Dew Raw Chop Shop gets motor running in Fort

17 years ago
By Scott Mitchell Johnson
Staff Writer

    FORT FAIRFIELD – From patches to leather vests, chrome accessories to T-shirts, Dew Raw Chop Shop in Fort Fairfield can help motorcycle riders accessorize their bikes and themselves.
    According to Dwaine Wilcox, who co-owns the 314 Main St. business with his wife, Becky, Dew Raw Chop Shop has been open since July.

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    DEW RAW CHOP SHOP recently opened its doors in Fort Fairfield. Located at 314 Main St., the chop shop sells motorcycle accessories, T-shirts, leather jackets, chaps, vests, stickers, patches, chrome accessories and more. Attending a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony were, from left: Janet McGillan, Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce board member; Ruel Flannery, Town Council; Shawn Murchison, executive director of the chamber; Becky Wilcox, owner; Dwaine Wilcox, owner; Effie Murchie, chamber board member; and Tony Levesque, community development director.

 

   “It’s a retail business,” said Dwaine. “We sell motorcycle accessories, T-shirts, leather jackets, chaps, vests, stickers, patches, chrome accessories, used Harley Davidson parts, takeoff items, and we also sew patches on the vests and leather jackets that we sell.
    “I just get the parts for customers,” said Wilcox. “I don’t do any work on motorcycles at this point in time. I’ve had quite a few customers asking me to do work on motorcycles, but I’m not set up to do that right now. We’ll see what the future holds.”
    Wilcox decided to open the chop shop after building a chopper and realizing there was a lack of such a store in Aroostook County.
    “There’s no where to go and just get the parts for it,” he said. “Plus I figured if I need to find someone to sew a patch on my vest, other people would too. This type of business was lacking in the area.”
    He said business has been good so far.
    “We’ve found customers coming in who would want to get different exhaust systems for their motorcycles or stickers … we’ve ordered special stickers for customers,” Wilcox said, noting that prices are affordable. “We’re getting a lot of people coming and checking us out. We’re getting a lot of Canadian business and have sold some leather jackets that say ‘Canada’ down the sleeve and have a maple leaf on the back.
    “The interest is here, the affordability is here,” he said. “We have a good location here on Main Street, so we’re happy with how things are going.”
    Wilcox said while he’s concentrating on motorcycles right now, future plans call for branching out to include snowmobile and ATV accessories.
    While motorcyclists aren’t riding their bikes during the winter months, Wilcox said he hopes to be busy just the same.
    “People tend to buy the quick, easy leather tool bags, changeable mirrors, etc. during the spring and summer while they’re riding their motorcycle,” he said, “but during the winter is when they decide to change the color of their bike, put new fenders or a new tank on, change tires, etc. They take it apart and change things around in the winter, so I should see business year-round.”
    The Wilcoxes hope to be good partners of the community and have already done some charitable work.
    “We just did a hot dog roast for the Catholic Charities of Maine – Feed the County food drive, and we support the Toys for Tots campaign,” said Becky. “Things like that are always welcome at our shop.”
    Dwaine has a message for bikers in the area.
    “Wheelies and burnouts,” he said. “Instead of saying ‘See you later,’ I say ‘Wheelies and burnouts,’ which is catching on. We’ve even put that on our business cards.”
    Dew Raw Chop Shop is open 5-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.     
    For more information, call 472-3360 or e-mail chop_shop04742@yahoo.com.

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    BECKY AND DWAINE WILCOX, co-owners of Dew Raw Chop Shop in Fort Fairfield, work on sewing a patch onto a leather jacket at their new Main Street store.