“We’re trying to reach the market that everyone else isn’t,” says Mariam Henfling, who owns the business along with her husband Roger Henfling. “We specialize in transmissions, but we are certified in basically all automotive repairs except alignment and welding.”
The Henflings originally purchased J & D Transmission earlier this year. They moved the Downtown Lansing location into Holt and reopened as Next Level in April.
“My husband grew up in Holt. We purchased a home here and we like the whole area and community,” says Henfling. “It’s actually going really well. Sales are up probably 75 percent from what they were last year.”
The 3,700 square foot location employs both of the Henfligns, two full and one part-time employee. Next Level offers 24-hour customer service.
“We hope to grow as a business, become better entwined with the community and find a home here,” says Henfling.
Next Level will start that trend of community involvement by hosting the first ever Holt Hometown Car Show on August 25 in conjunction with the Holt Hometown Festival.