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Coins for the Community Tops $60,000!

Coins for the Community Jar

Coins for the Community JarOur August collection of $725.17 benefitted our friends at ArtSeed, whose goal is to bring a lifelong love for creativity, knowledge, and generosity into the lives of young people. That puts our grand total since our spare change collection’s inception at $60,489.12! All thanks to the generosity of our loyal shoppers.

For September, our spare change collection was earmarked to assist Lyon-Martin Health Services, which provides excellent health care to women, lesbians, and transgender people. We’ll report on those numbers next month.

Our October collection will go to Dress for Success and Wardrobe for Opportunity, two organizations whose missions are to provide professional attire and support to disadvantaged women. In addition, we will have a clothing drive during our Ladies’ Night. Click here for further information.

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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Rockridge Out & About

Rockridge Out & About

Sunday, October 9
12:00 pm–6:00 pm

Rockridge Out & About

Join Cole Hardware at the 10th annual Rockridge Out & About festival along vivacious College Avenue. Visit our Pumpkin Patch. Kids are welcome to get creative and adorn a pumpkin (while pumpkins last). Parents can purchase and enjoy a seasonal brew and keep our signature pint beer glass.

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Polk Street Pumpkin Festival

Polk Street Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, October 29
3:00pm – 5:00 pm
Costume Parade for Kids & Pets!
Pumpkin Decorating! Games! Prizes!

Parade Meeting Spot: FLIPP 1400 Green Street @ Polk Street 3:00 pm

Parade ends at Glammic (1488 Vallejo Street) for pumpkin decorating and games. Meet us at the beginning of the parade or join us anywhere along the route! Free to kids of all ages and all pets!

To register and see a map of the parade route & spooky participating merchants, go to or call 415/674-8913 ext. 4.

Polk Street Pumpkin Festival

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Good News for Our Mission Store Patrons: Cole Hardware Is Coming to SOMA!

Cole Hardware is coming to SOMA

We have scoured the Mission corridor for new locations in order to be as close to our Mission Street patrons as possible. The closest suitable space we could find will become home to our newest store at 9th and Folsom Streets in SOMA. We hope you will reconnect with us there if you haven’t already been patronizing our other City stores. The location on 9th Street is a short 10-minute car ride from the Mission District or a 20-minute ride on the 14, followed by a two-block walk. Please come and say hello when we open early next year! We miss you and need your continued support of our business.

The building that housed the Mission Street store, as you know, has been totally demolished. The property owner is unsure of his future plans at this point. If we have the opportunity to purchase the property at an affordable price, or if we are offered a reasonable lease in a new building there, we most certainly will open up once again in our previous space. In the meantime, we will continue to watch for space and hopefully will be part of the Mission community once again.

Important info for our Mission store patrons: If you have not yet shopped at one of our other stores since the fire, and you wish to continue to stay connected with us by receiving the Hardware Hotline in the mail, you must e-mail us at, letting us know your Rewards number or phone number and your name and address. If you prefer, you can also sign up to receive the Hardware Hotline and other digital communications via e-mail, if you aren’t signed up already. You can do this at In the meantime, we’ll keep you posted on any developments of interest as they unfold. I thank you for all of your heartfelt messages of support and friendship, as well as for 32 wonderful years. It has been a privilege to be part of your community. We miss you.

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Big Green Egg® Demonstration

bgeRockridge Store
5533 College Avenue
Saturday, September 17
11:00 am–2:00 pm

From appetizers and entrées to desserts, the Big Green Egg will exceed all your expectations for culinary perfection. With seven convenient sizes to choose from, there is a Big Green Egg to fit any lifestyle. The EGG® stands alone as the most versatile barbecue and outdoor cooking product on the market, with more capabilities than all other conventional cookers combined. 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.

See the Big Green Egg in action and prepare to get hungry! Join us as we cook up a variety of tasty treats while demonstrating how easy it is!

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Keyless Home Entry with Your Smartphone

august-logoWhat can our smartphones not do these days! Our stores now feature two cool new products that will make your life easier and make your home smarter. The August Smart Lock allows for keyless home entry with your smartphone. Your smartphone is now a smart key—and more. Lock and unlock your door, create virtual keys for guests, and know who comes and goes, all from your iOS or Android smartphone. The August Smart Lock easily installs on the inside of your door using only a screwdriver. Choose to grant access for a few weeks, a few hours, a few minutes, or even specific dates and times; you’re in control. Never make duplicate keys again! Send a virtual key from anywhere instantly—all from the August app. Available in silver and dark gray. (Skus 503021–2, $199.99)august-smart-lock

No more fumbling for keys, as the August Smart Lock auto-locks behind you for peace of mind and unlocks as you approach for a hands-free entry. Know who comes and goes with the 24/7 activity log. The August app tracks who enters and exits your home and when. Keep your existing door hardware. Your door’s exterior hardware stays the same; the August Smart Lock only replaces the interior portion of your deadbolt. Use your traditional key any time. The lock works with most standard deadbolts and installs in about 15 minutes with just a screwdriver and nothing to wire.
Sold separately, the August Connect module allows you to remotely access your lock. (Sku 503018, $79.99)
smartlock-camsmartlock-phoneThe August Doorbell Cam lets you see and speak with visitors at your door, from anywhere. Always know who’s at the front door, even when you’re not home. This doorbell cam alerts you when the bell is rung. A one-way highdefinition camera lets you view visitors from your smartphone while still ensuring your privacy. Whether you missed a visitor or want to replay a conversation, the August Doorbell Cam records each interaction at your door. Replay audio and video through the August app. The doorbell cam replaces your doorbell and works with existing wiring. Available in dark gray or silver. (Sku 503014, 503017, $199.99)

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Oakland Pride Happy Hour and Benefit

10-off-pride-couponSunday, September 11
4:00 pm–8:00 pm
Rockridge Store
5533 College Avenue

Shop with us at our Rockridge store and save 10% during our Oakland Pride Happy Hour and Benefit. Not only will you save 10%, but 10% of all sales will benefit Lyon-Martin Health Services and the many programs it administers in the community. Founded in 1979 by a group of medical providers and health activists as a clinic for lesbians who lacked access to nonjudgmental, affordable health care, the clinic soon became a model for culturally sensitive community-based health care. The clinic is named after Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, feminists and well-known LGBTQ civil rights activists. Visit for further information, and please join us for a fun evening, a glass of wine, and some sweets.

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Indian Summer Hardware Happy Hour

Happy Hour at Cole Hardware

Happy Hour at Cole Hardware20-off-couponWednesday, September 14
4:00 pm–8:00 pm
All Cole Hardware Stores

Enjoy our Indian Summer Hardware Happy Hour with a glass of our Cutting Edge wine. Take advantage of our 20% off storewide savings to stock up on some household essentials, buy a treat for yourself, or even start your holiday shopping—it’s never too early to at least start getting ideas for those special folks on your list. We hope to see you!

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Marc: Master Locksmith

For the month of September, Marc is offering a special price of $49.99 for a security consultation-- a $100 savings!

For the month of September, Marc is offering a special price of $49.99 for a security consultation– a $100 savings!

You may already know Marc Estoque, our Master Class Locksmith. Marc, a native San Franciscan, has been working with Cole Hardware for more than 20 years; in fact, he has over 30 years experience installing and maintaining locks in the many Victorians and Edwardians in San Francisco. He takes pride in his work and offers unparalleled customer service in the Cole Hardware tradition.
A typical call for Marc these days is a “rekey” (combination change) whereby, for any number of reasons, a customer needs his or her locks changed. Marc also gets calls when customers are locked out of their house or car. In most cases, Marc can provide a fast 30-minute response time for calls in the City.
Marc advises everyone to take a few minutes to recall who might have copies of their property keys, such as a former housemate, dog walker, tradesperson, contractor, and so on. Many people live in shared housing, and locks and keys are rarely changed when a property is bought, sold, or rerented, which means former tenants and their friends, associates, and others might still have keys to your home.
We have seen so many advancements in technology in recent years. Marc is versed in the many different high-security locks and their installations, including commercial applications such as magnetic card readers, biometric (fingerprint reader) locks, and push-button entry systems. In addition, Marc can install the many new smart locks available now, including the August Smart Lock featured on page 4, which allows you to control who has access at all times.
Marc suggests that homeowners should consider getting a security consultation if they have any doubts or concerns about the overall security of their property. Additionally, they should install quality locks such as Schlage or high-security locks like Medeco. If a customer would like a security consultation, Marc can do a complete walkthrough of the property. He will look for any security vulnerabilities and point out any substandard hardware (locks, windows, doors, and so on). He will then provide a written summary that will include suggestions as well as hardware recommendations. A standard security consultation is $150, but for the month of September, Marc is offering a special price of $49.99—a $100 savings! And, if you decide to have Marc upgrade your security, the consultation fee will be applied toward your final bill.
Marc can work with you to achieve either contemporary or vintage design while maintaining or enhancing security. At times, locks just need a little attention, rather than replacement. From simple rekeys and dead bolt installations to high-security locks and master key systems, Marc can do it all. In fact, somewhat a jack-of-all-trades, Marc can install the new Nest learning thermostats and security cameras, too.
If you would like to contact Marc for your locksmith needs, you may call him directly at 415/760-LOCK (5625), or call our Repair Referral Service at 415/753- 2653 ext. 3, and we will put you in touch with Marc. We also do referrals via e-mail at

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Collection: Underwear for the Underserved

underwear for underserved

underwear for underservedWe’ve all heard the line from our mothers, “Always wear clean underwear in case you’re in an accident.” And most of us have the luxury of wearing clean underclothes daily. Unfortunately, for thousands of homeless and underserved folks in the Bay Area with no access to laundry facilities, clean underclothes are not a reality.
All Cole Hardware locations will serve as drop-off sites for St. Anthony Foundation’s collection of new underwear during the month of September. For obvious reasons, we can only accept new items in their original, unopened packaging and/or with manufacturer tags. We will be happy to take any new undergarments— including underpants, T-shirts, socks, and bras. Don’t forget children’s sizes, too!
In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, the mission of St. Anthony Foundation is to feed, heal, shelter, clothe, and lift the spirits of those in need and to create a society in which all people flourish. This group is committed to providing the poor with basic needs and services as a gateway to reclaiming their sense of dignity and progressing toward stability. No need for designer duds—plain tighty whities will be gratefully accepted!

Donations accepted at any Cole Hardware location throughout September.

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