Our History

Our History

Many of you have dealt with Stan's for a lot of years. Few of you, however, know "The Rest of the Story".

Stan Elmore and Wally Prather founded Stan's Tire Shoppe, Inc. in Lafayette in 1973. Stan was fresh out of high school, and was newly wed to his wife Donna. Stan had worked for Wally at his George Oil gas station while in high school, and after his graduation.

At this time, Wally was a major wholesaler of tires throughout the Front Range, but had no retail outlet. Stan had no business experience, except for a short stint as a grocery clerk in his hometown of Lake Wales, Florida. What Stan did have, however, was a vision. Stan saw a need for a retail tire store in the Lafayette area. Wally had tires, and a suitable location. A partnership was formed, and Stan's was born.

What Stan lacked in polish and business skills, he made up for with pure determination and basic integrity and honest business. Even as a young businessman, Stan was quick to surround himself with outstanding people, who helped him learn about business, and helped his business grow.

By 1980, Stan had outgrown his original location in Lafayette, and another small location on Front Street in Louisville, a decision was made to build a new building (our current location) on South Boulder Road, in between Lafayette and Louisville, so that both communities could be served.

Since coming to our location on South Boulder Road, Stan's has continued to grow with the community, gradually changing our focus from tire sales and light service work to a Complete Automotive Service Center, with the latest in computer diagnostic equipment, and some of the most highly trained technicians in the nation.

The quality of the people that make up the Stan's team really shines through in the awards that they have won:

1992-2006: Honorable Invitation and Request to National CarQuest Excellence Award
2005: Best of the West...Best automotive repair facility
2005: BBB Gold Star award (no complaints)
2004: BBB Gold Star Award ( No Complaints)
2003: Best of the West....Best Auto Repair Shop.
2003: BBB Gold Star Award ( No BBB complaints)
2002: Daily Camera Reader's Choice Award: Runner Up for Best Auto Repair Shop / Service Department
2000-2001: Top 5 AAA Approved repair facility in Colorado (by consumer rating)
2000: Stan Elmore inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame
1992-2000: Requested by CARQUEST for National Advisory Council (An honor granted to the top 10 shops in the nation!)
1995-2000: Voted Best Auto Technicians by readers of the Lafayette News
1999: Voted Best Deal on Tires by readers of the Lafayette News
1996: Stan Elmore recipient of Sam Walton Business Leader Award
1995-1996: Voted Best Oil Change by readers of the Lafayette News
1995: Recipient of Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Service First Award
1993: Voted Best Independent Auto Repair Facility in the NATION!



The real success of Stan's, however, has come from YOU, our customers. Community involvement, and relationships built with local businesses, charities, schools, and other organizations have helped to establish Stan's as THE experts in Automotive Repair in the Boulder County area.

We thank you for your support.