Farmen, Laurie

Farmen, Laurie
Farmen, Laurie, 1949-, interviewee; Gordon, Joyce, interviewer;
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ABSTRACT: Laurie Farmen opened her automobile repair shop, Hoshi Motors in Boulder in 1984. In this interview, she talks about being a woman in the nontraditional field of auto mechanics; naming and running Hoshi Motors; her philosophy of business, which includes creating a sense of community and an emphasis on fairness, helping people, and giving back to the community; and discussion of the character of Boulder as a place to live.


People: Hal Osteen


Places: Boulder


Subjects: education as an auto mechanic, being a woman in the field of auto mechanics, Boulder in the 1980s, opening her own shop (Hoshi Motors) with partner Hal Osteen in 1984, naming the business, female mechanics, similarities between sewing and mechanics, homey community feel of Hoshi Motors for customers, Hoshi Motors’ philosophy of service, talks given in the community, McGuckin’s Hardware, older cars, thoughts about Boulder in 2005, advice for women working in nontraditional fields.


Farmen, Laurie, 1949-
Hoshi Motors (Boulder, Colo.)
Automobile repair shops Colorado Boulder.
Small business Colorado Boulder Management.
Women Employment Colorado Boulder.
Boulder (Colo.) History Biography.
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