Wed, Feb. 19

CV Motorcycle and Small Engine one busy place

VVN/Steve Ayers

MARK Cohen's Camp Verde Cycle and Small Engine is a business that has thrived through the years.

It's partly much a seasonal thing, and although the recent rains have helped immensely, they are not the real reason he is so busy.

The real reason Cohen is so busy is because he is good at what he does. Ten years in business in a small community speaks volumes about the quality of someone's work and about their sense of business ethics.

Mark Cohen owns Camp Verde Cycle and Small Engine a business he started on D-Day June 6, 1996.

"Like the guys who hit the beach, I figured I was either going to make it or not," says Cohen.

But make it he did, and ten years later he has a very thriving business and long list of people who are very happy he decide to "hit the beach" in Camp Verde.

"I had graduated from the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in 1993," said Cohen, "and eventually ended up in Flagstaff working for Loggers Supply."

"They sent me to Camp Verde to manage Camp Verde Equipment, another business they owned," said Cohen, "One thing led to another and I ended up going into business for myself."

He has since come to love the town, and by all accounts, a lot of people love him back.

"This place is so great. The people are nice. I can ride my motorcycle year around and there is a lot more grass here than in Flagstaff," said Cohen.

When he first came here he must have hit a niche that needed to be filled.

"Before I officially opened the business people were dropping off mowers and other equipment for repair," said Cohen, "I didn't even have time to unpack my toolbox."

Camp Verde Cycle and Small Engine not only services and repairs most brands, it also sells new brand law equipment and Briggs and Stratton engines. It also sells used equipment that has been refurbished.

Cohen is factory trained and certified to work on all Honda motorcycles and power equipment. He is also trained and certified to work on Briggs and Stratton, Echo, Troybuilt, Stihl, Homelite and Husquavarna power equipment.

Judging from the array of brands and types of equipment that cover floor and shelves of his busy little shop in the Fort Lincoln Shopping Center, he can probably fix just about anything.

There are chainsaws of several makes, lawnmowers, rototillers, weedeaters (and other brands of nylon cord trimmers), motorcycles and ATV's--there is even a wood chipper.

It is obvious he also has a love for motorcycles. The store sells motorcycle and ATV accessories along with tires, clothing and helmets.

He also keeps a decent little inventory of common service parts for Briggs and Stratton engines.

"You have to be versatile to make a living in a small town," said Cohen.

He ought to know. He also likes to cut and sell firewood when things eventually slow down in the winter. Only that doesn't happen very often.

"I am almost always covered in work," says Cohen.

It's what he gets for doing things right.

Camp Verde Cycle is located in the Fort Verde Shopping Center located at 348 S. Main Street and can be reached at (928) 567-2267.

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