Locksmiths leaving Frisco
FRISCO – After making hundreds of friends, 470,000 spare keys and helping people with 50,000 lock-outs the past 18 years, Eric and Ginger Sundin of High Country Lock and Key Inc. are leaving town.
“We’re finally headed to Lake Havasu,” said Ginger Sundin at the lock shop on Main Street, holding up a picture of an Arizona sunset, taken from the balcony of the couple’s new home.
The well-known Frisco couple are trading their view of Mount Royal above Frisco for a view of Lake Havasu, Ariz. They’ll miss their friends and the tasty well water, they said, but not the snow, the traffic or the tourists.
“We’re losing the longest-established locksmith in Summit County,” said Bruce Campbell of Around the Clock Lock, a friend of the Sundins who will now also be running High Country Lock and Key LLC.
Campbell, who has 10 years of experience as a locksmith, will run the locksmithing operations at the location on 111 Main St. The engraving and sign-making operations of High Country Lock and Key Inc. will no longer be part of High Country Lock and Key LLC. Instead, the engraving and sign making business will be renamed High Country Custom Impressions, operated by Bruce Adams on 100 Main St.
Over the years, the Sundins said they have helped people out of bizarre situations.
“It’s been suggested that we could write a sitcom about all the crazy things that happen around here,” Ginger said.
One year there was a rash of people who thought they lost their keys, when really their keys dropped through holes in their pockets down to the bottom of pants legs inside snowsuit bibs.
One time, Eric Sundin unlocked a car in the Safeway parking lot for a man who fainted after the car door opened. Although Eric joked that the man fainted when he saw the bill, the man actually had high-altitude sickness. Eric’s years of rescue training here came in handy that day.
“People ask him to fix just about anything. They know he’ll do it,” Ginger said.
A woman once came with a Barbie doll in hand. Eric cut the doll’s head off, installed a spring at her neck and reattached the head – at the woman’s request. They’ve also engraved items beyond the typical plaques and trophies, such as wine bottles, rocks, fishing reels, guns and knives.
The couple’s last day in Summit County is Oct. 11. They’ve been partying late and packing boxes the past week.
Ginger used to teach fitness classes in the community. The couple’s ultimate plan is to enjoy warmer weather when they “sort of” retire this month. The Sundins met and married here, after Ginger hung her volunteer Copper Mountain firefighter coat up next to Eric’s nearly 20 years ago.
Ginger said her plans are to focus on her custom stained-glass business and playing the harp. Eric plans to boat and fish. The couple will return to Summit County a couple times per year to visit family and friends and to check on their property.
Customers have said they will miss not only the couple but also their German shepherd, Kallista, who greeted customers at the shop every day.
The couple’s last words of advice to Summit County are to make plenty of spare keys and to repair locks and safes before they break.
Christine McManus can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or
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