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|Wanamaker Hardware carries the best paint (California). It is a longstanding family business. It is listed here first because it is my favorite paint and hardware store.||
1298 Massachusetts Ave.
|City Paint specializes in the painting trade. Most of the paint sold in Cambridge is sold at these stores. They carry Benjamin Moore paints. The Ben Moore Regal Premium line is very good paint; the Aura line, not so much.||
City Paint & Supply
1149 Cambridge St.
in Inman Square
2564 Mass. Ave.
|Dickson Brothers has been in the middle of Harvard Square since 1943.||
Dickson Bros. Hardware
26 Brattle St.
in Harvard Square
|H.D. Chasen is a hard hardware (not paint) store. I have never seen a customer there who didn't look like he ate nails for breakfast. Most of their goods would be dangerous in most hands. However, if you really need a buffing wheel and some jewelers' rouge to make brass look like gold...||
40 Lake St.
|H.W. Paint & Decorating carries Benjamin Moore.||
H.W. Foote Paint & Decorating
420 Western Avenue
|Inman Square Hardware is a another family-run business. They carry necessities like parting beads and light globes that strictly paint stores often do not.||
Inman Square Hardware
1337 Cambridge Street
in Inman Square
|Johnson Paint is the toniest paint store around, and it's on the toniest boutique street in New England. You have to park in Rhode Island. Sometimes, it's just necessary; they're experts, and they've got everything.||
355 Newbury St.
|Pill Hardware used to be my first choice long, long ago when I lived in Central Square and the Pill family still owned it. Indeed, I did painting on the Pill family home.||
743 Mass. Ave.
in Central Square
|Rockler Woodworking, formerly Woodworkers Store and now part of a twenty-five-store chain, is where to find some of the best wood stains and esoteric carpentry tools.||
2154 Mass. Ave.
near Rindge Ave.
|Sherwin-Williams Paints, like City Paint, is a store all about paint.||
73 First St.
|Tags Hardware also carries California Paints, along with hardware and housewares.||
29 White St
(in Porter Square Shopping Center)
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