John's still got it. I hesitated after reading the previous review, but called anyway - John did a great job. We made an appointment for him to replace all the locks in my new house, which he did. No contracting the work out, etc... he came himself and did a great job. Highly recommended!
7/30/17 UPDATE: The management turns out to different from those who wrote reviews previously to mine. They are one of those strictly online locksmiths that contracts out their work to some sheisty locksmitchs like Eli Saada of Localock Locksmith. Apparently, he and a couple others are known in the Denver Metro by other locksmiths to overcharge and do poor quality work. Too bad Northside Lockshop is not what they used to be. And I never did hear back from Spencer Johnson. Hopefully, this review steers you clear of this business.
7/27/17 UPDATE: Eli Saada was the technician. After yesterday's debacle, we had another locksmith come out from Job Done Locksmith (see my review for them). Besides breaking the locks on our front door, it turns out Eli yesterday didn't do quality work on the knobs he rekeyed AND that we were way overcharged! I've called Northside again this morning and still have not heard back from the supervisor.
5:21pm: When I called again to speak to a supervisor, I spoke with Jennifer, who had an attitude as well and actually hung up on me. Who in their right mind does that? This business establishment is the worst I have ever seen in Denver. Maria, the next person to answer the phone after I got back, was nice enough to let me know that Spencer Johnson, the supervisor, would call me tomorrow morning.
7/26/17: After reading all the great reviews from this place, I'm really disappointed in the professionalism of the technician that Northside Lockshop sent out to our home. It wasn't the Johnny Cash of locksmiths I was hoping for - the one mentioned in previous reviews. First of all, this technician was 30 minutes late after I had to remind him on the phone prior to his arrival that our appointment was actually at noon. Then, when he said he was done, he said he couldn't rekey a knob because it was broken. It wasn't broken this morning when we went through our final walkthrough of the house before closing or when I came back after closing. So I told him he didn't need to do any work on it if it was now broken, but he said since he had already rekeyed it after saying it was broken AND that we would get charged anyway. How does that make any sense? He also broke the deadbolt on the same door, so that door does not lock at all now. So now, we'll have to find a better, more professional locksmith to fix that door. He got an attitude with me too, so I called Northside Lockshop to express my disappointment. I'm sure they have more professional technicians, but this experience definitely was not a good one. I'll update my review if I actually hear back from them.
John is the Johnny Cash of locksmiths. He's run his business out of the Northside aka The Highlands for 31 years and he's still going strong. Let the locksmith in almost black come help you out :)
John, I added your photo so people can see the coolness!
The reviews on this guy are correct; cool dude sitting in his chair with a jeans jacket and cowboy hat.
Brought in a cylinder to be rekeyed, I asked if he could do it...not sure why I asked, of course he could do it. Sat down for maybe five minutes while he tinkered in back, and out he came with the rekeyed cylinder. $10 less in my pocket and I was out a happy man.
If I ever need a key done this is where I'm coming, they don't make em like this guy anymore.
The 2005 Honda Pilot locked my keys in while I moved from the driver's side to the passenger's side - that was new. I live in N Denver so he was at my place within 15 min of my call during a snowstorm! He certainly knew what he was doing quick, efficient and cost effective. I agree with previous reviews he does seem to channel Mr Cash...so a character story to boot!
Great quick service, John unlocked my running car in about 10 minutes & was very sweet. I will not get a key made anywhere else in the future. Support your local businesses people!
I'd gotten a total of eight keys made at two different hardware stores, none of which worked. I took four of them to Northside, prepared to buy new keys and hope he'd compare them to the others to see why they didn't work. Instead, he meticulously shaved tiny pieces off the existing keys, and didn't charge me a dime. And when I got home 3 out of 4 worked, which is great. The place hasn't changed since 1979, and he is seriously an incredibly nice man. Even though he didn't charge me the first time, I'll hopefully be able to pay him next time I need new keys.
This is the best locksmith in North Denver.Professional, Trustworthy, Reliable. and Honest. Go to him, or he'll come to you.
Before I start, I'll just say that the previous review speculating that John doesn't do "house-calls" is incorrect.
I'm calling this review "Magic is Real."
Bought a house last year, and finally got around to something I wasn't particularly excited about. I asked John of Northside Lock & Key to re-key my entire house. I expected a much more painful experience than I had, because I had:
- a working key for the front deadbolt;
- a different working key for the garage;
- no key for the back door (two locks) or either security door (two lock barrels on each);
- a broken knob for the front security door; and
- different brands for all locks, but thankfully all using the Kwikset key model.
I wanted everything re-keyed to the same key, and I wanted a few copies of the key.
John came the next day (could have come earlier if not for my schedule). He's an older gentleman, drives a big Dodge Ram, wears a bigger cowboy hat. Straightforward, kind, and honest. He agreed to take a check -- joked that he "know[s] where [I] live and [has] the key," and I didn't worry for a second.
He pulled the locks, and brought them to his truck, out of view of we muggles (i.e., non-magical folk; see Rowling, J., "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (1998), et seq.). There, he made the same locks work with a new key. However, the locks for which I was missing keys required (I'm guessing), a spell that would draw too much attention to be used in broad daylight, in a muggle neighborhood. He took those locks back to his "shop" (i.e., wizarding tower), and brought them back working with the same key as everything else.
I was expecting to have to buy all new door hardware fixtures (or whatever they call them in the study of lock enchantments). This was clearly the work of magic, and John is obviously a wizard.
Finally, the price was excellent. He came in under budget.
After visiting 3 other locksmiths to get a duplicate key for my rare motorcycle (with no luck) I walked in to Northside Lock & Key. "Think you have this key?" "I'm sure I do." I was not so sure. He digs through a box of key blanks and sure enough comes up with the key for my bike. Great experience, great guy, the key worked.
How could you not like this place? It's run by an older gentleman in overalls, a cowboy hat, and a great sense of humor. I just needed to get my keys copied but I wish I had another reason to pop him. Highly recommended! :)
Fast friendly service, fair pricing, and fun conversation. Highly recommend!
This is a very small Shop and is easy to miss, but the service was great. he is nice old guy willing to help you out & knows his stuff when it comes to locks... Stop by and try him out. I did had a good service.
So happy. I lost the only key to my 1975 Lambretta scooter. I rolled it to Northside because it was close. The managed to find a blank and cut a couple keys. Again, so happy.
This guy he really knows his business, had a 1998 ford Ranger, lost the only key i have, so call dealer to have a new key with vin number , no luck too old for that. Then call a locksmith, first thing they are to busy which is good , but i need the service sooner , called somebody else , they went to my place play with the truck for about one hour or so , couldn't make it, the guy so frustrated don't even told he give up or something, almost just left.
so i remember North side lock-shop, went to this guy, made a key for the truck with out having hard time , looks so simple and easy , that why this guy is so great , experience and knowledge.
The shop is small and is easy to miss, but the service was great. It only took a few minutes to rekey my look and make some extra keys. It was very inexpensive ($13) to get it all done. I have paid about the same or more just for the extra keys. Other places I called quoted a minimum of $50 for the same service. At those prices, I can just buy and install a new deadbolt.
I highly recommend going to visit John for all you keys and any other locksmith things you need done. Like the other reviewer said, I am not sure he travels. Although, at his prices and speed, I can go to him.
If Johnny Cash was a locksmith, he would be this guy. Or maybe if this guy had been a rocker instead of a locksmith, he would have been Johnny Cash?
This place is a seriously old school locksmith shop. I don't think he travels, so he probably won't come unlock your car for you. However, if you need a safe cracked, locks re-keyed (and you can bring them to him) or need obscure keys copied, this is the place to go. North Side has more atypical key blanks than anywhere else. He's got LOTS motorcycle key blanks and what not that most locksmiths don't carry.
A couple of years ago, I took 5 or 6 entry sets and deadbolts to this guy to have them all keyed the same. I think it cost me around $30. If I had called someone to come do it on location, it would have been closer to $100.
He's old, his shop is smokey, and he's kinda crotchety. But he's awesome. Just like Johnny Cash.