BBQ Doctors find success in repairs

July 2, 2009 7:14:48 PM PDT
Two Bay Area men have traded in their unemployment checks to start a business of their own. They provide a service they didn't see anyone offering -- a different kind of "doctor" making house calls.

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Like millions of Americans, Martin Gross and Mark Wilcox found themselves unemployed. Unlike millions they made a bold move.

"The best way I saw to rectify that problem was to work for myself," said Martin Gross.

Gross teamed up with Wilcox, who had six years experience in appliance repair.

Martin knew from his previous job in landscaping and spa repair there was a niche not being filled in the area of BBQ repair. Between the two, the entrepreneurs already had many of the tools they needed.

The BBQ Doctors launched their business last year.

"We were able to get up and running fairly economically," said Gross.

We've all head timing is everything, not only did the recession spark the business because these two were out of work, but the tough economy is helping it to thrive.

The BBQ Doctors of Morgan Hill specialize in making old BBQ's look and work like new. Gone are the days when people just dispose of anything broken. This BBQ alone costs more than $4,000 but was having problems with the igniter.

"Well you pretty much can't throw the whole thing away. It's all right. I knew it was kind of a higher end model it's better just to fix it," homeowner Yashar Mira.

Mark and Martin say safety is essential and warn everyone spider webs can be your grills worst enemy.

"The web can actually obstruct gas flow so as it comes out the burner, it's forced back out and you can actually have a blow torch coming out of this unit," said BBQ Doctor Mark Wilcox.

This service business not only keeps them employed but is part of the new green economy.

"We're filling up already overfilled landfills so if you can fix it for a fraction of the cost of a new one, helping the environment and our clients."

The BBQ Doctors have patients throughout the Bay area and do make house calls.

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