On Thursday, August 20, the Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new Rivertown Auto Plaza located in Tawas City on US-23. Dennis Ahrns, the owner of the new business, and his fiancé Katie Ellico, were pleased to welcome local residents and community leaders for the lunchtime gathering.
Dennis has been in the auto industry since 1979, most recently owning an earlier rendition of Rivertown Auto Plaza in Bay City for 20 years. Entrepreneurship runs deep in his family, as Dennis explains, “when I first started out, no one would give me a job, so I just opened my own business. Interest rates were 22%, but I made it work.” Ahrns and his fiancé bring this long history of dedication and success to their new home in the Tawases.
“We’ve visited Tawas for years, but finally purchased a home in East Tawas a couple of years ago and settled right in,” said Katie Ellico. She continued, “The people here are just so friendly and open, we feel like we’ve been welcomed right into the community.”
“We love it when new businesses open, and thank Dennis and Katie for bringing Rivertown Auto Plaza to town, even though their initial plan was to relax and retire,” commented Chamber managing director, Janel Malone. “It’s wonderful for our residents to have lots of local choices when shopping.”
Rivertown Auto Plaza is located at 1193 West Lake Street (US-23, about half a mile south of Freel’s Market) and is open Thursday through Monday, and anytime by appointment. Stop by and introduce yourself to Dennis and check out the great selection of used cars and trucks – there’s even an occasional antique car on the lot.