June 4, 2019
By Staff Reports, Record Eagle TC
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 and teachers will be offered a 10 percent discount, the release said.
Dave’s Garage, in operation for 25 years, has been a top-10 finalist for the last two years in the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award contest.
Craig Olvey co-owns the company with Laferriere.