Melson’s Service Center in New Hope invites the community to its 50th anniversary celebration from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 25.
The event will be held rain or shine, at 295 W. Bridge St., said Jane Melson, who along with her brothers, Jim Jr., Tom and Tony, runs the business started by their parents in 1970.
Rather than postpone the celebration due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Melsons have planned a drive-through event, offering “a gift bag of goodies from the Melson family as a thank you for allowing us to operate successfully in the New Hope and Solebury area.”
“People won’t have to get out of their cars. It’s the safest way to still celebrate and thank the community,” Jane said. “Before COVID, we were going to have this gigantic party and invite the whole town.”
James, who died seven years ago, and Judith Melson of New Hope began the business as a gas station and automotive garage. The family has since moved away from selling gas; however, they added U-Haul rentals and an auto tags and notary service some years ago.
Judith Melson lives behind the garage, which also employs two of her grandchildren – Jennifer and Jack – and she visits daily. Jennifer is the daughter of Judith and James Melson’s other daughter Pam, who does not work actively at the station.
“My mom, she’s sort of our fearless leader,” said Jane. “She’s going to be 83 in August; she walks over every day.”
Jane said all 20 Melsons will be in attendance for the 50th anniversary celebration, which also will offer raffle tickets for sale for seven or eight baskets, with all proceeds benefiting the New Hope Eagle Fire Co.
“This is a super toned-down celebration,” she said. “We wanted to express our gratitude to our New Hope-Solebury family for allowing us to thrive and take care of their cars and keep them on the road.
“Our customers are so incredible. People recognize this is a family business.”