7 East Gabilan, Salinas, CA 93901

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In 1975, Smokey Thompson found an ad in Popular Mechanics, "Be a Locksmith, Make Big Money.” He had a great job but thought he could make some extra money with his hobby. He studied for a year and completed his locksmith course. He began his business with a key machine and a cigar box filled with keys.


Soon his business became mobile. A friend encouraged Smokey to open a shop. He invested $1,500 for supplies and a 20’x20’ space. He and his wife, Darlene, began their business.


Darlene was the brains and handled the financials. Smokey never stopped taking classes and attending trade shows and seminars throughout Nevada and California.


When their daughter, Kimberely, was old enough, she joined the team to handle the billing. She married Ronnie Rehn, who joined them as a locksmith. It truly was a family business.


“SMO-KEY” KEY SERVICE is a full-service locksmith shop with the most modern locks and equipment, and the largest selection of safes and keys in the Tri-county area.  


“SMO-KEY” KEY SERVICE provides residential and commercial services, including the set-up of master key systems. Their mobile van makes “SMO-KEY” KEY SERVICE a complete lock shop on wheels.


Smokey and Darlene are gone now, but Smokey’s legacy continues. It’s based on quality workmanship, state-of-the-art equipment, competitive pricing, and fast and friendly service.


Upon entering the shop, you will be greeted by Deanna and her sister, Kelly. Smokey's daughter, Kim, will answer all of your questions and son-in-law, Ronnie, will help with your needs. You may even see their daughter, Paige, doing her homework or coloring a picture after school. “SMO-KEY” KEY SERVICE is a friendly, family-owned business.


Contact us today to learn more about our dedicated team.

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