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WOODBRIDGE, Va. — A new automotive shop in Woodbridge has women in mind.
Hometowne Auto and Tire at the corner of U.S. 1 and Neabsco Mills Road opened for business this month. The auto service center boasts a warm waiting room and childrens’ area complete with video rockers. It is designed to be a welcome change for those who are used to having their cars serviced at older shops.
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The newly designed waiting room, the brainchild of shop owner Sidney Billingsley, combines the relaxation of a cozy coffee shop with a first class automotive repair shop.
The new shop features two burgundy-colored waiting rooms, one that is family friendly for those who may have kids in tow, and a Starbucks-looking professional waiting room. Both waiting rooms offer Keurig coffee, sodas, snacks, and free wireless Internet.
The shop also features sepia photographs from the area that date back to the turn of the 19th century.
Those in the waiting room will learn that history, which includes learning that that same piece of land was once home of one of the first gas stations featuring two gas pumps, and five cent chicken dinners. The rich history lead to the shop’s tagline- “We’ve been here all along.”
The shop caters to women and plans to hold a womens car care clinic on March 1, 2014.
Aiming to provide top-notch family-friendly service, the shop plans in the spring to offer women’s car care clinics, teaching women everyday care and maintenance to empower them while behind the wheel. This is one of the company’s goals in helping to bring the community together.
HomeTowne Auto and Tire opened on Oct. 31. Billingsley also owns Steve’s Auto Repair and Tire in Woodbridge. Both shops aim to be female friendly, he said.