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Tom Hanks Moving to Lawrenceville?

Click bait titles. They stink. You’re checking out what’s going on in the world of your friends and family on facebook, and all of the sudden one of your friends shares an article about “The top 10 uses of WD40 that the democratic party doesn’t want you to know about.”

OK. That didn’t necessarily happen to me yesterday, but one of my friends on facebook did lure me with a click bait link. He posted a link to an article that was purporting that Oscar winning actor, Tom Hanks was moving to Lawrenceville, Georgia.

I clicked on it and immediately realized that it was a satirical news site. Not true. In fact there is probably some code behind the post that allows “Lawrenceville” to be exchanged for any small town city name in America.

Alas, Tom Hanks is probably NOT moving to Lawrenceville, Georgia.

But all day long, I was thinking about Tom Hanks roles and at some point I visualized Forrest Gump on his Snapper Lawn Tractor.

And it got me thinking… What kind of mower would Forrest Gump use today. Surely, he wouldn’t use a lawn tractor.

“Stupid is as stupid does.”


I think Forrest Gump would spend some of that Bubba Gump Shrimp Company money on an Exmark Lazer Z.

He’d know that comparing a zero-turn to lawn tractor is really no comparison.

  • His productivity would be greater
  • His maneuverability would be easier
  • His quality of cut would be more professional
  • The durability of the mower would be the best there is.

The bottom line is the Exmark Lazer Z would probably be the last mower that Forrest Gump would need to buy.


Soon, Forrest would be saying:

“That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little mow. So I mowed to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d mow to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d just mow across Gwinnett County. And I figured, since I mowed this far, maybe I’d just mow across the great state of Georgia. And that’s what I did. I mowed clear across Georgia. For no particular reason I just kept on going. I mowed clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going.” – Forrest




Pride in Legacy: A Couple of Decades Later

The year was 1996, when just down the road we hosted the greatest athletic competition in history: The Olympics. In Georgia, there was a great sense of pride in our city and state. Southern hospitality was given to all who came from every competing country on the planet. For the first time thus far in our history, we were able to take MARTA towards Midtown, or hop in our cars to various venues around the state, to root not for the Dawgs or the Yellow Jackets, but instead for the team we call our nation.

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True Value Bargains of the Month – July 2016

Today we come back to an old tradition of our monthly announcements of sorts. All it took was telling someone else to do it! We apologize for sorrowed hearts, but we know our cult following needed that cliffhanger to keep the passion growing, but I digress.

As we go into our Nation’s birthday days from now, we have a lot to be thankful for: grilling out, a good game of catch, or even just the possibility that humidity will be below 99% here in North Georgia.

July bargains of the monthThey’re all blessings in their own way, but even then we can get pulled back to reality when things start breaking, which we all know happens in a giant wave of displeasure. The Car, the A/C, the Remote, even Grandpa’s Old Recliner!

When that happens, you have Howard Brothers around to help you out of the rut. We carry the tools and supplies necessary that you often just won’t find anywhere else. Plus, we got them on sale! Check it out:


DeWalt 34-Piece socket SetDewalt 34-Pc. Standard and Metric Socket Set

First up on the list is the Dewalt Socket Set. Let’s face it, we all need one. With all of the tiny screws and miscellaneous tidbits manufacturers put on their cars, we need all the help we can get.

From removing all of the unnecessary decorative plastic to taking off that last Alternator screw, this small, organized tool set will produce. It doesn’t even stop there when you start getting into the nitty gritty of other household duties, but I’ll leave that to your own imagination.

Be prepared. Grab one in your nearest Howard Brothers Hardware Section for only 29.99.

Rayovac AA or AAA Alkaline BatteriesRayovacBatteries

Next we have some Rayovac Batteries. AA’s and AAA’s seem to always be the elusive type when you need them; either you left them only God knows where in the laundry room or someone (obviously not you) forgot to buy some last time you ran out.

We do have the choice between AA and AAA, but the elusive mystery of the existence of an ‘A’ Battery will always haunt us.

Grab a pack or two to keep the supply going for only 4.99 a piece, either size.

FiltreteFilterAllergen Defense Air Filters

Have you ever worked with someone that will never stop sneezing next to you? You try to keep up with them, but it seems you’ll run out ‘Bless you’s without Holy intervention. With our A/C’s on full blast all of July, the airflow is always a factor.

With our 3M Filtrete systems you can cut down on the snotty blues and get on with your work. They come in a variety of sizes to make sure they – wait for it – FIT your needs.

Pun intended.

Grab one in your nearest Howard Brothers Hardware Store for just 8.49.

Pennzoil Conventional Motor Oil Qt.Pennzoil Conventional

We all know the power of regular preventative maintenance, even if we don’t always keep to it 100%. Sometimes we can really forget how much a 20-minute oil change (if that) can save us from a costly weekend project.

With those older cars and trucks we drive, the conventional stuff just works better. Like our human elders, they sometimes like to spring leaks. Slowing things down just a little makes a big difference.

Keep that Silverado (Sorry Ford fans, not sorry Dodge fans) running to 300,000 and then some for only 2.99 a quart.

Like I saw on a bumper sticker one time, “I’d rather push my Volvo than drive a Prius”.

SwifferWetJetSwiffer WetJet Mop Starter Kit

After it’s all said and done, you have that car battery charging again, the yard mowed, and you’re about sit down with that aluminum can of sweet victory… Then you realized you messed up.

You look down to see those 7-year-old Nike’s covered in who knows what, and you just dragged that who knows what all over the entire house. The tracks lead to only one place, your doom.

Thinking quick, you realize that Howard Brothers has their Swiffer WetJet on sale for only 19.99! Hop in that newly repaired vehicle and make your way over, before it’s too late.

2-Speed Chillout Tower FanChilloutTowerFan

After it’s *actually* all said and done, you really need to – wait for it – CHILL OUT.

I’ll be here all summer, folks!

We have on sale the ever wonderful Personal Tower Fan to remind you of what it’s not like to be in Georgia weather: cool, controlled, and with just the perfect breeze.

You’ve done good, now it’s time to let your sweaty, greasy hair know the same satisfaction, especially with the low price of only 12.99.

Make Your Neighbors Jealous with Ice Cream – White Mountain Ice Cream Makers

When it comes down to it, we all love ice cream. It’s just a fact.

Ice cream is part of our childhood, from all the sticky situations, stained carpets, and ruined shirts. It was always a hearty challenge to fight the melted mess of a chocolate cone that mostly ended up as military-spec camo over our faces.

The best part, however, was the few times we were given the ingredients, a couple of plastic bags, and told we could make it ourselves by mixing it all up, closing the bags firmly, and then shaking violently. I’m not sure of the genius who thought of this idea, but in the end you had the opportunity to consume Rock Salt flavored mush with just a hint of vanilla with a plastic spoon.

Rocket science, I swear.

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Ventrac Compact Tractors in Atlanta and North Georgia

Ventrac all-wheel drive compact tractors connect to over 30 commercial grade attachments in just minutes or less. Choose from mowers, power blowers, blades, rakes, brooms, scoops , and much more.

Howard Brothers sells Ventrac Compact Tractors and Accessories at all five of our stores in Alpharetta, Athens, Doraville, Duluth and Oakwood.

Watch our own Doug Howard Tackle some tough jobs on the Ventrac!


I am interested in the Ventrac Compact Tractors and am interested in more information and possibly a demo.

Celebrate with Color – Free Sample Can from Benjamin Moore

Buyer’s remorse is the sense of regret after having made a purchase. It is frequently associated with the purchase of an expensive item such as a car or house.

But have you ever had that feeling of regret after painting an entire room?

Most of us don’t want that feeling, but when it comes to paint and specifically Benjamin Moore paint, you can reduce the possibility of remorse with color samples!

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What is Traegering?

The other day I was talking to someone about Snapchat. I know… what does this have anything to do with Traeger Grills… Stay with me.

I heard them say to someone else, “I’m gonna Snap this.” I immediately knew that she was talking about social media and that she was adding this to her Snapchat story. It got me thinking about how we’ve turned so many brand names in to action verbs. We’ve incorporated these words and phrases that used to mean nothing into our vocabulary.

The same can be said for Traeger Grills. They’ve created a product that forces us to use a different word for Grilling. If you own a Traeger Grill, you no longer Grill… you  (ACTION VERB) – Traeger.

Traegering is something that I’ve heard folks say as they pick up a replenishment of pellets or new seasonings and sauces. Traegering is a part of the subculture of Traeger enthusiasts who have found the easiest way to cook out… and have no desire to go back to anything else.

Check out this video, and then get in to one of our stores to find out what Traegering is all about.


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 BenjaminMoore.com or visit our Duluth or Oakwood stores.