THE SHOP

November '19

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NOVEMBER 2019 THE SHOP 109 loves to talk to people," Watson recalls. "The owner stated that restoration and that car actually saved his life, so to speak. He likes to talk to people and he was retired, lonely and depressed at home, so the car engaged people. Now he takes it to shows and people are amazed because of it being one of a few of its kind. He was originally going to sell it, but that changed. It nearly always takes Best of Show. It's also been fea- tured on the television show My Classic Car with Dennis Gage. After 10 years he con- tinues to go to shows all over the western United States." Sullivan-Watson has experience in regional politics and has run large events and orga- nizations, all of which helps in the word- of-mouth, public awareness and business- building efforts on behalf of Momz Garage. "We did a parade car for a legislator and we have our own Charity Car Show and Classic Car Tour each year," Watson notes. "Tamara runs the business side, advertising, payroll and all coordinated events. We have another great story on our website (momz- garage.com) of a '70 Hemi Road Runner that we used as a Momz Garage advertisement." Sullivan-Watson agrees that the shop keeps them very busy. "From March through October we have a lot of car events, which we love," she says. "We are one of three shops that does restora- tion at our level, so we get a lot of referrals." And the company has a lot more planned, now and in the future. "We've recently doubled the amount of square feet in the shop (to a 2,800-square- foot footprint) and we've got a potential patent and possible manufacturing we hope to bring to market," she reveals. The couple's son Austyn recently gradu- ated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and came to work at Momz Garage, adding to the current team of two employees. "We are planning to add at least two more employees in the following year," Sullivan- Watson adds. "We have two good prospects that are leaving their car businesses and one is moving from England to work for us and the other is fleeing California." The new employees will arrive just in time. "The work keeps coming and we keep adding to our backlog," she notes "It's a lot of fun doing what we do. As Corey always says, 'If you love what you do at work, you never work a day of your life.' We're happy to be exactly where Momz Garage is at now and excited about where it's going."

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