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End of an era as vintage fix-it shop closes

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ESCONDIDO (CBS 8) – As much as this is a story about fixing broken-down appliances, it's also a story about life's many doors.

In 1964, Paul Page was looking for a part-time job. By accident, he stumbled into Mart's Appliance Service, where the owner, Mart, put him to work.

"He hired me as part time, I was going to Palomar College, and I never left. It's been interesting, let's put it that way," Paul said.

Paul was 18 years old when took the job. He ended up buying the store from Mart, and now at the age of 69, he's pulling the plug.

It's a real problem for customers like Nikki Stephens, who drove her broken-down $700 espresso machine to Mart's from Murrietta, only to be told the nearest repair shop now is in Santa Monica.

"That's a far drive, to drop it off and then to have to come back," she said.

It makes you wonder why the art of repairing small appliances is suddenly toast.

"Probably the main reason is the manufacturers don't provide any parts any longer," Paul said.

Paul says they'd rather you buy an extended warranty, or better for them, a new product.

One thing that never needed fixing around here was Paul's 48-year marriage to his wife Marlene.

"We have eight grandchildren, so we want to be able to do things with them," Marlene said.

"If we suddenly decide that we want to go visit the Grand Canyon today, tomorrow we're going to be on the road going," Paul said.

Wednesday will be Mart's Appliance Service's final day in business. Stop by their shop if you want to say goodbye, or buy something.

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