By Anna McNeill
After 35 years together, Tim and Anna Sharp, owners of S&S Collision, are still best friends and doing what they love. The couple met while they were both attending Harrison High School and they have been in the area ever since.
Tim began working with cars, doing body work and collision repair during his high school years. After he graduated he worked on an oil field as a welder and rig hand but still could be found working on cars in his spare time.
Finally, Tim decided that cars were his passion and in 1989 he opened up his own shop along with his partner, Jeff Struck, in a pole barn on Meredith Grade.
After 9 months Tim bought the rights to the shop and said a friendly goodbye to Struck. The old partners stayed friends until Struck’s untimely death in 1995 when he was killed in a crash while operating an ultra light aircraft.
Tim and Anna pride themselves for not only operating their individually owned business for 25 years, but also for being able to provide service to the Harrison community for those 25 years.
S&S Collision moved from Meredith Grade to its current location on N. Clare Ave. back in January of 1990.
Over the 25 years, Tim estimates that they have put hands on over 15,000 cars.
S&S specializes in restoration but its main focus is high quality collision repair and custom painting.
They have gained national recognition multiple times on the Barrett‑Jackson stage with mid‑year 60s Corvettes. Barrett‑Jackson is the largest collector car auction in the world and is located in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Tim and Anna not only have successfully run their company independently, meaning that they are not under contract with any insurance companies, which is good for their customers.
Anna began to tear up as she said, “We honestly wouldn’t be here if our customers weren’t so loyal.”
This is one thing about this local company, they aren’t just in it for the money, they are in it for the community.
A quote that fills the space above the cabinets in Anna’s office says: “A kind of business that only makes money is a poor kind of business,” ‑Henry Ford.
And these are the words that Tim and Anna base their company off of.
Both Tim and Anna are very involved in the community. They have made generous donations to various causes and organizations, they are very involved in the community as Chamber Members, coaches in a variety of different sports, they are sports boosters and they are both alumni of Harrison High School, the list goes on.
They pride themselves on being a locally owned business that provides quality and old fashion service and being one of the longest running individually owned companies not only in Harrison, but in Clare County.
“(The) key to all this has just been longevity,” Tim said.
With him and Anna being high school sweet hearts, both of their parents being in retail in Harrison when they were growing up, and passing their work ethics and community focus onto their three children has been a major role in their success.
All three of Tim and Anna’s children have gotten their hands dirty at the shop, their daughter Olivia is working there full time on her break from college, their oldest son Seth now has a welding business in Clare where their middle son, Tanner also works.
For some, working for 20 plus years with their significant other would be torture, but it is the perfect situation for Tim and Anna.
“I have the best business partner,” Anna said. “He’s my best friend.”
In their relationship, between work and their home life, there is a definite balance between the two.
“She’s the brain,” Tim said with a smirk, “and I’m the brawn.”
The Sharp’s will be celebrating the shop’s 25 anniversary with a Customer Appreciation Party located at the shop: 3865 N. Clare Ave. in Harrison, on Saturday, August 16 starting at 5 p.m.
They will provide food, bought locally, and have local band, Good Friends, Good Times, playing at 6 p.m. and a few of the cars they have restored over the years will be on display as well. They will be giving away some great customer give away gifts and it is sure to be a good time.
Find them on Facebook by searching: S&S Collision, Inc or on their website at: http://sscollision89.wix.com/sscollision. You can also give them a call at (989) 539‑6210.