By Scott Halasz
XENIA — Fixing cars for fun turned into a full-time gig for Josh Fisher and now that business is getting bigger.
Literally and figuratively.
The 2001 Xenia High School grad recently moved Fisher’s Shop from behind a home on Stone Road to the Xenia Industrial Park, giving the business more exposure and more room to operate.
“It was two and a half times less than this,” Fisher said as he surveyed the massive service garage with several new lifts and vehicles undergoing repair. “(At the old location) we had one door. (If) we had six vehicles it was full. It was kind of like ‘hey, you’re cars are done but we can’t get them out yet.’ ”
No such issues with the 1321 Lavelle Drive location. In addition to the spacious working area for Fisher and his other two full-time mechanics — Matt Corry and Karl Finkes — customers have much easier access to and from the building.
“They love it,” Fisher said. “(Routes) 35 and 68, that’s a pretty good spot.”
It’s really convenient considering some of Fisher’s business comes from outside the Xenia area and as far away as Michigan.
“It seems like we always get the stuff that nobody else can fix,” he said when explaining why someone would come from that far away. “We’ve got a knack for it.”
Fisher and his crew can fix just about automobile or truck and even some equipment like backhoes. That’s how Fisher’s Shop came to be. He and his buddies just working on anything they could for the fun of it.
“We just did it for hobbies,” he said. “It kind of just happened. Word got around and it turned out to be this.”
Fisher and his office manager, Crystal Brittingham, are hoping to continue to get the word out about the new location — which officially opened Jan. 18 — and what it can offer customers.
“We’re able to have more vehicles in and out,” Brittingham said. “Faster turn-around time even though our times are pretty fast.” There is also a small waiting room with a television so customers can drop by for an oil change or brake job and wait while the work is completed.
Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.