Beulah gas station delivers old time charm and big time service
The good old days of full service gas stations are long gone, but in one small North Dakota town, vehicles still get spa treatment with every fill-up.
Downtown Gas delivers good old fashioned service to every motorist who pulls up to the pump.
Kevin Yeager has worked here for 38-years.
"I like what I do and I like the people that come in. I have regular customers that come here all the time," says Yeager.
Kennie Voegele is one of those regulars. He says he gets gas at this little service station on the east end of Main Street because he likes being treated like family.
"You pull up, they check everything and it's a done deal," says Voegele.
Terry Dschaak has owned this place since 1988. He says customers don't pay through the nozzle for full service. His gas prices are the same or lower than other gas stations in town.
"It's all very personal the way we do it," says Dschaak.
Folks around here really appreciate not having to stand out in the cold when the fuel gauge reads "empty" during the long cold North Dakota winters.
"It's a nice little perk to have. It's nice to know you don't have to get out on a twenty-below day and freeze while your car is filling up," says Stacey Winkler.
You can also get your engine worked on here. Downtown Gas has a staff of six full time and three part time employees.
Everyone of them provides classic customer service with a smile.
Gas stations in Oregon and New Jersey are mandated by law to provide full service. In Oregon the fine for pumping your own gas is a $500.