BERLIN — Kensington Auto Services is celebrating 35 years of serving customers this year.
The business began when owner Lenny Tubbs decided it was time to open his own shop after years of working and training in automotive repair.
“I didn’t really see my life going anywhere working for someone else and I felt that I could give better service to the customers than they could get at a chain store,” Tubbs said.
Tubbs believes learning about the craft and the tutelage he received from his mentor “saved his life.”
“I’ve been on my own since I was about 15,” he explained. “I stayed in school and I supported myself by working on cars. I had a mentor at the time who took me under his wing and who taught me a lot about cars.”
Tubbs opened Kensington Auto Services in 1985.
“When we opened the business in town we were living in Southington,” he said. “Only a short time after we opened we decided to move into the town we were doing business in.”
Running a business also meant becoming a community leader. Over the years, Tubbs has coached baseball, served as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals and in a leadership role with the local Lions Club.
“Kensington Auto and the Tubbs family have been part of the fabric of Berlin for many years,” said Economic Development Director Chris Edge. “From their extraordinary work on Harding Street to their continued support, time and energy that they put into the Lions Club/Berlin Fair, they are involved all over town to help others in need.”
In the future, Tubbs said he would like to add to the services offered by Kensington Auto.
“I want to get more into the after market add-ons and accessories,” he said. “We want to enhance the business and make it a one stop for everything kind of shop, not make it bigger.
“Without the customers in town we’re not here,” Tubbs added. “That’s why being a part of the community was really important to me.”