Help rebuild Asian auto shop

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The fire at Asian Domestic Authority on Tuesday, Sept. 25, changed the culture of east Lake Street. Asian Domestic ran a respectful and courteous auto shop. Their presence on the 200 block of Lake Street represented many core village values. We encourage this village and A.D.A. customers to do whatever we can to make sure they can rebuild their business and once again contribute to our neighborhood and business community.

It has been a great source of pride knowing that Asian Domestic can flourish in the face of stiff competition from Firestone, just 200 feet to the east. Firestone has proven to be a disrespectful neighbor. We have seen firsthand how Firestone employees speed customer cars along Harvey Avenue and through the heavily pedestrian populated intersection at Lake Street and Harvey Avenue. Firestone uses Harvey Avenue as their overflow parking lot, regularly acquiring parking tickets on customer cars. Though Firestone may provide adequate service and contribute taxes to the village, they seem unsympathetic to the strained relationship they create with their neighbors.

Asian Domestic Authority, on the other hand, has always been an exemplary neighbor. They do excellent, guaranteed work. They park customer cars in their lot. All their mechanics carry multiple ASE certifications including a master certification. They operate with the utmost integrity in an industry that has its share of questionable practitioners.

Let's do whatever we can to support independently owned businesses that share in the village's neighborhood-driven values. Let's help Asian Domestic Authority rebuild a model business that was consumed by fire.

Brad Killam and Michelle Grabner
Oak Park

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