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 water when used in the sink or on a shower wall. Items pictured range from $11.99–$19.99.
Polk 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)
Liven up your spring tabletop or tea time with ceramic Moroccan marketplace–inspired pieces! Mix and match for an eclectic and vibrant feel.
Moroccan Tile Pitcher
(Sku 625065, $19.99)
Ikat Flower Pitcher
(Sku 625066, $19.99; not shown)
Tapered Moroccan Tile Mug, 13-ounce
(Sku 625067, $5.99)
Stacking Moroccan Tile Mug, 15-ounce
(Sku 625068, $6.99)
Small Embossed Bowl
(Skus 625056–60, $4.99)
Large Stamped Bowl
(Skus 625061–64, $7.99)
Brighten up your patio, desk, or mantel with planted succulents or spring buds in adorable miniature-sized pottery and vases from Chive. The cube planter is an especially great choice for potting miniature plants, as they feature a hole for drainage unlike most planters of this size. Chive’s simple yet elegant designs easily complement any setting, from classic to contemporary. (Prices of pictured pieces $9.99–$24.99)
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.