The Lift Garage – Minneaopolis, MN

  • 04-29-2024
  • 2401 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
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To celebrate the release of Mechanic Shop Femme’s Guide to Car Ownership, Chaya’s going on tour. Throw what you think a book tour should look like right out the window because this book tour will turn everything on its head. Instead of hosting a signing at bookstores, Chaya will be crisscrossing the country, visiting mechanic shops, and connecting with you face-to-face.

You’ll get to meet the Mechanic Shop Femme in person, get your book signed, and connect with a local queer woman-owned mechanic shop – and who knows, it might just become your new go-to mechanic.

Please preorder your book from Barbara’s Bookstore. Mechanic Shop Femme’s Guide to Car Ownership will not be available for sale at the book signing, so please bring the book with you.

About the shop – Cathy Heying, with a BA in social work and a master’s in pastoral ministry, is the last person you would expect to open a mechanic shop. However, she saw a need for accessible auto repair services for low-income people, which led her to go back to school to learn how to fix cars. In 2013, Cathy opened Lift Garage in Minneapolis, which is one of the nation’s only nonprofit repair facilities. The services provided are limited to customers at or below 150% of the federal poverty line. It only costs $15 per labor hour, and parts are all sold at cost, which means that car owners pay only a fraction of what it would cost to fix their cars at a regular mechanic shop. For many people, cars are a lifeline, and Cathy ensures that her community has as many opportunities as possible to drive a safe one.

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Ticket sales will fund the Jill Trotta Scholarship, launching in the fall of 2024. The scholarship will provide financial assistance for tools, tuition fees, and other necessary requirements for women and queer individuals who are entering this field.

Book Tour FAQs

  • Time : 6:45 pm - (America/Chicago)

Registration Deadline Expired!!