Spotlight: Skidmark Garage
Join us as we talk with Brian Schaffran, owner of Skidmark Garage, about how he started a community movement with fifteen friends, cold beer, and pizza.
What is your first memory of Skidmark Garage?
Fifteen friends gathering to build all the motorcycle lifts and tool benches in January cold for beer and pizza.
How does your first memory compare to what the business has become today?
The feeling of community is equally as impressive as it was that first day, but now it grows on its own.
What has surprised you the most about being a business owner?
I’m surprised that I’ve gotten this far without a formal business plan or an accountant. I’m making this all up as I go. I didn’t know it would be this fun.
Who are some of the coolest people you've met since opening?
The members of the garage are all the coolest. These people took a chance with their money on an unfamiliar business model. Every one of them is as cool as the next one.
What might we be surprised to learn about your business?
I am not a mechanic, and it does not take a mechanic to successfully run the business.
How do you think your company will change in the next 5 years?
I think Skidmark Garage will be seen as the leader of the community motorcycle garage movement in the country, and we may even have some additional locations.
What has been your main goal running this company?
The main goal has been to foster a perfect culture of people that want to constantly help each other.
Why did you choose Cleveland?
This is home.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
This model is based upon the simple and universal fact that people mostly like to be helpers. People pay to be members here for access to the tools and the space, but the secret agenda is to get more people helping other people. It’s working. It’s incredible to witness.
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