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.
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.
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 Because technology advances so quickly, Citicomm recognizes the need to dispose of outdated equipment responsibly; the company encourages its clients to recycle their old cell phones rather than use them to prop open their doors so robbers can get in.
Standard Plumbing Ace Hardware facilitates home-improvement projects and everyday repairs with an array of wares and a staff of knowledgeable handypeople. Embattled emperors can secure their castles by installing sturdy door locks ($9.99+), impede enemy avian messengers’ flight paths with window screens ($8.99+), or create a dry moat of venus flytraps with garden tools ($3.99+). New showerheads ($9.99+) can improve bathing enjoyment and relax vocal cords for water-accompanied arias, and smoke alarms ($8.99+) prevent disaster when dining-room campfires get too rowdy. With more than 50,000 items also available for special order, Standard Plumbing Ace Hardware can equip utility belts with all the supplies needed to tighten up a squeaky home or install a toilet in the living room.
O'Reilly Tile Design (LIC # 868512) specializes in custom tile installation using environmentally-friendly products for home, restaurants, as well as, community and commercial buildings. Established in 2005, we have worked with many clients to bring their dreams to life.
Winner of the 2010 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence, Lowe's has been helping customers conserve energy and expletives with home improvement, gardening, and hardware solutions for every budget. With the store's friendly handypeople as their guide, nail-pounding novices and seasoned remodelers alike can outfit their toolbox for any undertaking with more than 6,000 products between $25 and $50. Impress spouses and annoy car-pooling coworkers by ably installing ceiling fans into your car roof. Add lighting fixtures to darkling domiciles, or finally finish your back yard's Super Mario Bros. level with Lowe's garden tools. The store can also mix together a rainbow of hues for painting projects involving dining rooms, nurseries, and sweat lodges. Afterwards, you can clean up the dust with a 6-Gallon HP Wet/dry Shop Vac ($44.97), or rinse off caulk-covered corpuses under the
Moen Brushed Nickel 7 Spray Pattern Shower Massager ($49.98). Regardless of your mission, the accommodating staff at Lowe's will offer expert advice for completing your home's improvements.
A Platinum and Gold winner in the window-treatment category of the Awards for Design Excellence, The Shade Store lets customers pick from a plethora of custom options to design handcrafted window coverings. Choose from seven types of sheer solar shades to block 90%–97% of UV rays (30”x54”; $157+) from rooms, or rig log-cabin peepholes with rustic hobbled woven wood shades woven together from bamboo, reeds, and grass scavenged from discarded hula skirts (30”x54”; $117+). Patrons can also customize cascading pleats with 3/4-inch fabric borders, choosing from eight colors plus lining and control options.
Rebuilding Together Oakland’s Safe at Home program transforms the houses of low-income seniors and people with disabilities with safety and efficiency modifications to prevent falls and improve accessibility. Safe at Home house remodelers install grab bars, raised toilet seats, shower seats, handheld showerheads, nightlights, and non-slip mats to prevent falls in accident-prone spots such as the bathroom and hallway. The program also outfits homes with emergency equipment including smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers, and performs checks of equipment that is already present in the home. If necessary, Safe at Home can also provide wheelchair ramps to improve mobility. Since its inception in 2007, Rebuilding Together Oakland has installed safety modifications in the homes of more than 475 homeowners.
Cresco Equipment Rentals delivers comprehensive equipment solutions and unprecedented premier service. Contractor to homeowner, large construction project, remodel, facility services, movie production or major event, we’ve got you covered.
American Home Renewal’s team of licensed and bonded renovation experts fortifies residences with energy-efficient windows, siding, and doors, offering a customer-satisfaction guarantee with every portal the company installs. A single-hung Milgard Style Line window gives homeowners the aesthetic benefits of streamlined, maintenance-free vinyl frames as well as reduced energy costs courtesy of dual pane SunCoat Low-E insulating glass. Windows may be ordered to fit up to 100 united inches, and today’s Groupon covers the new window, the removal and disposal of existing windows, installation, and sealing of new windows plus engraved stationery you can use to invite sunbeams to your newly windowed abode.
Wine Hardware is dedicated to providing the highest quality wine accessories, wine cellars and wine racking solutions, and literature on wine at competitive prices. We have four retail stores located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our company
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.
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.
People who have had the pleasure of working with Miguel Iraheta frequently comment on his sincerity. He always provides honest assessments of the work that needs to be performed, honest prices, and honest estimates on the time involved to get the work done. Miguel will also honestly admit that his services aren?t known for their speed, but that?s because he fills every moment on a job site with an obsessive attention to detail. He meticulously tapes down coverings over carpets, flooring, light switches, power outlets, and stationary pets, and he fills cracks and holes before covering them in paint with an artist?s eye for color combinations.
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.