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Trend Watch: Wellness

Not since the 1980s when Jane Fonda revolutionized exercise with her workout videos and Olivia Newton John urged us to “get physical” has wellness awareness been so prevalent. (Kind of ironic for a decade also known for its excesses.) These days, we hardly go anywhere without our reusable water bottles to keep hydrated, and many of us now sport an activity tracker, such as the Fitbit®, measuring our every step. In keeping with the wellness theme, here’s an assortment of items you’ll find in our stores to help you stay in tip-top shape!

Nutri Ninjanutri-ninja

It’s hard to get all the recommended servings of fruit and vegetables daily—drinking them makes it easier. (Sku 6294623, $89.99)

Pur® Water Filtration System

pur-filtrationSkip buying bottled water and filter tap water instead. (Sku 4201406, $34.99)

S’well® Water Bottlesswell-water-bottles

Keep your cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot beverages hot for 12 hours. Available at our San Francisco stores in 9 – ounce ($24.99), 17-ounce ($29.99), and 25-ounce ($39.99) sizes in an array of colors. (Corkcicle and Vogue bottles available at Rockridge store).


Escali Food Scales

Ideal for portion control if you are on a strict diet. (Skus 643431, 643432, $29.99)

Salad Spinner


What could be healthier than a salad for lunch or dinner? (Sku 6065155, $34.99)

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Chilewich® Floor Mats

Spruce up your home for spring—or even create the feel of an entire room makeover—with a new Chilewich floor mat! Cole Hardware is your local source for these beautiful woven floor mats, many of which can also be used outdoors. All San Francisco locations stock the 2′ x 3′ door- mat size in a wide selection of colors and patterns made from signature woven vinyl yarns and textiles, which are bonded to a commercial-grade backing. Because of the vinyl material, cleaning Chilewich mats is much easier than traditional rugs. The materials are much hardier and less absorbent, so spills are less likely to set in and cause a stain. Should a stain occur, spot cleaning is a cinch with any soft scrub brush and cleaning agent—the woven vinyl is so durable that even a bleach-based cleaner will not alter the fabric!

New to our Cole Street and Mission Street locations are the Chilewich area woven floor mats in a variety of weaves and tasteful colorations—all featuring Chilewich’s durable signature woven textile bonded with f lexible commercial-grade backing. One of the oldest and simplest of weaving constructions, the Basketweave style is available in earth, bark, and latte tones in 35″ x 48″ (Skus 682010, 682048, 682054, $149.99) and 46″ x 72″(Sku 682057, $299.99) sizes.

Reed combines innovative practicality with a serene Asian sensibility. This hardworking weave has a natural feel that will complement and enhance a wide range of interiors from traditional to contemporary. Choose from 23″ x 36″ (Skus 682047, 682053, 682056, $109.99) and 46″ x 72″ (Skus 682055, 682059, $299.99) sizes in seashell, sandbar, and ash.

Ikat is a weave that was designed exclusively for flooring. Colors appear to vanish and then reappear in the Ikat design, which is the result of carefully chosen contrasting colors in Chilewich’s bi-color yarns. In a deep grey 35″ x 48″ size, this mat becomes a tranquil background for anything sitting on top. (Sku 682051, $149.99)

Wicker area rugs feature a woven construc­tion that has been used in most cultures for centuries. The sugar shade is available in two sizes: 2″ x 36″(Sku 682066, $119.99) and 4″ x 72″ (Sku 682058, $299.99). Chilewich can even create mats custom sized to your space. See any of our stores for more information.chilewich-basketweave

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Timbuk2 Luxe Waterproof Backpack

timbuk2-bagAn ideal Mother’s Day gift for an active mom, the Luxe Pack is a cycling bag designed for a woman’s fit. Stylishly designed, it’s made with super- lightweight fabric and has neoprene side pockets for a water bottle or U-lock. The roll top makes it truly waterproof, and it can hold up to a 15″ laptop. A magnetic flap keeps contents in the front organizer pocket secure. If you get caught in the rain, the Luxe pack keeps you looking fresh with its built-in waterproof hood and seat cover mud flap. The subtle ref lective print offers high visibility in low light. Choose from black (Sku 926664), haze (Sku 926774), and silver (Sku 926773). All retail for $165.99 and are available at our Fourth Street and Rockridge locations.

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Quick Dam

The new alternative to heavy sand bags.

Absorbs, contains and diverts water! Self activates when wet.


If the El Niño predictions are correct, our heaviest rains will hit from January through March. Although there are relatively few creeks or streams in our urban areas, flooding occurs often during heavy downpours in driveways and backyards. Clogged storm drains are another source of flooding on city streets. Be prepared to protect flood-prone areas around your house with Quick Dam. These flood bags and barriers work similarly to sand bags in diverting water, but they are much more convenient—no heavy sand to lug around for one thing!

Compact and lightweight, these reusable barriers activate and swell when wet and evaporate when dry. They’ll reactivate when wet again and degrade naturally after several months of ongoing use, so they should last through the El Niño rains. Available in a 6-pack of bags (Sku 5681689, $39.99) or 10-foot barrier (Sku 5681622, $24.99).

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Snow Cable Chains

Don’t get caught on the mountain pass without snow cable chains!

tireVeteran Tahoe travelers know that tire chains, also known as tire cables, are sometimes necessary when crossing the mountain passes in winter. These are sold by the pair and help car or truck tires get more traction in conditions where snow and/or ice have accumulated on the road. Four-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires used to be exempt from chain controls, but no longer. All vehicles must now carry chains to enter a chain control area. Our Cobra™ cable chains feature tough carbon-steel rollers that provide traction and long wear. The low-profile steel rollers allow increased tire-to-road contact, resulting in better stability, plus a considerable reduction in noise and vibration, and they are galvanized for rust prevention.

All Cole Hardware locations stock four of the most popular size cables for cars (Skus 818818–21, $46.99–$49.99) and a popular truck size (Sku 818822, $99.99). Just bring in your specific tire size as set forth by the ISO metric tire code. Virtually all tires have this information molded into the sidewalls, or you can refer to the factory specs for tires if the tires have not been changed on your car since you purchased it.

What if we don’t carry your size? No worries! We can special order the chains for you. Just come in with your tire size by Monday, and if we don’t have the size you need, we’ll order them and have them in our store for you by Thursday of that week.

IMPORTANT! If you buy a pair of Cobra cable chains, you must use a pair of tensioners with them. These are essentially six small, rubber, bungee-type cords bound by a circular rubber piece in the center, and come two to a bag. (Sku 818823, $12.99) This is an integral part of the Cobra system and cannot be omitted.

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Carhartt® Force® Work Boots

They feel like a running shoe but work like a boot. Carhartt’s new Force boots are 20% lighter than old-school work boots, and ounce for ounce just as tough. Fast Dry® technology wicks away sweat for comfort, while Ortholite® insoles fight fatigue and odors. Waterproof, breathcarhartt-workforce-bootable liners will keep feet dry during those impending El Nino storms. Available in black leather in men’s sizes 9–13.

(Skus 29256–63, $159.99)

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New From Timbuk2

timbuk2Check out the new arrivals from Timbuk2 at our downtown Fourth Street and Rockridge locations, including the new Sunset Collection. The Sunset backpack and messenger bag both feature premium trims and liner fabric with a soft surface finish. An internal slip pocket fts a 13″ MacBook Pro, so you can carry your work with you. The Sunset Collection’s casual style packs serious personality, designed for those who ride against the grain. Available in black, carbon, and cocoa, with contrasting high-lights. (Backpack: Skus 926535–6, $90.99; Messenger Bag: Skus 926537–9, $82.99)

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vogmaskCheck out these beautiful masks for reducing exposure to airborne particles! Vogmasks are the most comfortable and protected way to cycle to work, camp in the desert, ride Muni, clean a dusty attic, and more. Available in either a high-fltering microfber material or a 100% organic cotton style,Vogmasks have an ergonomic design that makes them extremely comfortable to wear, with spandex ear loops that provide a good ft and an aluminum noseband that allows for an effective seal. Assorted styles. (Skus 235028–33, $19.99) Our stores also now stock new Vogmasks that feature an advanced N99 flter. The respirator masks flter high particulate matter (PM 2.5), germs, and pollen. With excellent fit, comfort, and design, Vogmask N99 meets NIOSH filter efficiency N99 standards, inhalation/exhalation resistance, and bacterial filtering efficiency in tests by Nelson Labs. (Skus 235042–7, $29.99)

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Solutions from Holster® Brands

New to Cole Hardware, ingenious Holster Brands products are silicone storage pockets for household items that you like to have within reach. Using them could not be easier—the patented design allows the holster to cling to any smooth surface by eliminating the air between the two surfaces and creating a temporary bond. They are easy to clean and move, so they can be used time after time for all of your cleaning, workshop, crafting, organizing, and even hairstyling needs! Holster Brands items are resistant to high heat so that curling irons or glue guns can safely be held in place. Once the bond is formed onto a dry surface, holsters can safely be sprayed with waWhat-and-Where-TUBter when used in the sink or on a shower wall. Items pictured range from $11.99–$19.99.

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Felicia’s Favorites: Seed Starter Pellets and Brick Plus

soilstarterPolk Street’s Felicia has a green thumb and loves to garden. One of her tips for getting your seeds to sprout sooner is to use Wonder Soil®, a light-weight soiless growing medium made from premium coco coir. With guaranteed low salts, it promotes a stronger root system, faster germination, and enhanced plant growth. Available in various sizes and formulas for different gardening applications, the Seed Starter pellets and Brick Plus expand up to seven times their volume when water is added. The inclusion of water-saving polymers allows a savings of up to 50% water, too, for up to four years.

These products promote exceptional gardening success for both the novice and professional.

(Seed Starter: Sku 745006, $11.99; Brick Plus: Sku 745009, $9.99)

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