BEST HARDWARE STORE - 2004
Seven Corners Hardware
Forget about hardware stores as sterile and unappealing as Wal-Mart, with their white linoleum and Muzak ambience, not to mention the difficulty of finding a store employee among the vast wasteland of garden hoses. Those who really appreciate the dirty, sweaty, messy, fine art of home improvement expect their hardware stores to feel the same--gritty, oily, and filled with a variety of products to sate the imagination of any plumber, electrician, or drywaller on a rampage. Much like a library for tools, items throughout Seven Corners stack high and low--every corner is packed with a tool that someone's project cannot do without. They've got a rainbow selection of hammers, dozens of WD-40-like products, and millions of screws, washers, and bolts arranged in buckets. But fret not if you can't tell a thingy from a whatchamacallit--there are employees who can answer most any question you ask with a reasonable degree of knowledgeable experience, and all without being condescending.