Spotlight on The Flying Locksmiths – St. Louis

Jul 30, 2021 | Member Spotlight






Mark Brown | Owner-Operator 
7305 Marietta Ave.

The Flying Locksmith – St. Louis.  The Flying Locksmiths is the largest locksmith franchise in the country and my office, based in downtown Maplewood, is one of ninety-three locally owned and operated businesses which reach from Boston to Los Angeles.

Our service delivery model is based on mobile vans going onsite to deliver technical solutions to clients.   So, although I have a small office at Mapleworks in Maplewood we do not have a storefront.  My technicians are on the road going to sites to provide solutions.

We employ qualified, trustworthy, and extensively vetted locksmiths and door experts so that our clients are assured that the job is being handled by professionals, backed with centuries of industry knowledge.

We provide physical security solutions for commercial and residential clients to ensure that people, property and investments are accessible and secure.

The solutions we provide include:
-rekeying existing locks
-cutting/copying keys
-installing new locking hardware
-creating master key systems
-installing access control systems
-installing and replacing doors
-installing door hardware including closers, exit devices and motion detectors
-installing closed circuit TV systems
-installing a variety of door intercom systems which enable users to control access
-preventive maintenance programs

The most exciting development in our industry is the way that technological innovation is impacting solutions which are available to clients.  However, it is not just about an app on your phone – that is one component.  The app has to work with hardware which has been utilized for thousands of years.

According to “The History of Locks” by Mary Billis:  Archeologists found the oldest known lock in the Khorsabad palace ruins near Nineveh. The lock was estimated to be 4,000 years old. It was a forerunner to a pin tumbler type of lock, and a common Egyptian lock for the time. This lock worked using a large wooden bolt to secure a door, which had a slot with several holes in its upper surface. The holes were filled with wooden pegs that prevented the bolt from being opened.

The warded lock was also present from early times and remains the most recognizable lock and key design in the Western world. The first all-metal locks appeared between the years 870 and 900 and are attributed to the English.

It may be hard to believe but the basic concept of that 4,000-year-old lock is still being used today.  Only today that traditional hardware works with technology to ensure that you, your families, your property, and your investments are safe and secure.”

Chamber Talk

My chamber membership means community and knowing the names of people who I see in businesses and walking down the street.  It means that when I drive home, I drive by businesses and know the people who run them.  It means working together to support each other.  In my previous professional life, I ran a business which had little to no involvement in the community.  I knew I wanted something different.  I believe it is important, now more than ever, to get to know neighbors with whom we share this space.


It is exciting to be a part of such an eclectic mix of services and offerings and I find the diversity to be interesting and fun!