Owners Robert and Karen Edwards opened the Sparks upholstery shop a year and a half ago, and Tuesday night it welcomed the inaugural customers whose classic vehicles were available for an up-close look at KAR’s work. The Chamber also presented the business with its official first dollar and held a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
“We are awe-struck with how it went,” Karen said Wednesday. “We are still a little bit in shock because all of the clients we have worked on in the past year and a half brought their cars back to show them at our appreciation ribbon cutting. It was extra special to us because those clients were able to bring their cars back, show them off and show support for us.”
Karen said the business’ location at 1953 1/2 Prater Way in west Sparks is the perfect place to be during Hot August Nights. She said hot rod owners continued stopping by the business Tuesday evening since it is a middle point between downtown Sparks and Reno cruises.
“We are kind of catching our breath from the night,” she said. “It is nice having our shop right there on the corridor because we are right in the middle of the festivities, and we will welcome hot rods who pull into our lot throughout the week and give them some water during the day.
“We had people stopping in with their hot rods and they came right up to us and told us that they will be bringing their cars to us from now on. We are most looking forward to having repeat clients and their friends and their referrals come bring their cars to us because they have seen our work and our quality and they like the service.”
KAR Quality Upholstery works on everything from classic cars to motorcycles to boats and keeps its clients updated daily throughout the process via Facebook photo albums. Karen said it allows for additional input from the client and gives them a keepsake of the process when it is finished. She added that having a small business in Sparks will be tough, but worth it.
“I am very excited because I love local businesses,” she said, “And we always try to support them over the corporations because it is really hard to have your own business and you have to work very hard. It does not come easy.”