Traeger Shop Class in Duluth, GA – November 6, 2016

Traeger Shop Class in Atlanta GeorgiaWe are VERY excited to announce an exciting and exclusive event in Atlanta, which you don’t want to miss if you own a Traeger Grill.

On Sunday, November 6th, 2016 at our Duluth store, you’ll be able to attend a Traeger cooking class which will help you become a barbecue pro.

The Cost is $100 and you must register on Traeger’s website for this event.

Register on Traeger’s Website for Howard Brothers Traeger Shop Class on 11/6/16

Diva Q - Danielle Bennett

Diva Q – Danielle Bennett

Our Store Event will be hosted by Danielle Bennett, but you may know her as Diva Q.

Danielle is currently the host of the hit TV show BBQ Crawl, a lip-smacking, mouth-watering adventure of all things BBQ. The show features BBQ joints from all over the US, the Pitmasters, their stories and of course fun competitions. She lives by the motto “Life is too short for Bad BBQ.”

There are a limited number of seats. Don’t miss it. Register now. 

Here’s more info from Traeger’s Website



Wield your BBQ apron and sharpen your pencils – Traeger BBQ Shop Class is in session. Each half day class is taught by a Traeger Pit Master who will teach you how to trim, rub, inject, and smoke authentic barbecue using the four major types of competition meats. This includes ribs, chicken, brisket, and pork. A BBQ manual is provided with tips and tricks from the BBQ Pros. Feast on the 4 big BBQ meats throughout the class. We’ll make it well worth your time so come spend a few hours with us to take your barbecue skills pro.

traeger-grill-ribsSHOP CLASS INCLUDES

  • 3-4 hours of instruction from a BBQ Pro
  • A feast of wood-fired BBQ meat samples
  • Traeger swag bag
  • Traeger shop class apron
  • BBQ manual, including recipes and tips from the Pros


Each class format is unique to the BBQ Pro instructor. All attendees will receive instruction on pro-style BBQ, backyard BBQ, tips and tricks for preparation, best practices, demonstrations, cooking tools, and secret ingredients.


Each 4 hour class is taught by a Traeger Pit Master who will teach you about the four major types of competition meats: ribs, chicken, brisket, and pork. You’ll also learn how to trim, rub, inject, and smoke authentic and delicious barbecue. A BBQ workbook is provided with tips and tricks from our BBQ Pros, and you will learn about flavoring meats.


The Traeger Shop Class is packed with valuable information and taught by a BBQ Pit Master. This is an opportunity to learn from a Pro in a close-knit setting. The time and detail spent teaching about each specific aspect of creating authentic BBQ will increase your knowledge, The Traeger loot you receive will help you hone your outdoor cooking skills to make you the resident Pit Boss.

Echo Power Equipment One Day Sale – August 24, 2016


I’d like to be able to say “Mark Your Calendars” for this event, but if you blink, you’ll miss it. Prepare now. Stop In and Save Big!

Next Wednesday, August 24th at our Alpharetta, Doraville, Duluth and Oakwood stores, we’re going to be having an Echo Power Equipment One Day Sale.

On August 24th only, we’ll be offering discounts of 20% off All Echo, Bearcat and Shindaiwa equipment. This is only on new equipment. Parts and Service on Echo is not eligable, but this is a FANTASTIC deal.

  • Prepare for Leaf Season with all Echo Blowers being 20% off.
  • Get a head’s start on Christmas Presents for that guy or gal who prefers professional grade equipment.

All Echo equipment is professional-grade and designed to be Easy Starting, Long Lasting and User Friendly. Whether you’re a pro or a DIYer, you can count on Echo to perform.

Watch this video for a sample of some of the great deals on the 24th.

Choose from Chainsaws, Power Pruners, Blowers, Shred ‘n’ Vac, Edgers, Trimmers, Brushcutters, Hedge Trimmers, Bed Redefiners, Sprayers, The Pro Attachment Series (PAS), Tillers, Engine Drills, Water Pumps. All 20% off.

Check out our inventory online of Echo Power Equipment, or better yet, stop into one of our stores in Alpharetta, Doraville, Duluth or Oakwood and Prepare for the Sale!


Southern Nursery Association SEGreen Conference at The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia -August 31 – September 1, 2016


asset-1459457206691We are excited to announce that we’re going to be at the SEGreen Conference at The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia on August 31 – September 1, 2016.

SEGreen is a new event that has been created by the Southern Nursery Association. The SNA has a history that goes back to 1899! Ultimately they have a goal of improving the horticultural industry. They work with growers and nurseries across the southeast United States. This conference will have both a marketplace and an educational component.

  • asset-1460134320979The Marketplace will allow attendees to view ornamental trees and shrubs, color, equipment and related landscape and outdoor living products,  garden gifts and accessories, seasonal products, and more. (that’s where will be… More about us in a minute)
  • The Educational tracks are geared towards growers, landscapers and retailers. You’ll gain insight on the best new plants and products, economics, trends, IPM, equipment safety, ways to build business and increase profit, and solutions to some of your toughest issues – while connecting with the top industry professionals from across the Southeast.

Now, how does Howard Brothers see this conference as a relevant place for us?

Well, obviously both landscapers and growers have been our customers for years. Many of us go back 30, 40, 50+ years in the northeast Georgia area. The relationship between landscapers and growers has always been strong, but recently we’ve seen many newer/younger landscapers jumping into business, and they often find it difficult to navigate WHERE to source plants for installation and projects.

We think SEGreen Landscape Conference provides a perfect platform for our landscape pros to gain valuable knowledge and expand their business!

Landscape Architects, Landscape Designers, Landscape Installation Contractors, Landscape Maintenance Contractors, Landscape Irrigation Contractors, Urban and Regional Landscape Planners, Erosion and Sediment Control Contractors, Arborists… there’s something for everyone!

Now… of course, you’re not gonna find shrubs and perennials in our booth. We don’t grow plants! But we will have plenty of equipment on site that both landscapers and growers use everyday in their industries.

So, Landscapers, take 5 minutes and read up on SeGreen and see how you can Make More Green in your Wallet.

By the way, while you’re in Athens, you can check out our new store… before we do our remodel 🙂

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What to Expect When you Come to Howard Brothers for Power Equipment

There is a difference between going to a big box home improvement store vs going to a local business. If you visit one of our 5 locations around town, we hope that you experience that difference.

If you come to Howard Brothers for Power Equipment needs, you’ll be thrust into a conversation with one of our sales reps (who have been with our organization for 5, 10, 20, 30 years… you might even talk to John or Doug Howard themselves.) Our goal is to make sure that you get the right equipment for your needs. We honestly do not want to see you again with troubles. We only want to see you because you love the products and service you received from us… and you’re wanting to upgrade or add to your fleet.

Erick Herman took a moment recently to talk about some of the questions he presents when a new customer comes in for the first time. He wants to find out if the customer is going to be using his equipment as a residential or commercial user. Then there is a litany of questions from there that will aide him in determining the optimal brand/product for that customer.

You’ll see that our sales team looks at physical characteristics of our customers, they ask specific property questions, and many other questions to zero in on the best product for the need.

Stop by any of our five stores in Doraville, Duluth, Oakwood, Alpharetta and Athens to get the best outdoor power equipment that will give you years of great use.



True Value Bargains of the Month – August 2016

Bargains of the Month – August 2016

August is rolling in and we can hold on to the summer for a week or two more before it’s back to school for our nation’s youth (this is followed by some sighs of relief – I’m sure). It’s been a great summer that will soon come to a close, but we will be able to remember Rio 2016 and the athletes that represented our country.

Even with all those big events going on, you probably know a lot of people moving. It’s the middle of lease season when the tenants become forwarding addresses and leasers become inhabitants. Just in the last month, I myself have had to help about four different people move; often makes me want to hide the information about the SUV I drive and my generally open weekends.

Regardless, it’s always time to stock up and make sure you’re prepared for the move. We have a great set of deals this month stacking up around your – or someone-you-know’s – move. From the leaving, to the moving, to the settling in, we definitely have what is needed at our Doraville, Duluth, or Oakwood Hardware Stores.

Duracell Coppertop Alkaline Batteries

Duracell AAA, AA, C, D, or 9V Batteries

When it comes to, well, everything nowadays… you need batteries.

You just do. This Geek knows.

When it comes to moving, you probably need it for that security deposit you’ve been praying for all year. That means that you have to have everything working again, which can be a few batteries away from keeping that Smoke Alarm on High Alert and the Thermostat from blanking out.

Renters are always looking for a reason to keep your money! Don’t give them one; pick up a pack of batteries starting at 5.99.

Folding Handle Platform TruckLeTruck

Now that you have that cash in hand, you’re gonna need some assistance with those boxes. Some of your friends might have plans (excuses), but a few will show up.


Either way, you’re going to need more help than that, and introducing the Folding Handle Platform Truck!

This small cart can assist you with anything! Well, as long as it involves moving something. From tall stacks of boxes to that awkward-to-carry dresser, this cart will deliver results and then fold up for the next job.

24.99 is a low price to pay for a few extra hands.


Raid 17.5-oz. Wasp and Hornet or 18-oz. Flying Insect Killer SprayRaidddd

Once you’re all packed up and at the new pad (that’s still hip to say, right?), there’s always time for future-proofing. Some critters might be hiding in a post-uninhabited area and might be in great need of some expulsion for your own sake.

Spraying a few new nests and clearing out that mystery spot you missed before the lease-signing would help you sleep at night.

Especially that weird first night where you wake up and forget where you are, you’re going to need all of the help you can get. The mini-freak-out the following morning is mandatory.

Come grab a can or two for only 4.99 with an additional $2 Mail-In Rebate.

Organizer Desk Lamp with Built-In USB PortLampy

After you have everything moved in and you’ve found out what you’ve lost, then you need to fill in those empty spaces. Not enough light in that corner over yonder? Never fear, for this Organizer Desk Lamp!

Grabbing a small lamp to light up a corner can completely define a new room, and with a Built-In USB port, you even have an extra charging station! WOW! Crazy.

Honestly though, if you really wanted to go grab a Wall Block to charge your phone up, it’d cost 19.99 anywhere else. Grab a Handy Little Light with a Handy Little Pen Holder and a Handy Little USB Port. It’s a win, win, win.

12” Convertible Stand/Table FanFan!

Now you’re settled in for the most part. You’ve taken care of the missing pieces of furniture and finally have food in the house, so you need to sit and relax for a bit. Whether it is in the Living Room with the Half-Assembled Entertainment Center, or the Bedroom missing a nightstand temporarily, you want a nice breeze flowing your way. We at Howard Brothers have just the thing.

With a 12” Convertible Stand or Table Fan, it’s the perfect personal chill machine. You can set it up on a table or just let it sit on the floor – of which you’ll have a lot of it to sit on.

Take a break! Enjoy it for only 19.99

Alpo Prime Cut 47-lb. Dry Dog FoodAlpoPrimeCuts

Just when you thought it was time to Catch Some Z’s, or Catch up on Game of Thrones – to each his/her own – you forgot about Scruffy.

The dog has always been a team player, but it does need to eat. Treat it to a victory feast like it deserves.

“We made it!”

With that endless checklist flowing through your head, it can be easy to forget the little things. Don’t feel guilty, don’t feel rushed, just be prepared beforehand and grab a Bag for Man’s Best Friend for only 19.99.

He’ll still love you, just more this way. Good boy, Scruffy.

Good Job You for the Great Move!