Pacific Grove Hardware

229 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove | (831) 646-9144 | acehardware.com

Stepping into Pacific Grove Hardware feels like stepping back in time to when downtown was just a small burg of Victorian homes. Partly because the service harkens back to a time before cavernous big-box stores left shoppers scratching their heads looking for the right wrench or size of pipe. Like a determined dog with a bone, the staff at P.G. Hardware will doggedly find exactly what confused do-it-yourselfers need—and give advice on how to complete any project (and they keep a running list of great handypeople and contractors for those who decide they can’t do it themselves). Don’t be fooled by the shop’s size and think they won’t have an item: The compact store is packed with hardware goodies from floor to ceiling—some rows are lined with panels of tools and fix-it knick-knacks that roll to the side, revealing even more panels.