Local Businesses Family Ties Run Deep

Entrepreneurs Andy and Paige Weinstein Give New Meaning to the Family Business

Woodbridge Couple Purchase Tires Plus Wheels in Hartford


WEST HAVEN, CT, July 14, 2014 – West Haven business owners Andy and Paige Weinstein have taken their families’ business traditions to a new level.  Both come from backgrounds that included multi-generational family run businesses and they’ve just purchased another – Tires Plus Wheels in Hartford.  Recently they took ownership of this Wethersfield Ave institution, which was founded 25 years ago by Fred Schonagel.  Their family business now includes their location in West Haven and the new Hartford store.  Both stores will be rechristened with the new family name - Star Tires Plus Wheels.


“The family business tradition runs deep in both of our families,” says Andy.  “Four generations of my family owned and still run Elm City Cheese in Hamden, and two generations of Paige’s family owned and ran Scharr Parmacy on Albany Avenue in Hartford.  So when Jane Schonagel approached us about buying her family business, it seemed like a natural fit.  Her husband Fred founded that business and she’s been running it since his death in 2000.”


While the appeal of keeping alive another family business was strong, the acquisition also made sense from a business perspective.  “It was a good opportunity to offer more products to more customers,” says Paige.  “Our West Haven location already has customers who come from Springfield and Hartford, but a Harford location will be more convenient for them.  In addition, adding the new store increases our buying power with our suppliers, which will mean immediate savings for our customers.”


The Hartford location also offered an emotional appeal to Paige.  “There’s something for me in coming back to Hartford,” she says.  Her grandfather and father’s pharmacy was a landmark on Albany Avenue in the Capitol City, one that was lost in the riots of the 1960s.  She grew up in Newington, hearing stories about the pharmacy from her mother and father, who both worked there.


Andy started Star Tire & Wheels in Hamden in 1984 and moved to West Haven in 1985.  Paige joined him in the business in 1994.  Growing up in New Haven and Orange, Andy always expected to be his own boss.  “Watching my family’s dedication to their business, I knew self-employment was what I wanted,” he said.  “I did work for another tire store for four years, but then the pull of having my own business led me to start Star Tire & Wheels.”


Star Tire & Wheels is now located at 40 Boston Post Rd. in West Haven, CT and serves as an automotive repair, tire, and wheel center.  “We have spent the last 30 years delivering auto repairs, tires, and wheels to satisfied customers,” boasts Andy.  “Our customers can come see us in person, or schedule an appointment online from the comfort of their couches.  Now that Tires Plus Wheels has joined our family, our customers will be able to visit us in Hartford, too.”


Paige is proud that her family was able to continue another family’s tradition, “Working hard for our customers is in our genes and we’re pleased that Tires Plus Wheels is now part of our family,” she says.


Star Tires Plus Wheels will have a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, July 26, from noon to 4:00 p.m at its location on 888 Wethersfield Ave, Hartford.  Hot 93.7's D.J. Wrexx will be playing music.  “We want to celebrate,” says Andy.  “We will have a grill going with food all afternoon and be giving away movie tickets, hats, t-shirts, Lil Wayne tickets, and a set of tires as well as having a huge sale on tires and wheels.”


For more information, call 860-296-9099. 


Media contact

Andrea Obston aobston@aomc.com

(860) 243-1447 (office) (860) 803-1155 (cell)

(860) 653-2712 (home)



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