On call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Pop-A-Lock harnesses the latest technology to create high-tech keys and service everyday lockouts. Their uniformed technicians—who receive at least 40 hours of hands-on training before going out on jobs—can spring groceries from the backseat during a car-door unlocking ($79) and program most types of transponder keys on the market ($75). Their careful key crafters can also replicate a Chrysler FOBIK or remote-head key ($125) and wield a duo of laser-cutting machines to duplicate high-security keys ($60), which have extra ridges on the tops and sides and are used by many automakers and all anthropomorphic monster trucks.
Drill bits twist, measuring tape unfurls, and saws chomp through two-by-fours in ACE Hardware, where shelves dangle with scores of tools and other home-improvement essentials. Wall pigment by Ace Paint and Benjamin Moore beams across the color spectrum as faucet parts and cabinet hardware retool aging abodes and jury-rigged time machines. Large appliances, such as Honeywell space heaters, Perfect Aire air conditioners, and Cadet thermostats, keep indoor air at a comfortable temperature. Outside, bags of seed and compost join charcoal grills to brighten backyard celebrations as rolling hand trucks heft heavy lumber purchases or prefab doghouses for socialite canines. Tools, electrical tape, and other handyman essentials round out each location's array of fixative and creative supplies.
After apprenticing at the family locksmith business in Hawaii, Matthew Okumura set his sights on his own operation, opening iLock more than 11 years ago. His corps of licensed and bonded locksmiths provides timely, professional service, quickly travelling to customers to help them get past stubborn doors. Services include lockout help, peephole installation, and lock rekeys, perfect for keeping people out of the home or escalating a prank war with a vacationing neighbor.