Columbia/University Hardware/Housewares is/are terrific. Between the two stores, they have everything. The staff work hard, get to know you, remember you, and vice versa.
You tell Bob what you need, and he responds two ways. "Yes, it's in the 2nd aisle to the left on the bottom shelf, Gary, will you help her find it?" all in one breath,
"No, but I can have it for you tomorrow,"and he means it.
The phone is constantly ringing at both places, and these guys are truly problem solvers. They also know everyone in the neighborhood, including painters, carpenters, appliance repair people, whatever you need....
It's a goldmine of everything vital for setting up a dorm room or improving the quality of your life: cleaning materials to maintain your stuff, kitchen supplies, umbrellas, bath towels, paint, spray paint, hangers, keys, locks, lamps, bookcases, scotch tape, folding chairs, etc.
Go there and see for yourself!