When Chuck Szarflarski celebrated the 30th anniversary of his business, Coon Rapids Service, he threw an open house.
It was so well received that Szarflarski decided to make it an annual event.
Sept. 7, the auto repair center at 2600 Coon Rapids Blvd. marked its 32nd anniversary with an open house.
In addition to food – hot dogs and burgers – and beverages, there was an inflatable bouncy house where kids could play.
Szarflarski and a partner, who is no longer involved, purchased a closed Skelly gas station in 1980 and opened Coon Rapids Service, minus the gas pumps, according to Szarflarski’s son, Steve “Spike,” who began working at Coon Rapids Service in 2000 and now co-owns the business with his father.
“Honesty with customers” and “fair prices” are two reasons for the longevity of Coon Rapids Service, Steve Szarflarski said.
“We don’t sell customers what they don’t need,” he said.
According to its website, Coon Rapids Service provides car care, brakes, general, undercar, heating and cooling, electrical, transmission, electronic, internal engine, heavy duty, towing and miscellaneous services.
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