If you are looking for a hardware store where the workers will recognize you if you go there enough, you’re looking for Burke Brothers Hardware. The prices won’t beat Lowe’s or Home Depot, but the service definitely will. An added bonus is that all of the guys there can actually help you out when you have a question about how to fix something and they treat you like you’d want to be treated. They also have one of the cheapest prices for propane, so stop using those expensive “Blue Rhino” propane exchanges and take your tank to be refilled here on the cheap. There are never any long lines (maybe one person in front of you) and it has that “small town” hardware store feel. The only thing you should be sure to do is to park on the side and not in the front. If you park in the front, you’ll be forced to back out into the heavy traffic on Hillsborough Street. Yikes!