Turbo Tim’s Everything Automotive Celebrates Grand Opening on Art-A-Whirl Weekend
by Robin Sauerwein
Turbo Tim’s Anything Automotive opened up in its new Audubon location in December. Most of their business has always been word of mouth according to wife and co-partner, Rachel Grewell. They relocated from their 23rd & Jackson site to 2823 Central because their business was growing and they needed more space.
Already a NE business moving to Audubon Park seemed like a more perfect fit since the couple also owns a house in Audubon Park.
Rachel said her husband, Turbo Tim Suggs, has always been interested in cars.
“He’s very passionate,” Rachel said. “When he’s not working on other people’s cars, he’s got his own project cars just for him. “ She said when he was a child his mother used to take him to the library and he would always check out car owner’s manuals. If that doesn’t describe passion nothing does.
For years Turbo Tim’s has always participated in Art-A-Whirl but in a slightly unusual way. This year is no exception. Turbo Tim’s will hold its grand opening during Art-A-Whirl weekend on May 15-17 with most of the events occurring on Saturday, May 16. And it promises to be quite the celebration!
Just a few of the things you can expect: Fair State Brewing will serve Kombucha and Arnie Palmers on tap. Anelace Coffee, a coffee shop on 2402 Central, will offer Cold Press. Karta Thai will be selling food. In addition, 12 artists will showcase their work and a DJ will provide live music. But wait there’s more!
Stop by Saturday afternoon to see Tim’s loaner car — a military truck and NO, not a real loaner– (it’s just a long running joke) crush donated cars on site. This is an Art-A-Whirl tradition at Turbo Tim’s for the past three years.
Why would an auto shop celebrate art?
“We have friends in the artist community,” Rachel said. “We thought it would be a fun, community event.”
Come by the shop any time, and you most likely will meet Bobbie, the shop cat. “She’s very friendly,” she said. And she’s kind of a celebrity. Bobbie’s picture is on all their t-shirts & sweatshirts and even has her own Twitter account.
Owning a automobile shop isn’t the only goal for Tim and Rachel. Turbo Tim’s is interested in the environment and is looking into installing solar panels for the roof of their building. Plans are also in the works to install a rain garden, vegetable garden and may even acquire some chickens.
Another great promotion is Turbo Tim’s bumper stickers. If you put one of your bumper sticker on your car, you receive 10% off for the life of the car. Rachel said friends regularly send them photos of the bumper stickers they see on cars from all over the country.
If you are curious about Turbo Tim’s check out Bobbie’s blog at https://turbotims.com/blog/
Tim with his “loaner” vehicle