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Loic Le Meur on Google Glass

I do not believe that it is a coincidence that Google Glass is available tomorrow for the general public. They have announced that for one day only they are going to open up the e-commerce store to sell Google Glass for $1500. It just happens to be tax day.

Now don’t get me wrong… buying a pair of Google Glass on tax day HAS to be more fun than paying taxes. There’s not a lot of things worse than taxes, right? I’m certain that a Google employee has already figured out based upon search history and their ‘big brother like’ profile of google users WHO will buy tomorrow.

What about the rest of us who don’t see the purpose or are a little freaked out at the idea of wearing Google Glass around in the world? What are the REAL implications of people walking around with a camera hooked up to their world surroundings?

I wonder if any landscapers are gonna be early adopters in Google Glass? Do you think you’d wear them as you’re cutting grass and maintaining yards?

But there HAS to be a better way to spend $1500… right?


Here are just a few.

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I’ve been to STIHL’s manufacturing facility in Virginia Beach and have seen this up close. The process that they go through to manufacture their own trimmer line is incredible. I have wished that others could see this in action (and I really wanted to pull out my camera when I was onsite… but I was not allowed.) Now, STIHL has created their own video that shows some of what it takes to create the high performance STIHL trimmer line for us.

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We just posted a bunch of Diamond Brand Farrier tools on our Amazon site in an effort to get them into the hands of those who need them. They’re brand new and discounted heavily. If you are interested in any one of these items, or in a package deal, let me know.

They show up on our store under two headings. Here are the Diamond products.

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And here are products listed under “Apex” category. For some reason, Amazon organized them this way.

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That’s just a small listing of the products available. Hit them up. Most of the items we only have 1 available. When they’re gone… they’re gone.

Diamond Horse Farrier Tools

Apex Horse Farrier Tools

Tomorrow is April Fools Day. While pranks are normally less physical in nature on April 1st and more ‘psychological,’ there are some GREAT pranks that originate at Hardware Stores. We hope that you are playing nicely today with all the April Foolery going on. If you need any hard to find hardware related pranking supplies, make sure to stop by one of our stores in Doraville, Duluth or Oakwood.

Just watch out for our Snake Cooler.

Here are some pranks that we think you’d have some fun with. We’ve got most of this stuff to make it happen.

Play nicely!

Rapid Toilet Paper Dispenser Prank

Here’s how to pull it off.

Car For Sale Prank

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Cheap but effective. Grab a for sale sign and choose a victim.

Pranks with Rope

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Perhaps your co-worker would like to work from an elevated desk. We’ve got lots of rope and bungie cords to make something like this happen.

Oh there are tons of other ideas you can get from a Hardware store. You might not get a lot of work done, but call it office/team bonding and you’ll probably be OK.

Share with us some of your fun.


We are so excited to FINALLY be able to talk about this. It is one of those secrets that everyone probably already knew about… as we know customers, sales people, and even competition talk… but regardless, we had to keep a lid on the news.

We even teased this photo about a month ago on Facebook and a few other platforms.


A lot of folks replied that the truck was what was missing. Nope. I was hoping the Italicized and orange “PICTURE” would be a hint.



Our Alpharetta Store is now POWERED BY STIHL!

We are now selling STIHL products out of our Alpharetta Store!

STIHL has a great base of authorized dealers in the area and we are excited to be able to join them in selling and supporting this incredible product. Our Alpharetta store is located right across from Slopes BBQ on Gateway Drive near Hwy 9 and Mcfarland.


It has been an incredible first year for our newest location and we’re looking forward to an even bigger second year!

There are a lot of commercial landscapers in the Alpharetta area who are customers at our other stores in Doraville, Duluth, and Oakwood. We’re very excited to be able to service their equipment and supply genuine STIHL parts to them.

We’re also excited to sell to our homeowner customers who have found out that a product trusted by professionals is a better option. There’s no reason to buy power equipment from a Big Box Store when we have superior products that are competitively priced… but are also supported longterm by the local business the sells it.

So… NOTHING is changing in our Alpharetta location except for the fact that STIHL is now available! We still have Exmark, Echo, Honda, SCAG, Ventrac, Walker, TurfEx… we’re just adding STIHL to the mix!

(shhhhh… and there may be another well known brand coming soon)

So even though we’ve been open just over a year, you’ll notice some pretty major changes inside the Alpharetta store.

Check out some of the pictures!




Can you tell that we’re psyched? This is no April Fool’s joke. This is REAL STIHL!







“Do y’all rent carpet cleaners?”

We have heard this often enough that it was time to bring in some cleaners so that we could finally say, “Yes… of course we do!”

We’ve brought in three units into our Duluth Store. We have all the chemicals that you need to take care of your entire house.

You can rent a carpet cleaner for $29 a day.

We’ll walk you through what you need and how to use the machines. You do the rest :)



On the Radio

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As you’re driving around Atlanta, you may start to hear some Howard Brothers Radio spots, and if you listen carefully, you might just recognize the voices of those on the radio.

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Check out Scott Jones, our Duluth Outdoor Power Equipment Sales Manager talk about Honda Outdoor Power Equipment and the fact that Howard Brothers isn’t just for Professional Landscapers. We’re here for all.

Scott’s spot is airing on 94.9 the Bull. Let us know if you hear it.


Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 9.41.29 PMOr you might hear, Carlos Paz, our Doraville Parts expert over on FM 105.3 El Patron. If you have ever met Carlos, you will immediately like him. He is amazing. He has such a great servant heart and is an excellent example of the type of service you get from our folks. Folks travel from all over metro Atlanta to see Carlos!


Our folks really are what make the difference at Howard Brothers. We want to make sure you feel confident that you’ll receive knowledge, honest advice, experienced and friendly staff, and the huge selection of premium brands like Honda Outdoor Power Equipment is just another benefit. You’ll get products that we stand behind.

Let us know if you hear the spots. We’re always trying to gauge the effectiveness of this type of advertising.