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Brecksville-Broadview Heights Alumni Start Their Own Home-Based Business

Lance Seme and Lael Owens started L & L Knife Sharpening this summer.

Lance Seme has always wanted to run his own business.

“It’s more rewarding to work for yourself,” Seme said.

And with the help of his girlfriend, Lael Owens, he’s doing just that. Seme and Owens started together this summer.

The two graduates—Seme is 20 and Owens is 21—work together to keep their business running smoothly. Owens said her father has helped out a lot, helping them pay for the necessary classes and machines, and the business is officially located in her family’s basement.

L & L Knife Sharpening can handle a variety of tools, from kitchen knives to gardening supplies. Seme said the kitchen knives have been the most common request so far.

Seme uses a wet grinder with a low speed and a low temperature so he doesn’t damage the blades. When he’s done, he tests the sharpness using a piece of paper and polishes it. Seme said it can take anywhere from one to 10 minutes to sharpen the tool, and just about a minute to polish it.

Much of their work is drop-off, but the two also visit farmer’s markets and do in-store demonstrations. Owens handles the front end of the business, talking to people and helping set prices, while Seme does the manual labor. The high school sweethearts say working together has its ups and downs, but they’ll be celebrating their four-year anniversary next month.

Owens also helps run Pawsitively Savvy Pet Sitting with Seme’s mother and volunteers at animal shelters. She’s training to be a veterinary technician at . Seme plans to start school next month, and he hopes to open other businesses in the future. For now, his goal is to grow L & L Knife Sharpening over the next few years.

Betsy December 19, 2011 at 11:46 PM
Lance did an awesome job on 12 of my knives which were LONG overdue for a sharpening. He turned them around in the same morning that I dropped them off. I know it will make a big difference when I'm putting together Christmas dinner. Thanks Lance! So glad you're close by :)))
Adam December 20, 2011 at 01:45 AM
I am a local cook, using expensive knifes. Naturally I only trust the professionals when sharpening. With that being said, Lance and Lael did an amazing job on my cutlery. Super friendly and fast service! Highly recommended!
Rachel Abbey McCafferty (Editor) December 20, 2011 at 08:14 PM
Thanks for your feedback, Betsy and Adam! Has anyone else tried L & L Knife Sharpening?
Paula DiSabatino January 17, 2012 at 01:20 PM
What is the address for the new knife sharpening business. I have a whole drawer full of knives that are dying the become "the sharpest knife in the drawer". Thanks!
Rachel Abbey McCafferty (Editor) January 17, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Hi Paula, Lance and Lael ask that you call ahead, but the address and number are on the company's listing: http://brecksville.patch.com/listings/l-l-knife-sharpening Hope that helps!

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