Herald Journal, May 17, 2004
Brothers open small engine business in Waverly
By Liz Hellmann
One of the newest businesses along the business strip on Highway 12 in Waverly opened April 15.
Pacific Small Engine Repair is operated by three brothers Doug, Dan, and Donavon DesMarais, and offers the local community a place to go for small engine repair, tires, and wheel and truck accessories.
The brothers grew up in the neighboring town of Montrose and decided to build their business in the area but it was an opportunity that arrived sooner than thought.
They learned about the building for sale in January, and four months later opened for business.
“We saw the opportunity, and we took it,” Dan DesMarais said.
Doug DesMarais bought the building when it was framed up, but not finished.
Dan and Donavon are the only two employees, and Doug is the owner. “Doug oversees and stops in from time to time,” Dan DesMarais said. Doug also owns Action Drywall.
Pacific Small Engine Repair offers service repairs on all small engines including lawn mowers, chainsaws, and weed whips.
“We service any type of small engine and any brand,” Dan DesMarais said.
Dan graduated from Dunwoody Institute as an automotive technician and worked with small engines at Long Lake Ford.
Pacific Wheels, Tires, and Accessories is located next to the small engine repair business, and is run by the third brother Donavon.
Donavan graduated from St. John’s University.
He works with wheel rims, including chrome and aluminum, does window tinting, bed lining, and car and truck accessories.
“We have a large variety of different styles and our pricing is very competitive,” Dan DesMarais said.
As business starts to pick up during the summer months, the brothers are planning to expand their business to include a car wash.
The car wash is set to open sometime in June next to the other two businesses, and will be run by Doug DesMarais.
Pacific Small Engine Repair and Pacific Wheels, Tires, and Accessories are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
The businesses are owned and operated by three local brothers to serve the growing need of the same community they grew up in.
“We like to have the opportunity to serve people in the area,” Dan DesMarais said.