Car repair shop changes hands

Woodsy's bought by employee; owner sells after nearly 20 years

Posted: Friday, June 08, 2001

Woodsy's has a new owner and a new name.

The Douglas car repair and service shop, which has been operated by longtime resident Alan Wood since Oct. 15, 1983, is now Alaska Auto Repair and Sales. It will be run by Frank Balogh, who has been working with Wood for the past year.

"I've basically been here my whole life," Wood said. "Time to move on, time for a change."

He and his wife Linda will move to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, by the end of the summer. They have family waiting - Linda's father and their daughter, Jessica, who left earlier this year.

"I'm going to go probably do something else down there," Wood said with a laugh. "Go dry out."

Before he goes, he and his wife will serve as the grand marshals of the Douglas Fourth of July parade.

"They have been in the community for a lot of years," said Joleen Lewis, a member of the Douglas organizing committee. "We just wanted to let Linda and Alan know how much we appreciate what they've done for the community. It's nice having a neighborhood place to go, and when you call him, he's right there to take care of your vehicle."

Wood was born in the St. Ann's hospital and has lived in Juneau and Douglas nearly his whole life.

"I was gone for six years between the ages of 14 and 20," he said. "I lived in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, but I came back every summer."

He began working in a gas station when he was "just a little kid." During their time in town, the Woods raised two children - Jessica and 20-year-old Jeremy, who will continue to work in the shop, Wood said.

"He's the third generation of someone called Woodsy's," Wood added. "My father spelled it 'ie,' I spelled it with an apostrophe 's,' and Jeremy spells it with a 'z.'"

According to Balogh, who specializes in computerized cars, there are no major changes in the works at the shop.

"Just meeting customer satisfaction, trying to give a fair pricing," he said of his goals. "(I'll) change things a little bit, but not much - staying basically the same."

Wood doesn't rule out the possibility of returning in the future.

"You can always move back if you don't like it," he said. "They say you can't go home again, but I came back when I was younger."

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