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September 14, 2012
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Meet Your Merchant: Feel safe and secure at home or away with Lake Tahoe Lockshop

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — From cars to houses to banks, Lake Tahoe Lockshop does it all when it comes to securing your home and belongings.Owners Mike and Linda Sullivan have been operating the shop since May 2005, and have done their best to make sure Incline Village and surrounding areas are safe and secure. From Glenbrook on the East Shore to Sunnyside on the West Shore, Lake Tahoe Lockshop provides safe, secure and current methods to keeping you and your belongings safe.The company also is the only retail shop for locks on the North Shore, separating itself from other locksmiths, some of whom run a mobile operation, Mike Sullivan said.From wireless keys to key pads to rekeying, Sullivan is a one-stop shop for locals’ security needs. Mr. Sullivan, a licensed locksmith, does all the field work for the store, while his wife takes care of the administrative work. The duo took over the shop from its previous owners in 2005, and are currently located in the Christmas Tree Shopping Center.The store prides itself not only on writing high security keys, but also on keeping up to date with the latest technologies surrounding locks, including keyless deadbolts and locks that operate on WiFi. These locks allow customers to open their homes using a phone app, and even turn on lights and heat.Lake Tahoe Lockshop offers seasonal home inspections, where crews will evaluate the home and give the owners options on how to secure the house. The lockshop also offers check-ups for second-home owners, where crews will surprise visit the home to check up on the security of the home, and send the owners a report.Prior to owning the lockshop, Mr. Sullivan was a union carpenter for 30 years, while Mrs. Sullivan did administrative work. As a carpenter, Sullivan still installed locks, just without a license, giving him experience working with locks. Sullivan then suffered a major injury, when he was then retrained as a locksmith.“I got certified in Sacramento after 20 weeks of classes,” Sullivan explained.In order to purchase locksmith equipment, one has to be a licensed locksmith, Sullivan explained. Even though he is licensed in California, he can still work in Nevada. When the Sullivans moved to Nevada and started working, Mr. Sullivan brought his paperwork to the sheriff’s office and acquired a sheriff card, which allows him to continue working in Nevada. The lockshop works with five distributors, and additionally, he is registered with all the safe companies he works with.Sullivan added that he and his wife then took time off after retiring to travel, and stumbled upon Incline Village. The lockshop was then under previous owners, who soon found the Sullivans and asked them for help, as the owner had gotten sick.“He passed in early May, then we took over a few weeks later,” Sullivan said. “I lost my mentor before we even started.”Sullivan explained that it was the clients who helped him out originally.“(The clients) were really helpful. It took us a while, but we figured it out,” Sullivan said.Sullivan explained that keeping up with the current technology is a priority for him.“I go to classes once or twice a year. All my classes are about new technologies, (such as) transpotter keys, electronic keys and deadbolts. That’s where (locksmithing) is going to go,” Sullivan added.Sullivan said he’s sold more keyless deadbolts than regular deadbolts this year. Additionally, the shop is open year round for locals, businesses, banks and second-home owners. Whether it be to rekey your home, purchase a safe or commercial needs, Lake Tahoe Lockshop is your one-stop shop for all lock needs, complete with a one-year guarantee.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Sep 14, 2012 12:14PM Published Sep 14, 2012 12:12PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.