Tint Shop a popular destination

There is a new enterprise rising in Buckley and its future is so bright it has to wear shades – or tinting.

  • Tuesday, December 9, 2008 4:40am
  • Business

There is a new enterprise rising in Buckley and its future is so bright it has to wear shades – or tinting.

“Our first month of business far exceeded our expectations. Our phone has been ringing off the hook,” said Plateau entrepreneur Benjamin Owen, whose shop not only handles individual clients, but also has contracts to do window tinting work on vehicles from Enumclaw Chrysler Jeep, Gamblin Motors and Fugate Ford and Mazda.

Fugate employee Kurt Kranc, who brings cars and trucks into The Tint Shop on a regular basis, gave Owen a ringing endorsement.

Apparently, a multitude of customers agree with Kranc’s premise regarding the Tint Shop’s prowess, but Owen and his silent partner Amy Holt, who represents the capital backing behind the enterprise, were at least partially prepared for the Plateau’s favorable reaction to the new business.

Holt and Owen run the business out of a large garage at their Buckley residence at A Street and River Avenue, behind Wally’s Drive-In, and believe that window tinting is important for vision, health, maintenance and safety reasons.

“The sun’s rays are harmful and are proven to cause skin cancer,” Owen said. By blocking up to 99 percent of these harmful rays, tinted windows can protect your skin from these damaging effects.

“Additionally, during the hot summer months, window tinting can reduce the interior temperature of your vehicle up to 65 percent, thereby preventing heat exhaustion and baking your vehicle’s upholstery,” he said. Safety is another major benefit of tinted windows, as the adhesive properties of the polyester material that bonds to the glass prevents shattering.

“So far it has been nothing but a positive endeavor,” Holt said. “In the course of building this place up, we have met nothing but good people in Buckley and the economy being what it is and car sales being what they are, this business has been a real blessing.”

The Tint Shop can be contacted at shoptint@gmail.com, 1-800-967-8400 or 253-261-1730.

More in Business

Keep the holiday spirit all year long | Don Brunell

During the holidays, our thoughts naturally turn to giving — not just giving gifts, but donating our time and money to charities, disasters and community programs.

Remember 1993

Twenty-five years ago, business took a beating in Olympia. The swing to the left in the 1992 general election was swift and potent. It drove higher costs to employers and more government regulations.

Remembering Ed Carlson, Vietnam POW

Since last Veteran’s Day, Ken Burns’ in-depth documentary on the Vietnam War has aired. It is a powerful reminder of an unpopular war in which many “baby boomers” fought and died.

Rural prosperity essential to Washington

While Seattle is growing rapidly, our rural areas continue to struggle. They don’t have the corporate giants such as Amazon, Microsoft and Boeing creating jobs and economic opportunities. Farms are predominantly family-owned.

Amazon’s plan reminiscent Boeing’s Chicago move

Last year, Seattle Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates wrote about the similarities and differences between Boeing’s corporate office move to Chicago and Amazon’s plan for a second headquarters.

LiveLocal98022 meeting cancelled

Bob Green, the night’s speaker, notified the organization he couldn’t attend due to an illness.

Expanded Panama Canal among challenges for Washington Ports

The $5.4 billion spent to expand the Panama Canal is paying off for East Coast and Gulf of Mexico seaports; however, it is putting more pressure on the Northwest to remain competitive.

Players taking a knee hurting the NFL | Don Brunell

On a recent Saturday afternoon in Portland, a young woman stepped onto the playing field at the beginning of the University of Montana vs Portland State football game and started singing our national anthem. She immediately drew a blank on the words and briefly stopped, but as she started apologizing, the fans spontaneously took up the singing.

New metal collecting machine may clean up contaminated waters

There is a new machine being tested in Montana which could decontaminate toxic mine tailings while recovering valuable precious minerals for everyday use.

Workshop will focus on business, social media

All are invited to learn how social media can impact business and how it can be used to create a positive experience for customers.

Impact of Hirst decision must be address

In Washington, the legislative stalemate over permitting new household wells and the state’s construction budget has not only delayed needed funding for public projects, but triggered yet another salvo in the wider conflict over future supplies of fresh water for people, fish and farms.

Mitigate massive wildfire danger | Don Brunell

At last count firefighters were battling 82 major wildfires in 10 western states. The fires have already scorched 2,300 square miles of forests and range lands, dislocated thousands of people, and burned hundreds of homes and buildings.