New auto repair shop opens in Shelton

The three owners of an auto repair shop that has opened in downtown Shelton have more than 100 years of combined experience in the business.

C&C Family Automotive held a grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday at its new facility, 5 White St., just off Howe Avenue. The owners are husband-and-wife Anthony and Renee Capece, and William F. Constantino, who is Anthony’s cousin.

The shop had been located in West Haven, and the partners previously have worked in Ansonia.

Renee Capece joked at the event that she was from Ansonia and her husband was from Shelton, and they already had worked in the auto repair field in her hometown so she now “owed him” doing the same in Shelton.

‘A family enterprise’

During the event, Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce President Bill Purcell said the auto repair ship “really is a family enterprise.” Purcell described the owners as “Valley entrepreneurs” who understand that downtown Shelton is on the upswing.

“Downtown is everyone’s neighborhood,” he said, noting it’s a place to go for services, shopping, dining and even an ice cream cone. “It’s a place to meet and greet your neighbors,” Purcell said. “And now it’s the place again to have your oil changed.”

Putting people to work

Shelton Board of Aldermen President John Anglace Jr. said the city welcomes this kind of new business. Anglace said small businesses drive the economy.

“You’re the people who take the risk, you’re the ones who put people to work, and you’re the people who get involved in the community,” Anglace said.

Police Chief Joel Hurliman, who also was at the event, said he was pleased to see the shop open its doors.

Hurliman said anyone who grew up in Shelton remembers when the central business district had several car repair shops, but that has changed in more recent times. “If you live here, you need to have your car fixed,” he said.

The grand opening also celebrated the opening of the Bomba Salon at 509-c Howe Ave., next door to C&C Family Automotive. A separate story will appear on the hair salon, to be operated by partners Robert Bomba-Gil and John Gil-Bomba.

From maintenance to repair work

C&C Family Automotive will provide services from factory maintenance to general repair on all vehicle makes and models, including classic car restoration.

“No job is too big nor too small,” according to publicity material.

Renee Capece told those gathered at the grand opening, “Our family is here to keep your family safe.”

The shop will offer gift cards, after-hours key drop-off, and shuttle services in the area.

Operating hours will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday. Contact them at 203-924-AUTO (2886) or

“The C&C family would like to use this as another chance to thank you, as always, for your continued support, as they attribute their continued success to taking care of communities and people like you,” according to the shop’s publicity material.