Alaska is a place where a lot of what needs doing, we do ourselves. And a do-it-yourselfer’s best friend is the local hardware store. Good service, sage advice, and plenty of products to pick up and pore over, make a visit to the hardware store something to look forward to. These are some of our favorites in Alaska.
Eagle River Trustworthy Hardware is one of those complete hardware stores where you can go in and get exactly what you need—or you can wander around and see if there’s anything you ought to have. Whether it’s paint, propane, or power tools you’re looking for, Trustworthy will likely have it—and at prices that rival those big box outfits.
If you’re a woodworker looking for specialty tools and hardware or hard-to-find wood and lumber, then Hardware Specialties, Inc. is the place for you. If you need a disc sander, a drill bit, or a dust collector, they’ll probably carry what you’re looking for. They also carry a wide selection of wood from standard lumber to plywood, decking, and slabs.
In Homer, you won’t go wrong with Ulmer’s Drug & Hardware—a shop that does its best to provide all sorts of necessary services to the community. A third-generation, family-owned business, Ulmer’s has just about anything a do-it-yourselfer would need—as well as bandages, just in case.
South Central Hardware’s two Valdez location stock an inventory of more than 60,000 items that are constantly changing with season and demand. In addition to hardware sales and services, they also rent tools, sell hunting and fishing licenses and the gear to do it with.
Whether you’re a pro looking for a project partner or a DIYer pounding on a deck, Spenard Builders Supply has been furnishing supplies to folks for more than half a century. They also have a deep understanding of Alaska and its rural communities, so they have a dedicated rural sales department to help folks in the interior and smaller communities get the materials they need.
With humble beginnings in a Quonset hut in 1959, Alaska Industrial Hardware now has eight locations across the state. But make no mistake—it’s a local, Alaska hardware retailer dedicated to helping builders and do-it-yourselfers on the Last Frontier. Now owned by the Bering Straits Native Corporation, AIH is destined to remain a truly Alaskan hardware business.
Sentry Hardware has to locations to serve Interior Alaska’s tool, fastener (the largest local selection of fasteners), and other hardware needs—one in Fairbanks and one in North Pole. They’ve been in business for nearly 25 years, so they know what you’ll need to get your project done right.
In an amalgam that is common in Alaska, our favorite hardware store in Soldotna is also a top spot for fishing gear on the Kenai Peninsula. So head into Soldotna Hardware and Fishing for a nut or a net, waders or wire. Or all of the above—they’re happy to help you out.
Valley Lumber & Building Supply has been a hardware fixture in Southeast Alaska for more than four decades. Although they cater primarily to builders and contractors, they’ll happily help you with any project you’re working on, no matter how big or small. Their seasoned staff can even help you with planning.
Yes, Superior Hardwoods sells, well…wood. But they sell tools, finishes, and equipment so that you can turn the wood they sell into a gorgeous finished project. If you’re not feeling, up to the task yourself, they also create hardwood products and will do custom mill work so you don’t have to.