The family owned and operated Aces Garage Door Repair & Installation serves a unique niche – Bay Area residents with faulty garage doors. Their mobile maintenance team travels to households in San Francisco, East Bay, the Peninsula, and San Jose to install garage door openers as well as repair and inspect existing units.
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.
The Hot Tubs on Van Ness Avenue in Russian Hill (with a twin spa over in Berkeley) are a lovely spot to steal off to for a little unwinding. The well-appointed spa-like space does little more than offer up private rooms for a few friends – or romantic partners – to enjoy a hot tub soak, but that’s more than enough. Each room holds up to six people and contains a single tiled basin filled with exquisitely hot water, a sauna and a table for maximum relaxation. Don’t worry about the high turnover in each room, either – the water is filtered completely every six minutes. Prices are reasonable too, and include an extra half-hour of soak time if booking before 5 p.m. With cream-colored walls lining the common areas of this industrial space and friendly staff on hand, it’s no wonder a warming soak feels so good.
Don't just sit on your butt! Sit on your butt as comfortably as possible, after a visit to Cushion Works. This couch-brightening factory on a grungy stretch of 18th Street in the Mission looks more like a messy work station helmed by unabashed dog lovers than a gleaming retail environment, but the end product invariably brightens up even the saddest of sofas. They can extend the life of pillows and defend expensive furniture from the claws of canine occupants. Be it a basic reupholstering services, a fancy new dog bed for your pooches or a specially designed pad for the back of an SUV, Cushion Works creates aesthetic wonders with polyurethane foam core and other industrial materials.
Encircling the Bay Area with its attentive brand of customer service, San Francisco Car Care keeps customers mobile with a wide variety of automotive repair capabilities. The team's expertise starts at the tires. They deal with leading manufacturers such as Michelin, BFGoodrich, and Uniroyal when folks need replacements. But their expertise also lies in helping people prolong that inevitability with tire rotation, computer balancing, and ancient rubber-protecting hexes. Owners can also bring their sickly cars in for procedures ranging from oil changes and tune ups to transmission repairs.
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.