Archive for the ‘Shop Profiles’ Category

Growing Up in Lou’s Auto Upholstery

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on June 20th, 2017

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It’s no secret that we’re fascinated by the backstories of small, independent auto upholstery shops. In fact, we have an entire section dedicated to shop profiles.

If you’re as interested in these stories as we are, check out this short essay published by Daily Press, a local Southern California newspaper.

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Leaving a Legacy: Porter Auto Trim

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on May 18th, 2017

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After 40 years of doing automotive upholstery, Don of Porter Auto Trim in San Francisco, California, closed up shop in 2012 and moved to Alabama with his wife.

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Shop Profile: Indian Trimmer A Balan

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on May 16th, 2017

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Indian trimmer A Balan was recently asked to write an essay for his local newspaper The Hindu, telling readers about his career in the craft of auto upholstery. His first-person account provides an interesting glimpse into the life of a trimmer on the other side of the globe.

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Go Back in Time to Visit Martin Auto Body

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on April 14th, 2017

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We’ve all heard industry veterans say auto upholstery is an old, slow-changing craft. But these photographs we dug up at the Library of Congress really illustrate the point.

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Shop Profile: Marquarts Custom Creations

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on April 4th, 2017

The Hog Ring - Shop Profile Marquarts Custom Creations

“Any job worth doing, is worth doing well,” says Marcus Marquart, owner of Marquart’s Custom Creations in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It’s a motto he follows both inside and outside of his garage.

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