Paul Ray Bales
I came to Columbia about 35 years ago. I moved here from Virginia, but I have been coming to Five Points since the ‘80s when I was a kid. I love the community here. Five Points has it all – food, shopping, nightlife and friendly people.
It doesn’t matter what you want, it is here. Everything is here.
College kids are what got me into business. They are just like I was when I was young – they lose keys, things like that. Our business is a lock and key shop. We do services inside like cut keys, but we also have a mobile service where we go out and make keys for cars or rekey locks. We have been in Five Points for about five years now. We used to have an office on Blossom Street, but that was strictly mobile calls. As our business grew, we opened a storefront on Greene Street about a year ago, and we hope to further expand into mobile phone repair one day.