National Dog Day is Aug 26

Believe it or not, August 26 is National Dog Day. Forgot to plan something special for your furry family members? Don’t worry, Dot’s has you covered with something for everyone – including your canines! We have a variety of Diamond Natural Dog Foods in the store – which contain things like prebiotics and probiotics; essential…

Don’t Forget These 4 Dorm Room Essentials

You’ve packed your clothes, your posters, your TV, your laptop, and everything else you think you need for the perfect college dorm experience. You get moved into your dorm, your parents leave, and then… Something breaks. You may not think of a hardware store when you’re shopping for dorm essentials, but stores like Dot’s Ace…

6 Basic Tools You Need in Your Toolkit

We all know that Dot’s carries an amazing variety of tools that are handy for every imaginable situation, but today, we’re getting back to the basics. Whether you’re ready to start fixing things around the house or you’re helping your kids prepare to move into a dorm, you’ll need these basic necessities to tackle a…

Organizing Your Entryway for Back-to-School

Back-to-school season is here, and soon backpacks, lunchboxes and books will be hustled in the back door, along with boots, jackets and scarves (well, we can only hope in East Texas). Starting off the school year with a freshly organized entryway, foyer, mudroom, or even a dedicated space in your garage will make you feel…

Getting Started with Beekeeping

Did you know that beekeeping can be dated back to at least the year 7000 BCE? Beekeeping has its advantages, from fresh honey to wax that can be used for candles, cosmetics and more. Lucky for us, modern time has brought many more tools and resources that can help you keep your bees happy, and…

5 Ways Yetis Make Your Life Easier

What’s the big deal about Yetis? Well, you only ask that question if you’ve never used their products. We’re big fans, and here’s why. 1. Buy ice once. Camp all weekend. Or maybe even longer. No joke—if you fill up your Yeti cooler with ice on Friday afternoon, your beverages will still be ice cold…

Spruce Up Your Space With Succulents

Some of you have green thumbs. You can grow anything, keep it alive, and create beautiful, lush spaces with your greenery and blooms. And then there are the rest of us. Luckily for us, we’ve got options. Succulents are drought-resistant, low-maintenance plants that hoard water a lot like cacti—but we think they’re much more lovely…

Keep Your Pool Sparkling This Summer

Having a pool can be an amazing respite from the Texas heat, but in order to ensure your pool stays inviting, you have to keep it healthy! Setting a routine and staying on top of your pool maintenance can save you from having to make emergency trips for chemicals, or worse – having to pay…

Yes, You Can: Getting Started With Canning

If you’re like us, you’ve got more fresh veggies in your garden than you and your family can eat. You can stretch your supply throughout the year and build up an emergency food supply with water bath canning. Rest assured, canning looks way more complicated than it actually is! Some basic equipment you’ll need to…

Add Flavor to Your Grilling with Wood Chips

What’s one thing in barbecue that separates the beginners from the pros? Smoke. Smoke is what gives barbecue its flavor and what separates it from other types of cooking. In modern times we use charcoal or gas to get the heat we need to grill food, but to get smoke, you’ve gotta have wood. Wood…

3 Grilled Vegetable Recipes to Try This Summer

Have you heard? Grilling is not just about meats. The internet is a source of many mouth-watering vegetable recipes that make us want to fire up our grill just as much as any enticing burger or rib does. These recipes could be prepared on their own if you’re in a veggie mood, or as an…

Dot’s Has What Dad Wants: 5 Perfect Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is coming up on June 19. Are you ready? Sure, you could spend a lot of time Googling what to get Dad for Father’s Day this year—but we’re here to save you some time. Dot’s Ace Hardware has an awesome selection of stuff your dad will love (and some items you moms will…