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Independent We Stand Award Nominations – The Indie

Do you know a small business that needs some recognition for how they deliver great customer service or for what they do in their community? You need to really consider nominating them with Independent We Stand for the Small Business of the Year Aword or “Indie.” Read more

We Will Be Closed on Labor Day – 2013

Head’s up… Howard Brothers will closed on Labor Day (Monday, September, 2)

A lot of retail stores will be gearing up for labor day sales, and while we will be recognizing the National True Value Labor Day sale that weekend prior, we felt that it would be best to give our incredible employees an extra day off to spend with their families and relax. Our busiest time of year is Summer, and we’ve had a VERY busy 2013 summer. This is a way to reward our company as a whole.

That being said, if you’re planning on doing a cookout or get a little bit of work completed around the house that day, you are gonna need to come by early.

  • Don’t let your Big Green Egg charcoal or Traeger wood pellets run out.
  • Don’t let your propane tank go empty.
  • Don’t run out of Socks Love Rub
  • Don’t run out of 2-cycle mix for your trimmer or edger
  • Don’t put off that blower purchase… expecting to do it on Labor Day
We’ll be back at it on September 3th providing the service that you expect from us.

The Doraville Bolt Room has left the… Bolt Room

The year was 1985. We tore down walls and built onto the hardware store in Doraville. We added nearly 5400 square feet to the building and moved the fasteners to the area that everyone refers to as “the bolt room.” That back left corner of the store has seen some change over 25 years (we did change from the bulk bins but for the most part it remained the same.

Howard Brothers Doraville Expansion 1985
Howard Brothers Doraville Expansion 1985
Webster Stringer and Craig Huckaby
Webster Stringer and Craig Huckaby at Howard Brothers Doraville – 1985

The old bolt room was something you just had to experience. The aisles were tight. The lighting wasn’t all that great. The cabinets and boxes were stacked to the ceiling… but if it was a fastener… we had it. We could help you find it.


Old Howard Brothers Doraville Bolt Room - Aisle 1
Old Howard Brothers Doraville Bolt Room – Aisle 1
Old Howard Brothers Doraville Bolt Room - Aisle 2
Old Howard Brothers Doraville Bolt Room – Aisle 2

We’re constantly trying to make our stores better for our customers and included in that is the occasional reset.

This is not your typical reset!

We knew that we wanted to completely relocate the section since it is a huge destination for fasteners in the Doraville and Tucker area. We needed to expand it and frankly, we were out of space.

Relocating the fasteners to another section of the store has required months of preparation. Ultimately, we had to have real estate to move it. This meant clearing out about 144 linear feet of product!


Photo Aug 16, 7 55 37 AM


Then the manual labor of moving bolt cabinets can begin.

New Fastener Section at Howard Brothers Doraville
New Fastener Section at Howard Brothers Doraville
New Fastener Section at Howard Brothers Doraville
New Fastener Section at Howard Brothers Doraville
New Fastener Section at Howard Brothers Doraville
New Fastener Section at Howard Brothers Doraville

With the new space, we’re going to be able to get similar products closer to each other. It just makes sense.

Are we done? No! There’s still a lot to do, but WOW what a difference. We still have the same about of fasteners as we always had, but we’re gonna be able to grow our fasteners even more. We easily have the best bolt/nut/fastener department in Atlanta. (Although it is a toss up whether or not our Doraville, Duluth or Oakwood stores are the best)

We hope that you’ll come in and check out the new section in Doraville. We have the hard to find fasteners and if not, we’ll get it for you.

Give Doraville a call if you need something (770-449-1819) or come on in!

Oh yeah… don’t worry. There’s a plan for the old bolt room. We gotta use every square inch we can to display all the hardware products we sell!

Having some fun with Rust-Oleum NeverWet

We’ve been having a lot of fun with a new product that we’re selling in our hardware stores. You’ve probably seen the Rust-Oleum NeverWet commercials that are blitzing TV right now… but if you’re skeptical like us, you probably wondered if it really works as advertised.

We put together a very simple experiment and are convinced that it is! In fact, we’re already planning some new ways to test the product out. Check out this video that I created that simply shows off the water repelling qualities of NeverWet on a cinderblock.

Now the video quality isn’t that great… but the product really is incredible. You gotta see it up close to really realize how amazing it is.

Check out this video about some other products and surfaces that you could use NeverWet on.

Of course you’re probably not gonna use this on your iPhone, and it may not last forever, but think of the possibilities that you can use this on.

What would you like to try it out on?


Blackshear Place Baptist Church Sportsmen’s Feast 2013

If you want something fun to do next week, come out to Blackshear Place Baptist Church in Oakwood, on Thursday night. Check out the details:

The 2013 Outdoorsmen’s Feast is going to be the ultimate event for every outdoorsman in Northeast Georgia! Join us on Thursday, August 22 on the BPBC campus for dinner, seminars, outdoors expo, and amazing prizes. Doors open at 5:15 pm, and dinner will be served in two seating times (5:30 or 6:30). We will feature three seminars: a hunting seminar by Mike Mayfield of Realtree Outdoors, a fishing seminar by Jimbo of Jimbo’s Guide Service, and a golf seminar sponsored by PGA TOUR Superstore. Our guest speaker will be nationally renowned speaker and outdoor enthusiast, Bob Reccord. Tickets can be purchased in the church office during the week or on Sunday mornings in the Main Lobby. Visit bpbc.com or call 770.534.7058 for information on this event.

You Could Win One of These Prize Packages:

Ultimate mountain getaway
Three days & two nights cabin rental in Pigeon Forge, TN, two day pass for four people to Dollywood, and dinner for four at The Apple Barn.

Guided bass fishing package
Day of fishing, pair of Typhoon polarized fishing glasses, St. Croix rod & Pflueger Presidential reel drop shot spinning combo, and fishing tackle from Zoom.

PGA tour Superstore Golf Package
One round of golf for four at Pawleys Plantation in Myrtle Beach, one round of golf for 4 at Willbrook Country Club, an overnight resort stay for four at Palweys Plantation in Myrtle Beach, SC, and custom set of irons for the winner from Martin’s PGA Tout Superstore in Myrtle Beach.

Half day striper fishing trip
Half day of fishing, pair of Typhoon polarized fishing glasses, rod and reel combo, and fishing tackle.

Outdoorsman Grilling Package
Big Green Egg grill and accessories, Yeti cooler, and more.

Shotgun & Dove hunt package
12 gauge Remington Express shotgun and hunting spot for two at the FCA Dove Hunt at Jaemor Farms on January 11, 2014.

Ultimate Shooting package
Ruger 10/22 rifle, Ruger rifle case, targets and ammo from Outdoor Depot, plus one-year membership at Trigger Time gun range.

Race Day Package-Road Atlanta
Petit Le Mans tickets for two, parking pass, and a 2 nights stay at Lake Lanier Islands Resort.


We’ll be on site as folks are arriving. Stop by and check out the Big Green Egg Grills, Traeger Grills, YETI Coolers, and some outdoor power equipment. Perhaps if you win that Outdoorsman Grilling Package, you’ll be ready to jump right in and use it! Registration for the prizes above will be handled by the event.

We hope to see you there!


Traeger Junior Tex Grill Closeout Sale

This is one of those posts where I know that 3 to 6 months from now, we will be fielding phone calls and emails to find out if we still have any of these Traeger Junior Tex Grills for sale. From time to time we publish some pretty insane prices for a product that we have only a few in stock… we always sell them quickly because they are snatched up by those google searchers who are quick to the party. But it does not fail that 3 months from now, someone will call saying “I see this deal online…”

Traeger Junior Tex on Sale
Traeger Junior Tex on Sale

Hear me now. This is a LIMITED… While Supplies Last… Sale. We have 6 Traeger Junior Tex BBQ055 in stock and we are marking them down to $299.00!

It is perfectly sized for small households, tailgating, college living and as a second grill for your vacation home. It’s small but has it all!

The Junior features 292 square inches of cooking surface, along with our electronic autostart ignition and E-Z drain grease systems, the Junior is a perfect introduction to wood pellet cooking, creating great tasting food every time.

Model BBQ055
19500 BTU’s
3-speed (Digital Thermostat Control Available)
292 sq. in. (15″ x 20″) Grilling Area
Dimensions & Weight
Height: 38 inches
Width: 36 inches
Depth: 16 inches
Weight: 68 lbs.

If you’ve been wanting a Traeger, now is the time. Even though it is small, you can do A LOT with it. It is PERFECT for tailgating. Take the Jr Tex with you to the park or campsite.

Call our stores in Duluth (770-476-3006) and Oakwood (770-449-1819) Now if you want one. Get in quick and buy it now!

Traeger Junior Tex - $299.00
Traeger Junior Tex – $299.00


Performance Enhancing Products You Should Consider

By the time you read this, the question will have been answered whether or not Major League Baseball decided to suspend Alex Rodriguez and several others due to their use of performance enhancing drugs. Specifically, these players have been tied to Biogenesis.

Frankly, I’m tired of hearing about it. I’m glad that no current players on the Atlanta Braves were linked with this scandal, and hopefully, we can concentrate on the Braves taking care of business for the next few months and win the World Series!

That being said, I can not let this “water cooler” current event pass without making some attempt to satire it in some way to our benefit. Surely there are some “Performance Enhancing Products” laying around our stores that we all should be using.

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How to Repair and Reseal the Driveway in Atlanta and North Georgia

Here in the Atlanta area, we’ve had so much rain this summer. If you believe some of the predictions that are being made about this fall, we could be in for a year of a lot of ice and snow. Your driveway is more vulnerable to the elements during fall and winter, especially if the ground is hard and frozen. Small cracks can become big cracks… even large sections of your driveway could break off.

Check out this great article that was found at startrightstarthere.com. It has good information about how you can tackle this seemingly overwhelming project. You can do this project yourself and show off to your neighbors and feel good about yourself at the same time.

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