Best of Boston

2013 Best Hardware

Dickson Brothers True Value

Apartment dwellers’ needs are readily met at this mercantile, which advertises everything from cans of paint and picture hangers to housewares and scented candles. The wise clerks are also adept at settling nerves and dispensing great advice. Need to fix that old lamp? Someone at Dickson Bros. will surely have the answer.

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