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Sidewalk Sale

sidewalk-saleAs part of San Francisco’s Small Business Week, all Cole Hardware locations— including our Oakland Rockridge store—will celebrate with a sidewalk sale on May 21, along with merchants across the various business corridors in the City. We’ll be
cleaning house and lining the sidewalks at each of our stores with hundreds of bargains! We have lots of merchandise that is in good shape but perhaps a bit shopworn—ripped packaging or maybe a little scratched or dusty. We need to empty the warehouse and make room for summer and fall merchandise. Everything will be marked down 25% to 75%, so you’ll find some exceptional deals.

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Big Green Egg Organic Lump Charcoal

big-green-egg-charcoalBig Green Egg (BGE) has long been committed to eco-friendly and natural products—what else would you expect from a company whose middle name is green?! When you reach for the familiar Big Green Egg bag, you are getting 100% organic lump charcoal, made from American oak and hickory ultra-premium hardwood.

What’s the difference? BGE painstakingly sources its organic charcoal to ensure that it is pure hardwood and contains no fillers, nitrates, chemicals, treated wood, or petroleum by-products. Unlike some charcoals and briquettes on the market today, pure and natural BGE charcoal is only carbonized wood, with no additives whatsoever.

More important, your food is going to taste better when you cook with BGE charcoal. In fact, many chefs consider BGE charcoal one of the secret ingredients that contributes to the distinctive flavor of the food cooked on an EGG. When selecting lump charcoal, you’ll always rest easy knowing the familiar green and yellow bag contains pure hardwoods, without the chemicals that quick-light charcoal products.

You put a lot of effort into creating your favorite recipes and meals. Don’t come up short when it comes to the fuel for your EGG. Available in two convenient sizes. (10-pound bag: Sku 870016, $16.99; 20-pound bag: Sku 870010, $32.99)

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What’s New in LED Lighting

led-bulbThey appear to be bulbs, but light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are actually tiny semiconductors. When power is applied, they are stimulated by the movement of electrons, thus creating photons, or light, that is visible to the human eye. Because LEDs do not use filaments, like incandescent bulbs, they emit much less heat and are more efficient in consumption and output. Quickly replacing fluorescent bulbs and tubes, prices have drastically dropped in the last few years as the technology becomes more prevalent.

LED Replacement Tube

Convert your existing fluorescent fixture to LED light technology without having to replace ballasts or rewire lamp holders. Simply plug in these shatterproof acrylic tubes. An ideal replacement for T8 tubes, these tubes are mercury-free, feature a 35,000 hour rated life, and can save up to 66% in energy costs. Suitable for any indoor area, even damp locations, the cool-white glow features 1,600 lumens. No flickering or strobing. Available in a 4-foot length 2-pack. (Sku 366082, $29.99)

Dusk to Dawn LED Bulb

For any area you want lit at night for security or safety, these nondimmable Dusk to Dawn LED light bulbs feature a built-in automatic on/off sensor that turns on at night and turns off during the day. The base can also be twisted to adjust the sensor direction. Energy efficient, these LEDs use up to 84% less energy than their standard incandescent counterpart. With a warm-white glow, the long life of 25,000 hours means these bulbs won’t need to be replaced for years. And unlike CFL bulbs, LED bulbs contain no mercury. (Sku 366085, $14.99)

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Weber® Spirit® E-330™ Gas Grill

weber-spirit-grillWhy be stuck in the kitchen for hours when hosting a dinner party? Step outside and enjoy the fresh air while cooking a delicious meal on a Weber gas grill. With the push of a button, your grill is lit, and a delectable meal is soon ready to be devoured. Gas grills are popular for their speed and ease of use, making it possible to grill during the week after a hectic day at work.

With a Weber, saving time doesn’t mean sacrificing that classic barbecue taste! Each Weber
gas grill comes equipped with Flavorizer® bars—an invention that gives you the convenience of gas while imparting smoke-infused flavors to foods.

Check out the new Spirit E-330 gas grill, which offers a total 529 square inches of cooking area, porcelain-enameled cooking grates, and a flush-mounted side burner. Six tool hooks let you keep your utensils handy, and the heavy-duty casters make it a snap to move. Available in black (Sku 8460875, $599.99) and stainless (Sku 8460909, $649.99).

Making a quick and delicious home-cooked meal has never been easier!

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Fermob Outdoor Furniture

fermob-tables-w-logoFolding furniture, developed at the end of the 19th century, was immediately popular among lemonade sellers of the day, as it was quick and easy to pack away, which allowed them to avoid paying the license fee of a permanent location. Fermob developed its bistro line of furniture from the original model described in the “Simplex” patent registered in 1889, and Fermob is now the trustee of the brand.

Transform your patio or deck into a Parisian bistro with this new line of outdoor French furniture, which
has not lost any of its authenticity. With its charm and wide array of colors—plum, poppy red, aubergine, verbena, honey, carrot, nutmeg, lagoon blue, and more, the bistro collection is available at our Rockridge location in chairs ($99.99), 24-inch tables ($229.99), and 30-inch tables ($279.99). We also stock the Gueridons two-tier table in multiple colors. ($189.99) This lacquered stainless steel furniture features an anti-UV powder coating, making it ideal for outdoor use. Add a splash of color to your outdoor area, but these sets are delightful enough for any kitchen or breakfast nook, too. Your citron pressé is waiting!

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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!

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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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