TeeVax “a local family owned business since 1949”
In 1949 it all started at 803 Santa Rosa Ave when Monty and Ruth Montague bought three washing
machines. They kept the first, the second went to a relative and the third was sold off the front porch
of their house. Shortly after they built a shop in front of their house on Santa Rosa Ave and went into
business as Monty’s Home Service. In the late 50’s the State of California eminent domain the property
of the store that Monty built so HWY 12 would connect to HWY 101. Monty met early one morning with
his friend Hugh Codding telling Hugh of his dilemma. Hugh said he was building a new shopping center
to the east of Montgomery Village called Mayette Village with A&B Market and Sprouse Reitz, so they
visited the site and Hugh asked Monty how large he wanted his space. Monty took a stick and drew in
the dirt but Hugh said that was not large enough and said the space should be this big. Monty asked
how much with Hugh offering a fair price. With a hand shake the lease was final. True story.
In the early 70’s Monty’s Home Service was changed to TeeVax because the majority of business at
that time was electronics and vacuums. TeeVax at the time stood for TV and accessories. In 1972
TeeVax moved to what is now known as Historic Railroad Square when it was lower 4 th. Monty’s vision
developed into rebuilding 100 4th street to it’s original exterior and modifying the interior to fit today’s
needs. This building is the first building to be rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake which hit harder than
San Francisco with most of the larger buildings collapsing.
In the mid 1990’s TeeVax moved down the street to 422 Wilson Street where they have their own
parking lot and warehouse in one location to house the largest appliance inventory in Sonoma County.
Today TeeVax is 3 generations strong along with dedicated staff still have the same philosophy as
Monty. “If a customer can be satisfied we can and will do it”
“Mom” Ruth Montague now 92 still comes to work 5 days a week in the parts department. “I love
coming to work with my children & grandchildren. What else am I going to do other than stay home and
read a book?”
What is in the future for TeeVax? Continue to be involved in the development of Historic Railroad
Square and expanding more into indoor and outdoor kitchens along with continually working smart on
satisfying customers and friends.
Thank you Sonoma County for voting TeeVax 2013 “Best of the North Bay”. It is truly an honor!