Offering a choice of service, parts for - and new brands of - lawn and garden equipment was the impetus behind Charlie's Small Engine Repair, 2602 W. CR 52.
Owner Charlie Zoeller had been repairing mowers and other small engine equipment since 1995 out of his garage. Becoming busier, and needing extra space, Zoeller built his shop in 2002.
The business has continued to grow, and Zoeller received additional training from manufacturers. After retiring from Mennel Milling, he decided to open the shop full time, and to sell Cub Cadet riding mowers.
"There was a need for MTD parts and service in this area," Zoeller said. "We service all makes and models, we want to be a one-stop shop. I want to be able to have someone come in here and be able to take care of all of their needs."
The shop also carries parts for older models that may not be readily available from other venues.
"If we don't have it, we can get it," he added.
"There's a demand here," Zoeller said. "In the power equipment industry, when a person comes to your door, their unit is broken, they need a part, and they need it now. We want to give you your parts so you can go home and fix it."
The shop also offers outdoor power equipment including chain saws, power washers, tillers, log splitters, snow blowers and weed eaters. Brands carried include Cub Cadet, Dolmar, Kohler, Briggs and Stratton and Kawasaki.
"We also stock parts for many lines of small engines," Zoeller said.
Charlie's Small Engine Repair is to have a booth at the Seneca County Fair this week.
"We will be behind the grandstand," he said. "They can see the full line of products out at the fair."
A new line of Cub Cadets, including the Z Force with zero turn on the steering wheel and no levers, are to be displayed.