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Welcome to Racked Rx, a new feature highlighting the best places in the city to get your shoes repaired, your clothes cleaned, your hair cut, your blender fixed, and all your other material ailments cured. No item is too high maintenance; no appliance is too quirky. Have a place you want to recommend? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today's Racked Rx is about an old-school repair shop so good that our tipster doesn't mind taking the subway most of the way through Brooklyn to get there. He writes:
When my blender broke, I somehow thought every hardware store would repair small appliances. Not true. Almost no one does. You're supposed to buy a new one. OR, you can take the D train to 18th Ave, which is Bensonhurst, but also back in time to when America was wood-paneled, only took cash, and knew how to fix shit. Solomon's Appliance Center is this tiny room, but there must be a huge back space filled with electro/mechanical geniuses and obscure replacement parts.
They've been written up in the Times (but that was awhile ago). There is a crazily long negative comment about them on Lost City, with threats of small claims court and notification of the Better Business Bureau, but then the very next comment is by the same author apologizing, and wishing she could erase the previous comment! Then, a week or so later, she leaves another comment saying her Solis espresso machine is working better than ever. It's a pretty emotional read, and speaks to the power of this place. I've been to Solomon's for a few things, and they seem honest, and to take pride in their work. It's kind of an amazing feeling to get something repaired that you thought was a goner.Solomon's has no reviews on Yelp—maybe Bensonhurst is outside of the Yelp belt?—but they probably wouldn't be necessary after the emotional roller coaster of that Lost City comment thread.
· WHERE TO FIND IT; Yes, You Can Get a Toaster Repaired [NYT]
· A Good Sign: Solomon's Appliance Repair [Lost City]
· All Racked Rx archives [Racked NY]