Best of Boston

2000 Best Hardware Store, City

Beacon True Value Home Center

Squished into a Beacon Hill storefront is this incredible urban resource center. Need to rent a power drill? It’s five bucks a day. Run out of paint in the middle of a job? Head right over. Want to plant a window box full of tulips? Seeds of every sort are out front on the sidewalk (in season). Plus, the store sells the entire Leatherman line of cool-dude tools, and the service is terrific; these guys make Bob Villa look like he needs a little renovating.

216 Cambridge Street, Boston, 617-523-1148,