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Harvey Bekins Retirement Open House

We want to thank everyone who came to Harvey’s Retirement Open House this last Monday. Over 140 people came in to say hello to Harvey, and we had 50 entries to the “Find Harvey!” Wolf countertop oven drawing. Suffice to say that Harvey was immensely honored by the community’s outpouring of support, and the rest of the team here at Bekins was as well.

Happy retirement, Harvey – we miss you already, and thank you for building a company of excellence!

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Harvey draws the winning entry, freshly tumbled, from a Maytag dryer.

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Old friends enjoy cinnamon rolls from Russ’, and smoothies made fresh in the Bekins kitchen.

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Harvey catches up with old friends.

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Barb, Scott, and Harvey Bekins celebrate a successful 40 years in business together!

We also want to congratulate Chris Mergener, a Grand Haven native, for winning the Find Harvey contest and a Wolf Countertop Oven.

So, how did Chris spot Harvey among a sea of faces from 1986?

Chris first met Harvey in 1983, when she called him to come repair her avocado green refrigerator. Harvey came out to look at the fridge, “tweaked something”, Chris said, and got it up and running again. He didn’t end up charging her for the visit, for a reason that’s been long since forgotten by both Harvey and Chris. “I vowed right there and then that I’d give him all my business for the rest of my life!” said Chris, who was busy working a full time job and raising young children at the time. “I didn’t have a lot of time or money, and that visit just meant the world to me.”

Harvey visited the Mergener household once or twice more over the years, but Chris’s appliances didn’t give her too many additional problems. In the 90s, Chris came back to Bekins for a new Maytag washer/dryer set.

Today, Chris has adopted her two grandchildren and is back to being busy with a full time job and young children to raise. The Mergener’s microwave, which was on its last legs, finally gave up a few weeks back. “Being so busy with the kids and everything, I’ve really missed having an appliance that makes meals quicker and faster. I need all the help I can get! But I wasn’t sure about getting another microwave, and I just didn’t know what I was going to do. So when Tracy called and told me that I’d won the toaster oven, I just couldn’t believe it. It was such perfect timing, this is exactly what I needed, when I needed it!”

Chris said that she almost didn’t bother entering the drawing, because she never wins contests.

We’re glad you entered, Chris. Hope you enjoy the new Wolf Countertop Oven!

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Chris Mergener poses with her new Wolf countertop oven.

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