I went to Franklin's recently to get keys made, everyone was so helpful. Great service.
It's sad how quickly unique places with character are disappearing. This past weekend Johnie's Broiler in Downey was illegally demolished; Rudy's Hardware in Woodland Hills is closing after 60 years, due to competition from the big box stores, and just yesterday I drove down Reseda Boulevard and noticed Foster's Freeze looked boarded up. L.A. is losing its character at a sickening pace.
It already makes me queazy that I can be miles from home but everything looks the same. "Oh, there's Home Depot, Denny's and 7-11. It looks like West Hills. Oh wait, I'm in Oxnard? Who can tell?"
A little while ago I went into Rudy's Hardware to have a key made. They welcomed me, smiled, and made my key in under two minutes. Try that at Home Depot. The last time my husband was at Home Depot the I-couldn't-give-a-damn employee told him they were all out of a product, because the guy was too busy talking with a friend. My husband had to go look for himself...and what do you know, he found it.
And I'd take a Foster's Freeze soft serve over something in a 7-11 cooler any day of the week. Actually, I have a huge dislike for 7-11. Everyone of them reeks of oily, week-old hot dogs and burnt coffee. The clientele there is usually strangling the biggest, cheapest beer can they can find as they sway back and forth while ordering lottery tickets. So, I'm a snob. At least I'm not one of the ignorant fools who plowed down Johnie's Broiler.