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Benjamin Moore Arborcoat® Stain – Is It Still Stain?

Porches are a staple of any Southern Household. They hold the best friends, grills, and times from about May to August every year. They hold the necessities for a good barbecue or a family birthday party while the kids play down below. They’re almost part of the family.

At the same time, they take a beating from Georgia’s hot summers, raining streaks, and cold winters. We’ve all bore witness to some decks that have been.. erm… well-loved? Thoroughly used? It ain’t pretty.

That being said, you get to keep your porch a lot longer when you take care and protect it; Benjamin Moore has just the thing:

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Natura Zero VOC Paint by Benjamin Moore

Around our household we’ve got allergies. Not horrible mind you, but we’re all sneezing almost all the time. When I’m at the office and I’m talking to folks on the phone, I almost am always asked, “Are you sick?”

“No,” I reply, “I always sound like this.”

But even with all that, I have it easy. There are people who are severely effected by their allergies. Environmental allergens are a constant worry and concern. The addition of any fumes or smells are carefully considered.

Tonight as I was watching TV, I saw this ad.

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Top 10 Yeti Gift Ideas for Christmas and End of Year For Your Clients and Employees

You’ve been tasked with locating and purchasing Yeti Products for your customers and employees. You’ve come to the right place!

Last year we experienced the end of year and Christmas craziness as people all over Atlanta and North Georgia were looking for Yeti cups, bags and coolers. Not only were individuals looking for these products, but many businesses waited until the last minute and wanted to purchase larger quantities of these Yeti products.

All indications tell us that it will be the same flurry of activity this year.

That being said, we want to offer our top 10 Yeti Items that you’ll probably be looking at for your business clients and employees.


Yeti Rambler 301. Yeti Rambler 30oz

This is by far the most popular end of year and Christmas gift that folks are purchasing from us. By the way, the Rambler product line comes in multiple sizes (which is why this is a top 10 list!) The 30 oz Rambler was the most sought after last year. It retails for $39.99, but if you’re looking for larger quantities, give us a call or email us below. Don’t wait as these will be sold out before Christmas Eve. Even though there are a bunch of knockoffs, you want your best customers and most valued employees to get the original Yeti Products.

Yeti Rambler 202. Yeti Rambler 20oz

As soon as the 30oz cups are gone, people start buying up the 20oz cups. These were also purchased in large quantities as complimentary gifts. Last year, many people got the 30oz cups for “more important” gifts, but then added some 20oz cups as a secondary tier of gifts. They retail for $29.99. Give us a call or email below for large purchase needs.


Yeti Rambler Lowball3. Yeti Lowball

We gotta admit, at first we thought the lowball was a little odd, but wow how we were wrong. Whether it’s holding your first cup of coffee in the morning or that last nightcap… they’re great products. Your customers will love them to keep beverages hot or cold. Retail is $19.99 on these. Give us a call or email below for large purchase needs.

4. Yeti Hoppers

Like the Lowball, we weren’t really sure about these cooler/bags at first, but they are here to stay and don’t stay long! We’re throwing all the Yeti Hoppers together in the number 4 spot… but there’s a good chance these could move up in the top 10 list.

Yeti Hopper 20Yeti Hopper 20

The Yeti Hopper 20, is the the original. Retail is $299.99. It can hold 18 cans, a limit of rainbow trout (what’s a ‘limit?’), or 20 pounds of ice. It comes in Fog Gray/Tahoe Blue or Field Tan/Blaze Orange. Let us know how many you need.


Yeti Hopper 20Yeti Hopper 30

The Yeti Hopper 30 is obviously a little larger than the 20. The Hopper 30 can hold 24 cans (with the suggested 2:1 ice-to-contents ratio), six footlong subs, or four tubs of ice cream — a pretty impressive haul for just one cooler. It retails for $349.99. Also in Fog Gray/Tahoe Blue or Field Tan/Blaze Orange.

Yeti Hopper 40Yeti Hopper 40

The Yeti Hopper 40… yep you guessed it. Larger than the 20 and 30. It has a carrying capacity of up to 36 cans with ice for longer excursions or larger groups. Take the Hopper 40 with you to the bonfire, to the mountains, on your next hunting trip, or anytime you need to carry a larger load in a portable package. It retails for $399.99. How many do you need?

Yeti Hopper FlipYeti Hopper Flip 12

That brings us to the the Yeti Flip. This is the newest Yeti Hopper. Its wide-mouth opening makes for easy loading and access to your food and drinks. Plus, its compact, cubed body allows for ultimate portability, never slowing you down. It retails for $279.99. Here’s the deal though… it is already selling well and selling out quickly. Right now, it only comes in Fog Gray/Tahoe Blue. If you think you want this one at all… DO NOT Delay!

Yeti Roadie5. Yeti Roadie Cooler

The Yeti Roadie is actually a part of the Yeti Tundra cooler line-up, but in my top 10 list, I think it is in its own category. Not really sure where it will land. It by far was the most popular Yeti Hard sided cooler purchased for corporate gifts last year.

It retails for $249.99 and comes in three colors: White, Desert Tan and Ice Blue. It may look small, but it people LOVE it. You won’t go buying this for your top clients and employees.

Yeti Tundra6. Yeti Tundra Coolers

If the Roadie is too small, take a look at the other size Tundra coolers. They come in multiple sizes from 35qt to 350qt! They also come in the same White, Desert Tan and Ice Blue colors as the Roadie Coolers.

And honestly, we didn’t see TOO many corporate gifts on all the Tundras, but we actually did see a fair number of 65qt Tundra’s sold (which are $399.99 each.) In fact, we sold a bunch of these to real estate and car dealers who were looking to create marketing/sales giveaways and freebies. Let us know if you’re interested in partnering with us on these.

Yeti Rambler Colster7. Yeti Rambler Colster

These Colsters probably should fall somewhere in the 4, 5, or 6 list, but for my purposes, I’ll leave them at 7.

The YETI Colster® is like a stainless steel bear hug for your standard cans or bottles. The Load-and-Lock™ Gasket secures your drink in place while the Colster’s double-wall vacuum insulation keeps your beer or soda frosty longer. Plus, it has a No Sweat™ Design, which means you say adios to damp or frostbitten hands. They retail for $29.99. They’re fun and they’re different. Perfect for that unique gift.

Yeti Rambler Bottle 188. Yeti Rambler Bottle 18

The next three items from Yeti are the sleeper items for this year. We actually think they may end up being some of the most popular items this year because they are some of the newest items.

The 18 oz. Rambler™ Bottle is a next-level insulated bottle. The perfect addition to your rough commutes, day hikes, or kayak sessions, this Rambler Bottle has the power to keep your water cold or coffee hot until the last sip. Like the rest of our Rambler series, the 18 oz. Rambler Bottle features a No Sweat™ Design to keep your hands dry with double-wall vacuum insulation to lock in temperature. It retails for $29.99 which directly puts it up against several of the other Rambler products. See… we said it’s gonna be popular!

Yeti Rambler Bottle 369. Yeti Rambler Bottle 36

The Yeti Rambler Bottle 36 holds 36 oz. of your favorite drink, whether it be water, coffee, or sweet tea. It retails for $49.99 and I think it will directly compete with the Rambler 30. If you got a Yeti Rambler last year, this is the next step up. The Rambler Bottles feature Over-the-Nose™ Technology for easy loading, drinking, and cleaning.

There’s lots of room on this guy for personalization.

How many can we get you?

Yeti Rambler Bottle 6410. Yeti Rambler Bottle 64

The largest Rambler™ to date, our 64 oz. Rambler Bottle takes insulation to the next level, complete with a double-wall vacuum to keep drinks cold or hot for hours. Perfect for remote campsites and harsh worksites alike. Unlike narrow-mouthed drink bottles that are a hassle to fill or rinse. This hydration behemoth is ready for anything.

The Yeti Rambler Bottle 64 retails for $69.99. It’s bound to turn heads!

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Top 10 Yeti gift Ideas for Christmas and end of year



The Trolls are Coming

I was on vacation last week. A week at the beach in the same condo we’ve been using for the past 15+ years. I knew several things before I left Atlanta to head to Ormond Beach:

  1. The WIFI was going to be awful at this particular condo. Usable? Yes. Frustrating? Yes. But I knew I could live with it.
  2. I knew that seafood was going to be fantastic. There are several great #buylocal eateries down there, and I would frequent several of them.
  3. I’d be able to watch more TV in a given week than I normally do at home. Which leads me to this particular blog post.

I saw a TON of commercials over the past week about the animated movie Trolls which comes out later this fall.

What does this have to do with Howard Brothers and Hardware?

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Move on Over, Tool Time; It’s Shed Time!

As part of the True Value Hardware Stores of America, we’re happy to announce that we will be taking part in the Annual Sale on Suncast Storage Sheds, Utility Closets, and Deck Boxes. Nothing has been left out.

It’s about time to put up our Lawnmowers and our Trimmers, and to put them in a place worthy of their hibernation. Otherwise, you’ll need easy access to those Rakes and Pitchforks when the leaves start falling for the Fall; either that or you’ll need them for riots – to each his own.

Anyways… All Suncast Storage Sheds are Made in the USA, and will hold up during the Cold, Hot, and Everything in Between. Also included in the sale items is a lot of extra storage space for inside some of the Sheds and Storage Containers, with roof-hanging brackets and mountable shelf racks.

20% off is a big number, and the savings hit into the hundreds of dollars when it’s all said and done.

To grab your Suncast Storage Unit, simply order online at www.truevalue.com, and simply ask to have it shipped to one of our Howard Brothers Hardware locations at Doraville, Duluth, or Oakwood.

If you have questions about dimensions, layout, or accessories, simply call or chat with the online services at True Value’s Website.

The link above will take you straight to the sale!

Order one today and we’ll hold it for you!

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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