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Coins for the Community: Over $50,000 and Counting!

Coins for the Community Jar

Hamilton Family Center logo
What an impressive amount: $52,133.84! In less than five years, that is how much our spare change jars and other fund-raisers have brought in for neighborhood nonprofit members of our Community Partners program. Thanks to our May collection of $1,224.83 for Hamilton Family Center, a group dedicated to ending family homelessness in the Bay Area, and our June 4 Bucket Sale intake of $2,272.11 towardUCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals logo UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland, we were able to easily top the $50,000 milestone. Proceeds from our June spare change collections are also earmarked to benefit the local Children’s Hospitals—we’ll report the final figures for our combined June efforts next month.Coins for the Community Jar

What started as spare change jars at our registers has, thanks to the generosity of our shoppers, become a boon to our local nonprofits. While national nonprofits with large budgets are surely grateful for every dollar they receive, the impact that one of our monthly collections has on a small local organization can be dramatic, allowing them to greatly increase the effect of their good work in our communities. And now with our credit/ debit card donation option at checkout, our fund-raising has grown exponentially.

ArtSeed logoFor July, our spare change collection will benefit ArtSeed, whose goal is to bring a lifelong love for creativity, knowledge, and generosity into the lives of young people. ArtSeed connects diverse communities and cultures through professional artists who interact with students in fine arts studio projects and long-term apprenticeships. ArtSeed works with the notion that youngsters are vastly capable beyond what their early years might suggest. Treated with dignity and respect, they are offered ideas and materials that challenge them to understand and embrace the many rich possibilities that lie ahead of them. Experimental and traditional visual arts practices form the basis of ArtSeed’s activities. For more information, visit them at

It’s easy to donate to Coins for the Community! Simply drop your spare change in any of our collection jars or choose the “donate” option when you’re checking out at any of our registers. Or bring in that old jar of pennies that’s collecting dust on your dresser.

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Hawaiian Happy Hour

Happy Hour at Cole Hardware

Happy Hour at Cole HardwareHappy Hour CouponWednesday, July 27
4:00 pm–8:00 pm

Join us for a tropical shopping adventure on Wednesday, July 27! In addition to our Cutting Edge wine, we’ll also be serving some white wine spritzers and cocktails concocted with assorted SodaStream® sparkling soda flavors, including cucumber lime, cranberry raspberry, pink grapefruit, mango berry, and pear.

This is a great opportunity to stock up on household supplies or buy everything you need for a gardening project, and you can participate as we demonstrate two of our favorite products.

We hope to see you there!

Christophe Pourny Furniture Tonic

Come see how this tonic restores the luster and shine to wood that time and sun can diminish. Once you see how beautifully dried wood is restored, you may wish to use Christophe Pourny Furniture Tonic (Sku 102103, $19.99) for a larger piece of furniture. Bring in a small wooden item that needs some love, and we’ll treat it with the tonic free!

Block Oil®

Bring in your favorite wooden or bamboo cutting board for a free Block Oil treatment that will penetrate, condition, and seal the surface, protecting it from cracking, drying, and absorbing food odors. Keep some Block Oil (Sku 102004, $7.99) on hand to treat your cutting boards at home. Bring in a wooden or bamboo cutting board for a free Block Oil treatment!

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Kanberra® Tea Tree Home Products

Kanberra Wipes

Got Mold? Mildew? Odors? Stop the stink with Kanberra, a line of all-natural air purifiers made from pure Australian tea tree oils certified by the Australian Tea Tree Industry Association. Kanberra was first to create a water-based, chemical- and alcohol-free air purifier using these oils. Additionally, Kanberra can trace its oils from seed to sale— which means its products are safe to breathe!

Kanberra GelThe star of the Kanberra product family is the Kanberra Gel®, available in a wide variety of sizes for hundreds of different applications. As the water evaporates from the container, the tea tree oils enter your air and latch on to mold, mildew, fungus, bacteria, and more. And because there are no chemicals, you never have to worry about Kanberra products in the air you breathe. (2-Ounce Gel: Sku 106008, $19.99; 4-Ounce Gel: Sku 106009, $31.99)

Kanberra’s other products, Kanberra Spray® (Sku 106010, $8.99) and Kanberra Wipes® (Sku 106011, $8.99), do double duty! Kanberra WipesThey both clean your air and surfaces.

Kanberra SprayKanberra products can be used in numerous life spaces. Keep Kanberra in your car—whether it’s your everyday car or a classic car you keep in storage, Kanberra keeps it fresh and odor-free! Use it around your pets—did you know that insects dislike tea tree oil? Spray a few squirts of Kanberra Spray on your dog to help prevent fleas and ticks and keep the mosquitos from biting.

Kanberra Spray is also a great remedy for the “wet dog” smell that all dog owners are familiar with! In your home, keep a jar of Gel in your garbage can, diaper pail, next to a kitty litter box or dog kennel. In your RV or boat, use the Gel to prevent mold, repel critters (like mice!), and keep your space fresh all season long.

So, when you need a product that truly does it all—removes odors, repels insects, prevents mold and mildew— make sure you “look for the koala” with Kanberra!

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Amy Howard at Home® Hands-On Workshop

Amy Howard at Cole Hardware

Amy Howard at Cole Hardware

Wednesday, July 20, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
All Cole Hardware Locations

We’ve been raving about this paint for its ease of use and ability to transform furniture or cabinetry without stripping, sanding, or priming. Here’s your chance to see for yourself at our hands-on demonstration! Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint™ is a water-based paint that adheres to most any surface. Paint directly on old wood finishes, concrete, iron, stone, Formica, and more. It dries to the flat, chalky finish that we covet on antique pieces found at a Paris flea market or our favorite second-hand shops. Wax and dusting powder finish off the furniture for an authentic vintage look.

We will go through the painting, waxing, and dusting processes, and all materials will be provided. The class is free, but please register so that we have enough materials and refreshments on hand. To register, visit, e-mail, or call 415/674-8913 ext. 4.

We hope you join us for inspiration to take on a painting project at home!

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Sewing Circle: How to Hand Mend

Sewing Circle: How to Hand Mend

Tuesday, July 12, 5:00 pm–7:00 pmSewing Circle: How to Hand Mend
956 Cole Street

It’s unfortunate that we live in such a disposable world these days. Oftentimes, it seems more convenient to toss something and replace it with a brand new item instead of trying to make repairs. We all probably have a piece of clothing that needs a stitch (or nine), but many of us seem to never get around to doing that mending. With home economics (wood shop and auto shop classes, too) no longer offered at many schools, some younger folks may have never even threaded a needle. We’re here to help!

Join us at our Cole Street store for a sewing circle on Tuesday, July 12, and learn how to hand stitch minor tears in clothing or sew a patch on jeans or a jacket. Just bring your clean clothing, and our friend Alicia Pucci from Sew-it-All will lead us in the repairs. A former home economics instructor, Alicia now teaches private sewing lessons, sewing classes, and specialty workshops in her charming Marina studio

Hand mending is a valuable skill for anyone. Who wants to go on a date or a job interview with a missing button that could have been fixed in a matter of minutes? Everyone is welcome to stop by and repair a few pieces of apparel, pillows, curtains, or other household items in need of mending. We’ll be serving tea and cookies.

The class is free, but please register by e-mailing or phone 415/674-8913 ext. 4. (Children 12 years of age and up welcome. Clean clothing only. Needles and thread will be provided.)

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Cole Hardware Mission Street Fire Update

Firefighters at Cole Hardware Mission St Location

On Saturday, June 18, a raging fire gutted our Mission neighborhood store. This was the second of our five locations opened in 1984. We are grateful that no one was injured and we were able to relocate all of our staff members into our other stores. Unfortunately nearly 60 residents of the surrounding apartments were displaced by the fire. In order to help these neighbors, all of our stores are collecting funds through our Coins for the Community program. We’re working with the Mission Economic Development Agency to assure that 100% of money collected will go directly to the fire victims. Cash can be donated in our spare change jars located at each register or through a credit or debit card during checkout.

The outpouring of support that we have received from the community has been overwhelming and greatly appreciated. It is heartbreaking for all of us to not be in the neighborhood anymore! We do hope to open again as soon as possible. But I’m afraid that won’t be anytime soon.

In the meantime, if we can assist our Bernal/Mission patrons in anyway, please contact us. We are always available for free advice, and we deliver too! Feel free to say hello or ask of us anything you like. You can reach me at anytime.

Thank you for your years of patronage, and especially for your friendship.
RickFirefighters at Cole Hardware Mission St LocationCole Hardware Storefront post Mission St Fire

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Tips for Home Safety and Accessibility

Safer Moss and Algae Killer and Surface Cleaner

Hazards in the home are responsible for about a third of the injuries suffered by older adults, and people with impairments may face difficulties—and barriers to independent living—in their own environments. It therefore makes sense to observe household habits, identify problem areas, and make changes that will help create safer, more accessible living situations. Since June is Home Safety Month, we’ve compiled a list of easy fixes to common problems. The products shown are samples of the many from which to choose at Cole Hardware.


  • Improve lighting, if necessary, both indoors and out, to add safety as well as security. FrogLeggs Night Vision LightTake special note of stairways, and don’t forget closets.
  • Night lights or motion-sensor lights should be put in hallways and bathrooms used at night. Entryways and stairwells should be well lighted, too. One of our favorite motion sensor lights is the Light It™ wireless LED porch light, which can stand on a surface or be mounted on a wall. (Sku 3266087, $31.99)
  • Key ring flashlights allow maneuvering through dark parking areas—or even to the bathroom. The FrogLeggs™ Night Vision light is small enough to attach to a key ring and features a long-life LED bulb. (Sku 9309501, $3.49)
  • Stair safety treads provide stability, and a contrasting color tread at the edge of a step gives a visual cue. Cole Hardware has assorted widths, colors, and textures available.
  • Handrails should be positioned about adult elbow height on both sides of staircases. Knobs at both ends will alert the user that the stairs end.Monaco Lok-Lift Rug Gripper
  • Grab bars should be situated vertically at tops of stairs, and bars or handrails should be placed in bathrooms where needed (towel racks should never be used for support).
  • A shower seat and a handheld showerhead will help avoid fatigue and eliminate bending. The Safety First™ nonslip seat has rustproof legs and fits in standard tubs and showers. (Sku 4017000, $44.99) The Oxygenics® handheld power massage showerhead has five settings, a 5-foot hose, and a stationary mounting bracket. Easy installation. (Sku 4495750, $39.99)
  • Nonslip coatings or safety mats or strips will guard against slips in tubs and showers. Bath mats should have nonskid backings.
  • Limit the use of extension cords and fasten them to baseboards. 3M Cord Clips hold firmly and remove cleanly with no surface damage. Each clip holds 1 pound. Package of four clips and five adhesive strips. (Sku 5095856, $4.99)
  • Throw rugs should be removed or secured to the floor with double-sided rug tape such as Manco® Lok-Lift Rug Gripper 2.5″ x 25′. (Sku 6016158, $11.99)
  • Lever door handles and rocker light switches are great for those with poor hand strength.Safer Moss and Algae Killer and Surface Cleaner
  • Relocate items in cupboards and cabinets so that they are low enough to be easily reached.
  • Lower closet shelves if necessary.
  • A long-handled pick-up tool can be used to reach objects that are on high shelves or on the floor. The Pik Stik pick-up tool has a 32″ handle and a 4″ jaw opening. It will hold a 3-pound object. (Sku 2114957, $29.99)
  • If a step stool is necessary, a sturdy one with side handles should be used.
  • Clear moss and mildew from shady stairs and sidewalks so that areas are not slippery. Water-based Safer® Moss and Algae Killer and Surface Cleaner will do the job—plus it’s noncorrosive to metals and will actually beautify wood. (Sku 7115991, $19.99)
  • Hose reels loop hoses out of the way.
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Mason Jar Candles

Mason Jar Candles

Mason Jar Candles - logoMason Jar CandlesA San Francisco–based company, Mason Jar Candles, Inc., has taken America’s most iconic jar and paired it with one of America’s top crops: the soybean. These soy candles will provide warmth to any room in the home or add a glowing ambience to any outdoor space. Candles are proudly made from 100% pure soy wax originating from farm-grown, organic soybeans. Each hand-poured candle contains a delectable scent, evenly distributed for a long-lasting, aroma-packed burn.

The classic 16-ounce mason jars are custom crafted and can be glammed and glittered up for any occasion, including weddings, parties, or romantic dinners. In addition to the joy you’ll get if you give these as gifts, you’ll also be helping those in need. For every candle purchased, a minimum of 10% of profits are donated to aid charities that support mental illness, education, hunger, and homelessness. Mason Jar Candles, Inc., is working to become a full-fledge not-for-profit company, out to support those in need. Choose from coconut mango, fields of lavender, French flower garden, jasmine, and red currant. 80–120 hour burn time. (Skus 622008, 35, 37–39, $14.99)

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Oakland Dust Spice Rubs

oakland-dust-logoThe story of Oakland Dust goes back to when I was a child sitting shotgun outside Flint’s BBQ in my pop’s idling ’75 Cutlass. Those summer days: the captivating Bill King on the radio, the scent of mesquite-fueled smoke billowing from above. Pop would roll to Flint’s on Shattuck just about every Sunday, pick up a full slab, hot links, and extra Wonder Bread to soak up all that goodness. By the time we made it home, half the links would be gone, and my lips would be on fire. This is where my love affair with pork, and all foods, began. I created Oakland Dust for my love of food and for the city I proudly call home.

Handcrafted, locally inspired spice rubs for all your favorite foods, our unique blends add flavor to all your creations. Try dusting on popcorn, roasted veggies, and salads. You’re the boss in the kitchen—we’re just here to add a little spice.
—Lloyd Ross, Founder of Oakland Dust

Our Rockridge store carries Oakland Dust in a pork rub, chicken rub, and curry rub. (Skus 869005, 097–8, $7.99)


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Big Green Egg EGGcessories

In addition to Big Green Eggs, our stores stock a variety of EGGcessories. These various specialty cookware tools will help you get the most versatility out of your EGG, allowing you to cook an entire meal without dirtying one skillet!

Big Green Egg - ConvEGGtorConvEGGtor®

The Big Green Egg is designed to work as a complete outdoor cooking system, producing unrivaled results whether grilling, roasting, smoking, or baking. Nothing contributes more to the versatility of your EGG than adding a convEGGtor, designed to facilitate indirect cooking by providing a heat-directing barrier between the food and charcoal, transforming your EGG into an outdoor convection oven. In conjunction with the thermal properties of the EGG, the convEGGtor efficiently radiates heat within the dome and prevents direct flames and heat from overcooking food. Available in all EGG sizes small to XL. (Skus 869011, 12, 69, 68, $64.99–$139.99)

Vertical Ceramic Poultry RoastersBig Green Egg - Vertical Ceramic Roaster

Using a vertical roaster on the EGG will produce the juiciest, most flavorful poultry you’ve ever tasted. Vertical roasters hold a chicken or turkey upright during cooking for even browning and easier carving when done. Ceramic roasters hold liquid such as fruit juice or beer to add even more flavor. (Sittin’ Chicken Roaster: Sku 869018, $18.99; Sittin’ Turkey Roaster: Sku 869019, $21.99)

Big Green Egg - Grill WokGrill Wok

Grill woks make it easy to cook vegetables, meat, seafood, or any other smaller pieces of food that might slip through a standard cooking grid. Heat and smoke circulate around the foods for even cooking and flavor absorption. Nonstick finish. (Sku 869042, $27.99)

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