Monday, February 01, 2010

No ‘’GENERATION GAP’’ here …


It gives me a warm feeling to be writing about this small town enterprise…and here’s why:

My husband and I and our three children moved here in 1978. There were just two gas stations then and this one was named “Tommy’s EXXON”. The owner was a very pleasant man who ran an honest business and his wife worked tirelessly by his side.

We became friends despite the fact that they were about 10 years younger than we were. They had one child (a girl) when we first met but a little boy named Alan soon came on the scene. He was a sweet child and loved to play at the station.

With the advent of other gas stations Tommy decided to give up the dispensing of gas and to concentrate solely on auto upkeep. The name, at that time, was changed to “TOMMY’S AUTO”, but was always known simply as “Tommy’s”.

Car owners for miles around knew that you could count on Tommy for an excellent job at a fair price. But it wasn’t always easy to get good help and we were all thrilled when “little Alan” showed an interest. First it was just after school and on weekends but it soon became apparent that this was to be his dream.

And now that dream has come true. His folks retired at the beginning of the year and “ALAN‘s AUTOMOTIVE CENTER” has become a reality. I know that Alan not only continues his Dad’s legacy of honesty but has continued with another tradition too …his wife is working by his side, just as his Mom did for his Dad all those many years!

6 Comments:

Blogger kenju said...

That is the kind of small business that America was built on! Good for Alan.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Passing on a business from one generation to another is very difficult. This family seems to have found a way to do it.

There is something very honourable about a small business which gives good service for the money such that the owners are held in high esteem in the community.

9:05 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

A very nice little story with a happy ending ... or at least a happy middle. :)

5:12 AM  
Blogger Syd said...

Good for Alan. I'm glad to see the family business be passed on.

7:23 AM  
Blogger Cazzie!!! said...

Ginnie, I love this story for many reasons. It is how family ought to be. Looking out for each other and counting on each other.
A small business like this works well when the family can support each other. Business is always good if you are honest and fair and love what you do.
I wish that young man all the best in his business :)

1:13 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

I just love stories with a happy ending! Love Di

1:16 PM  

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