"Shop local!" It is with this call to action thatJerry Villa and his family are celebrating thefifth anniversaryoftheir family-owned and -operated business - Jerry's Small Engine Sales & Service, Inc.

"You can buy cheaper at the big box stores, but remember us forqualitysales - as well as for the repairs. Try to use 'the little guy'as much as possible. That's what keeps us in business," pointed out Villa. "Remember us year-round for the sales as well as the service. It's the service after the sale that counts." He contends, "The big box stores will only end up sending you to a dealer for repairs anyway."

Jerry's Small Engine Sales & Service, Inc.is an official dealer for Husqvarna, a company that was founded in 1689 to provide muskets to the army ofKing Charles XI of Sweden. The company eventually shifted to sewing machines, bicycles, motorized bikes, chain saws, lawn mowers, and tractors. Husqvarna is known worldwide for quality outdoor power equipment.

Jerry'sisalso an official dealer forGenerac, McCulloch,and Pouland. In addition, they work withHonda and Briggs & Stratton. According to Villa,"We can repair any brand - as long as wecan get the parts."

Jerry's carries a full line of lawn and garden equipment -tractors, mowers, trimmers, tillers,and log splitters. They also carry chain saws, snow blowers, and generators. Jerry's has expanded into smaller items - such as rakes, shovels, bags of mulch, and salt. "What we don't have in stock, we can get," added Villa.

In addition to sales and service, Jerry'salso now rents equipment. As an added convenience,pick-up and delivery service is available.

"I've been working on small engines all my life -but I've actually been in business doing it for the past five years," said Villa. Hegraduated from Lehigh County Vo-Tech with a degree in small engine repair.

Emphasizing the one-on-one personalized service, Sharon Villa stressed, "We enjoy going that extra mile for our customers whenever we can!" She added, "We thank all of our customers that we've had over the past five years for their dedication and support."

Jerry's Small Engine Sales & Service, Inc. is located at 40 Hazlewood Road in Lehighton - near the corner of Interchange Road (Route 209)and Hazlewood Road. They are open Mondaythrough Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon -closed Sunday. For more information, call 610-377-4370.