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Visitors to the Metro Detroit area, particularly during the Woodward Dream cruise, probably recognize the art deco Vinsetta Garage, on the western side of this famous thoroughfare as it runs through the city of Berkley.
Since 1919 this building has been a hub of activity when it comes to repairing cars and trucks, as well as a popular spot for car enthusiasts to gather and shoot pictures during cruise week.
However, after 91 years in business, it has closed its doors. Vinsetta’s most recent owner, Jack Marwil, purchased the garage back in 1989, but on the recent passing of his wife has elected to take a career change, selling the shop and enrolling in law school.
Although a buyer hasn’t yet been found; Marwil is hoping that somebody who appreciates this structure and its storied history will purchase it and preserve it as a shining example of Detroit’s golden age. Even if that happens and the neon and vintage gas pumps remain, Marwil says the shop’s name will no likely be retired.