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.
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).
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.
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.