Best Lumberyard - 2004
MacBeath sells its handsome wood in five places -- San Francisco; Berkeley; Salt Lake City; Edinburgh, Ind.; and Perris, Calif., near Riverside -- but we're especially fond of the Hunters Point location. While it's true that the East Bay store stocks more tools, the S.F. shop just feels more like a lumberyard, and you can buy stains and woodworking books here, too. Best of all is that unlike its competitors, MacBeath doesn't gouge you. And the woods are (not to sound too slobbery) stunning: From domestics like ash, mahogany, cedar, and oak to exotic species -- cocobolo, ebony, purpleheart, and teak among them -- MacBeath can satisfy any woodworker.