Family-owned Mahone Tire has been servicing the tire needs of area drivers for 65 years.
Owner Ted Mahone said the store was started by his father, Max, at the same location, 155 Front St.
"It's been right here," he said.
AMANDA NICHOLSON The Marietta Times
Michael Hinzman, tire technician, puts a tire on a wheel balancer to ensure it’s in top shape before being put on a vehicle.
In the 1980s, the building across the street was purchased, where the New Weihl store used to be, according to Mahone. He said he took over the shop after his father passed away.
Mahone said the business has gone through some changes over the years, mainly through the types of technology involved in changing tires on vehicles.
"It takes a more modern tire changer so that you don't do damage to these fancy wheels anymore," he said. "We have a roadforce wheel balancer, so it simulates driving a vehicle on the road. It takes care of vibration problems."
September 1949: Opened by Max Mahone at 155 Front St.
1980s: The building across the street was purchased as an addition to the shop.
Around 1994: Current owner Ted Mahone took over ownership after his father's death.
At a glance
About Mahone Tire
Location: 155 Front St.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Mahone said another addition included an alignment machine and tire pressure.
"We have an alignment machine that's new and up-to-date to take care of front end problems," he said. "We do have to deal with tire pressure management systems in new cars...It tells if you have low tire pressure... They're temperamental and you have to have equipment to reset those."
Verne Biehl worked at Mahone's for more than 40 years before retiring. He is now temporarily helping out around the shop. He said the shop hasn't changed much since he started there.
"It fairly runs about the same," he said. "We keep the business running and satisfy the customers and do a good job."
Biehl said one thing that he's noticed is larger tires on cars.
"The newer cars take larger sized tires," he said. "They used to be 14, 15 and 16 inches, and now so many vehicles take larger ones."
Secretary Marge Griffiths has worked at Mahone's for 13 years. She said she wouldn't work anywhere else.
"(Mahone) is a wonderful boss," she said. "He's a very caring, compassionate boss."
Griffiths said Mahone also takes care of the customers and is in the thick of things working right along with everyone else.
"I noticed when I first came here the way he is with the customers," she said. "People would come in and say 'I need four tires.' (Mahone's) not the type of person to take advantage of someone. He'd go out and say, 'You don't need four tires, come back and see me (later).' I was amazed."
Mahone said he's been working in the shop since his teens.
"I've been here since I was probably 17 or 18 anyway," he said, adding, "(My dad and I) worked well together."
He attributes the success of the shop to just a few important things.
"We try to take care of the customers," he said. "We treat them right, we don't try to sell them something they don't need. We try to get them in and out so they don't have to wait. We try to keep our prices reasonable."
Looking forward, Mahone said there's really only one thing to do.
"We'll just keep on rolling," he said.