WINTERSVILLE — Owners of a Richmond auto repair shop found they were running out of space to service their many customers, so Roadside Hobby expanded to include a location at 519 Canton Road.
Mayor Mike Petrella and other village officials welcomed Randy and Sherry Eddy and their new location at a recent groundbreaking ceremony.
Randy said they opened the Richmond site, also on State Route 43, five years ago, but had been repairing vehicles for at least 30 years.
A 1983 graduate of Brooke High School, he was a student in Russ Palmer’s auto repair class.
Sherri, a 1988 graduate of Wintersville High School, said the two met when a family member suggested she bring her own car for repairs.
Originally from Wintersville, she had worked for many years at the local Smith Oil station and he had been a maintenance supervisor for various companies when he decided to open the garage in Richmond.
Sherri admitted that she was a reluctant supporter of the idea and saw the business as an expensive side hustle for Randy.
She explained that the company name was born out of the idea that it was simply a hobby for Randy as well as the Roadside Sam CB grip used by his late father, Sam Williams.
“Five years later we have two sites and I’m much more grateful,” Sherri said.
Randy said the Richmond location will focus on auto body repair while the Wintersville garage will offer a variety of mechanical repairs.
“We do everything except rebuild the transmissions”, he said.
Randy said with the rising cost of new and used automobiles, many people are working harder to keep their current vehicles in good shape and even restoring those that are showing their age.
Both locations are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and those seeking Roadside Hobby’s services are encouraged to call (740) 317-5766 to schedule an appointment.
Office manager Jessica Sipes, secretary Lisa Morrow, and mechanics CJ Ralston and Jonathan Blackburn assist the Eddys in the new location.
Many village officials and other well-wishers joined the Eddys and their staff for the ribbon cutting.
The Eddys thanked many local officials and residents for their support at their new location.
sherri said, “Wintersville has been fantastic. They were very welcoming and we are happy to be here and serve the community.
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