Historical photo of Henry Gelzer

Locally Owned since 1919

Locally owned and family operated, H.J. Gelzer & Son Inc. has been operating in historic downtown Hillsdale, Michigan since 1919.  In 1945, they purchased the Hillsdale Hardware building at 56 North Howell Street.  Three years later in 1948, the Hardware business joined a then-new hardware co-operative “Hardware Wholesalers, Inc.”, the predecessor of present-day Do It Best Corp.

A local saying in Hillsdale is “if you can’t find something, go to Gelzer’s”.  We carry over 13,000 items in our store, with 67,000 available to order through our Do It Best warehouses.  We stock full lines of plumbing, electrical, paint, lawn and garden, sporting goods, and of course hardware to meet all of your home improvement needs, with experienced and friendly staff to guide and assist you. Our goal is to provide a clean, friendly, convenient place in which to shop.

Our inventory is truly diverse, formed over decades of serving our community’s particular needs.  From building supplies like concrete, mortar, and 2x4’s, PVC and brass plumbing fittings, to nuts and bolts of every kind, Gelzer’s has something of everything for every home improvement project or need.

We carry national brands like Milwaukee, DeWalt, and Black and Decker power tools, Channellock and Vaughn hand tools, and Benjamin Moore and Valspar paints.

Similarly, our sporting goods department is Hillsdale’s only source for nationally recognized brands such as Champro athletic equipment, Case Knives, and every major Disc Golf Brand (Innova, Discraft, and Trilogy discs!)

We are proud to be a member of the Hillsdale community!  If you’ve never visited with us we look forward to meeting you.  If you’ve been here before, we’ll see you soon!

What you'll find at Gelzer's

Lawn & garden tools

Gelzer's carries lawn & garden tools from names you know and trust like Fiskars, Bully Tools, and Garden Weasel. If you need pruners, loppers, garden tillers, or any long-handle garden tool, you can get it at Gelzer's.

Hand tools

We have a vast hand tool selection at Gelzer's. You'll find Marshalltown trowels for your paint or masonry jobs, Irwin, Milwaukee and DeWalt tools, plus Diablo, Milwaukee and Lennox blades for your sawzall or other cutting tools.
We're also pleased to offer Enderes hand-forged tools. USA-made in Minnesota, Enderes tools produces the highest-quality hand struck tools using traditional blacksmithing techniques. Find Enderes tools only at Gelzer's in Hillsdale!


A quality paint department is a must for any hardware store, and Gelzer's has a great paint selection featuring Benjamin Moore paints. We also stock Purdy and Wooster brushes, rollers and accessories, so you'll have the best tools for applying quality Benjamin Moore paints. Gelzer's customers can also find DAP caulk and sealant, and Minwax, UGL, and Varathane stain.

Rows of colorful paint cans sitting on tan shelves


Gelzer's electrical department is stock with the electrical must-haves, including light bulbs from Satco and Philips. Check out our Leviton switches and outlets, Gardner Bender electrical supplies, plus a huge lamp repair department.