Camp Verde Cycle & Small Engines back home
Mark Cohen is musically talented in more ways than one.
Not only can he pick a mean banjo, he can make a motorcycle sing or a lawnmower hum.
When he is not picking and jamming bluegrass with his friends, he works at his day job, as owner of Camp Verde Cycle and Small Engine Repair, fixing lawn equipment or restoring older motorcycles.
Last year Cohen lit out of Camp Verde headed for Alabama, with his famous banjo on his knee, a truckload of tools and parts to keep the day job going and, presumably, Susanna.
Things didn't work out for him and Susanna (or whatever her name was), so he placed his banjo back on his knee, loaded up his boxes of tools and boxes parts and came back to the community he has called home for almost 30 years.
When he got back he reopened his business Camp Verde Cycle and Small Engine Repair
Cohen, who has always had a solid reputation for quality work and honest dealings, said he is back where he belongs, apologizes for leaving in the first place and promises never to leave again.
"This is home," he said, "If leaving taught me one thing and that is it."
Camp Verde Cycle and Small Engine is now located in the Coffee Business Center next to the Park and Swap on State Route 260, east of the Verde River Bridge.
He specializes in just about anything with an engine as long as it is not a car or a truck.
Chainsaws (he sharpens chains), go carts, lawn tractors, generators, air compressors, lawnmowers, pressure washers, transfer pumps, mini bikes, string trimmers (Weedeaters) and just about any make of motorcycle are within his realm of expertise.
He is a dealer for new Echo lawn equipment and Briggs and Stratton engines.
He is also a factory certified mechanic for several lines including Echo, Briggs and Stratton and Honda.
"I hang my certificates on the wall, not to show off, but to instill confidence that I know the product," said Cohen.
He has been mechanicing most of his life, a career that began at ten years old when he fixed an electric train his dad said could not be fixed.
Over the years he has developed two loves, his music and restoring older motorcycles.
He drives a 1976 Honda Gold Wing with over 200,000 miles on it and is looking for another one just like to keep it going.
He sells restored motorcycles along with lawnmowers and other lawn equipment.
Camp Verde Cycle and Small Engine Repair is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. He can be reached at 567-2267 or 274-3738.