A Southwest-based company for more than a century, Frazee Paint and its team of manufacturers are well acquainted with the unique climactic conditions of the region. Always pulling from the latest technology, their technicians design each of their paint and coating products to withstand dry heat, sparse rainfall, and showers of chewing tobacco from passing cowboys. Their quality paints, wall-coverings, wood-care products, and painter's tools stock the shelves of more than 125 retail locations throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as international dealers in Mexico, China, and Guam.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
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.
With summer spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to stock up on cookware and housewares for outdoor entertaining and to get home-care projects underway. Pick up a Stanley six-piece screwdriver set for $6.99, a VPT rip hammer for $9.49, and a whole bunch of screws, anchors, and bolts (prices vary), and you'll be ready to finally mount every buffalo nickel and steel penny in your coin collection. Illuminate the newfound décor with a 12-pack of Ace light bulbs ($21.48), the better to see by as you make use of a Purdy four-piece premium paint-tray kit ($19.99). If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge. Get keys made for $2.29 a pop.
Liz’s Antique Hardware offers a plethora of salvaged vintage door, window and furniture hardware along with lighting and accessories dating from1860 to 1970, though a large selection of contemporary hardware is also available. The left side of the store is dedicated to contemporary designs, while the large right side is stacked practically from floor to ceiling with milk crates full of carefully curated and organized hardware. Liz’s is the perfect place for anyone sourcing replacement parts for fixtures and hardware for an antique or period restoration, though it’s fun enough to simply trawl through the bins, looking for inspiration. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful in finding exactly you need, but be prepared to spend some time looking for what you want regardless; there’s a lot to discover.
This old-fashioned Eagle Rock hardware store offers personalized service from the Tritch family, who has been in the hardware business since the mid-1800s. At their Colorado Boulevard outpost, the carpets are worn and patched with tape in places, but Merritt Tritch still runs the place, even though he’s in his 80s. Sons Glen and Jeff are there as well, guiding customers down aisles to find the perfect household need or construction item for sale. Low-slung and shabby in spots, Tritch Hardware Company oozes neighborhood charm, and is actually located inside the first commercial structure ever built in Eagle Rock, back in 1907. Affiliated with True Value Hardware stores, regular customers can put their items on a paper account and be billed later.