Is Benjamin Moore Stain… Still Stain?

School is nearly out. Days are longer, and the weather in Atlanta and North Georgia has been beautiful so far in 2016. Summer is upon us. I bet you’re going to be spending more and more time outside with friends and family. Cooking out on the grill. Watching the kids swing. Planting some annuals around in the flower beds.

Benjamin Moore ARBORCOAT Stain in Gwinnett and Hall CountyHow’s Your Deck Looking?

The Georgia sun is brutal on horizontal painted and stained surfaces. Most folks want their decks to have that semitransparent / woodgrain look that you can only achieve with stain, but unless you enjoy re-staining your deck every year or so, the less opaque your finish, the less time it is going to look its best.

But let’s face it, Georgia weather is often the punchline of jokes. If you don’t like Georgia weather… just wait 30 minutes.

In the fall and winter we can go from freezing temps to upper 80s in less than 24 hours. We can go from hail and thunderstorms to ‘gotta use sunscreen’ weather in less time than that.

Your home and your deck needs protection against all the elements that Georgia weather can throw at it.

So let me ask you this…

If It Can Outlast Seasons of Weather and Wear… Is It Still Stain?

Benjamin Moore ARBORCOAT is ranked the “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Exterior Stains” by J.D. Power.

That means that Benjamin Moore received the highest numerical score among exterior stains in the J.D. Power 2016 Paint Satisfaction Study, based on 16,128 responses from 9 companies measuring experiences and perceptions of customers who purchased and applied exterior stain in the previous 12 months, surveyed in January-February, 2016.

Now, your experiences may vary… gotta say that, but all things being equal, we believe that if you prep and apply ARBORCOAT the way recommended by Benjamin Moore, you will not only LOVE the way your deck looks, you’ll be able to enjoy it longer because it will continue to look great while offering superior protection against the Atlanta and North Georgia weather. 

We sell Benjamin Moore paints and stains at our Duluth and Oakwood stores. Come in and check out the sample colors, or better yet, get a sample can of paint or stain, so you can see what your unique styles look like on your home.

For more information check out or visit our Duluth or Oakwood stores.


Traeger Sales Event – Duluth Store – Saturday April 9th

Kinda last minute… but we just decided to have a cooking demonstration and sales event for Traeger Grills this Saturday at our Duluth Store.

If in the area, stop by between 9 and 2ish and we’ll have a wide variety of sampling food all from the Traeger Grills. There will be:

  • Peach Cobbler
  • Pizzas
  • Peach Cobbler
  • Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Peach Cobbler
  • Smoked Chicken
  • Peach Cobbler
  • Captain Rodney’s Chicken Dip (amazing on chips)
  • Did we mention Peach Cobbler?

All of our Grills are going to be on sale that day… in fact the 2015 models are going to be WAY discounted with some free accessories thrown in as well. All While Supplies Last.

If you’ve been considering a Traeger… don’t miss this.

Traeger Tailgater on Sale Traeger Pro Junior on Sale Traeger Texas Elite on Sale Traeger Pro Texas on Sale

We are BIG Traeger Fans. If you want easy cooking + unbelievable food… you gotta try these out.


True Value Bargains of the Month – April 2016

It’s been a few months since we’ve featured some of the True Value Bargains of the Month. It’s been a busy 2016 thus far! We’ve changed computer systems on our Power Equipment side of the business in February. That was like open heart surgery when you realize that we were on the other system for 15+ years. We Opened a new store in Athens, Georgia, and we’ve launched a new website.

It’s been a little crazy.

But if you’re the one person who has wondered where the bargains of the month mentions went… here they are!

Remember that these bargains are available while supplies last at our True Value Hardware Stores in Doraville, Duluth and Oakwood.

Miracle-Gro 1.5-Cu.-Ft. Moisture Control® Garden Soil

Miracle-Gro 1.5-Cu.-Ft. Moisture Control® Garden SoilStarting to work on your flower beds? Your garden soil will directly impact the quality of your fruits/vegetables and flowers.

No telling what the weather will do this summer. It may be a cool summer which will be great for growing, but regardless this soil will help retain moisture better than just plain potting soil. Mix some in for better resultes.

Grab a 1.5 cubic foot of Miracle Gro Moisture Control Garden Soil for $4.99 (if you’re a True Value rewards member… you’ll get a $1 off instantly. Ask us how to join for Free)


2-Cu.-Ft Colored MulchGreenThumb 2-Cu.-Ft. Colored Mulch

This is one of the best Bargains of the Month that we have year round. There have actually been years where True Value didn’t offer this bargain and we ran with it on our own.

Whether you like Black, Brown or Red Mulch in your flowerbeds or islands, we’ve got you covered. Grab 3 bags for $9.99. This is while supplies last

Preen 5-Lb. Organic Vegetable Garden Weed Preventer or 5.625-Lb. Garden Weed PreventerPreen 5-Lb. Organic Vegetable Garden Weed Preventer or 5.625-Lb. Garden Weed Preventer

While you’re working on your flower beds and islands, you will probably be pulling weeds and cursing them at the same time. Perhaps some preventative measures are in order. Use some Preen Weed Preventer and your flowers/fruit/vegetables will be safe… and weeds will no longer be a problem (or not as big of a problem.)

Grab a 5lb bottle of Preen Weed Preventer for $9.99

Ortho 32-Oz. Weed B Gon® Concentrate Lawn Weed Killer

Ortho Weed B Gon Lawn Weed Killer, Concentrate, 32-oz.Don’t just attend to your flower beds… give your grass some love too. If your lawn has weeds popping up because you’ve not planned and used pre-emergents, you could spray some Weed B Gon from Ortho.

32oz concentrate is on sale for $6.99 ($3.99 for True Value Rewards Members) kills weeds not lawns, results in 1 hour, kills weeds down to the root, kills dandelions clovers & 250+ other weeds.

  • Kills Weeds not lawns.
  • Results in 1 hour.
  • Kills weeds down to the root.
  • Kills dandelions clovers and 250+ other weeds.

Four Seasons Courtyard 6-Pk. Solar Path Light

Four Seasons Courtyard 6-Pk. Solar Path LightOnce everything is looking pretty, you’ll want to show it off. Don’t allow loss of light to be a factor in taking guests out to show them your weedless lawn and flower beds.

Grab a 6 pack of solar path lights for $29.99.

They come in bronze or stainless steel.

Pet Expert 50-Lb. Dry Dog Food

Pet Expert 50 lb. dog food. Meat flavored, formulated to be the best everyday balanced maintenance dog food for small, medium, & large breeds, meets the AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages of the dog. 21% protein & 8% fat.And now for something completely different.

Grab a 50lb bag of Pet Expert 50 lb. dog food. Meat flavored, formulated to be the best everyday balanced maintenance dog food for small, medium, & large breeds, meets the AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages of the dog. 21% protein & 8% fat.

This Bargain of the Month often does well. Grab a 50lb bag for $16.99

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Riverside Mower in Athens is Now Howard Brothers’ Fifth Location

Doug and John Howard of Howard Brothers with Sandra and Roger Sullivan of Riverside Mower
Doug and John Howard of Howard Brothers with Sandra and Roger Sullivan of Riverside Mower

We are very excited to announce that Howard Brothers is now in Athens, Georgia. The details behind this new location are important, and one day, we will be sure to get them captured for the record, but for now, let’s talk about Athens.

Riverside Mower, owned by Roger and Sandra Sullivan, has been serving the outdoor power equipment needs of Athens and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Being in our industry for that long, we know it takes a whole lot more than just having the products and the location.  All you have to do is talk to their customers and you’ll immediately learn that words like trust, integrity, loyalty, are keywords that have been the foundation of the relationships that have been built at Riverside.

Folks from all over the region have driven in to Athens to do business with Riverside and the folks there.

Because Riverside sells some similar brands to Howard Brothers like STIHL, the Howards and Sullivans have had many opportunities to get to know each other. A few months ago, Roger and Sandra approached us to consider purchasing their business so that they could retire.

Roger and Sandra emphasized early on, they wanted to be sure that their customers and their employees, were going to be taken care of, and the area would continue to have a trustworthy partner in the outdoor power equipment business.

Officially today, March 1, Riverside Mower is now Howard Brothers.

Bruce Tate, our Parts Manager from our Oakwood store has been with Howard Brothers for 10 years. He joins the team in Athens and recognizes that he has a lot to learn about the people and the area, but he is up for the challenge. Be sure to go by and meet him.

As for Roger and Sandra, you’ll still see them in the store for a while. They are committed to helping us out during the transition. You’ll probably begin to see some changes around the store as we renovate and rebrand the location, but we all realize that spring is here! Business will be as usual for now. Our focus is on our customers and serving them as they’ve always expected.

We will continue to represent the brands that Riverside Mowers has sold. They do a great business with Toro, STIHL, Dixie Chopper and Honda as well as others, however… you may begin to see a few of our the other brands that our other locations sell. More on that soon.

Again, we’re excited. Business at our 4 Metro Atlanta locations (Alpharetta, Doraville, Duluth and Oakwood) has been great over the past few years. This growth into Athens is something that we’ve discussed for many years, but only recently were all the details revealed.

If you have any questions during the transition, be sure to ask.




Service While You Wait – Honda Mowers – Spring Tune Up

Our popular Lawn Mower Service While You Wait is back!

Get your mower ready for spring. Beat the crowds, save time, and save money too. Bring your Honda, Exmark, or Cub Cadet 21 inch rotary lawn mower in to one of our 4 locations for its regular tune-up appointment. We expect each appointment to take about 30 minutes of your time from the moment we unload your mower to the time we load it back again.

Promotion includes parts and labor:

  • Replace Spark Plug
  • Clean and/or replace Air Filter
  • Change Oil
  • Replace fuel with fresh “Ethanol Shield” treated fuel
  • Sharpen blade or replace those displaying 50% wear
  • Inspect and advise of any potential repair concerns

All this for $74.99

This service is only available now through March 5th. The price will go up (and the wait will be MUCH longer) after that day.

Schedule Your Lawn Mower Tune-Up Appointment Below:

alpharetta doraville

duluth oakwood

Remember, this is a pre-season tune-up preventive maintenance promotion only. Any repairs needed, not falling under the guidelines of this promotion, must be checked in and processed through our normal repair procedures and guidelines.

Mower Repairs Requiring Additional Time, Parts and Labor:

  • Starter Recoil
  • Carburetor Cleaning resulting from stale fuel
  • Transmission and/or blade belt replacement
  • Tire and/or wheel replacement
  • Other

In the event you require further repairs, your payment will be applied to the total repair costs of your machine. All mowers must be in working condition to qualify for this offer. Available dates and times may be expanded based upon customer demand.


Honda, Exmark, Cub Cadet Lawn Mower Service While You Wait Atlanta

GearUp2016 is coming on Wednesday, March 9th


The biggest question that we’ve been talking about around the stores is, “What is the weather gonna do?” Are we gonna have any more ice or snow before spring? What does El Nino really mean for us in 2016.

One thing for sure here in Atlanta and North Georgia…

  • Spring and Summer will come.
  • Grass will grow.
  • Landscape Professionals will be needed to make and keep Atlanta Beautiful!

How’s your equipment looking for this year? Do you need to replace anything? Do you need to fix anything before the season starts? Do you want to save money this year on parts for your equipment?

The answer is probably YES! Which is why you need to join us in Gearing Up for Sweet ’16.

Equipment Deals

You’ll need to stop by because of the Lowest Prices of the Year on the Best Brands that Professional Landscapers want. Great brands and great deals are what our one day sale is known for. Exmark, Scag, Stihl, Echo, Honda, Cub Cadet, Walker Mowers, Tru Cut Mowers, Little Wonder, Billy Goat, Ventrac… You want and need? We have!

Special prices. Special Financing rates. Bonuses that you can’t get the rest of the year. Make sure you go ahead and begin talking to your Howard Brother’s salesman now to start getting a game plan together for what your fleet needs.

Part Deals

The deals we offer during GearUp on Parts are unmatched. Make a list of the parts you regularly use and come by and stock up. Filters, Tires, Blades, Oil Mix… these are items that you will want to prepare for because the discounts will be worth it.

Want specifics? Well, you’ll have to sign up for an email reminder now about GearUp and we’ll send you an email before the sale with those specific offers. Don’t miss it.

Other Deals

As always, we have some deals that other power equipment dealers are unable to offer, because we are also a full service hardware store. Items from chemicals, boots, hand tools and other products will be on sale so that you can stock up and save.

Who, What, Where, When?

  • Who: All of us who are passionate about landscaping in the Atlanta and North Georgia Area
  • What: GearUP! The biggest sales event of the Year
  • Where: Go to YOUR local Howard Brothers store and hang out with us all day or just part of the day!
  • When: Wednesday, March 9th | 7am – Close. Stop by at lunch time and grab some lunch on us.


You made it this far on this post. How about you sign up for our email reminders about GearUp and we’ll enter you in for  $50 worth of Howard Bucks which you can use at the sale, or anytime you wish. We’ll draw a winner from each store, so make sure you enter in which store you shop at most often!

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The Black Friday / Small Business Saturday Sales Event at Howard Brothers

Black Friday sales used to be a secret. Before the Internet and social media, it used to be fun to get the newspaper on Thanksgiving morning and look through them all. That was part of the fun of getting up on Friday morning and fighting the crowds. I think it was more exciting and more of an experience.

Then everyone started leaking their ads early (some retailers do this even months ahead of time) and now opening time has become a strategy for sale day. Some retailers are opening on Thursday (we will never do that.) and some retailers are even beginning to close on Friday to set them apart from other retailers.

Well. I guess I should go ahead and “Leak” what we’ll have on sale next week.

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Add Some Spontaneity to Your Weekend’s Todo List

Wow, we may actually be able to have a sun filled weekend, which means a lot of projects will be outdoors this weekend in Atlanta and North Georgia. Are your leaves piling up like mine?

Here’s a nice reminder from True Value, to add a little spontaneity to your project.

We’re here to offer you expert advice, and make sure you use the right tools for the job. Make sure that your projects involve your family. You can make any project more fun and enjoyable if you do.

What projects do you have this weekend? How can we help?

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Howard Brothers Featured on Lost and Found on Discovery Family Channel

I guess we can now admit/mention the fact that we’re going to be on a reality TV show.

Over the years, we’ve often laughed about the fact that if cameras were in place, one of the greatest reality TV shows could be edited from our day to day business. We would have a fantastic cast of characters from employees to customers, and when you throw some of our vendors in, it would be a sure fire success. The challenges and solutions offered at Howard Brothers multiple locations is captivating.

But, until that day when some production company finds out about us, we’ll just piggy back on already existing reality TV.

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Best of Gwinnett – 2015 – Hardware Store

BOG_Vote2015_300x250We’re excited/honored to announce that we’ve been nominated in the Best of Gwinnett awards for Best Hardware store. We hope that our fans will go to the bestofgwinnett website before November 16th and cast a vote.

It’s a little difficult to find our category, so just like the assistance you’d receive in our stores, I’ll be happy to take you right to the correct category.

First of all, you can go right to the home and garden category on

Scroll down to Best Hardware Store

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We’re up against some great stores who serve their communities just as much as we do. But we are the only True Value Hardware in the List!