Ace is the place with the helpful hardware man, or woman. This is a great hardware store, as a dude, I can spend hours hanging out looking at hardware. A great selection of everything to fix your stuff. Housewares and decorations abound and you can even get some free popcorn. Some things get a bit pricey, but if you're looking for an odd part, you'll most likely find it here.
I can't go into this store without leaving with something. I love their housewares and gardening sections, and my husband frequents the hardware side. Their prices can be high, but they have good sales periodically, especially around the holidays. I like getting stocking stuffers from their kitchen section, which has just about everything. They've expanded their toy section, making it a great place to stop for a birthday gift. They are well-staffed, and there is always someone available to help.