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Tveten's Auto Clinic
5425 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98499

No one knows for sure, but Tveten's Auto Clinic, which began as a crossroads Texaco station in 1949, may beMore Lakewood's oldest continuously operated business. After three generations, it's still owned by the Tveten family and still thriving as an auto repair business. The shop's ASE-certified mechanics work on all makes and models, fixing everything from brakes to transmissions.

“Our specialty is fixing cars — any cars,” said general manager Ray Gregory.

On any given day, all eight of Tveten's repair bays are likely to be filled, so customers are advised to make an appointment.

Ponders Pawnbrokers
12820 Pacific Hwy SW, Lakewood, WA 98499

Ponders Pawnbrokers has been a landmark in Ponders Corner since 1961. They offer quick, easy loans on cameras,More televisions, firearms, tools, musical instruments, jewelry and many other valuables. Bargain hunters can find many good deals on out-of-pawn goods, especially guitars, large-screen LCD television sets, and heavy tools like drills and power saws.  

Harry Cupper, the counterman, says he's seen a few changes since 1973, when the current owner, Mike Movehart, bought the shop. "We don't get so many servicemen, now that the military is paying better," he said. "These days we actually have more civilian customers." Pawnshops are a better deal than payday loan companies, he says, because the interest is lower and you can renegotiate your loan after 90 days.

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