…find it at your neighborhood hardware store

All males consider themselves a “handyman” but just how much knowledge they truly possess is often debatable. So guys, when you truly need to find information and the item that you need, where do you turn? The good old corner hardware store.

Sometimes considered a dinosaur due to the influx of big box stores, seeking out that little shop in your neighborhood will increase your chances of obtaining not only that elusive item but gain a solid understanding of how to install it without blowing up the neighborhood.

While the mom and pop hardware stores are nearly a thing of the past, Louisville is home to some wonderful icons.


The love affair starts here with a bolt and nut for your bike seat…

Most of these hardware stores are able to cater to different people with all kinds of varied projects, but the one thing they all have in common is the undying personal touch and one on one service. Factoring in your skill level is the other half of the equation!

Often times these stores are passed down from generation to generation, so the knowledge is vast and the personal connection undeniable. Most times you’ll see the same guy or gal working, so ultimately, they’ll be able to match the face with the ability.

Oh, and another great customer service touch… don’t be afraid to actually call any store to see if they carry what you’re in search of – you won’t be put on hold forever like the big chain stores!



SAE? Metric? Machine? Wood?

OSCAR’S HARDWARE (Germantown and Crescent Hill) – Family owned and operated since 1950,there are two in Louisville.You can expect each location to give you great service and a plethora of parts for your home.

The oft repeated mantra entering these stores will usually incorporate the word “thingy.” Having the ability to recreate sound effects helps in identifying some situations.

Rest assured they will figure out what you need and find it for you!

1515 S. Shelby St. 502.636.3621   and 2628 Frankfort Ave. 502.893.2510 www.oscars.doitbest.com


BROWNSBORO HARDWARE AND PAINT (Brownsboro and Prospect) – This is the source for everything from Weber grills, The Big Green Egg, Yeti, lawn and garden, Christmas trees, paint and almost any hardware. Consistently ranked at the top of local hardware stores, they are family owned since 1960 and also has two locations.

The Prospect store has a greenhouse filled with plants and equipment.

The 30 plus staff members boast over 400 years of experience that they love to share them with customers. They are also big on participating in community projects.

4858 Brownsboro Rd. 502.897.1591 and 9521 US Hwy 42 502.292.2595 www.browsborohardware.com


Keith and Pamela Martin

Keith and Pamela Martin

KEITH’S HARDWARE (HIGHLANDS) – Whether it’s sledding in Cherokee Park, having keys made, Swiss Army knives or your lawn and gardening needs, this iconic highlands location has you covered.

The staff will graciously help with your DIY project and give you even more ideas. They even work with local school teachers to get seeds for their classrooms as well.

Just like every place in the Highlands you can find a little bit of everything in this store. Need a lawnmower and an Adirondack chair, both are right out front.

1201 Bardstown Rd. 502.451.3133 www.truevalue.com/keithshdwe


SAINT MATTHEWS HARDWARE (St. Matthews) – This is another locally owned and operated shop that’s been helping to build and service customers in the St. Matthews and Frankfort Ave area. The shop on the outside belies what’s on the inside. They carry paints, brushes, tools, nuts and bolts, bolts, trim, roofing, nails, building materials, any kind of home improvement supplies and even dog houses out front. A true local establishment with many local regulars.

3919 Shelbyville Rd. 502.896.1764