Since 1972, Sybesma’s Automotive has been a fixture
on the corner of South Shore Drive and Myrtle Avenue on
Holland’s Central Park district. Larry Sybesma took
over the business from his dad, Russell, who had moved it
there from the corner of 9th and College in downtown Holland
to respond to the needs of the fast-growing area halfway
to the old Point West.
Abel Sybesma, Larry’s grandfather, had started the
business in the 1920s as a Sinclair Station on 9th and College
(where Lemonjello’s Café now operates).
After an 80-year family run, Larry decided it was time to
hang up the wrench and take summers off for a change. He
connected with a young local auto specialist, Paul Eshenaur.
After graduating West Ottawa High in 1995, Paul had worked
at Maplewood Auto for 10 years, thoroughly learning the
craft and the key to any successful business: customer satisfaction.
Larry Sybesma believed that he had found the right man to
carry on the legacy, and in 2005, Paul took over the business.
Jay Langejans partnered into the business in July, 2006,
and the two have crafted a formidable business based on
a passion for the work they do coupled with a real concern
for their customers’ needs.