New business

Milton new business Paw Paw’s Small Engines opened on Glover Lane

There have been many changes to the old Anderson Equipment Building at 4912 Glover Lane in Milton.

Over the past seven months, under new ownership, Tina Jackson and her family have worked hard, planting the roots of a new business based on doing things right.

“It’s the most fun job I’ve ever had,” Jackson said. “Every day I work with my brother and my father and create a business with them.”

Anderson Equipment, now known as Paw Paw’s Small Engines, is focused on providing service well done. Whether you’re looking to repair your trusty lawn equipment or want to buy something new, Paw Paw’s is the place to be.

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Small engine repairs, including four-wheelers, used parts and equipment can also be found at Paw Paw’s. But despite holding a grand opening event and sidewalk sale earlier this spring, Jackson and his family are still trying to spread the word.

“People still don’t know we’re here,” Jackson said. “When the previous owner passed away, we discovered he didn’t like throwing things away and left a lot of inventory. We’ve been busy cleaning up a lot of those old parts and now have a showroom for our Cub Cadet and Snapper riding mowers. We are an authorized dealer for Cub Cadet and Snapper.

Morgan Wilson of Powerhouse Compressor Company, which has provided a variety of services for air compressors, generators, pressure washers, accessories and supplies in Santa Rosa County for more than 30 years, also moved its operations at 4912 Glover Lane,

“He’s been a great tenant to have here with us,” Jackson said.

Family business Paw Paw's Small Engines provides small engine repairs, lawn equipment and used parts at 4912 Glover Lane in Milton.

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Once you walk through the doors, don’t be surprised to be greeted by Paw Paw himself – Jackson’s father, Dave McGahan. McGahan’s favorite thing is inviting customers to sit at one of the bar stools next to him, enjoy a cup of coffee and chat.

“Everybody always called me Paw Paw,” McGahan said. “This week is my birthday week, and I will be 86 on the 21st. I like to sit and talk to people.

“He’s our mascot, so to speak,” Jackson said. “We offer a family atmosphere, and we named our business Paw Paw’s because my dad believes in doing things right.”

Family business Paw Paw's Small Engines provides small engine repairs, lawn equipment and used parts at 4912 Glover Lane in Milton.

McGahan adds, “because if we don’t have time to do it right the first time, then we don’t have time to do it a second time to get it right.”

Paw Paw’s Small Engines is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit or call 850-623-5005.

Kalyn Wolfe is a freelance columnist for the News Journal. Send new business tips to [email protected]