FAIRMONT - This has been a slow time of year at the newly opened TMeyer Outdoor Power Equipment in Fairmont, but change is in the air as people begin to prepare for winter.
"I'm looking for a snowblower," said one of several customers who dropped by on what had previously been a quiet afternoon. "No idea what I'm looking for, but I'm sick of shoveling."
Tim Meyer, proprietor of the business, moved into the former Flaherty Motors building less than a month ago and began selling some of the brands he has the least experience fixing - and that's a good thing.
In the mornings, from 8 a.m. to noon, Meyer can be found at his shop on Marcus Street: TMeyer, Inc., Precision Automotive Machining and Small Engineer Repair and Parts Sales. Then from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, he switches into retail mode at TMeyer Outdoor Power Equipment on North State Street.
"I like sales; I like talking to people," he said.
And he figures that when you fix stuff for a living, you get to know what works well and what doesn't. That's what he kept in mind when he started looking for brands he wanted to sell, such as Toro and Ariens.
"They're American. Ariens is made in Wisconsin, and Toro is based out of Minnesota. A lot of their parts are made in Windom," Meyer said. "So I get to represent two companies made right here."
There are, unfortunately, times when he is needed at the shop and on the sales floor, which is why Meyer hopes his next step is bringing all aspects of his business under the same roof.
In the meantime, the two are thankfully located within easy walking distance for the busy entrepreneur.
"Selling a product, fixing it and keeping it local, that is a big deal," he said.
In addition to snowblowers and lawnmowers, Meyer sells string trimmers, chainsaws, leaf blowers and more.
For summer hours, he will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to noon in the winter.