Maria do Ceu

Maria was born on the island of San Miguel in the Azores, which is part of Portugal. She moved to the U.S. with her family when she was 8 years old, and grew up in Benicia. After high school, Maria entered an apprenticeship in auto repair.

She worked as a mechanic for 15 years before opening her own shop in Oakland. She moved to Petaluma in 1995, opening Out West Garage, and the rest, as they say, is Herstory.

After the work day stops at Out West a new kind of fun begins.

Many nights the lights stay on and Maria picks up her mandolin or guitar to make music with friends in the waiting room otherwise known as the picking parlor!

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