We were featured again in the Waconia Patiot Newspaper!
We are so excited to be on the font page of the Waconia Patriot Paper!
Here is the article:
Husband, wife set up auto repair shop in St. Boni
By Lorrie Ham for the Patriot
At The Bearded Mechanic in St. Bonifacious, Kyle and Alonna McCabe are ready to help with all of your automobile mechanical needs. The business, which opened in November, offers a full slate of mechanical services. It also offers the married couple an opportunity to work together toward a common goal. They enjoy working together and say they complement each other.
After completing his training at Dunwoodsy College of Technology in 2008, Kyle worked for a number of mechanics, most recently Walt's Garage in Maple Plain, as well as repairing cars out of his garage. With a background in customer service, Alonna runs the shop.
The pair focused on providing honest service aimed at women and families, as well as men. As they looked for a location to open their shop, Kyle and Alonna also surveyed friends, families and even strangers to discover what customers really want. First and foremost were honesty and trust of a good mechanic. Comfort and cleanliness ran a close second.
The McCabes promise that customers can make informed decisions about their car repairs without feeling pushed, pressured, or patronized. Their shop offers a comfortable waiting room, free Wi-Fi-, big screen TV, complimentary Beverages and a pair of clean restrooms, as well as a family room complete with a kids' play area, baby changing station, airs corner and sofas.
The McCabes live in Chanhassen. After several years of searching for the perfect spot for their shop, they drove through St. Bonifacious recently and saw the property for sale on the south side of Highway 7 at the main intersection of town.
"I got shivers," said Alonna. "We felt like it was fate." The pair purchased the property and got to work with the necessary revisions to the shop and the cosmetic upgrades to the waiting areas. They hires local contractors to do the work and immediately made connections within the community.
We've met great local people," said Kyle. Many of them have already become customers. "My goal is to do good work and create life-long customers who will spread the word about our service," he added.
The Bearded Mechanic is located at 8750 Highway 7, just east of the County Road 92 intersection. They are open Mondays through Fridays, 9a.m. to 5p.m. and Saturdays by appointment by calling 952-479-1960. They provide a drop box and loaner vehicles to make your life easier when scheduling a service appointment.
"We wanted to be in the up and coming area of the southwest metro, and we couldn't be more excited about our location in this sweet little town!" said Alonna.
Couple Opens Auto Shop with a Focus Towards Women & Families
Southwest Metro Gets a Different Type of Auto Repair Shop
St. Bonifacius, Nov. 16, 2015/The Bearded Mechanic/- Women are earning, spending, and influencing spending at a greater rate than ever before. In fact, women account for $7 trillion in consumer and business spending in the United States, and over the next decade, they will control two thirds of consumer wealth. Women make or influence 85% of all purchasing decisions, and purchase over 50% of traditional male products, including automobiles, home improvement products and consumer electronics.
It's no surprise most women despise bringing in their car for service (in fact many men do too!)... dirty bathrooms, unkept waiting room, uncomfortable seating and pushy salesmen. The Bearded Mechanic did an online survey before opening to discover what customers really want. How about free wifi, big screen TV, complimentary beverages, clean bathrooms, extra comfy seating, and a space just for families? The Bearded Mechanic provides a comfy waiting room AND a cozy family waiting room that includes: kids play area, arts corner, baby changing station, family games, and sofa.
Comfort and cleanliness were only second to the overwhelming response addressing the honesty and trust of a good mechanic. They found out that both men and women have had negative experiences with the integrity of their mechanic. At The Bearded Mechanic customers can make informed decisions about their car repairs without feeling pushed, pressured or patronized. "Each customer is unique and deserves a personal explanation of what's going on with their car," says Kyle McCabe. He hopes that his honesty will create a life long customer who will graciously spread the word about his new business.
About The Bearded Mechanic
The Bearded Mechanic consists of Kyle and Alonna McCabe, who have many years of experience in both mechanical repair/maintenance and management/customer service. Kyle finished his training at Dunwoody College of Technology in 2008. In 2011 the two married and set goals of running their own auto shop with a focus of providing honest service toward women, families and men. Searching for the right shop was looking pretty gloomy until they came across the perfect location in St. Bonifacius, MN. Alonna says, "We wanted to be in the up and coming area of the southwest metro, we couldn't be more excited about our location in this sweet little town!" Feel good supporting this family owned local business and check out how dedicated they are to doing things differently!
Kyle McCabe, Owner
The Bearded Mechanic
Well we've been at it now for over a month and slowly but surely the changes are coming together! The lift went in this week and the garage is almost complete, Kyle is so excited to start getting cars in. Now our focus is finishing the lobby/waiting room construction. Working on finalizing the shop signs. and then waiting for city approval. Can't wait to get our name up:) Getting closer and closer, next post will be to announce our open house!
We've done it! After 6 years searching for the perfect garage in the perfect location we got our very own shop! We couldn't be more excited about being part of the sweet little city of St. Bonifacius. We started construction on the garage and will soon start on the lobby/waiting room. We also have enjoyed getting to know the city and meeting some great new people along the way. Can't wait to get our doors open.
Before and after pictures to come!