The Birth of Madd Monkey Garage, LLC The question I am asked most often….. “How did you come up with the name Madd Monkey Garage?” The business name is very catchy and most find it very cool, everyone wants to know how I came up with the name: It all started in NY. I’m a 4th Generation Rye, NY resident and my dream was always to move my family to NC and finish my days in the South. I have been traveling to NC since 1981 and LOVE the state. My daughter Allye, then a sophomore in H.S. 2014, was just 2 years from graduating. I wanted to do everything I could to make the transition to her future as smooth and stress-free as possible, so I came up with a plan to move to NC earlier than anticipated, establish residency and Allye would receive State College fees, something I can assist her in without us all struggling. In April of 2014, I traveled to the westside of NC, a place I have never traveled to (I always traveled on the eastside). For the first time, I was attending the Auto Fair that is held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway twice a year, Spring and Fall, a monstrous event, and I absolutely fell in love with the area and the western side of NC in a whole. So I put my plan into action…. My first idea was to name the business “Monkey Wrench Garage.” My vision was to have the monkey’s arms presented as wrenches. My graphic designer at that time just could not put my vision together, the photo he presented to me just did not click with the name. I asked him to try a different photo. After a day or two, he sends me a new photo, which is the photo today. I was very pleased. The picture had that “WOW” factor: everyone that knows me knows there has to be the “WOW” factor. I was like, I love it, let’s use this one. As I sat and stared at the photo alongside the name, it just wasn’t clicking for me: now the name Monkey Wrench Garage wasn’t right for the photo, so I was forced to ditch the name. I was keeping the photo no matter what! As I stared at the photo I thought okay, the monkey appears to be angry, that brought me to Mad Monkey Garage, but the name just seemed a little generic for my taste. Then I thought okay, the Monkey is in cartoon form, how about I just add a second “D” to make it spell MADD with 2 D’s, just like the magazine from years ago called Mad Magazine… hmmmm, awesome idea I thought to myself. So I adopted the name MADD MONKEY GARAGE, but wait, just one catch: Mad Magazine was never spelled with 2 D’s, so you see the second D was a cool accident and it all works!
There you have it, the birth of MADD MONKEY GARAGE, LLC 2014