If you're just settling into your new community, the last thing you want is to have to drive all over the city in search of goods and services. Your best bet is a one-stop shopping venue to find supplies for cleaning, cooking, decorating and other projects. Check out your local hardware store and you'll be pleasantly surprised: modern hardware stores have much, much more than the name implies.
Following are some of the top choices for hardware and more in the New Orleans area.
Mike's Hardware Store and Supply
4223 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans
If your idea of a hardware store is old school, with a personal touch and a staff who's got the answers to your questions, Mike's is the place for you. The LaFleur family opened the store in 1981, and they've been stressing customer service ever since. With 12,000 items, they keep a full complement of hardware, electrical and plumbing supplies, plus tools and housewares. If they don't have it, they can get it. They also sell space heaters, and can repair yours if it goes on the blink.
Freret Hardware Store
5109 Freret St.
Frustrated at endlessly wandering down the aisles of big box home improvement stores, hoping someone will help you find what you need? Freret Hardware, established in 1938, won't leave you on your own. Need an oddball type of picture hanger? Freret's will likely have it, along with standard hardware store staples, from nails to drill bits to electrical strips and toilet plungers. They also get consistent raves for their key making (for keys that actually work).
3320 Pontchartrain Dr., Slidell
Pontchartrain Hardware, part of the 90-year-old Ace Hardware chain, has a reputation for helpfulness. Just six minutes away from the Springs at Fremaux Town Center, Pontchartrain Hardware was established in 1963 by the Metevier family. Current management maintains the tradition of superior customer service when attending to shoppers' hardware, plumbing, painting and electrical needs. Staff is also well versed about tools and techniques, with expert advice for your projects.
Slidell Feed Seed and True Value Hardware
101 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Slidell
You're bound to need some kind of kitchenware after a move, and Slidell Feed Seed and True Value Hardware can get you through your cooking crisis, whether you're in search of a micro grater or a meat thermometer. Need a bike to cruise the neighborhood? The store carries a line of Huffy bicycles. Of course, there's everything you would expect in the way of housewares, cleaning products, hardware, tools, building supplies and paint, but you can also find plenty here to nurture your patio gardening habit, from pots and soil, to fertilizer and seeds.
Get to know your local hardware store and find everything you need to settle into your new apartment home. For all your apartment repairs, call the professional maintenance staff at Springs at Fremaux Town Center in Slidell. We're always happy to help.