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Weaver’s body shop ending its run

December 24, 2010

by Anthony Saxe

Jim Weaver’s S&H Auto Body & Paint Shop (Anthony Saxe)

Jim Weaver’s S&H Auto Body & Paint Shop is up for sale after 23 years in the same neighborhood. Signs at the location indicate that RealtyUSA is listing the property.  Owner Mella Weaver said the property has been sold, and a representative of listing agent Realty USA confirmed that there is a signed contract on the property. The asking price was $70,000 and city the property is assessed at $24,000 according to city records.

The business will soon be wrapping up for good at the neighborhood repair center at 703 Yates St., just off West Lawrence Street and across from Price Chopper.  “I’m selling it because I don’t want to have anything to do with it, the business side, in part because my husband passed away,” said Mella Weaver.  “I don’t need it anymore…I don’t want to be a business person.””

Tom Weaver, the nephew of the late Jim Weaver, runs the shop.

“I would rather have her keep it, but she wanted to put it on the market,” said Tom Weaver.

The long-standing business rarely does any business at all any more. Tom Weaver continues to man the shop, but works there only at night.  “We do a little something here and there, nothing major,” he said. Mostly he does work for family and friends.

When Weaver graduated from high school in 1987, he immediately came to work for his Uncle Jim at the shop. The shop had been running since 1974 in the same location, under the watch of his uncle. Tom and his uncle were the only two employees of the shop during its existence.

“We had our own customers for years, it was the same people,” said Tom. ““Instead of going to big dealerships they would come right to us.” He said that the shop didn’t specialize in one service or make, and they were an “all around body shop that pretty much did everything.” The customers were generally local residents needing repair work. “There were quite a few college students,” said Weaver.

Linda Divirgilio used to live on West Lawrence Street, just across from the shop. “They were very friendly, and their prices were reasonable,” said DiVirgilio. She and her husband appreciated the convenient location of the shop, and the idea of supporting local business.

Weaver spends his days working  at another local auto service center, outside of the area.  “There’s not really many around the Pine Hills neighborhood,” said Weaver.  -30-


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