Best of the Beach 2019 – Home Services

Frank and Roxanne Halstein offer old school locksmith service, and high tech as well, but advise caution.


Hermosa Lock and Key

Frank Hallstein isn’t a big fan of electronic home locks and transponder car keys.

“I work on them. I’ve got $70,000 worth of computers to figure them out. But I think they’re silly. A car key cost $6 when my dad started making them in 1975. Today a car key can cost $400. And now Amazon is asking customers to give them a one-use code to their homes so packages can be left inside. But, what happens when a kid follows the Amazon person in the door and says, ‘I live here?’”

Hallstein contends that restricted keys that can’t be duplicated without documentation offer better security without the exorbitant costs, or complications.

Silliness aside, Hallstein said he and his wife Roxanne still enjoy running their “meat and potatoes” shop on Pier Avenue.

“We’ve got customers we helped when they were single, after they married and after they had kids who needed car keys and now need house keys,” he said. 

Hermosa Lock and Safe Shop

3820, 423 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach

(310) 372-3557

Runner-up: Steve’s Lock and Safe

3401 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach

(310) 546-3391

Bob and Jim Cook, the Click, and Clack of doors and windows

Doors and Windows

Cook’s Doors and Windows

Cook’s has been at the same South Bay location since 1923 and is still owned by its founding family. Jim and Bob Cook continue the same quality and service that their father and grandfather began offering the South Bay nearly a century ago. Over the decades, they have become Los Angeles’ premier provider of interior and exterior doors, replacement windows, and molding. “For three generations, the Cook family has delivered accurate information, expert field service, and hands-on assistance,” said Jim Cook. “ Whether your project is new construction or a remodel, Cook’s has the products to match your vision and budget,” said Jim Cook. 

Cook’s Doors & Windows

14410 Hawthorne Blvd., Lawndale

(310) 679-2212

Runner-up: Discount Glass & Mirror Co

2240 Lomita Blvd., Lomita

(310) 530-7655

Furniture store

Living Spaces

If you can sit on it, lie on it, serve dinner on it, put your feet on it or display your books and collectibles in it, it can be found in the spacious and attractive showroom of Living Spaces. The store stocks the highest caliber furniture, from sofa and side tables to office chairs and file cabinets, and the best brand name mattresses and foundations at its Revive Sleep Center area. The showroom also features chic accessories from accent pillows to lamps and sconces. The prices, quality, and selection won our readers’ “Best Of” nod. 

Living Spaces

1519 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach

(877) 266-7300

Runner-up: Jerome’s Furniture

18850 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance

(858) 924-1879



Mattucci Plumbing

648 S. Irena Ave., Redondo Beach

(310) 543-2001

Runner-up: Lucien Plumbing

1212 Aviation Blvd., Redondo Beach

(310) 372-3565


Carpet Store  

Banner Carpets Flooring Center

18814 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance

(310) 327-6924

Runner-up: Carpet Spectrum, Inc.

1050 Aviation Blvd., Hermosa Beach

(310) 376-4344


Swimming Pool/Spa Store  

ABC Pool & Patio

24449 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance

(310) 373-0935


Runner-up: Leslie’s Pool Supplies, Service & Repair

5054 W. 190th St., Torrance

(310) 371-7272


Tile Store  

Cal Tile Center

5108 W. 190th St., Torrance

(310) 698-4586



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