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)
Hopefully, most Hardware Hotline readers whose home has either a curbside compost program or a bit of garden space are taking advantage of the opportunity to compost. Composting lessens our collective environmental footprint by taking green waste that would otherwise end up causing pollution in landflls and channeling it directly into a more valuable material. However, sometimes the realities of keeping a compost receptacle in the home kitchen are less than desirable. As the food waste breaks down, it can cause odors and attract fruit fies—not very pleasant additions to the room where we spend our time cooking and eating! The CompoKeeper is a new product that we are loving at Cole Hardware, as it has solved many frequent complaints we hear about the unpleasant sides of composting kitchen scraps. What sets the CompoKeeper apart from traditional compost receptacles we’ve tried? • Two foot pedals make for a hands-free, cleaner composting experience.• Its patented bag-sealing technology lock smells in and keep bugs away.• A generous 6-gallon capacity allows for more storage room and fewer trips outside.• A sleek design makes it an attractive addition to the kitchen.• It can easily be set up for under-the-counter or free-standing use in the kitchen. The CompoKeeper is available at Cole Hardware in green or black. Pick one up today and revolutionize your home composting experience! (Sku 740000–1, $69.99)
Lately, nonstick coated pots and pans have gotten a bad rap in the news, and many home cooks have reverted to using cast-iron cookware—same as what Grandma used! Check out this nifty new chain mail scrubber that we found for use with all of your cast iron, stainless steel, hard anodized aluminum, and enameled cast-iron cook-ware, woks, and casseroles. We fnd this to be one of the world’s best pots and pans scrubber. Cleaning cast-iron cookware with the scrubber is safe, fast, and easy, and well-seasoned cast-iron pans will stay seasoned. Each ring is handmade from 316 grade stainless steel—the highest grade of stainless steel and often used for professional food service applications and surgical instruments.Run your pan under warm water and scrub. Cooked-on residue will release quickly and easily with the scrubber, and there is no need to use detergents. The best time to clean cast-iron pans is shortly after cooking, when they are just warm to the touch. The scrubber itself cleans up quickly in hot, soapy water or in the dishwasher. Nasty burned-on food can destroy a regular sponge, even with a scouring pad, in just one use. So what’s better than a lifetime guarantee? We will replace your chain mail scrubber at any time for any reason. Never buy another pot scrubber! (Sku 116013, $19.99)
Our Cole Street location will sponsor a donation drop-off day on Saturday, April 18, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm with our friends at Goodwill. Besides consumer electronics (working or not), we will accept clothing and accessories, home accessories, kitchenware and small appliances, and bicycles. (Sorry, but we cannot accept large appliances, sofas, mattresses, snow skis, auto parts, or furniture.) Goodwill will take almost anything in good, clean, working condition. As a guideline, if you would give it to a friend or hand it down to a relative, it is perfect for Goodwill. This is a great opportunity to recycle outdated phones, computers, stereos, and televisions properly to keep them out of the landfill. Although we accept small household appliances and small electronics at our stores on a daily basis, this is a great opportunity to bring in any larger electronics, such as televisions.
Our friends at Malibu Compost will be leading a class at our Rockridge location on Sunday, April 12, on the benefits of home composting and gardening with compost teas. 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.
Malibu Compost offers compost and compost teas that repair your soil’s ecosystem, save water, and serve as a source of humus for planting and managing soil health while also emanating energetic life forces to vitalize vegetables, plants, flowers, lawns, gardens, and their farms. Their 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 bio-dynamic preparations that contain specific plant and mineral materials designed to increase microbial life and nutrients in the soil. The effects of these preparations used in compost have been scientifically shown to enhance the flavor, nutritional value, and qualities of produce, while eliminating the need for pesticides, fertilizers, and other synthetic soil steroids. Join us for an informative session to answer all of your home composting questions!
We are reintroducing our popular Clearly Cole Hardware bottled spring water for your fund-raising events. You’ll recall that we introduced our Cutting Edge wine as an alternative to the politically incorrect single-use plastic water bottles for our schools and nonprofits to serve at their fund-raising events. You could say we turned “water into wine,” but we also realized that serving wine was sometimes not appropriate for family festivities. So we’re happy to announce that spring water is now available to serve at your events.
Our spring water is supplies by a local company with a zero carbon footprint in bottles now made of 100% recycled, BPA-free plastic. We’ll gladly donate up to six cases of water to our Community Partners for local fund-raising events. Just e-mail a request on your organization’s letterhead, including the date of the event, to email@example.com. Serve the water to your guests or suggest a donation to raise even more funds!
Available at Our Rockridge and Downtown Stores
If you take public transit, even on occasion, nothing beats the convenience of an all-in-one Clipper card. We have become somewhat of a cashless society, due in part to the versatility of our ATM and credit cards. Scrambling for the exact fare on a bus, train, or ferry is a hassle, too, especially when riding multiple transit lines. As an added customer service, our Rockridge and downtown Fourth Street locations both offer Clipper cards and are able to fully load them with transit passes, discount tickets, ride book, and cash value. All applicable fares, discounts, and transfer rules are easily tracked. This lets you customize your cards for your own transit needs. You can also use Clipper to pay for parking in a limited number of locations. The Clipper card can hold multiple passes, ride books, or tickets (which are specific to the transit system being used), as well as up to $300 in cash value at one time and up to $250 in parking cash value. Cash value on your Clipper card can be used to ride any participating transit system. You can add value (in the form of both passes and cash value) to your card as you go. Use Clipper on Muni, BART, AC Transit, VTA, SamTrans, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit and Ferry, and San Francisco Bay Ferry.
Let’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)
Pantone, 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
Complex 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.
Nurturing 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
In 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!
Chukar 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)
Foodie 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)