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LOCKSMITH GETS KEY TO LARGER LOCATION

Anchor Lock and Key and Cousins and Co. have moved to a larger location in the old Carpetland building at 1240 Chetco Ave., Brookings.

Both shops were located next door to Lees Dragon Gate restaurant on Cottage Street. There they had lots of storage space, but little display space, said Steve Gumm, owner of Anchor Lock and Key.

Display space isnt as necessary for a lock shop, but for Cousins and Co., which sells sheet music, musical instruments and supplies, it can be helpful. The music store is operated by Steves wife, Kim.

At the new location, Gumm said they have increased the display space, especially for the music store. The new location also gives the lock shop more room to work.

Gumm said that 85 percent of lock work is dealing with small parts.

Keeping up with new lock technology is crucial to the business. Gumm said he learns about the new locks, especially on cars.

Its not like in the old days where a person could unlock the car with a Slim Jim, Gumm said. Because of the damage that could be caused using such a tool, he carries 50 unlocking tools for different makes of cars.

He also services auto ignitions on foreign and domestic makes, and he provides service for household locks.

Anchor Lock and Key offers AAA service, which has been offered by the shop for the past eight years, Gumm said.

He is available to help people 24 hours a day by calling (541) 469-6891. With the expanded shop, he has added a new employee to provide for improved service, he said.

I want to set a new precedence in Curry County by providing service in the service industry, Gumm said.

In addition to locks, vacuum cleaner repair, parts and accessories, Gumm said.

The expanded music store stocks more than 40 guitars, instrument supplies and music books, Gumm said.

Cousins and Co. carries Hohner guitars, Tacoma electric guitars, keyboards and drums.

Some instrument repairs are done, but most are sent away for service, Gumm said.

The phone number for Cousins and Co. is 469-6316.

The shops are open expanded hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday hours remain 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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