There’s this guy Rob that works there, he knows everything about everything. He should own the place with as much knowledge that he has…!
If Lowe’s can’t help Mike’s definitely will….. Thanks guys!
The big stores didn’t have an adapter for regular size shower head to fit on those smaller pipes of a clawfoot tub shower kit. You would think with as many clawfoot tubs in the city this would be a no brainer to carry. Went to Mike’s and within 5 minutes I had what I needed.
All projects start at Mike’s. Great store, better people.
Super friendly knowledgeable staff; free coffee! Despite having a small store, they carry a wide array of inventory! If you ever need a gas heater fixed, this is a good place to go.One of those gems of a local business.
Beats the big box places x 10. They are so helpful.
Good family business, got me a free Helicopter ride, a week after Katrina.
Old school beats the big box places x 10. They are so helpful. Small store but the seem to have everything. They just don’t stock 10 brands of everything which is fine by me
Cheaper than your big stores and very knowledgeable to your needs!
Excellent locally owned and operated hardware store. Unlike big box hardware stores the employees here actually know their products work and are really helpful!
Awesome local hardware store. I have a weird size AC filter and they had it when no one else did. Also, the guys at the store were very nice.
Without a doubt this is one of the best hardware stores in the City. I’ve come here for projects big and small- some where I knew exactly what i needed and some where I was going to be in WAY over my head.
Every.single.time I’ve gotten exactly what I needed, didn’t get a bunch of crap I didn’t need and a lot of helpful tips,tricks and advice along the way.
Screws, nuts, roofing product, window glass, paint, tools, screen screen and more screen…..gutter talk (haha – I crack myself up), right down to Mardi Gras float accouterments …. I won’t go anywhere else if I can help it. These guys are the best
Great locally owned and operated hardware store. Staff is helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. Skip the big box stores, get the help you need and support a community business at the same time.
If you need it, they got it.
Incredibly knowledgeable and helpful!
Friendly faces and always helpful. Best hardware store in town!!!
Damn best hardware store with both products and service!
Would rather shop here than the super sized stores that lack customer service and friendliness.
My original review for Mike’s Hardware back in 2011 was in my “novice Yelp period” as a newbie, therefore I feel it’s necessary to update my review and give them a more appropriate review.
Mike’s Hardware opened for business back in 1981 and was founded by Mike LaFleur. Mike and his family actually lived upstairs from the store for nearly 10 years, so it was only natural that his sons Rob (aka The Colonel) and Lee took an interest in the hardware business. In fact, when most kids were playing on playgrounds, Rob and Lee could be found inside the store playing; but all the while gaining valuable insight on the hardware business. I guess you can say that hardware is truly in their blood.
Fast forward 33 years and you’ll see that Mike’s Hardware continues to flourish and are holding their own in a city with multiple locations of national chain hardware stores. The key to their success is multi-faceted. But most important is the personalized service you receive as soon as you walk in the door, as everyone is enthusiastically greeted and treated as if they are a valued customer; even if it’s their first visit to the store.
Mike’s specializes in hard to find hardware items. Their motto is “If we don’t have it, you don’t need it”. And it’s rare that they don’t have an item you are looking for. But on a serious note, if there is something they don’t have, they will definitely point you in the right direction to assist you in acquiring it. They are all about their customers. After Hurricane Katrina exacted her assault on New Orleans, Mike’s Hardware reopened in just 6 weeks, and they were the first hardware store to reopen, even though the staff all had damaged homes as well. In fact, they were the very first business to reopen in Gentilly.
Mr. Mike officially “semi” retired in 2012, so sons Rob and Lee are now running the day to day operations. But Mr. Mike still stops by frequently to “hold court” over operations; somewhat like a Chairman of the Board. The LaFleur’s have a staff of 5 full time professionals working with them and they are all neatly attired in a Mike’s Hardware uniform shirt.
Mike’s is one of only a handful of Devoe paint dealers in the city and they offer a full line of paint and sundries. I can personally vouch for this paint as I have used it after having purchased it here. The top of the line eggshell enamel provides excellent coverage and good “scrub ability”. Mike’s hardware can match most any color by eye or via computerization using their Datacolor data flash DF-100.
Mike’s is also your go to place for plumbing supplies. They carry a full line of pipe, fittings, valves, and accessories for PEX, PVC, ABS, copper, galvanized, black iron, brass, vent, and more.
Other specialty services include screen repairs and custom screen manufacturing. They are also a large glass dealer and carry Florentine glass; and can even cut specialty patterns. Furthermore, they also repair gas space heaters, which is a good service to have in New Orleans.
Mike’s Hardware has been, is now and forever will be my local hardware store of choice. They have served me and my family well for a long time now and it’s worth the extra five minutes of driving to patronize their store, as even though there are closer places, there are none better.
I don’t need to say much about this store besides this:
I needed my car keys replicated, and no other store – no Home Depot, no Lowe’s – could replicate a car key the old fashioned way like these guys, and especially not with as much fun and humor into the job as these guys could.
Go for the family-owned atmosphere, go for the personal touch.
Phenomenal hardware store!!! When did we get the idea to turn our backs on small mom and pop style hardware stores? Geez…Mike’s has it all and the staff are knowledgeable and helpful, unlike those large orange and white and blue and white mega hardware stores. Love, love, love the variety. Please spend your money locally!!!
This is one of the friendliest locally owned hardware stores in all of New Orleans. The LaFleur family (Mike, Rob & Lee) have been helping people for several years out of the same Gentilly location on Elysian Fields Ave. When you walk into this place, you are treated as a valued customer, which is something the larger stores should take note of.
I would purposely go out of my way to patronize this store and would recommend the same to anyone.
Hands down, the best old school, family owned, customer oriented hardware store in town. Can’t recommend it high enough. Very helpful!