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Dave’s Garage Buys Taghon’s

By the Record Eagle, Staff Reports EMPIRE — Traverse City-based Dave’s Garage has purchased Taghon’s Garage, 12777 S. Benzonia Trail, in Empire. Taghon’s employs four technicians and serves customers in Leelanau and Benzie counties, according to a release. Taghon’s was a family-run business for nearly 90 years, through three generations. Dave’s Garage co-owner Jamie Laferriere said the staff at Taghon’s will remain unchanged. The shop will add services including towing, jump-starts and lockout help. The new owners also plan to offer loaner vehicles and an improved appointment system. The Empire facility will be remodeled. First responders and school district employees… Read More »


New owners park in Dave’s Garage

October 29, 2014 By Carol Thompson TRAVERSE CITY — Vintage wall displays and an old gas pump decorate the powder blue waiting room at Dave’s Garage, where customers hold mugs of coffee and await car repairs. Monday was the first day of new ownership for the 20-year-old business on Hastings Street in Traverse City. Craig Olvey and Jamie LaFerriere purchased the auto repair shop from founder Dave Karczewski, who is taking a year off to spend time with his grandchildren. “He has a sterling reputation around town,” LaFerriere said. “Every person we talk to that comes in here has been… Read More »


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