One little motorcycle shop, one dedicated owner

On Saturday afternoon, Ken Kroppmanns (of Sooke's Kenco) quietly celebrated his 54th birthday.

Ken Kroppmanns (owner of Kenco) at his surprise birthday party.

Ken Kroppmanns (owner of Kenco) at his surprise birthday party.

On Saturday afternoon, Ken Kroppmanns quietly celebrated his 54th birthday. Actually, it wasn’t quiet at all. A bunch of his friends and customers had shown up, invited by Ken’s wife, Rebecca, who “secretly” posted the details of the surprise party on their business’s Facebook page.

Clearly, Ken doesn’t go on Facebook much.

If you don’t know who Ken is, you’ve probably seen his business banner at the local soccer field. He is the owner of Kenco, a motorcycle repair and maintenance shop that has been in existence since September 17, 1979, quietly tucked away on Sooke River Road en route to the Potholes.

That day, according to Ken, was the first full-time day on the job for a young 19-year-old, at his own shop.

Come this September, Kenco wil also hit a significant milestone: it will turn 35 years old.