Midway Appliance, one of the Victor Valley's most resilient locally-owned businesses, was honored last week as the Hesperia Chamber of Commerce's October 2007 "Business of the Month."

Hesperia Chamber Ambassador Bob Wilson of Bluestar Properties presented the award to Midway owners Don Lager and his daughter Chandra Lager Jones during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 4.

Midway's history goes back to 1951, soon after the Lager family moved to the Victor Valley. Don Lager's father repaired large appliances, such as washers, dryers and refrigerators, at George Air Force Base, now the site of the Southern California Logistics Airport.

Soon he was repairing appliances from the Lager garage on Midway Street in Victorville. With business growing, in 1961 he rented a building on Seventh Street, a block south of Center Street, and began selling new appliances.

Three years later, Midway Appliance moved the Victor Valley Shopping Center. In 1970, the store again moved to Union Plaza, where it stayed for 20 years. With Don Lager at the helm, the store again was ready for a move, so in 1990 the store was moved to a 25,000-square-foot location near the I-15 and Mojave.

Finally, in 2003, Midway Appliance Solutions moved into a 86,000-square-foot location at 14444 Atstar Road in Victorville, which formerly housed the Victorville K-Mart.

Midway sells an array of wide-screen TVs, including top-of-the-line models from Mitsubishi. Additionally, the store carries appliances from Sub-Zero, Wolf, Viking, Fischer-Paycel and Icon by Frigidaire.

But Midway sells more than appliances and TVs. It also has cabinets, furniture, electronics and more.