About Cantelmi Hardware

Three Generations of Unparalleled Customer Service and of Course, Hardware

If heaven were a hardware store, then entrepreneur Placido Antonio Cantelmi, an Italian immigrant, found it when he launched Cantelmi's Hardware in 1922 on the South Side of Bethlehem.By 1939, Placido's son Louis was on hand helping out, as were other staffers known for their service, and often, quick wit.

Louis and his son Rick, decided to first expand Cantelmi's Hardware in 1987, by moving a few doors down the tree-lined block into Cantelmi's current location, a 17,000 square foot silk blouse mill at 521 E. Fourth Street.

In 2006, carrying on the tradition of growth, third generation family owner Rick with his dad Louis at his side, took expansion to the next level by adding a second store to the fold. Across Northampton County in Forks Township, near Easton, a second Cantelmi's Hardware was added at 1805 Sullivan Trail. This location nearly doubles the original store's square footage and carries a wider array of products, while continuing to embody Placido's founding philosophy of always putting the customer first. Today, Cantelmi's Hardware is a member of the Ace Hardware network.

Our Values

We are a committed member of the Lehigh Valley community and value every customer.

Growth and the family's long standing reputation have kept Cantelmi's Hardware in business so long in the era of big-box hardware stores. Every customer gets service and attention to detail from an experienced staff. They are now celebrating their 96th year in business. That is unheard of in today's business world and a great true reflection of the Cantelmi name.


There are a few places today you can go to that offer unbeatable service and advice. Cantelmi Hardware is one of the Lehigh Valley's best hardware stores. Come to us with your project and we can help you purchase the right tools for the job. Big or small, you always have us as a partner.

Whether you are looking to buy a new snow blower, lawn mower, sander or generator, we have everything you need to get that DIY project done!

  • Custom computerized paint mixing
  • Glass cutting and repair
  • Lawn mower repair
  • Propane refills (Fork's only)
  • Chainsaws, band saws and circular saws
  • Paint sprayer, sander and stripper rental
  • Generator and compressor
  • And more...Call us (610)866-0532!
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We love DIY projects!

Landscaping and Outdoor
Check out our huge selection of plants and flowers as well as everything to get them planted and maintain growth.

Winter Headquarters
From leaf blowers to lawnmowers, rakes and snow blowers, we have everything to get you cleaned up from Mother Nature.

Hardware, Tools and Machines to get the job done.
From the right nail and screw, saw and blade to wire and outlet, we have you covered.

Advice and know how.
Not only can you buy or rent everything you need, but we will also take the time to explain how to use it and get the best results.