Robert Timmons, a teacher at Middlesex Middle School in Darien, and his wife, Sandy who works in IT at Darien Public Schools' central office, want to help people all over the world show their love and commitment by providing them the opportunity to “lock it up somewhere.”
The couple’s online business venture, Lock-itz, LLC, sells custom engraved padlocks which offer people a unique and creative way to express their love and commitment or commemorate a special occasion or event.
The custom of presenting an engraved padlock, or “love padlock”, to a loved one has been traced back to a Chinese tradition and symbolizes the locking of lives together. The Timmons, however, first became aware of this custom when their son and daughter-in-law told them about their plans to leave a lock on a trip they were taking to San Francisco. The couple, who would soon become parents of twins, planned to leave the lock somewhere special with the hope of returning someday.
Robert Timmons reports, “Sales have been steadily growing”, since their business inception in May 2011. “We are very excited about what our company promotes - LOVE . People purchase our locks for all different occasions; weddings, anniversaries, veterans for honoring fallen heroes, marriage proposals and for personal everyday use.”
The Lock-itz website has many testimonials of people who have bought locks for various reasons including from a someone who adopted a child in Latvia and left a lock there to commemorate their joy.
The couple is currently investigating different ways to expand their Lock-itz business including creating a memorial of some kind where people can leave behind a lock for someone they love or loved. They are also looking into the possibility of a unique school fundraiser in which someone sponsors a child by purchasing a lock that will symbolically travel with the child on his or her educational journey, representing their commitment the child’s education.