05/31/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This is the first time that I have posted to Citysearch, but it's absolutely called for in this case. My fiancee and I are in the process of renovating our 1902 Capitol Hill farmhouse, and the closest useful hardware store is Lowes in Ranier - far, far away.
We found out about this store about three weeks ago, and since then, it is the only hardware store I will go to unless I need lumber or drywall. I have been in about a half-dozen times. In that time, Marc and one of his employees (whose name I unfortunately don't know) have helped me work through a variety of problems that arose while installing and plumbing an in-sink dishwasher and hanging a cast-iron gate on my new fence. They suggested solutions that worked better (and in one key instance, cheaper) than the ones I had originally devised, and were able to provide me with all the hardware and tools that I needed to successfully complete both projects. The feel of the store is laid-back, but it's clean, well laid-out, and well-stocked. In fact, I'm kind of amazed at the amount of stuff they managed to get in there - but it doesn't feel cluttered or chaotic. They are also open every day, including Memorial Day, which was huge. It is, simply, an excellent, friendly hardware store, five minutes drive from my house. I hope they make a ton of money from the upswing of the South Lake Union neighborhood - they deserve to.