San Diego Ace Hillcrest Hardware
1007 University Avenue, Hillcrest
The store carries the usual assortment of plumbing, electrical, paint, hardware, and tools, but the front area is devoted to housewares. You'll find a dozen paper-towel dispensers ($3.99 to $26.49), a wide assortment of shower curtains ($8.98 to $42.99), and 15 varieties of automatic coffeemakers, everything from Mr. Coffee ($27.99) to Cuisinart ($93.99). Street parking is tough, but there are two small lots in back, off the alley.