Small Business Spotlight: Abe's Auto Service, Inc.

The best way to improve the community in which you live is to support its locally owned businesses. Small businesses contribute greatly to the community, accounting for 64% of new job growth. They also give back to the community they rely on by supporting charities, clubs, events and more.

To get an idea of what it's like to own a small business in Chambersburg that fills a niche market, we sat down with the owners of Abe's Auto Service, Inc. to learn more about their business and what community means to them.

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Tell us about how Abe’s Auto Service, Inc began and how you got involved in the towing industry? 
Abe’s was started in 1966 by Abe and Zella Edwards as service station with one tow truck and two employees. David, their son, joined the business in 1992 and the years that followed the business grew to repair shop of 6 bays and 9 truck towing facility and now has 13 full time employees. The shop was recently remodeled to include two new offices and a waiting room.

Abe started the family business in the hopes to be joined by his son one day, and as the time has gone by it is proven to be that, David along with myself (his wife) and joined by our son, are now running Abe’s Auto Service. According to David the name will always be Abe’s Auto Service, Inc. giving honor and respect to his father for having the faith and guts to start the business. Proving our motto to be true “A Father’s Dream and A Son’s Future.
What do you enjoy most about owning a small business in Chambersburg?
What we enjoy the most is getting to know the people we serve on a personal level. It is where our customer’s become friends and our employees become family. It is also nice to be part of something bigger than ourselves and that is community.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned while running a small business?
The biggest lesson we have learned the most is that we need our employees and our customers to make Abe’s a successful business. It is not about us but what we can do for others. The company was started on serving the community and that is still the same today. We at Abe’s are extremely grateful to have been able to provide a service to this community for over 45 year, and we hope many more to come. Words could not express how grateful we are to our customers and community who have been there for us through the years and years to come.
How does Abe’s Auto Service get involved with the community?
We have had the privilege to be able to donate our trucks to be used at Old Market Day, Applefest and the Christmas Parade. We have also sponsored Small business Saturday, which included the Abe and Molly Fun Run.
What is the craziest/most interesting tow call?
This question was hard for us to answer because when we show up at scene it is at someone’s worst time in life. Not every call is in the best of circumstances; however we have people come out of a house with no clothes in the hopes that we don’t tow their car.

On Saturday, November 28, it's your opportunity to show your support for our locally owned small businesses for Small Business Saturday. The holiday shopping day follows Black Friday and is a great way to support your favorite independent business while discovering new ones. It is a boon to the local economy. If you shop downtown on Small Business Saturday, you'll also have the opportunity for free giveaways thanks to sponsors Abe's Auto Service, Inc. and Orrstown Bank.

For more information about Small Business Saturday and the Downtown Chambersburg giveaways, view the Facebook event or read the press release.