NEW MADISON — Weimer Electronics is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Owner Norman Weimer and wife Barbara are planning a sale at the store on Oct. 4 and 5.
They first opened their store at 101 N. Main and are now located at 111 N. Main.
“For a couple of months, we were nothing but repair then,” Norman Weimer said. “Then we sold for RCA, then Zenith for 20 years until it became LG. We have had Sharp microwaves and Sharp, Crosley and Toshiba TVs but now just have LG.”
Weimer does repairs and sales at his establishment.
Now he has some DVD players and 24-inch to 65-inch television sets in stock.
“I repair antique radios and phonographs and I’ve got a record player in now to work on,” he said. “In addition, I have digital televisions and sell antennas, wire and amplifiers.”
Weimer and technician, Gerald “Scott” Trittschuh, used to do all the work themselves; Trittschuh, five days a week and Weimer, six days.
Today, because he can’t keep up sometimes, gets help from Trittschuh one day a week.
Weimer said he got started in the business after taking a correspondence course in 1960.
“In 1968, I worked for the RCA factory service in Dayton for a year and then I started my own business,” Weimer recalled.
His family moved to this area in 1945 from Liberty, Ind., and he went on to graduate from Westmont High School in Hollansburg.
He met his wife, Barbara Eliker Weimer, in 1954 and they were wed February 1957. She has helped out in the store over the years. They also have four daughters, including Beverly Shumaker and Tina Clevenger) who have also worked for their father. His other two daughters are Bonnie Behee and Sheryl Branson.
The Weimers, who attend the Castine Church of the Brethren, grow a big garden each year and also raise popcorn when they’re not in the shop.
“I volunteer for disaster work,” Norman said. “I work on houses and have made 21 trips so far with Brethren Disaster Services. I have made eight trips to New Jersey, three or four to Missouri, one to Colorado and I have been to Detroit.”
“There is no place around like this anymore,” he said looking around his store, which also serves as a museum for his old radio collection. “When I started, there was a TV man everywhere.”
The store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.