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The Boston area’s top neighborhood hardware stores, mapped

Determined to fix up this or that in your home? Start with a visit to—and advice from—these shops around the region

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to shape up your Boston-area abode, then you’re likely looking for a handy neighborhood hardware store for materials, tools, and advice. Try these 12.

They are each the sort of place where the staff can provide ready tips and where the selection runs well beyond hammers and potting soil. They’re all also conveniently located within their neighborhoods, many just off the T.

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1. Cleveland Circle Hardware

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1920 Beacon St
Brighton, MA 02135
(617) 734-6440
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Steps from the Green Line, this store has an almost freakishly varied selection of goods and tools for the home and the yard.

Exterior of a hardware store with goods for sale on the sidewalk outside. Cleveland Circle Hardware

2. Connelly Hardware

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706 Washington St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 277-7349
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The roots of this store just off the Green Line stretch back to 1951. It offers an array of services, too, including glass-cutting and window-blind repair.

3. Model Hardware

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22 Harvard Ave
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 782-5131
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This store off the Turnpike has a lot to recommend it, with basically anything for the home or the yard as well as locksmith services.

Awning and exterior of a hardware store. Google Maps

4. Dickson Bros. True Value

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26 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-6760
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The Harvard Square mainstay across the street from the Red Line has several levels of every species of tool and homeware as well as yard staples such as pots and dirt.

5. Yumont True Value Hardware

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702 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 524-4572
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This spot typifies the neighborhood hardware stores throughout the region, with a knowledgeable staff and a deep well of supplies (and the willingness to order or to refer if something’s not in stock).

Exterior of a hardware store on a city street with cars parked in front. Google Maps

6. Pill Hardware

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743 Mass Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 876-8310
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This Central Square spot off the Red Line has a deep selection of garden and home material.

Exterior of a hardware store along a sidewalk with bikes and benches. Pill Hardware

7. Inman Square Hardware

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1337 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 491-3405
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This store goes back to 1975, and offers a variety of supplies and services, including glass-cutting.

Several tools, including a row of pliers, hanging on  a wall. Inman Square Hardware

8. Norfolk Hardware & Home Center

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981 Morton St
Boston, MA 02126
(617) 296-2100
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This is a sizable neighborhood shop with a sizable selection of just about everything fixer-upper-related. Dating to 1934, it might also be Boston proper’s oldest hardware store.

Aerial shot of rows of hardware store shelves. Norfolk Hardware & Home Center

9. Charles Street Supply

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54 Charles St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 367-9046
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This Beacon Hill institution dates to 1948, and includes pretty much anything one would need to outfit or upgrade a house or a yard.

10. Warren Hardware

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470 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 426-7525
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This South End spot has an ideal location off I-93 and in one of the faster-changing areas of Boston. It’s got a wide array of homewares and tools.

Exterior of a hardware store with lots of glass frontage. Warren Hardware

11. Charlestown Ace

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5 Austin St
Charlestown, MA 02129
(617) 241-5223
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This is another location with a deep well of products and the wherewithal to order what’s not in stock. It’s a short stroll from the Orange Line too.

12. Backstage Hardware & Theatre Supply

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23 Drydock Ave
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 330-1422
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The thing about this retailer is that it’s ostensibly there to supply theaters, dramatic productions, etc., but it offers its goods to anyone off the street just trying to fix up this or that. Perhaps that’s why it tags itself “not your ordinary hardware store.”

1. Cleveland Circle Hardware

1920 Beacon St, Brighton, MA 02135
Exterior of a hardware store with goods for sale on the sidewalk outside. Cleveland Circle Hardware

Steps from the Green Line, this store has an almost freakishly varied selection of goods and tools for the home and the yard.

1920 Beacon St
Brighton, MA 02135

2. Connelly Hardware

706 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02446

The roots of this store just off the Green Line stretch back to 1951. It offers an array of services, too, including glass-cutting and window-blind repair.

706 Washington St
Brookline, MA 02446

3. Model Hardware

22 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134
Awning and exterior of a hardware store. Google Maps

This store off the Turnpike has a lot to recommend it, with basically anything for the home or the yard as well as locksmith services.

22 Harvard Ave
Allston, MA 02134

4. Dickson Bros. True Value

26 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Harvard Square mainstay across the street from the Red Line has several levels of every species of tool and homeware as well as yard staples such as pots and dirt.

26 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

5. Yumont True Value Hardware

702 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Exterior of a hardware store on a city street with cars parked in front. Google Maps

This spot typifies the neighborhood hardware stores throughout the region, with a knowledgeable staff and a deep well of supplies (and the willingness to order or to refer if something’s not in stock).

702 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

6. Pill Hardware

743 Mass Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
Exterior of a hardware store along a sidewalk with bikes and benches. Pill Hardware

This Central Square spot off the Red Line has a deep selection of garden and home material.

743 Mass Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

7. Inman Square Hardware

1337 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Several tools, including a row of pliers, hanging on  a wall. Inman Square Hardware

This store goes back to 1975, and offers a variety of supplies and services, including glass-cutting.

1337 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139

8. Norfolk Hardware & Home Center

981 Morton St, Boston, MA 02126
Aerial shot of rows of hardware store shelves. Norfolk Hardware & Home Center

This is a sizable neighborhood shop with a sizable selection of just about everything fixer-upper-related. Dating to 1934, it might also be Boston proper’s oldest hardware store.

981 Morton St
Boston, MA 02126

9. Charles Street Supply

54 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114

This Beacon Hill institution dates to 1948, and includes pretty much anything one would need to outfit or upgrade a house or a yard.

54 Charles St
Boston, MA 02114

10. Warren Hardware

470 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
Exterior of a hardware store with lots of glass frontage. Warren Hardware

This South End spot has an ideal location off I-93 and in one of the faster-changing areas of Boston. It’s got a wide array of homewares and tools.

470 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116

11. Charlestown Ace

5 Austin St, Charlestown, MA 02129

This is another location with a deep well of products and the wherewithal to order what’s not in stock. It’s a short stroll from the Orange Line too.

5 Austin St
Charlestown, MA 02129

12. Backstage Hardware & Theatre Supply

23 Drydock Ave, Boston, MA 02210

The thing about this retailer is that it’s ostensibly there to supply theaters, dramatic productions, etc., but it offers its goods to anyone off the street just trying to fix up this or that. Perhaps that’s why it tags itself “not your ordinary hardware store.”

23 Drydock Ave
Boston, MA 02210