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“As a kid, I wondered, ‘why can’t we have anything new?’ And now, here I am.”
—Beverly Bentley Ingram on her family’s love of antiques
Owner: Beverly Bentley Ingram
Address: 32 E. Main St.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In business: For nearly 16 years
Number of employees: 6: Ingram, plus Bettye Neal, Lois Platt, Janis Parker, Glenora Pace and Jo Woodward.
Primary business: Ingram rents space to crafters and antiquers who sell everything from tools, furniture and vintage aprons to glassware, jewelry and miniature replicas of Spencer County buildings.
Price range: From 10 or 50 cents to $1,900.
Much to the chagrin of some prospective customers who call the store, The Red Scooter, located at 32 E. Main St., doesn’t sell scooter parts. The store, however, does offer a little bit of everything else.
Beverly Bentley Ingram opened the store nearly 16 years ago after admiring — and eventually buying — the building that used to house Greenwell and Sons Grocery, Lermans and the Dollar General Store.
So why call it The Red Scooter? Ingram says during a phone call with her brother, the two began discussing possible names for the store. Her brother began naming random objects within his sight, eventually landing on something that stuck.
“He said, ‘Well, I’ve got this red scooter,’” Ingram recalled Monday afternoon. “And I said, ‘That’s it!’”
Now, the red scooters are hard to miss when you walk in the door — Ingram collects them.
Smiling faces are also hard to miss when visiting the store. Ingram has assembled a team of retirees who each work a day a week at the store. Depending on which one you ask, they call themselves “The Scooter Girls” or “The Scooter Gang.”
Bettye Neal, who retired from The Peoples Bank and has been interested in antiques for decades, works the desk on Mondays.
Lois Platt, who came to Taylorsville after working for an attorney in Florida and is well-known for her gourd art, works there on Tuesdays.
Janis Parker, a retired school teacher who crafts, works the store on Wednesdays.
Glenora Pace, also a retired school teacher who specializes in antiques and coordinates the store’s annual Gingerbread House Contest, works the desk on Thursdays.
Jo Woodward, a Memphis native who retired to Taylorsville to be around her grandchildren and coordinates the store’s apron contest each May, works the store on Fridays.
And Ingram, who just won her third term as a Taylorsville city commissioner, works the store on Saturdays.
Ingram said her father, especially, had a love for antiques and that’s something that he instilled in her through the years.
“As a kid, I wondered, ‘why can’t we have anything new?’” Ingram said, laughing. “And now, here I am.”
All six of the ladies agree that the best part of working at The Red Scooter is meeting new people, making new friends and hearing and sharing their stories.
“We really are the center of downtown,” Woodward said.
“This is the epitome of small town America,” Platt said.
The store offers antiques, crafts, jewelry, tools, furniture, glassware and much more.
And, as well as hosting the Gingerbread House and Apron Contests, the store is always well dressed for the gourd festival (and is home to the Gourd Fairy), sponsors the Christmas Home Tour, and hosts — what else? — scooter races.
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