Best of Boston

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 to power tools. But the little touches are what make going to Dickson Brothers a treat—like the Good Humor fridge where you can scarf down a Klondike bar in the time it takes employees to cut your keys.

26 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-876-6760,