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Rootcups

  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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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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Cuisinart® Smart Stick® Hand Blenders

Cuisinart® Smart Stick® Hand Blenders

cuisinar-hand-mixerThe Secret Weapon for Healthy Eating

January after January, how many of us find ourselves making the same New Year’s resolution to eat a healthier diet and get fit? The reasons we fall off the wagon instead of sticking to these goals throughout the year are complex, and of course there is no one method or true “secret weapon” that is guaranteed to work for each of us. However, a Smart Stick is a surprisingly effective tool for helping you stick to your healthy eating goals. The magic of the hand blender, also called an immersion blender, lies in its ability to create a creamy or whipped texture that makes healthy foods seem more decadent in literal seconds. The extra payoff is that cleanup with the Smart Stick is a cinch, so even when you are short on time or motivation to cook, a healthy meal is within your reach. We at Cole Hardware are far from dieting gurus, but we are all for making healthy eating fun and accessible. We can guarantee that adding a Cuisinart Smart Stick to your kitchen arsenal and incorporating it into your cooking routine for healthful soups and smoothies will allow you include more healthy ingredients in your diet—and have fun while doing it! The possibilities are endless, but here are some ideas to get your wheels turning. Cuisinart Smart Stick hand blenders are available this month in beautiful gem-inspired tones: choose Onyx or Garnet.

(Sku 606400, 606401, $39.99)

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HydraBarrier™

HydraBarrier™

hydra-barrierThe Eco-Friendly Sandbag Alternative

With winter rain comes the possibility of flooding. If you have the unfortunate experience of water flooding under doors or into basements this winter, keep the unique HydraBarrier in mind. HydraBarrier water tubes are an eco-friendly, reusable sandbag alternative that diverts and contains water to prevent damage in your home. They are very durable, made of industrial-strength 22-mil vinyl. When needed, the HydraBarrier is easily filled with water to create a barrier that will divert up to 4 inches of water, providing protection equal to four sandbags! Each HydraBarrier tube is 6-feet long and can be molded to fit around corners or in doorways. Perhaps the most appealing features of the HydraBarrier are its ability to be folded flat for storage and its low cost compared to sandbags.

(Sku 5466321, $16.99)

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Cole Hardware Rewards: Simple. Finally.

Cole Hardware Rewards: Simple. Finally.

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As far as retailers go, we were a pioneer back in the mid-80s when we began our Frequent Shoppers Club. American Airlines had introduced their frequent flier’s club. REI began year-end rebates to its members. And I had an epiphany: Why couldn’t Cole Hardware combine the best of both and create our own Frequent Shoppers Club? That’s just what we did. It was nothing fancy. It was simple, and it was rewarding. Then, many years later, we acquired some fancy and sophisticated software that manages loyalty clubs. It is pretty cool, actually. But say good-bye to simple and hello to complex.

We heard you loud and clear that our program was confusing. In fact, a lot of our staff were confused as well. A few months ago, we set out to reinvent simple with one guiding principle: Everybody should understand the benefits and the way the Rewards Program works in 30 seconds or less.

Four easy bullets to read and understand in less than 30 seconds: 

  • Rewards points are calculated daily and shown on your receipt.
  • For every dollar spent, one point is earned. Points are converted to a dollar value on your Rewards card at the end of each calendar quarter, and never expire. Yes, I said never.
  • Points are converted in $5 increments for every 100 points earned. Yes, that equates to a 5% reward.
  • Rewards dollars are valid for three months. Four times a year, we’ll send you a postcard, e-mail announcements, and more to remind you to use your Rewards dollars.

Simple enough?

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iPrep™ Tablet Stand & Stylus

iPrep™ Tablet Stand & Stylus

iprepThe gourmet kitchen goes digital with the iPrep, which holds all popular tablets in either portrait or landscape mode. A stylus is included to keep the screen clean of messy hands. A weighted base and nonslip rubber grip keep the stand planted where it belongs. The stylus easily stores in the hinge to keep it from getting lost. The iPrep also features four usable viewing angles. Besides being useful in the kitchen to read recipes, the iPrep is also ideal for viewing step-by-step projects digitally or reading the online edition of the newspaper at the breakfast table. Makes an ideal holiday gift, too!

(Sku 607100, $29.99)

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Espro® Presses

Espro® Presses

espro-pressEspro presses are like no other French press we have seen. The extreme attention to detail, quality, and features are superior to any other French press choices out there. What makes Espro different? It all boils down to two simple yet gamechanging features: its double-filtration system and its vacuum-sealed vessel.

Filtration System

French press coffee is popular because it is a simple and easy method of making coffee that perfectly extracts the full flavor and aromatic oils from freshly ground coffee beans. However, it is common to have a bit of sludge or grit from coffee grounds make its way into your cup. This is because the filter in most models performs its basic function but does not perfectly filter to completely separate all of the coffee grounds from the hot water during brewing and plunging. Not only is the filter used in Espro presses 9 to 12 times finer than any other French press filter currently on the market, but the medium and large size presses feature two of these extra-fine filters. After your hot water passes through these filters, there is no way for any remnants of the beans to sneak through the filter into your freshly brewed coffee. And once you have pressed down to plunge the coffee beans toward the bottom, the filters keep the coffee grounds completely separated from the brewed coffee, so that the flavor profile remains totally pure and constant no matter how long you let the coffee sit. That would be great, you say, but who wants to drink coffee that has been sitting around, and therefore cooling down, for hours? Well, keep reading.

Vacuum-Sealed Vessel
The mirrorlike stainless steel vessel is not only gorgeous on the eyes, it is painstakingly vacuum sealed with special technology to remove any air between the inner chamber and outside wall. The coffee inside the press stays hot for hours, maintaining a consistent temperature as well as flavor due to the workhorse filter inside! However, the outside wall stays cool to the touch.

This means that if you wanted to, you could truly boil your water and brew your coffee as guests arrive for a dinner party, then serve it straight from the Espro press hours later at dessert time. Or simply leisurely sip your way through a pot over the course of a lazy Sunday, with the last cup being just as enjoyable as the first. The design of the press is fit for the finest tabletop, making this a great piece to leave out to admire even when not in use. However, with its durable yet lightweight stainless steel construction, the Espro press is just as comfortable tossed in your backpack for a camping adventure as it is gleaming in candlelight on your dining room table. No more broken carafes— the Espro will be the last French press you buy!

The Perfect Gift for the Coffee Lover

When we first experienced the Espro press, we were blown away and knew that we had to get it in for our customers to experience as well. The best part about our timing in getting Espro onto the shelves at Cole Hardware is that it is here just in time for the holidays.

Do you have coffee enthusiasts on your holiday shopping list? An Espro press is sure to be their favorite gift this holiday season. If they’ve heard the buzz on Espro, they are no doubt already intrigued and coveting one of their own. Even better if they haven’t—we’ve done the research for you to play the part of in-the-know coffee geek. We have the Espro press in three sizes. The 8-ounce press (Sku 633500, $79.99) is perfect for a person living alone or perhaps to keep at the office to turn the afternoon refueling session into a comforting ritual. An 18-ounce press (Sku 633501, $99.99) is great for a couple or a coffee lover who needs multiple cups to get going in the morning! The largest 32-ounce size (633502, $119.99) is your best bet for a household with multiple coffee drinkers or those fully fledged caffeine addicts among us!

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Warm Coat Drive

Warm Coat Drive

coat-driveSaturday, December 13 & Sunday, December 14

All Cole Hardware locations

Although winters in San Francisco are relatively mild most years, we do experience some intense cold spells during the season. While many of us will be sporting new coats this winter, our old, gently used coats can still be put to good use. During the weekend of December 13–14, all Cole Hardware locations will be collecting coats, scarves, gloves, and hats that will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Vincentian Help Desk program.

The Vincentian Help Desk is a lifeline for those who are low-income or homeless, helping people meet their most basic needs with dignity and respect. Look in your closet and bring us any of your old, warm coats during our weekend drive.

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Arriba Juntos Toy Drive

Arriba Juntos Toy Drive

Through December 21

toy-driveOnce again, Cole Hardware is hosting a toy drive for Arriba Juntos’s La Posada celebration. Arriba Juntos, which translates from Spanish to “upward together,” is a nonprofit community organization that was founded in 1965 in the Mission District. It works to support thousands of individuals and families across the City who are the most underserved and at risk for prolonged poverty. Its clients receive occupational training programs and employment services that help them improve the quality of their lives and contribute to the local economy.

At its La Posada celebration each year, Arriba Juntos aims to have gifts for all the children who attend. Join us in helping make it a special night. Las Posadas is a colorful tradition celebrated in Mexico every evening December 16–24. Each night, a party is held in a neighborhood home, and at dusk, guests gather outside the house and form a procession led by a child dressed as an angel, with music, songs, and candles. Eventually the procession reaches a house or church ( posada translates to “shelter”) where a piñata and more music ensue.

For your donation, we suggest a toy from Green Toys™, a Bay Area company that makes a unique, fun line of classic children’s toys constructed from recycled plastic containers and other environmentally friendly materials. Our partner in the toy drive for the past six years, Green Toys has donated hundreds of their toys to Arriba Juntos. At all of our Cole Hardware locations, we carry a variety of Green Toys, including race cars, rockets, airplanes, and seaplanes. The toys range in price from $4.99 to $29.99. Come check them out for this special event and stock up for your own holiday giftgiving needs as well. We will be collecting toys to donate through December 21.

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Big Green Egg Minimax

Introducing Big Green Egg® MiniMax™

MiniMaxcarrierJust in time for the holidays, 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, easyto- 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 ultrahigh- quality ceramics as the other six EGG sizes and allows you to grill, bake, smoke, roast, and slow cook. Arrives in one complete package.

Put one under the tree for the favorite barbecue lover in your life.

(Sku 868021, $649.00)

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Our Anniversary Sale and Party!

anniversary-chandelierOur Anniversary Sale and Party!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Save 25% Storewide All Day!

anniversary-coupleAt Cole Hardware, we feel incredibly blessed that after five decades, we are still a part of this wonderful City, with our third generation of Karps (Adrianna and David) joining the business in the past year. Join us as we celebrate 53 years since Dave Karp’s purchase of our flagship store (which has been in Cole Valley since the 1920s). We will be celebrating with a 25% off sale all day. And from 5:00 pm to closing, we will be serving our signature Cutting Edge wine and gourmet chocolates. You’ll also receive a free, reusable Cole Hardware shopping bag. Take advantage of this opportunity to pick up those last-minute gifts on your shopping list—or to just get started if you’ve procrastinated. Please stop by!

*Discount does not apply to gift cards, postage stamps, Muni passes, Clipper cards, meter cards, special orders, or sale merchandise. Not valid with coupons or other offers. Rewards points do not accumulate.

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