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Let’s Get Bubbly!

The holidays are a great time to raise a glass of sparkling beverage and make a toast to family and friends! At Cole Hardware, we offer several carbonation options to make this festive season a littlebit more bubbly.

Powered by a CO2 carbonator, Jet SodaStream allows you to turn tap water into sparkling water in an instant, giving you the Powered by a CO2 carbonator, Jet SodaStream allows you to turn tap water into sparkling water in an instant, giving you the taste. Try one of the sparkling drink mixes or create your own flavor by adding juices. Sparkling adult beverages are easy to make too. Choose from the Jet™jet (Sku 6260285, $79.99), Fizzi™ in black or white (Skus 6360325, 6360341, $79.99), and the Source™ in black or white (Skus 606001, 606665, $99.99).

Aarke Sparkling Water Maker
The Aarke is a sleek stain less steel soda maker. Its visual footprint on your counter is compact, and it is 100% compatible with your existing SodaStream 60-liter cartridge and bottles too. The lever carbonates and rele a se s pre ss u re ne a rly simultaneously, and it’s pretty darn quiet. Designed from the inside out, this Swedish marvel will
look great in your kitchen.
(Sku 606700, $199.99)

Drinkmate® Spritzer
This new handheld carbon-ation machine sparkles any beverage, anytime, anywhere you like. From the kitchen to the campground, the portable Spritzer is a blast to use! Easy to operate, easy to clean, and no electricity or batteries are required. Carbonate any cold drink: juices, ice tea or coffee, lemonade, energy drinks, wine, premixed craft cocktails, and even flat soda or beer. (Spritzer: Skus 606007–8, $64.99; Spare Fizz Infuser: Skus 606009–10, $24.99; 1-Liter Bottle: Sku 606011, $9.99; 0.5-Liter Bottle: Sku 606012, $8.99)

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Stay Dry with Our Dog and Cat Umbrellas!

Dog UmbrellaIntroducing our new line of dog and cat umbrellas featuring your favorite  pet! Stay dry while you walk your dog in style this rainy season with these high-quality umbrellas. These classic English stick-style umbrellas feature silhouettes of many popular breeds silkscreened across eight panels of fashionable colors. Made to old-world standards, the umbrellas auto-open to a generous 40-inch-wide canopy and are constructed with fiberglass ribs for strength and flexibility and steel shafts for durability. They come with a matching cover that sports a shoulder strap for easy travel. Choices include pugs and poodles, dachshunds, bulldogs, Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, and more. And there’s a cat silhouette for our feline-loving friends too! (Skus 885580–94, $24.99)

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familyFor the past seven Christmas seasons, our Rockridge store manager, Tessa, has participated in a holiday adopt-a-family program. She has adopted families both personally and for us at Cole Hardware. Whoever could, pitched in with presents and gift cards for these mothers and their children to make their Christmas special. Tessa will once again be adopting two families this holiday season. If you would like to donate a gift or gift card to one of these families, please contact Tessa to find out what the family has requested and the ages of the children. Email or ask for her when you’re shopping at our Rockridge location.

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Coins for the Community Tops $100,000!

coinsWow! Our Coins for the Community program began a little over six years ago, and we’re proud to announce that through the generosity of our shoppers (you!), we have topped the $100,000 milestone—$110,231.15 to be exact! During the first week of October, we collected $1,025.42 for our friends at Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS), a support and action group for young women in the Bay Area who are living with breast cancer. With BAYS’s blessing, we switched to collecting funds for the North Bay Fire Relief Fund, where 100% of donations go directly to fire victims. In the last three weeks of October, we were able to North Bay Fire Relief collect $13,021.72, and our collection for the fire victims continued through November. We’ll report our November total next month. For the month of December, we will collect funds for Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent, Inc. (W.O.M.A.N., Inc.) to support the
many programs it offers. It’s easy to donate to Coins for the Community! Simply drop your spare change in any of our collection jars or choose the “donate” option when you’re checking out at any of our registers. Or bring in that old jar of pennies that’s collecting dust on your dresser!

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Happy Hour – December

Please join us as we celebrate the holidays with our friends and family and 20% storewide savings!* Finish shopping for those last-minute gifts on your list—or get started, if you’re more of a procrastinator. If you’re planning a low-key “staycation” this year, perhaps you can tackle a home-improvement project during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Stock up on everything you need at our last Happy Hour of the year, where we’ll also be serving our Cutting Edge wine, of course. Please stop by. We’ll save you a glass of wine!

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Freshly Cut Christmas Trees

Arriving Thanksgiving Weekgreentrees
Many of our longtime Cole Street shoppers fondly recall Dave Karp delivering their first Christmas tree when they moved to the Cole Valley neighborhood. Keeping with tradition, all of our stores will once again stock freshly cut Christmas trees in a variety of sizes. All COLE HARDWARE locations also have tree stands, lights, ornaments, and more—everything you need to create a festive holiday tree! We’re happy to bring the tree to your home in San Francisco and the Rockridge neighborhood for a $20 delivery fee. Just make arrangements for delivery at the time of purchase. While we will try our best to deliver your tree exactly when you request, please allow for a two-hour delivery window.

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Holiday Hounds: Pooch Pictures with Santa

Sunday, December 3 2:00 pm–6:00 pm 5533 College Avenue, Rockridge $10, with Proceeds Going to the Milo Foundation
Most folks would agree that their dogs are part of the family! Bring your canine kids to our Rockridge store on Sunday, December 3, to have their photo taken with Santa Claus. The proceeds will support all of the great work that the Milo Foundation does, and you’ll receive a 5″ x 7″ photo keepsake. The Milo Foundation is a nonprofit rescue and adoption center for domestic animals, and it’s where our Rockridge store manager, Tessa, found her newest canine companion. Please register for photos at so that we have an idea of how many dog treats to have on hand!

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Bag Sale

bagsaleKick-start your holiday shopping, stock up on supplies, or get everything you need to tackle that home improvement project before the holidays creep up on us! Whatever fits (or not) in our sturdy, reusable shopping bag will be 20% off. This includes nearly every regular-price item in our stores, with just a few exclusions (see stores for details). And you keep the COLE HARDWARE reusable bag, too.  Enjoy a 20% savings on knives sharpened that day at our Cole Valley and North Beach stores, too, courtesy of our friendly knife sharpener, Matt.

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Food Drive for Seniors

Friday, November 17–Monday, November 20fooddrive

The Bay Area is home to some of the wealthiest people on earth but also to thousands of seniors whose income level falls below the federal poverty line. These seniors live with the daily threat of hunger. Being food-insecure can worsen chronic health problems that can in turn lead to hospitalization. Food is a basic human need, and without an adequate diet, people cannot fight off disease and infection. Low-income seniors must often choose between purchasing food and buying medicine. We will be hosting a food drive to benefit two wonderful organizations whose mission is to help feed our elderly neighbors: Groceries for Seniors in San Francisco and St. Paul’s Pantry of Hope in Oakland. Please bring in any nonperishable foods during our drive if you can. Besides canned foods, we also welcome boxed foods, past as, and cereals.

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This Holiday Season, If You Click, Click Locally

Click with thriving Bay Area retailers. Click by exploring both new stores and old favorites. If you don’t have time to explore the stores in person, then click online with your favorite local retailer. That way, your hard-earned dollars stay in the community. Thanks to the research done by our friends at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), we can share with you the facts and figures that show the value of shopping locally. Bay Area residents treasure the vibrancy of their neighborhoods, and most of us totally get the benefits of shopping locally. Whether you shop in person or online, check out local businesses like these during the holidays:
Are there books on your shopping list? The independent bookstores in the Bay Area are thriving! Immerse yourself at Green Apple Books
(, Books Inc. (, The Booksmith(, Russian Hill Bookstore (, Pegasus Books (, or East Bay Booksellers ( . . . I wish I could name them all. Each is a joy to browse, and most have a vibrant online presence.

Want some local art, jewelry, home décor, or unique clothing? All made by local artists? Check out Secession Art and Design ( on Mission Street.

Athletic and outdoor stuff on your shopping list?Sports Basement ( is your destination. Shopping their stores is an adventure. Ditto their online shop.

And if you want to send flowers or are into the online meals craze, be sure to check out Hoogasian Flowers ( and Luke’s Local (

Are you a foodie or shopping for one? You are going to love Market Hall’s website almost as much as their two East Bay stores

Finally, don’t forget us, your friends at We’re here to fulfill your COLE HARDWARE. orders!We’re in the “stuff” business, and our stores are overflowing with everything from plants to Vitamix blenders to Riedel glassware, toys, heaters, and gobs more. And you can shop with us online 24/7 at or on Google Express, too. These are but a few examples of unique, great retail stores in our area that fulfill online orders. There are plenty more. Let us know some of your favorites, and we’ll give them a shout out, too. So, here are some facts from ILSR regarding the benefits of shopping locally versus shopping at Amazon:

Jobs. Amazon creates fewer than half the number of jobs as local businesses do. For every $10 million in sales, Amazon employs just 19supportlocal people. In contrast, independent retailers create 47 jobs for that same $10 million.

Taxes. Yes, Amazon is finally collecting sales tax in California. But in addition to sales taxes, local businesses pay property taxes and other local fees for storefront locations, which is money that recirculates in our local economy and contributes to our collective well-being.

Local Economy. Remember, every dime you spend with Amazon benefits their shareholders and Seattle where they are headquartered. That’s cool perhaps if

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