After 95 years of business, Crown City Hardware has established itself as a beacon of high-quality hardware goods, offering more than 100,000 items and cultivating professional relationships with more than 600 suppliers. Perusing the general department preps homeowners for everyday household projects with Gorilla Glue Super Glue ($3.69), paintbrushes ($0.39+), and WD-40 ($7.79). Meanwhile, the builders' section at the store's back counter houses a host of popular reproductions and exclusive restoration hardware, including solid forged brass handrail brackets ($33.99), which offers stair-climbers support and stability, and Jeffersonian rain gauges ($189.99), which can measure the rainfall in backyards or the number of tears you’ve cried since Firefly was cancelled.
Alan's Lawnmower & Garden Center has supplied local landscapers and homeowners with gardening tools and power equipment for more than 39 years. The shop brims with lawn-mower parts, weed whackers, shovels, and gnome traps from brands such as Billy Goat, Kohler, Honda, and Kawasaki. The onsite repair shop oozes experience with technicians who are able to tune up or repair power tools in about three days or less. They also offer financing programs for customers who need higher-end equipment to tackle trickier jobs or to chop down backyard money trees.
Since becoming established in 1990, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles' workforce has constructed or renovated more than 350 homes for low-income families throughout 112 cities and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. The organization relies largely on volunteer labor and donations of building materials, home decor, furniture, and appliances, which are used in building projects or sold at the ReStore. These sales not only help raise funds for building projects, but have also helped save more than five million pounds of reusable materials from ending up in local landfills.
New York Hardware's knowledgeable staff outfits builders and tinkers with an ample array of new and used decorative hardware, door and cabinet hardware, and vintage hardware. Soft lights reflect off the polished surfaces of cabinet knobs ($4–$125), distracting eyes as they trace the simple geometric designs on other bits of door hardware ($50–$4,000). Switch-plate covers ($20–$200) arm light switches with handsome suits of brushed metal, and heater vents and registers ($100–$5,000) dress up interior climate-control shafts in stylish new duds.
Housing a menagerie of home improvement implements and constructive constructables, Koontz Hardware's helpful handymen hawk repair-ready wares from this West Hollywood building bazaar. Restoration-minded repairmen and repairwomen can comb through the expansive recesses of Koontz's 100,000-piece inventory, replenishing depleted toolboxes with new essentials ranging from tape measures (starting at $8.99) and dish towels ($5.99), to paint brushes (starting at $1.99) and electrical outlet travel adaptors ($4.99–$8.99). Spruce up dinged desks and furniture with touch-up pens (starting at $4.99) or help keep loving cups loveable with a squirt of shinifying silver cleaners and polishes (starting at $4.99).
With more than 80 years of wrench-wielding experience, the home improvement honchos at Pioneer Hardware preside over a cache of more than 70,000 brand-name tools, electronics, supplies, and accessories. Equip empty tool belts with a versatile Black & Decker cordless screwdriver ($34.99) or ensure lawns are well fed with a mechanical water timer ($10.97). Shoppers can also cruise through Pioneer's panoply of cleaning and paint supplies or prepare for an afternoon of plumbing pyrotechnics with its supply of PVC piping, faucet parts, and drain fittings.
Utopia Tools’ selection of handyman utensils and crafting instruments makes it possible to pursue a wide range of home repairs and hobbies, including woodworking, watch repairing, and gunsmithing. The precision jewelry tools, such as the 15 in 1 interchangeable screwdriver set ($2.99), give respite to opposable thumbs trying to fasten microscopic screws, and the premium glues, such as MxBon 105 ($11.24 for a 50g bottle), help seal hard-to-reach sink valves or firmly fashion cell phones onto cheeks for hands-free communication while driving. While perusing the aisles, feel free to extract wisdom from the professional craft crackerjacks whose guidance and expertise can help bring your project to fruition.