After living and working in Rembrandt his entire life "Hondo" Erik Mosbo says he is a little saddened to be moving his lawnmower and car repair business - Hondo's Sales and Service- out of Rembrandt's downtown to Sioux Rapids
. He and his wife have owned the mainstreet business since 1996. He says he plans to keep a Rembrandt presence in his showroom as he allows his neighboring businesses in Rembrandt to advertise in his new store.
"You'll never take the Rembrandt out of me," he says. Hondo's store will be located at what formerly was the Farm Implement Store on 206 W. First which was owned by Claire "Fergie" Ferguson for close to 60 years. Hondo says he plans to open the farm implement portion of the store sometime in January and will later move the auto repair shop over. Mosbo says they plan to have an open house for April 4 with factory representatives on hand. Mosbo says the new store will offer them more room to grow. "(With it's close proximity to Highway 71) people can see our products," he says. Dick Vail, employee at Hondos, headed up the renovation and remodeling project of the new shop, Mosbo says.
Hondo says although he is moving his entire business over to Sioux Rapids he won't be taking "Dusty" the shop cat. He says the cat came with the business when he bought it and says Dusty is too old for the move. He was found by the previous shop owner, Jeff Gibbons, under the seat of a traded in lawn mower when Dusty was a kitten.
Hondo went to school at Iowa Central for two years to pursue their auto mechanic program and from there went on to work as a mechanic at a Chevrolet dealership in Laurens for two years. He returned to his hometown in 1979 and operated the Co-op gas station and auto repair center. Hondo married his wife Mariellen in 1991 and says she's been a "hub" for his business ventures ever since, Mariellen assists with bookkeeping. In 1996 he purchased an outdoor power equipment business from Jeff Gibbons who owned the outdoor power equipment business and seed sale business. Gibbons went on to pursue the seed sale business. Gibbons' father Don started selling lawn mowers in Rembrandt in the 1960's and Hondo says after purchasing the busines from Don's son, he grew the business from there.
Hondo said their hours will remain the same. They are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon and are closed on Sunday.