July 14, 2005

"It's made me realize people love me as much as I love them."

Well, I'll be. Regular reader and commentor Stan the Gummint Man sent me a link to this article this morning--Spivey to reopen toy and hobby shop.

This was the toy and model shop that burned up (or down) a couple of months ago, and it looks like Mr. Spivey won't let something like a fire get rid of him.

[...] "I knew the day it happened I wasn't ready to close," Spivey said. "I'm 78, but that doesn't mean my life is over." [...]

The new store will be housed in the building at 1509 Lomb Ave. that once served as his warehouse. Spivey and work crews are trying to get the building ready for a mid-August opening. Spivey said this new store will be even better than the original.

The longtime toy lover, a spark in his eye as he speaks, plans separate showcase rooms in the new store for model airplanes, helicopters, boats, cars and trains.

"I'm going to have the prettiest, most gorgeous hobby and toy store in North America when we're finished," Spivey said, even as work crews tore down walls to remodel the warehouse.

Spivey said he plans to open the store only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

"I'll make up for all those years I worked six days a week," he said. [...]

Fair enough.

Anyway, be sure to read both pages of the article, and best wishes to him on the new venture.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at July 14, 2005 08:12 AM