Summer break may be ending, but a new round of round of voting for Sandy's most "sensational" businesses is just beginning.
Mountain Moka, Cole Pritchard with Country Financial and Sanders Automotive have been nominated by the community to compete for the quarterly award from the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce. During the next few weeks, The Post will feature all three businesses to inform voters of their options.
Sanders Automotive is up this week for voter consideration as a two-time nominee.
Though they only opened at 16584 S.E. 362nd Drive in May 2017, Nick and Adrienne Sanders at Sanders Automotive noted that they're continuously busy, and this is their second time being nominated for the Sensational Business award.
"I was thrilled," Nick Sanders said of his reaction to the nomination. "I think it's great people are taking notice of us."
With two and a half years in Sandy under their belts, the couple said they feel like they've built a good community of customers.
"It's been crazy busy," Nick Sanders noted. "We're a week or two out on repairs. I think we've started becoming more part of the community now."
While making providing quality automotive service the top priority, the Sanders try to also give back to the community outside of their customer base by sponsoring teams for Hood to Coast, helping out AntFarm, volunteering for the mock interviews program at Sandy High, sponsoring youth athletics and more.
"I like the community," Sanders said. "We know everyone in this lot. It's a really tight-knit place. We're really glad to be here."
Nick Sanders has worked in the automotive industry for nearly 25 years. Originally from Reno, most of Nick Sanders' experience came from working in the military as a reservist in Portland and working for independently owned shops in the area. He started working on cars in high school out of "necessity."
"I couldn't afford to not know how to fix my own car," he said. "I like being self-sufficient. I'm more of a dig in and figure it out kind of person, and I like cars. To me, it's not monotonous. Every day is a new (challenge)."
Owning his own shop was the next logical step. "It almost seemed like it was the right progression," he said. "It's kind of been an aspiration of mine since I started. You can only go so far in this business as an employee."
Nick Sanders' range of experience means he can work on "a little mix of everything."
"There's not a whole lot we turn down," he explained. "That's been the benefit of not working for a dealership. I've gotten to work on a spectrum of vehicles."
Sensational Business Award nominees are chosen by local residents who are invited to cast their votes online.
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