This dream started in a closet.
It was shortly after high school that Kylar Smith began repairing iPhones fresh in a small recess of a hair salon. The 23-year-old has since opened his fifth location of Twisted iPhone, an electronic repair store.
“The closet, not many know about it,” Smith said.
Smith, Twisted iPhone owner and founder, welcomed his newest storefront to the Midlothian community Thursday afternoon with a snip of a giant pair of scissors. He said he has opened a new storefront about each year he has been in business. He now has storefronts in Waxahachie, Mansfield, Corsicana, Cedar Hill and now Midlothian, on Main Street.
"Everything's been pretty well,” he noted. "We're growing pretty quick."
During Thursday’s ribbon cutting, Smith mingled with those in attendance and was then asked to repair a phone. Without hesitation, he took the phone — while maneuvering a packed storefront — to one of the technicians on hand who immediately got to work.
Technician and Mansfield store manager, Dylan Hawkins, worked on a broken phone during the ribbon-cutting festivities.
He said he has worked for Twisted iPhone repair for several years and has loved the experience.
“It’s been great,” said Hawkins as we worked on the broken cell phone.
The green-walled room was packed shoulder-to-shoulder with people waiting for the ceremonial ribbon cutting. Cell phone cases, headphones and other accessories donned the walls waiting to be purchased.
Smith said the store is meant to be a one-stop shop for cell phone needs, but they go beyond just cell phones.
"We don't do just phone, and we don't just do iPhone," he added.
Twisted iPhone repair may have iPhone in the name, but the store services other devices like Samsung on top of tablets and laptop repairs.
"Anything we can find the part for, we're going to fix it," Smith mentioned.
Opening an iPhone repair store just made sense, Smith said. While in high school, he noticed people had broken phones and decided he wanted to be the one to fix them.
"I saw a real need for it, and so I just taught myself how to fix phones," he said. Soon after seeing the need, he bought broken phones from his friends to practice.
Throughout the remainder of his high school career, Smith practiced his newfound craft before renting out his first space. There, he sat in a 3-foot-by-5-foot closet with a desk and the tools to fix shattered screens and uncharging phones.
Since then, the company continues to grow and saw nearly 9,000 repairs last year.
The Midlothian Chamber of Commerce members welcomed Smith to the area with a plaque and the ribbon cutting fanfare.
“You just joined a network of about 400 businesses,” chamber president Laura Terhune said. She noted the chamber is working to improve the local economy which Smith is now an active part of.
As Smith thanked everyone for coming, he presented the Midlothian Education Foundation with a $484 donation from a portion of sales during his first two weeks in business.
"Community is always based on the schools," he added. "We need to support them as much as we can."
He gave a large check to the foundation’s executive director Jamie McNulty, who was excited about the donation.
McNulty said Smith reached out to her a few weeks before opening, and she is looking forward to working with him in the future.
"We were really excited about that donation," she said. "We really appreciate him reaching out to us."
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was not the first time Smith was recognized for his accomplishments. In 2017, he — at 21 years old— was named one of Ellis County’s 40-under-40 among business professionals, as presented by the Waxahachie Daily Light and Midlothian Mirror.
Samantha Douty, @SamanthaDouty