BEST OF AWARDS – RETAIL SERVICES: Best Auto Repair Shop Ron’s Repair

October 25, 2017

Although his website describes Ron’s Repair Shop as “a general automotive repair and service shop in Owatonna,” Ron Houdek isn’t so general. This is not your typical place to change your brake pads. It’s got personality.

For one, his tagline is “The best place in town to take a leak.” And he has a crew of six, including three mechanics and three dogs: Junior, Ozzy and River. A sign in the lobby reads: “Beware: Dog Kisses.” Forget reading a stale magazine – let an adorable dog steal your attention and perhaps ease some stress as you wait.

In an average week, they fix and care for 50 cars and his clientele “leave here happy and satisfied,” Houdek said, which is his goal every day at Ron’s Repair Shop.

“I like when they feel like they got what they came here for,” he said. But his business is more than bumper-to-bumper service.

“We have people stop in just to give the dogs a treat,” he said. And that, he agreed, is reflective of the close-knit community and loyal, dog-loving customer base.

Houdek established his business 18 years ago and has been at the same location, 505 W North St., the past 10 years. Ron’s Repair Shop shares tips, giveaways and cute photos of the dogggos on Facebook.

Ron’s Repair Shop is located at 505 W North St. in Owatonna.

Honorable Mention: Reed’s Central Auto Repair


By Kim Hyatt

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