Erin Butler of Butler Locksmithing works on a customer’s lock behind the desk at his new store location on South Shore Road.

Butler Locksmithing has a lot more than locks to offer

After many years of being an employee, Butler decided he would employ himself.

Butler Locksmithing has only been open for about a month, but owners Erin and Jenny Butler are already doing a steady business.

Butler says he learned the the basics of the art of locksmithing in his father’s shop on Salt Spring Island. After many years of being an employee, Butler decided he would employ himself.

“I’ve actually been a locksmith in town for three years,” said Butler. But he explains that he was working out of his home, and was not able to put signs up or receive customers, so when the location 122A South Shore Road came up, he jumped at the opportunity.

“Since I didn’t advertise, it was more a hobby than anything else. We had our eye on a few different spots in town and commercial rentals in this town are quite cheap, especially compared to Salt Spring, Victoria, or even Duncan, and we just liked this spot, it’s one of the oldest buildings in town, [and] it’s got a great history to it,” said Butler.

Butler says he’s just really interested in locks and likes puzzles, “and locks are puzzles.” So that’s probably why he has such a wide variety of products and services available and plans on offering more in the future.

Because the store front was once the local post office, among many other businesses, Butler says he will be talking to the Kaatza Station Museum to see what they locks they have left over from the days of the post office so that he can display some of the building’s history along with his merchandise.

“There’s some great pictures that they’ve loaned us,” he said. “There’s stories from old newspapers and that. It’s a really historical building and I like that about it.”

With all the renovations they have done, Butler says it was about six weeks between the time he decided to open the shop, to opening day, and right now his wife and him are doing everything.

“I can’t afford anybody else right now. It’s just me an my wife . . . so it will be expanding very slowly,” explained Butler.

Butler offers everything from key cutting (to code), to a wide variety of locks, out calls, and order-in sales.

He says that in terms of keys, he has found that so far people have been bringing him special and obscure items for which they need keys made. Things like old cabinets, RVs, boats, clocks, and hand cuffs.

He has many cool locks to choose from, including a directional lock.

“There’s no numbers on it, so nobody can guess your birthday or anything like that. I call it my Nintendo controller padlock,” said Butler.

Take a minute to browse through Butler’s new store on South Shore Road across from Saywell Park, or phone for more information: 250-932-8422.

 

Just Posted

Live music scene at Osborne Bay Pub a paradise for musicians, audience

Berry takes it the next level with an impressive schedule featuring many different genres

Osborne Bay Pub executive chef appeals to music patrons’ tastes

Being part of a creative enterprise suits Lavoie

‘Outside Mullingar’ follows two Irish people along the bumpy road to happiness

John Patrick Shanley’s play looks at how a couple’s relationship can reflect their love of the land

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

Christopher Justice wants more long term thinking at North Cowichan council

Economic prosperity through environmental stewardship, says Justice

Lexi Bainas column: Mystery, history, music, painting, and pottery: we’ve got a basketful for you this week

From Deathtrap to JW-Jones and Sue Coleman, there are many A&E surprises out there

Trump: Saudi king ‘firmly denies’ any role in Khashoggi mystery

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is travelling to the Middle East to learn more about the fate of the Saudi national

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

Allen died in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Transport Canada to take new look at rules, research on school bus seatbelts

Canada doesn’t currently require seatbelts on school buses

Sockeye run in Shuswap expected to be close to 2014 numbers

Salute to the Sockeye on Adams River continues until Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.

Michelle Mungall’s baby first in B.C. legislature chamber

B.C. energy minister praises support of staff, fellow MLAs

Canucks: Pettersson in concussion protocol, Beagle out with broken forearm

Head coach Travis Green called the hit ‘a dirty play’

5 tips for talking to your kids about cannabis

Health officials recommend sharing a harm reduction-related message.

Cowichan Coffee Time: 70th anniversary, fundraising, new face

• The Cowichan Lake Golden Agers Society is gearing up for their… Continue reading

Most Read