Little did Brent Larson know five months ago that he’d be taking over a local business in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.
When life gave him lemons, it seems, he wound up making sneeze guards.
Larson and two employees of Sequim Village Glass — Mickey Faulk and Gabriel Kenoyer — completed purchase of the Carlsborg-based company and have rechristened it Dungeness Glass.
Previous customers can expect much of the same services from Dungeness Glass, from various glass fixtures to shower doors, skylights, and custom mirrors in both residential and commercial buildings.
Bonded and insured, Dungeness Glass can also upgrade windows with Public Utility District (PUD)-approved rebates.
With a number of businesses in Sequim and Port Angeles seeking more protection for their employees during the 2019 novel coronavirus situation, Larson and company are also busy making sneeze guards.
Larson said he had plenty of trepidation taking over a new business in the midst of an economic whirlwind.
“Heck yeah — it’s not like bills don’t stop coming,” he said.
Business has slowed to where Larson, Faulk and Kenoyer are the only ones on staff right now; “normally at this time of year it’d be really busy (and) we’d have to have a bigger crew,” he said.
No stranger to the glass business, Larson spent 30 years working with the stuff and said he enjoys creative projects and working on classic and custom car restorations with friends and colleagues in the local hot rod community.
Larson owned Novus Auto Glass in Carlsborg but that business burned to the ground in June 2010; the fire destroyed the structure Larson was renting, along with extensively damaging four vehicles inside.
Larson said he’s happier working for a business like Dungeness Glass.
“Now I don’t have to deal with insurance companies; they dictate the price,” he said.
Larson moved to California after the fire before returning to Sequim about a year ago to work for Gil Simon at Sequim Village Glass.
“I couldn’t wait to get back to Washington,” Larson said.
Employees there started working on a deal to take over the business in November before recently finalizing the sale.