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A repair man with humor

  • Keith Lewis, owner of Vacuum Sales & Service inside of his store, which is celebrating 31 years of operation. Photo by Robert Grant

By: Irene Hilsendager
November 8, 2019

Keith Lewis was born in Marin County, the son of Ben and Anna Lewis. He has a brother Brian and sister Cristal. In his teen years, he attended Piner High School in Santa Rosa.

In 1988, Keith became part of the Danny’s Vacuum Shop located in Padre Town, in Rohnert Park, along with the original owner, Danny Murphy.

Lewis has been married to his wife Laura for thirty years. No children were born to this union, but he babies the vacuum cleaners that are brought in for repairs.

Danny’s Vacuum Shop celebrated its 31-year anniversary on Oct. 31, Halloween Day. According to Keith, business has picked up and is doing very well.

Keith has many facts blowing around in his mind. One example: A clog is a shoe. A clog is a dance, but a clog will never happen to a bagged vacuum cleaner. He is not a strong proponent of bagless vacuum cleaners. He says he charges $130 to try to fix the machine and as Keith explains it, a bagless vacuum motor, as it gets full of dirt and hair, gets much weaker. On the average they dispose about five vacuums a day as the repairs are fruitless. When asked if customers will turn around and buy a bagged vacuum, he says, “no mainly they will turn around and buy another piece of junk that may be a few dollars less.”

Online buying of vacuums came up and a chuckle from Keith was heard. “Sure, they do, but then they bring their box of tools and vacuum pieces in to me and want me to assemble the vacuum.”  “I can do it, but I will charge aplenty and I don’t have to offer them a warranty.”

The store front, Danny’s Vacuum Shop, is located at 1 Padre Parkway, Suite C, in Rohnert Park and has a very nice supply of many brands of vacuums, but mostly sells Carpet Pro and Simplicity. 

The conversation slid to selling vacuums door to door. As far as Keith knows, he thinks the cannister vacuum machines are the best and he believes Kirby is still knocking on doors.

Keith and his wife, Laura, keep the store very neat and clean and a warm hello is always given. They have competitive prices and the friendly service cannot be beat. Right now, they have no plans to retire. In Keith’s words, “just can’t afford to retire.”