Proud to be celebrating 45+ years of quality covers … handcrafted since 1976!
We are committed to providing the highest quality car and boat covers on the market.
Making long lasting superior products that satisfy you is what we’re all about.
Relationship building and customer service are top priorities.
Michael Gargagliano: Owner
Four Generations of Fitted Cover Craftmanship
It was during the 1930’s-1960’s in Manhattan, New York that my grandfather owned a garment factory which manufactured women’s dresses. My father, after serving in the Korean War, went to work for there and later became a business partner. As a child I would watch 50 sewing machine operators turn out hundreds of fine fabric dresses in a day. However, by the 1960s much of the US garment industry had moved overseas. In 1965 my family moved to Michigan. Here my father learned new canvas crafts while working for a well-known company that manufactured collapsible tent style camper-trailers.
In 1976, combining two different fabric crafts, my father started The Canvas Shoppe Inc. in his basement. He applied the same techniques used for dress making to canvas. His covers were darted to fit snug around every curve of a car or boat. Michigan is full of lakes and car factories, so boat and car covers seemed a great new business opportunity. At twenty years old I went to work with my father to help grow the business. He then bought our current building and made several expansions with bays to allow cars and boats to pull inside for precise fittings. Ten years later I purchased the business when health issues forced my father to retire.
In the beginning we would additionally make custom covers for anything could be patterned. Eventually, however, we streamlined cover products and services to only include boats and cars. This helped control our quality and efficiency. When the World Wide Web came along in the 90’s it greatly increased our visibility to customers beyond Michigan. Now my son Austin has joined the business and will continue our quality craftsmanship legacy for many years to come.
We are excited to serve you with our miCarCovers.com and skiBoatCovers.com websites.