Like an Italian sports car or meticulously oiled baseball glove, a well-maintained kitchen knife simply works better. Laurence Segal, knife craftsman and owner of Westside Sharpening & Cutlery Center, knows this all too well. While sitting down with Mary MacVean for an article for the Los Angeles Times, he enthusiastically discusses Asian, Japanese, and European blades, explaining their composition and uses in cooking, chopping, and opening stuck jacket zippers. This passion for cutlery is present in all of his services, from crafting custom blades with fine wooden handles to sharpening others on a stationary grinder with the care of a dedicated artist.
Possibly the only thing worse than breaking your iPhone is the extra cost it takes to repair it. But with the thin, glass-lined gizmos holding much of our daily lives, the cost to not fix your mobile phone might be even higher. That’s where Los Angeles iPhone Repair comes in. This smallish shop operates out of a residential building along Centinela Avenue in West Los Angeles, where technicians will happily repair and restore shattered screens, broken home buttons and all manner of other issues. New models and old receive equal treatment at this spare repair space, and each service comes with a 90 day warranty that covers parts and labor. Lounge in the waiting area while your phone is being repaired, thanks to comfortable seating, free WiFi and refreshments.
The committed technicians at uBreakiFix restore fragile pocket appliances and entertainment consoles with an arsenal of original manufacturers' OEM parts and 15-minute service times. The repair team reunites customers with fresh new screens for HTC Evo 4G, iPhone 4, or iPhone 3G smartphones along with 90-day warranties. While waiting for trusty telephones, customers can enjoy lounging in a comfortable waiting area with TV screens and friendly staff members who serve caviar and wear tuxedo T-shirts. In addition to screen replacement, the circuit surgeons can provide water-damage diagnostics for iPads, game consoles, and Apple computers that have been waterlogged after haphazardly trying to surf the web.
With more than 80 years of wrench-wielding experience, the home improvement honchos at Pioneer Hardware preside over a cache of more than 70,000 brand-name tools, electronics, supplies, and accessories. Equip empty tool belts with a versatile Black & Decker cordless screwdriver ($34.99) or ensure lawns are well fed with a mechanical water timer ($10.97). Shoppers can also cruise through Pioneer's panoply of cleaning and paint supplies or prepare for an afternoon of plumbing pyrotechnics with its supply of PVC piping, faucet parts, and drain fittings.
The eyes of the staff members at Los Angeles iPhone Repair & Unlock Center light up when they see Apple’s logo. They specialize in fixing iPhones, whether it’s a screen-repair service, an unlocking service for forgotten passwords or lock codes, or scuba-diving lessons for water-damaged devices. But their mending ways don’t fix only Apple products; Samsung, BlackBerry, and HTC devices are also in good hands at the shop.