In addition to having a really cool shop name, Stray Bullet Upholstery also has an interesting story. Housed in a milk barn in Fairfield, Montana, the upholstery shop — which repairs everything from cars to airplanes — is run by a trimmer named Pamela, who met her husband while on the job.
The Fairfield Sun Times, which recently profiled the shop, explains:
It was during an upholstery job on an aircraft that brought Brian and Pamela together. She was living in Idaho and doing upholstery and Brian, who grew up on the “old home place” where the shop is located, made a living as an aircraft broker. Brian needed the interior of an aircraft, a Glassair, upholstered about eight years ago, and Pamela was just the person to do it.
Pamela grew up in the Idaho Falls, Idaho area. Her dad was a farmer, and her mom taught Pamela how to sew. By 1984, Pamela was married to her first husband, who was an auto mechanic; her brother-in-law did auto body work. Pamela taught herself how to do car interiors, and the three would buy used cars, fix up the engines, the body and the interior and re-sell them. […]
Pamela moved to Montana about five years ago and her and Brian tied the knot. Brian converted the old milking barn to a shop.
Today, Stray Bullet Upholstery is doing so well that Pamela and Brian are seeking another full-time upholsterer to join their team. What’s more, they’re teaching their four children the craft. “I told them that if you’re out of work, you can always make a living doing nothing but barstools and motorcycle seats,” says Pamela.
To learn more about Stray Bullet Upholstery, read “Stray Bullet Upholstery Has You Covered” and add them on Facebook. Also, check out The Hog Ring‘s “Shop Profiles” section to learn more about other auto upholstery shops.