Holly Peeples and her partner, Joe Bowers, took over Island Locksmith this past July. Island Locksmith originally opened in 1976, Peeples and Bowers are the fourth owners of the business.
Bowers graduated from Universal Technical Institute in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1989. He is also a veteran that served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. His brother and mother also served in the military as well. He moved to the area from Yakima, Wash., in 2013.
Peeples is originally from Rhode Island. She moved to Fort Myers in 1978 and graduated from Florida SouthWestern State College in 1998 with an AA degree. During her second year of attending Florida Gulf Coast University, she took a break to work in a real estate office on Sanibel. She eventually began working at Karen Bell Realty. She has been working in Bell's office for the past 15 years as a marketing coordinator, office administrator and the team's personal assistant.
Joe Bowers and Holly Peeples.
When Bower and Peeples found out the Moores were selling Island Locksmith, they felt that owning their own business would be the perfect fit for both of them.
"Terry and Cynthia Moore, the previous owners of Island Locksmith, served the community for 11 years. They worked with Joe and I through the purchase of their business and were an integral part through the 30-day transfer when we took over," Peeples said.
Island Locksmith is still located in The Village Shops but it has moved from Suite K-2 to J-3, the space is completely renovated.
"We have remodeled and created a beautiful and fresh new space to plant our roots. We have a completely remodeled showroom that's available for clients by appointment only, as locksmithing is 95 percent a mobile business," Peeples said.
Island Locksmith is the only RX2 and Primus dealer in the area and it is the only on-island locksmith that services both Sanibel and Captiva.
"One of the most important investments someone can make in their home is securing their residence with well-made hardware. Locks are not only necessary, but can be a beautiful addition to your home. Homeowners have so many options and choices for exterior and interior doors," Bowers said.
Once Peeples is able to transition over to the company full-time, she plans to learn the trade and she has her eye on incorporating safes into the showroom.
"I think it's important, even at the very least to have something that's fireproof and waterproof in your house. As women, we do have valuables. It would be nice to be able to offer that to the community," she said.
Island Locksmith takes emergency calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Peeples said they have not slowed down since they opened.
"We've been very busy, we love it. This has been the perfect little thing for Joe and I. We believe we have found our niche on the island and look forward to many years of servicing our community," Peeples said.