Pulliam, who has said he often dreams of fixing customers’ cars, will need to find a way to replace interacting with people at the store.
From couriers and tow trucks honking past his store to customers bringing in four-legged visitors in search of his stash of dog treats, Pulliam said his days at the store have been full of friendliness.
“We have regulars stopping by all the time, whether it’s to meet Bill for breakfast or show up to sit down to talk,” said Patt, who pulled out a framed photo with a handful of regulars.
“I’m the pretty one in the middle,” Bill joked, noting that he has visitors who just seem to know instinctively when there’s food or coffee to be had. “Bill Kertsos, who lives nearby, seems to be able to smell the fresh donuts when they walk in here. “
These days, customers treat Pulliam like it’s his birthday or Christmas, delivering cakes, flowers, cookies and heartfelt hugs as a token of their respect and gratitude for years of dedicated service.
“Some of those who have stopped have been my clients for over 30 years,” he said. “I am now working on the cars for the children of the clients that we saw growing up when we got here. “
“At 82 in November, Bill needs to relax,” Patt said, noting that she and her husband have things they would like to do with the free time they rarely had. “He has a few cars of his own that he would like to restore and that he would like to work on.”