Best Hardware Store

The One in Your Neighborhood
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery

Ask a Capitol Hill resident where to buy a hammer, and steel yourself for an explanation of why Frager’s is the greatest hardware store in the world. Mention to a Glover Parkite that you’re in need of dowel rods, and the gospel of Glover Park Hardware shall be delivered. Perhaps no retail category inspires more geographic loyalty in D.C. than the neighborhood hardware store. Almost every shop in the District has glowing Yelp reviews and a customer evangelist base, each claiming that its neighborhood spot has the most sparkling service, the largest selection of shower curtains, and the greatest charm. No compelling argument can be made that True Value on 17th really is more awesome than Logan Hardware that would ever convince residents to go elsewhere for their steel wool and paint brushes, so we won’t try. Because when you need a key copied last-minute or some caulk, stat, nothing makes a hardware store more attractive than proximity.