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  Rootcups help to start roots in water for plant clippings, seeds such as avocado, and bulbs. Cutting roots are   protected from light, which aids growth. Leaves are held above the water to prevent rotting and the lid captures evaporation so cuttings need little attention. The raw material is common beach sand, which after processing results in a durable, non-toxic flexible elastomer.  Rootcups are available in two sizes and in three colors: gray, green, and clay. (Small: $4.99; Large: $13.99)

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Joe Jacket® Drink Sleeves

joe-jacket-3Let’s face it! We are a time-strapped society desperately in need of our coffee on the go. The cardboard sleeves that we use with our coffee unfortunately get tossed in the landfill trash out of convenience if a recycling bin is not handy. Joe Jacket to rescue! Introduced to us by a Rockridge customer, Joe Jacket is an insulating reusable neoprene sleeve that takes the place of cardboard sleeves.

For the fashion savvy or pet-loving coffee drinker, Joe Jacket provides a stylish, ear th-friendly alternative. The makers of Joe Jacket are passionate about giving back to the animal community, too, and donate a portion of sales to animal charities and also donate Joe Jacket sleeves to aid small-scale animal shelters with their fundraising efforts.

Small enough to carry in your purse or backpack, Joe Jackets also make an ideal gift—just slip in a gift card to a favorite coffee shop, tie a ribbon around it, and your gift is ready f or g iving. A ssorted p atterns. (Skus 871805,6,13–23, $7.99)

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marsala-swatchPantone, the global color authority, announced Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy wine red, as the Color of the Year for 2015. “Marsala enriches our mind, body, and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings, and interiors.”

Marsala for Interiors

marsala-interiorComplex and full-bodied without overpowering, Marsala provides a unifying element for interior spaces. Add elegance to any room by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue in accent pieces, accessories, and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture.

marsala-patioNurturing and fulfilling, Marsala is a natural fit for the kitchen and dining room—making it ideal for tabletop, small appliances, and linens throughout the home. The hue will be especially prominent in striping and floral patterns found in printed placemats, dinnerware, bedding, and throws.

Marsala in Our Stores

marsala-itemsIn a hardware store, where glamour can sometimes be elusive, our housewares and garden departments are the most fashion forward of any other areas in our stores. Here are a few of the products in this rich Marsala hue that you will find on our shelves. We see Marsala used in a lot in the packaging of products. And just for fun, we found several true hardware items that embody Marsala!

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Chukar Cherries

chukar-cherriesChukar Cherries come to us from a family company located in Washington’s Yakima Valley. Made in the heart of cherry country, this line of dried cherry and nut snack mixes and chocolate-covered treats celebrates the delicious flavors of the Pacific Northwest. They’re made in small production batches, so when Chukar Cherries arrive on our shelves, the treats are guaranteed to have been produced in the few weeks beforehand. You can taste that difference in freshness and quality after just one bite. An assortment of delicious, no-sugar-added Chukar Cherries snack mixes are available at COLE HARDWARE, containing various combinations of dried bing and Rainier cherries, dried cranberries, pistachios, almonds, cashews, and for those with a sweet tooth, chocolate, of course! We have them in small grab-and-go single-size portions (Skus 972073, 9: $2.99) and larger 6-ounce bags to stash in your glove box or purse (Skus 927019, 65, 72: $9.99). For when you are craving something sweet but wholesome—these snacks have no preservatives or additives—you simply must try the cabernet chocolate-covered cherries (the Yakima Valley is not only cherry country, but wine country, too!) and chocolate-covered honey pecans as well. (Skus 927091, 097: $4.99)

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Foodie Gardens!

foodie-gardenFoodie Gardens are growing kits for kids, food lovers, chefs, and gardeners alike. The kits feature a stylish rectangular tin planter, nicely packaged with instructions and illustrations. Three kits are available: “Basil-o-holic” with sweet, lemon, and Siam basils; “Triple XXX Pepper” with pepperoncini, habanero, and cayenne chile peppers; and “Tomato Takeover” with black krim, green zebra, and roma tomatoes. The kits are complete with coco-fiber wafers, seeds, and instructions. Once started, all the plants can be transplanted to patio containers or the garden to fully mature. (Skus 799500–2, $19.99)

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The Selfie Stick—Love It or Hate It


Here’s the deal with the Selfie Stick. When it first landed on one of our desks as a potential item to bring in for our shelves, some folks’ reaction was a decidedly disgusted exclamation: “Oh my gosh—this is a horrible idea!” After a couple months, however, others among us began lobbying for the Selfie Stick’s good graces. We started seeing them being used around town, and we started receiving customer requests, and we slowly came around to the idea. In case you haven’t yet seen one yourself, a Selfie Stick is an extendable pole with a secure mount on the end for holding your camera phone. Anyone who’s ever tried to capture a landscape in the background of their selfie knows that the length of your arm can pose a serious hindrance to getting the shot you envisioned. Never fear! Think of the Selfie Stick as your Go-Go-Gadget arm attachment for capturing a wider scene or more friends in your selfies.

Do you yourself have any particular feeling about selfies? Maybe you post a selfie to social media to show off your outfit every night before hitting the club. Ever the pragmatist, perhaps you enlist the use of a selfie only on remotely rugged hikes with your dog, when no one else is around to capture the beautiful moment for you two. Or maybe you shake your head with amusement when your cousin/roommate/friend posts a daily poutyfaced and ultra-filtered selfie. Odds are, whatever your feelings are toward selfies, your feelings toward the Selfie Stick will be identical. However, whether you are an unabashed selfietaking fiend, need an addition to your collection of cultural relics, or want a great gag gift, you’ll be surprised that you can find a reason to buy a Selfie Stick more quickly than you may have thought. (Sku 999700, $12.99)

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Big Green Egg®

big-green-eggOur mild climate in the Bay Area allows us to cook outdoors year-round. Enjoy that extra hour of daylight by cooking dinner on your very own Big Green Egg! More than just a barbecue, the Big Green Egg is a complete cooking system that allows you to grill, slow cook, bake, smoke, and roast. Versatility is the name of the game with a Big Green Egg. Perfectly prepare anything from a steakhouse-style grilled porterhouse to a tender brisket, turkey, or pork tenderloin. Vegetables, stews, stir-frys, casseroles—even pies and desserts—are superbly cooked with an EGG. Pizza on an EGG is in a class of its own. You can literally cook an entire meal with an EGG!

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Big Green Egg® MiniMax™

Just in time for the Super Bowl, the all-new, portable Big Green Egg MiniMax is proof that great things come in small packages. This EGG is the first to arrive with its own transportation in the form of a sturdy, easy-to-grip carrier. The compact MiniMax, perfect for camping, poolside, and tailgating, is built to perform and is ready to travel wherever your culinary interests take you!

Opening the MiniMax dome reveals a stainless steel cooking grate measuring 13 inches in diameter for a whopping 133 square inches of cooking area—all within a convenient 19.5-inch height. And, of course, MiniMax is constructed from the same ultra-high-quality ceramics as the other six EGG sizes and allows you to grill, bake, smoke, roast, and slow cook. Arrives in one complete package. (Sku 868021, $649.00)

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CoverGrip™ Safety Drop Cloths

These drop cloths are made with heavy-duty canvas that is backed by a patented covering of rubberized PVC dots. These dots create a strong grip between the cloth and the floor, so the cloth doesn’t budge an inch, even when ladders or tools are being moved around on top of it. They also create a cushion to help protect surfaces from any damage that might occur if tools are accidentally dropped. The rows of dots also create a guide for folding drop cloths into perfectly straight lines, so bunching and uneven coverage are not a concern when working on stairs or in other tight spaces. Professional painters, plumbers, and tradespeople in many other areas of expertise demand Cover Grip cloths, but they are also great to have on hand for your own projects around the house. The best news is that these drop cloths can be safely machine washed and dried! We carry CoverGrip drop cloths in four sizes to fit any of your needs, ranging from 3.5′ x 4′ to 8′ x 10′. (Skus 139101–102, 1538933, 1538958 $14.99–$49.99)

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Miele Vacuums

Vacuum cleaners can contribute to indoor air pollution if they don’t retain the dust, dirt, and allergens they collect. The Sealed System TM of Miele vacuum cleaners, however, has superior retention. Long known in Europe for sleek design and superior engineering, Miele vacuums not only clean homes but the air as well. Miele canister vacuums have been awarded top rating certification by the DMT Air Quality Testing Institute for “excellent air quality” for their combination of the Sealed System and IntensiveClean TM dust/filter bags.

Miele canister vacuums feature the Super Air Clean filter made of electrostatically charged material that retains 94% of particles. They feature quiet operation and excellent maneuverability. All Miele canister vacuums have a powerful 1,200-watt Miele-made Vortex Motor System, a 291⁄2-foot overall cleaning radius, automatic cord rewind, and six-stage suction-control rotary dial. All of these canister models can be used for medium- to high-pile carpeting, area rugs, and all smooth flooring.

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Keep It Clean With Caldrea®

Keep It Clean With Caldrea®

caldreaCleaning your home no longer needs to be an unpleasant task with harsh cleaners full of toxic chemicals. All Cole Hardware locations are introducing the aromatic, sensual scents of the Caldrea line in dish soap, hand soap, countertop spray, laundry detergent, and candles. Caldrea uses potent ingredients that are effective, safe, and gentle all at once. The packaging of these products is so beautiful, you’ll want to give it as a gift, as well as be inspired to clean. ($9.99–$19.99) You’ll find these pleasing scents at our stores:

Ginger Pomelo: A day stretched out into a wide grin, warmed by the sun, glowing citrus is emboldened by ginger, basil, and sweet peony. Brighten a counter, a mood, or a Monday.

Sea Salt Neroli: Boards washed by the sun, this seashore of a scent sends citrus and juniper aloft on breezes of minerals, florals, and the clean musk of summer dances.

Lavender Pine: Lavender and pine have kept homes pristine not for mere centuries but for actual millennia. Today, cedarwood, eucalyptus, and orange add elegance to the efficacy.

Mandarin Vetiver: This is sunshine sharply sectioned and freshly squeezed. The invigoration of citrus finds it zest with vetiver green.

Basil Blue Sage: A sprig of spring, refined yet relaxed, this bouquet tidies your affairs with the effortless Provençal chic of its namesakes, plus rosemary, spearmint, and cinnamon leaf.

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