Best of Boston

BEST Hardware

2012 BEST Hardware

Dickson Brothers True Value

Cambridge

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

Boston

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

Newton

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

Boston

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

Boston

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

Cambridge

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

Boston

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

Boston

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»

1996 BEST Hardware, Helpful

Model Hardware

Allston

An inventory to match the superstores, backed by a helpful and friendly staff. Owner Bob Weber is on hand five days a week to show you the difference between a wing nut and a butterfly valve. read more»