Couple Un-retires to Become "Beach Bums"

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PANAMA CITY BEACH-- They traded in their car washes in Enterprise, AL to become "beach bums." John and Beverly Wallischeck opened Beach Bums Decor on Front Beach Road in Panama City Beach about a year and a half ago.

John spends a lot time outside their furniture store creating new conversation pieces while Beverly holds down the fort inside.

"This is the cool piece that we have," said Beverly as she points to a rustic looking TV stand. "It has the railroad type of wheels for a TV. And then my husband makes things. He put a farm table wood top on this. It can go inside or outside. It's just kind of cutesy."

The Wallischecks actually retired four years ago, but boredom got the better of them.

"Every morning after we retired we said what are we going to do today? And I says I don't know, what do you want to do today? And that lasted for about 6 months and we couldn't retire," said John.

The couple used to flip condos and ended up with a lot of leftover furniture doing so, so they decided to become furniture vendors, then one thing lead to another.

"We can custom make coffee tables, end tables, nightstands, beds that type of thing, storage units and we paint them to your specs," said John.

"They come in and they get real excited because they say, 'oh my gosh, this is the coolest store I've ever been in. It's so different,'" said Beverly. "And so I get real excited because, you know, I don't make anything in here but I decorate it and I set this stuff around, and I sell it."

They say folks from around the country have found them on Facebook. Some not wasting any time when they vacation here on the Beach.

"I think the most exciting day I had was when a lady came in here from Virginia and she was like, 'Ah, I found you," said Beverly. "And I'm like what do you mean? And she said I saw you on Facebook and I just came here to see this store first… from the airport. And she came in and bought a bunch of stuff and they had to take it and ship it."

Much of what they offer are one of a kind pieces. And if they don't make it themselves, they rely on about 40 different vendors to make it for them.

"it is a fun business, and we do have a lot of fun seeing people get so excited about their new condos and their new houses they get around here," said Beverly. "And then we get real excited when they come back in and show us pictures of what they did with the room with our stuff in it."

"We enjoy it," said John. "We make a lot of friends and we have repeat customers that come back."

Come back to no doubt enjoy a little slice of paradise, even though the sand and surf are nowhere in sight.

The Wallischecks work seven days a week. Their store is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, here's a link to their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Beach-Bums-Decor/1426764147594677