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2016 Goods & ServicesEditors' Choice

Best Mix of Old and New Hardware Goods

Cole Hardware

Pat Mazzera

Cole Hardware, a family-owned two-story store in Rockridge, opened a year ago and already feels like a place where everybody knows your name—and your dog’s name, because a wall is filled with photos of customers’ pooches. It’€™s the fifth but largest store in an outfit started in 1959 by Dave Karp. Sadly, he died last year at the age of 99, but his motto, “There are no strangers here; just friends we haven’t met,”€ is abiding. Among the goods displayed outside are plants, colorful French outdoor furniture by Fermob, and sweetgum walking sticks. Inside, in a mix of old style and new, is everything you’ll need for the home and garden, from barbecue grills to a huge range of mason jars. Services include key cutting, lamp repair, screen making, knife sharpening, and color consulting. And while you’re browsing you can munch on fresh popcorn for 25 cents a bag.

5533 College Ave.

Oakland

510-230-0145

www.ColeHardware.com