Hassett Hardware San Mateo

Visit Our San Mateo Location

Larry Hassett, known for his community service and honest business values, was approached by the Wisnom family who wanted to sell their historic San Mateo hardware store to someone who would honor its place in Bay Area history. The Hassetts purchased the store in 2009 and proudly serve San Mateo as an integral part of the community.

The store is located at the corner of 1st and Delaware streets in downtown San Mateo, but it wasn’t always there – that land used to be the lumberyard for the Wisnom family business back in the 1880s. The Wisnom brothers, Robert J. and William partnered with Robert Bonner in 1905 and opened Wisnom-Bonner Hardware at the corner of Second Avenue and Ellsworth. They were the only game in town and San Mateo really was a town back then, with only a few thousand inhabitants. But Wisnom and Bonner knew that those people needed hardware supplies for their homes, businesses and properties – they also sold horseshoe nails and barbed wire, serviced Dodge vehicles in the 1920s and went on to add large household appliances like stoves, fireplaces and refrigerators along with phonographs, records and a listening booth. The fireplace department lasted until the mid 2000s.

545 First Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94401
Call: 650.348.1082
Text: 650.297.0740

Mon-Sat: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Sun: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Services at San Mateo

What used to be the fireplace department is now home to a huge selection of Hillman products – hardware, nuts, bolts, fasteners, automotive belts and chains, springs and keys. We can help you fix just about anything – and if we can’t, we’ll help you find someone who can. Come on over and let us help – from the smallest home repair to restoration and remodeling projects, we’ve got you covered. If you don’t see it, ask. If we don’t have it, we can get it for you.


  • Knife Sharpening
  • Specialty Sharpening
  • Key Cutting
  • Automotive Chip Key Cutting
  • Sidewinder Key Cutting
  • Re-Key Locks
  • Window Screening
  • Paint Color Matching
  • Carpet Cleaning Rentals
  • Propane Exchange
  • SodaStream Exchange
  • Gift Cards
  • Official STIHL Certified Product Repair –  – you can always take any STIHL equipment to our experts at Powered by Hassett in Half Moon Bay.
  • Small Engine Repair – we repair just about anything that runs at our Outdoor Power Equipment annex, Powered by Hassett.
  • Pipe Cutting
  • Traeger Timberline Dealer
  • Blind Installation and other household repairs and installations – our ACE Handyman Services team can help you with this!


Unfortunately, San Mateo county is no longer supporting battery or light bulb recycling/disposal at our stores. Please see below for other ways to dispose of this hazardous household waste.


Batteries on top of a garbage can for recycling in san mateo county, ca

Image courtesy of recology.com

Single-Family Homes Curbside Collection

Place household batteries (e.g. rechargeable, alkaline, button) and cell phones inside a sealed clear plastic bag, and place them on top of your closed black garbage cart on your regular collection day.

Local Drop-off Locations (no appointment necessary)

Find convenient recycling options for household single-use and rechargeable batteries using our interactive map on the HHW Most Wanted page.

Apartment Battery Recycling

Select apartment complexes offer orange recycling battery buckets provided by waste haulers. Don’t have one? Ask your property manager about getting one where you live.

Make a Free HHW Drop-off Appointment

Make an appointment online or call (650) 372-6200 to drop off batteries and other hazardous waste (HHW) for free.




Universal and electronic waste are prohibited from the trash.

Flourescent light bulbs for recycling

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Electronic & universal waste includes:
Batteries, fluorescent bulbs, computers, monitors, cords, phones, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, microwave ovens, or iPods.

Drop Off:
Visit the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability or call 888.442.2666 to find the nearest location. You can also donate these items to several non-profit and local organizations.  You may also drop off electronics at the Shoreway Environmental Center.

GreenCitizen also recycles televisions, computers, printers, computer peripherals and a wide variety of other electronics. Everything is recycled in the United States, so there is no shipping of electronic waste overseas, and they have the e-steward certification! See a full list of what Green Citizen recycles.

Many manufacturers also take back their old equipment for reuse and recycling:

Additional Resources:
California Department of Toxic Substances Control
ReVolt Recycling


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“Looks small but things are neatly organized. And the staff looks like they enjoy their job! I also called the store and they have a text option, nice!”

-Miyouko W.

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“Great neighborhood hardware store. I come here for my plant supplies, they have the same brands as big box retailers but also offer more variety than say Home Depot. The staff has always been courteous and personable, definitely gives your local neighborhood store vibes.”

-Darryl R.

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“Thanks so much to the guy who helped me get and put in the battery to my key fob at Ace Today. Also helped a brother out with getting a singular plastic fork so he I could enjoy my late lunch. Thank you boss!”

-Daniel M.

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“The staff are really helpful and friendly with our kids. They have a new service where you can ask over text if they have certain items and they send you a picture of that product or section of the shelf. I highly recommend this local business.”

-Chort Z.

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“Knowledgeable and helpful staff. Special shout-out to Steve, a supervisor who helped us deal with a faulty padlock.”

-Gordon B.

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“Extremely friendly and supportive staff. They very quick and efficient in helping me get car key copies for my older model vehicle that no longer is in production.”

-T. G.

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We are part of the ACE co-operative (not franchise), because we believe in shared ownership and the ACE values. We ARE the helpful place and we have some of the best, most knowledgeable employees in the Bay Area - come on in and find out for yourself!

You can also shop online on the ACE Hardware website and pick up in-store in any of our five locations.