Best of Boston

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 high with mugs, frying pans, and camping supplies, you’ll eventually realize you’re better off just asking for help

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