New automotive center being built

May 9, 2019

BARBOURSVILLE — Major construction is now going on half of the empty lot next to Giovanni’s Pizza on U.S. 60 in Barbourville.

A new Express Oil Change and Tire Engineers is hoping to open by mid-August to early September this year, according to owner Beckett Gue.

The new 9-bay, 4,500-square-feet automotive services center will offer quick oil changes and same day tire and mechanical services for all vehicles, Gue said.

Gue and his wife Jennifer are originally from the Chesapeake, Ohio, area and are moving back to the Tri-State region from Atlanta, Georgia.

“We experienced Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers in Atlanta and it changed the way we always viewed the automotive service industry,” Gue explained. “We felt like we experienced the ‘Chickfil-A’ for oil changes and auto service. So, together, we decided to come back home and provide that same experience of love, professionalism and service we received in Atlanta.”

Gue says for far too long, customers know companies for what they do.

“We want customers to know what we are for,” he said. “We are for supporting our veterans, our moms and dads, our schools and our entire community.”

The business will initially employ nearly 15 people.

Once opened, the hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sunday.

BOW LOVE BOUTIQUE: Bow Love Boutique and Rustic Romance have moved off 4th Avenue in downtown Huntington to just around the corner at 408 9th St., where the old Bailey’s Cafeteria was located.

“This is our 10th year in business,” said Misty Lamp, owner of the business. “We started this business from a shoe box of ribbon.”

Lamp says Rustic Romance is the women’s store and Bow Love is their children’s section.

“Our sizes are from small up to size 3X and sometimes even up to size 6X,” she said. “We also have gift service as simple as gift wrapping or even basket delivery.”

“We also have a salon called ‘Blush,’” Lamp said. “And a huge natural bath accessory line is 98% natural or organic. We also have house and home products from picture frames, pillows, tables and art work, as well as fresh flowers and Godiva chocolate.”

Lamp said she wanted a store that has everything a woman could want.

“This is my dream store,” she said. “Not only the struggle getting to this point, but this actual concept I have had in my head since the beginning 10 years ago.”

The store is open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sunday.

For more information about the business, find it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pg/Bow-Love-Boutique.

TONY THE TAILOR: Tony the Tailor in downtown Huntington is closing.

The fine men’s clothing store is located downstairs at Heritage Station, next to Full Circle Ceramics. Tony the Tailor has been operating a store in Charleston for over 40 years. That location will continue to do business.

The business made the announcement on its Facebook page last week.

“We have come to the conclusion that we can better serve people in the Metro Valley who appreciate quality, service and top notch tailoring from our Downtown Charleston Flagship and by holding events at other venues in the Tri-State area, so we are closing our downtown Huntington location,” the post said.

The Huntington location opened last fall.

Fred Pace is the business reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Send your business news and photos to fpace@herald-dispatch.com. You can also call 304-526-2729. Follow him at Facebook.com/FredPaceHD and via Twitter @FredPaceHD.