BUSINESS: Harris Automotive
As a young boy, Blake Harris was always enchanted by the workings of an engine. “In junior high, Blake found a junk motorcycle, took it apart, and had it started in three days,” said Danny Harris, father of Blake and co-owner of Harris Automotive.
With an interest in mechanics and a passion for people, father Danny and son Blake teamed together to introduce the cleanest automotive shop you’ve ever visited—and not just because the building is only six months old. Harris Automotive was designed with cleanliness in mind. The team was determined to provide an automotive experience that didn’t leave customers with grease on their pants.
“It’s clean. The seating is nice. We have Wi-Fi and coffee available. It’s our focus to keep it that way,” said Danny. “Even our shop equipment is clean—everyone comments on that.”
Cleanliness is just one aspect of customer service that the Harris family considered when they decided to open the shop in Edmond. The father-son duo spent a year-and-a-half looking at business models and designing the building, considering everything from the waiting room to bays. Their dedication was born because of Blake’s natural ability to fix cars and relate to people at the same time.
“Blake has a knack for helping customers understand, in simple language,” said Danny. “We’re different because we fix what needs to be fixed and nothing more.”
The shop is staffed with Master Mechanics, and Blake is certified as a Master Mechanic—which means experts look at each car. “We aren’t the most expensive shop or the cheapest,” said Danny, “But we are gaining loyal customers because we give an honest diagnosis and have the equipment and talent to handle it.”
Danny, who retired early from his job to help start the business, is not only proud of his son, but he also knows that Blake has a gift for mechanics. “When he was seven, Blake asked for a weed eater for his birthday so he could learn how it worked,” Danny said. “I put him in safety goggles, ear plugs and long pants, and then offered to show him how to start it. He told me, ‘Dad, I know how to do it—I read the manual!’ That’s Blake.”
And that’s why the Harris family doesn’t just look at their automotive shop as a business—but as a life’s calling and a chance to have a positive impact on people.
For more information, visit harrisautoshop.com, call 513-5150 or stop by the shop at 2608 E. 2nd Street.