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Drill bits twist, measuring tape unfurls, and saws chomp through two-by-fours in ACE Hardware, where shelves dangle with scores of tools and other home-improvement essentials. Wall pigment by Ace Paint and Benjamin Moore beams across the color spectrum as faucet parts and cabinet hardware retool aging abodes and jury-rigged time machines. Large appliances, such as Honeywell space heaters, Perfect Aire air conditioners, and Cadet thermostats, keep indoor air at a comfortable temperature. Outside, bags of seed and compost join charcoal grills to brighten backyard celebrations as rolling hand trucks heft heavy lumber purchases or prefab doghouses for socialite canines. Tools, electrical tape, and other handyman essentials round out each location's array of fixative and creative supplies.

4024 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland,
CA
US

Professional Garage Doors handles installations, maintenance, and repairs for commercial and residential entryways. Understanding that style is just as important as function when it comes to curb appeal, the technicians keep homes and autos secure with custom garage doors styled to accentuate the beauty of any home. Additionally, they also install and repair manual and automatic openers, mend and test persnickety torsion springs, align bent and rusted tracks, replace awry panels, and quiet clangorous doors.

435 Buena Vista Avenue
Alameda,
CA
US

Someone walking up to Cole Hardware for the first time might think they've stumbled upon a modern art gallery instead of a hardware store. Their front window displays everything from Pollock-esque paintings in gilded frames to chandeliers built from Christmas ornaments to a fine-dining table setting re-created with only tools. In fact, all of the eye-catching installations are created using exclusively Cole Hardware merchandise.

But the displays are also a testament to how the shop has set itself apart in other ways?for nearly 100 years, Cole Hardware has been known for exceptional customer service. What started out as a one-man operation with the motto, "There are no strangers here, only friends we haven't met yet," has grown to a family of stores that also provides home repair services and commercial supplies. Their retail inventory is expansive and competitively priced thanks to backing from Ace Hardware, which has helped the company garner awards from SF Weekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

2254 Polk St
San Francisco,
CA
US

When beginning her own cleaning service, the founder of Greenforce Clean Team wanted to do more than simply tidy up living rooms. Cleaning her client's homes had to go hand-in-hand with keeping the environment healthy, both inside the house and out. This standard of eco-responsibility influences every aspect of the team's methods, including their exclusive use of biodegradable, nontoxic products and the purchase of carbon credits to offset their gas usage. Their dedication to eco-friendly cleaning has gained Greenforce the praise of the San Francisco edition of Daily Candy, numerous corporate clients, and squirrels that leave thank-you notes carved in acorns.

3053 Fillmore St
San Francisco,
CA
US

For a decade, the consultants at Citicomm Wireless—a partner with Sprint Nextel—have helped small- to medium-size businesses gain a grasp on technology by equipping them with innovations including GPS tracking, 4G wireless broadband, and WiFi hotspots. Each tech wizard also repairs iPhones, Blackberrys, and Nokia cell phones. Because technology advances so quickly, Citicomm recognizes the need to dispose of outdated equipment responsibly; the company encourages its clients to recycle their old cell phones rather than use them to prop open their doors so robbers can get in.

821 Folsom St.
San Francisco,
CA
US

Family-owned and operated since the mid-1970s, Fregosi and Co. Paints is a local paint business and retailer of Benjamin Moore products. The blossoming company features four Bay Area locations, including this friendly South-of-Market showroom. Old-fashioned, knowledgeable customer service here comes straight from one of three generations of Fregosis and their staff, answering all paint-related questions with easy charm and industry know-how, but none of the pretension that can sometimes overwhelm folks at similar shops. These guys may provide the industrial-sized paint supplies and services to large-scale hotels and office buildings, but they are always happy to assist small contractors and DIY-ers with issues from color matching to tricky finishes. The showroom also supplies your peripheral paint needs, like tape, brushes and dropcloths.

273 7th St
San Francisco,
CA
US