There are many reasons why Crest Hardware is my favorite hardware store in existence. They have a parrot that makes awesome squawking noises, and will eat your finger off given the chance. It’s family owned, and the employees are super helpful. It’s the kind of place where the sales clerks will laugh at you when you forget what a bucket’s called when you’re frantic because there’s a puddle of tepid water sitting in your shower. If you bring in a table leg, they’ll help you find bolts to attach it to the rest of the table. But for one month out of the year, I fall even more in love with Crest Hardware during their annual art show.
The Crest Art Show is done entirely local artists, and the pieces usually feature hardware as a medium. There are paintings embedded with screws, flowers painted on trash can liners, sculptures made with pipes, propaganda style posters about tools, etc. The best part is the pieces are installed throughout the store, hidden amongst the hardware. So you almost over look the art when you’re when you’re looking at plants, comparing brands of drainer cleaners and picking out shelving brackets. Even if you don’t need any hardware, you should go to Crest just to play “Spot the Art.”
Photo from Makezine.
Crest Hardware Art Show
558 Metropolitan Avenue, between Lorimer and Union Streets [Williamsburg, Brooklyn]
Monday to Saturday, 8am to 7pm
Open through July 31