Best of Boston

BEST Hardware

2013 BEST Hardware

Dickson Brothers True Value


Apartment dwellers’ needs are readily met at this mercantile, which advertises everything from cans of paint and picture hangers to housewares and scented candles. The wise clerks are also adept at settling nerves and dispensing great advice. Need to fix… read more»

2012 BEST Hardware

Dickson Brothers True Value


This Harvard Square institution is 50 years old, and thankfully still has creaky floors, ancient fluorescent lights, and friendly handy types who’ll steer you to that can of paint, snow shovel, or faucet aerator. Good thing, because with aisles stacked… read more»

2011 BEST Hardware

Charles Street Supply Company


This 63-year-old landmark reminds us of a time before hardware superstores—no orange-aproned “sales associates” hawking vinyl siding while you search for a lockset. Petite and packed with everything from flowerpots, hammers, and nonstick Texas-size muffin tins to patio furniture and… read more»

2008 BEST Hardware

Swartz True Value


More than a century of know-how emanates from this suburban institution, founded by Michael Swartz’s immigrant grandparents in 1890 and eventually passed down the line to him. While the old-time architecture was destroyed in a fire 38 years ago, the… read more»

2007 BEST Hardware

Charles Street Supply Company


If you’ve got the project, they’ve got the product: More than 24,000 home-maintenance tools and supplies cram the shelves at this emporium of all things useful. Need an obscure garden tool? A specific brand of all-weather paint? The gregarious employees… read more»

2006 BEST Hardware

Yumont Hardware

Jamaica Plain

So it’s one-tenth the size of a Lowe’s. So what? Yumont still has everything a do-it-yourselfer needs: nuts, bolts, bulbs, paint, showerheads, lawn care. All that, plus associates who don’t need to be paged and a well-worn checkout counter cluttered… read more»

2005 BEST Hardware

Charles Street Supply


This 57-year-old landmark recalls a time before superstores and strip malls. Its amiable staff can help you sort through the somewhat chaotic arrangement of wares, from seeds, potting soil, flowerpots, hammers, nails, and nonstick Texas-size muffin tins to patio furniture,… read more»

2004 BEST Hardware

Dickson Brothers


The most popular institutions in Harvard Square have a way of disappearing (can you say Tasty Diner?) but Dickson Brothers is still hawking hardware after more than 75 years. The three-story warren is full of products ranging from pretty housewares… read more»

2003 BEST Hardware

Period Furniture Hardware


The densely packed display racks at this Beacon Hill cubbyhole offer one-stop shopping for rarefied brass, chrome, porcelain, and glass—knobs, pulls, hooks, hangers, rods, and other trimmings that can bring an Edwardian touch to the powder room or a Federal… read more»

1997 BEST Hardware

Hardware Outlet


This hole-in-the-wall looks like a cross between Bob Vila’s garage and a grungy New York apartment. With enough searching, you’ll find anything from drill bits and thumb tacks to gas masks and paint thinner. In the words of employee Ed… read more»