MUSCATINE — At 7 a.m. five days a week, Mike Hyink has been brewing a pot of coffee at his shop on Park Avenue. Standing around each morning, a cast of regulars have kept watch on the comings and goings around town. This handful of old-timers — some past employees — have come for morning coffee for years, decades even.
But the party has to relocate because on Friday at 4 p.m. Hyink’s Standard Services will lock its doors for the last time. With all the people standing around inside, one would almost forget how it got to be here. Wedging through the people standing around the small office, there’s an unframed picture up on a shelf of Royce Hyink standing in front of the shop. Mike Hyink said he didn’t know when it was taken, but he said that’s how the shop looked back in 1964 when it opened doors.
“We do brake work, oil changes, tire work, tune ups,” Mike Hyink listed. “Nothing real major motor-wise, but minor stuff. Whatever your car might need.”
After half a century of running the place, Mike's father, Royce Hyink, died last April. Mike took over a few years before. It was Royce that taught Mike how to deal with customers.
“We’ve tried to treat customers right in hopes that they’ll treat us right,” Hyink said. “That’s my dad. That’s how he did it. We have so many regular customers from 90-year-olds down to 16. It’s always been a tradition basically.”
“And it's always been like that,” he said. “We have the coffee crew that comes in every morning. You have the returning customers that will come in sometimes just to shoot the bull. That’s how it’s always been.”
Hyink said that he will still run his wrecking service, but the shop has already been sold.
“My father ran the place for 50 years. I took it over, but I'm getting out,” Hyink said. “It has been a good run. We're not broke or anything like that. It's just time for me to slow down.”
This Friday will be the last day of operation for Hyink’s Standard Service. Doors will close 4 p.m. The wrecker service will maintain its original phone number, 563-263-9709.