May 16, 2000
By Katharhynn Heidelberg
Mike Tulio has seen the niche and is filling it. Tulio’s new business, Mike’s Rod and Restoration Parts, opened in March, and caters to classic auto enthusiasts of all ages.
The store offers rod and classic car restoration parts, and features an extensive inventory, as well as special order. Tulio works with over 20 vendors to offer a wide selection of goods and mail order options.
The business grew out of Tulio’s hobby and his love for cars. He noticed that pretty much the only way to obtain specialty parts was via mail order, with results that were sometimes disappointing.
The response to his business, Tulio said, has been "phenomenal. Traffic has been heavy, especially with summer weather." He noted, however, that many enthusiasts work on their cars during the long, winter months as well, and so, has no plans to close shop during this time.
"More people do this in the Valley than people realize ... we’re the only shop like this in a 200 mile radius," Tulio said. People have been very supportive; they come from Durango, Farmington, and also throughout the whole region."
Tulio hopes to eventually have a catalog, website, and a showroom. In the meantime, he will work with others in the community to offer events centered around classic autos. His business will participate in a number of car shows and competitions throughout the state, and, in conjunction with Burger Boy, will offer "Cruise Nights." Cruise Nights will feature door prizes, music, street dances, and a chance for car fans to get together for a good time. Additionally, Tulio said that benefit runs for local charities are in the works.
Mike’s Rod and Restoration is located at 24 N. Madison (formerly the Knifty Knook), and is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It can be reached at 564-8616, or by fax at 565-2151.