snoqueen wrote:Birrenkott is very much alive as the go-to place for appliance repair on the east side. The guy is terrific and will come to your place and do everything he can to make sure your washer or dryer or whatever survives. He's truly old-school.
Didn't think of that. We dropped in after researching what we wanted in a new washer and found he didn't sell front loaders because they were too hard to repair. Yes, if he's got a thriving repair business he wouldn't need to sell a lot of appliances and I bet most of the sales would be to customers replacing old units. And if you want to keep your repair guy, you get the stuff he wants to repair. So that would explain why there's not a lot of store traffic.
snoqueen wrote:Also they have very cool vintage appliance to look at (for fun) and can find parts for ANYTHING. It's kinda like a parallel to Howe Plumbing and Ace on Willy.
Yeah, there was a wood stove in the front window that looked just like the one I remember in my grandparents kitchen on the farm in Massachusetts.
I still think it's an interesting coincidence that there's a laundromat in the same building, though.