child sitting shotgun outside Flint’s BBQ in my pop’s idling ’75 Cutlass. Those summer days: the captivating Bill King on the radio, the scent of mesquite-fueled smoke billowing from above. Pop would roll to Flint’s on Shattuck just about every Sunday, pick up a full slab, hot links, and extra Wonder Bread to soak up all that goodness. By the time we made it home, half the links would be gone, and my lips would be on fire. This is where my love affair with pork, and all foods, began. I created Oakland Dust for my love of food and for the city I proudly call home.

Handcrafted, locally inspired spice rubs for all your favorite foods, our unique blends add flavor to all your creations. Try dusting on popcorn, roasted veggies, and salads. You’re the boss in the kitchen—we’re just here to add a little spice.
—Lloyd Ross, Founder of Oakland Dust

Our Rockridge store carries Oakland Dust in a pork rub, chicken rub, and curry rub. (Skus 869005, 097–8, $7.99)


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Dog Adoption Event

coppers-dream-kids-w-dogRockridge Store

5533 College Avenue
Saturday, May 21
12:00 pm–2:00 pm

Rockridge is a dog-friendly neighborhood for sure! Our crew member Jan has evencreated posters that adorn the walls of the store: The Dogs of Rockridge. Join us at our College Avenue location as we sponsor a dog adoption event with our friends from Copper’s Dream Rescue, a group that has a long history of rescuing dogs up and down the state. Copper’s Dream helps dogs of all sizes, shapes, and breeds and is dedicated to the mission of ending the euthanasia of adoptable animals through increasing public awareness, taking legal action benefiting shelter animals, and rescuing dogs scheduled for euthanasia and placing them in permanent and loving homes.

coppers-dream-animal-rescue-logoCopper’s Dream Rescue is named after Jennifer Wang’s childhood best friend, Copper, a reddish brown cocker spaniel. After graduating with a law degree in 2008 and returning to the Bay Area, Jennifer, and her sister Samantha, collaborated to found this nonprofit so that they could make the biggest impact in the lives of shelter animals on death row.

Even if you can’t adopt a dog, please come by to show your support. Any of our dog-friendly products that Copper’s Dream can use are available to purchase and donate. You might even fall in love!

A $25 Cole Hardware gift card will be given to anyone who adopts a dog at the event.

Make a donation of $10 or more during the event and receive a $5 Cole Hardware gift card.

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Handy Hoe


Used in Asia for thousands of years, the garden hoe or ho-mi is the standard for getting gardening chores done. Maybe the best garden tool created, the Handy Hoe gives your back a break by effortlessly cutting through soil, digging holes, and doing just about everything else in the garden. It literally is the sharpest tool in the shed!

Designed in Portland, Oregon, the Handy Hoe is constructed from solid beech wood and super-strong railway steel. The curve of the hoe shaft is perfectly balanced to feel right in your hand. The bright red cap isn’t just a pretty color—the folks at Handy Hoe figured you’d want to find it easily after setting it down in the garden. (Sku 709003, $14.99)

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Side Walk Sale – Rockridge Store

Time to clean the cupboards! We’ll be cleaning house and lining the sidewalks at our Rockridge store 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. And we need to empty the warehouse to make room for new and exciting summer merchandise. Everything in our sidewalk sale will be marked down 25% to 75%, so you’ll be sure to find some exceptional deals.


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