Ahern Rentals in Gardnerville, (1247 HIghway 395), will host an open house Aug. 16-17 to showcase its 10,000 square feet of hardware.
They will offer free house keys made (one per customer) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and give away more than $3,000 worth of merchandise. They’ll offer a barbecue lunch between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both days.
Aside from offering a large selection of merchandise in its growing retail section, Ahern has a unique feature hanging across a large portion of the building.
Nationally-renowned mural artist Beverly A. Caputo, a Valley resident who has painted for such clients as Disney, Coca Cola and Universal Studios, painted a large mural of Carson Valley that hangs above the cash registers at Ahern.
Sprinkled across it are various pieces of Ahern rental equipment, such as scissor lifts and tractors, working on different Valley properties. A number of Valley landmarks are represented, as is Ahern president Don Ahern’s ranch at the base of the Carson Range.
“She painted it a couple years ago when they first started expanding the store,” said Ahern retail manager Kerry Hodges. “Someone will be standing here and and look up all of the sudden. Then the whole group has to take it all in for a couple minutes. It grabs your attention.”
Caputo has also painted murals locally at the Douglas County Historical Society Museum, the Genoa Town Hall, Sharkey’s Casino, the Carson Valley Children’s Center and Kirkwood Ski Resort, among many other locations.
Ahern is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.