at its Height: Detroit Shop Owner Names Business after President
July 23, 2009
If someone forgets the name Obama, somethings wrong
with them, says Terry ONeal, the owner of Obama Auto
Glass & Electric in Detroit.
ONeal purchased a former Henderson Glass location in Detroit
in October 2008, at the height of the presidential campaign. He
immediately decided to re-name the business after the soon-to-be-elected
president, even though the election had not yet been held.
Win or lose, he was my man, ONeal said.
The shop includes several photos of the president hanging on the
walls, and just the name, of course, draws attention to the business.
A lot of people have come in and they take pictures of the
sign, he says. So far, he says he hasn't received any negative
reaction to the memorable name.
He also thinks business has picked up in recent months.
We definitely attribute that to Obama, ONeal
The business does auto glass work, along with some collision and
Though ONeal has spent much of his career driving trucks,
hes now been in the automotive repair business for 12 years.
This is his second auto glass shop.
The first shop, Five Mile Auto Glass and Collision, closed about
a year ago.
Our sales were very, very slow. The location I was in prior
to this was not great, ONeal says. The economic
hard times have hit a lot of people in that area.
Unfortunately, even though ONeal has found a better location
and a new name, he still sees the effects of a downward economy.
Weve been hit so hard with the automotive industry
and foreclosures, says ONeal. Morale is kind of
low in the city right now.
Hes also in the process of authoring a letter to the president
inviting him to visit his namesake auto glass shop.
We could use a visit from a great man like that, adds
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