Best of Boston

BEST Hardware

1996 BEST Hardware, Restoration

Period Furniture Hardware


This family-owned business has been selling period-furniture fixings to Bostonians for more than 75 years. One of the last of its kind, the store is worth visiting just to witness the brilliance of the wall-to-wall brass. But the merchandise doesn’t… read more»

1990 BEST Hardware

Somerville Lumber


Everything from power tools to drain cleaners—and a staff that can tell you how to use them. read more»

1988 BEST Hardware

Nonantum Hardware


Brand-new, spiffy, and huge. A supermarket for the do-it-yourselfer. read more»

1987 BEST Hardware

Mass Hardware


With a parking lot, three floors of stuff, and a staff that knows the name for the thingamajig you need. read more»

1977 BEST Hardware



Founded in 1842, and the oldest hardware store in the city, Wilkinson’s has two floors full of necessary objects, mysterious and mundane. read more»