Tallahassee, FL – In honor of Veterans Day and the many active-duty and veteran U.S. servicemembers, the Florida Retail Federation (FRF) sheds a spotlight on retail store owner and Army veteran Mike Scobee.
For Mike Scobee, family means everything to him. He credits his parents for raising him in a traditional American military family and the values they instilled in him. Scobee most admires his father, Sgt. Major Lloyd Scobee, who served 34 years in the Army and saw combat in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
"Without a doubt, I wanted to follow in my father's footsteps," shared Scobee.
After graduating high school, Scobee joined the Army and for 20 years, he served as a member of the infantry living in many parts of the world.
During his second year in the Army, Scobee knew he had to marry his high school sweetheart, Peggy.
"My wife, she is my backbone," said Scobee.
While on leave from military duties, Scobee helped his brother out on construction of a new store. That store was Fisher Buggies, and Scobee soon found himself on a path to becoming a niche market retailer.
Fisher Buggies is a specialized auto parts store that was opened in 1981 by Ken and Hilma Fisher. Their passion for restoring Volkswagens was a garage hobby that transformed into a successful business.
"Our service area of expertise is on vehicles from the 1950s through 1979," explained Scobee. "We don't work on anything past 1979."
Fisher Buggies helps area residents find parts on original bugs and buses. They also specialize in dune buggies.
When Scobee retired from the Army, he took a job with Fisher Buggies. He didn't look back once.
Scobee worked his way up for Mr. Fisher for 22 years. When Mr. Fisher was ready to retire, he couldn't bear to sell his business to just anyone. He knew it had to go to someone with the same passion and work ethic, and that was Mike Scobee.
So in 2016, Scobee and his son-in-law, Tony Eannottie, joined together as business partners and became the new owners of Fisher Buggies.
The seven-member team of Fisher Buggies is a close-knit one, comprised of family and top-notch mechanics. They focus on customer service and quality workmanship.
Scobee also focuses on supporting his fellow veterans and those who may not have found the same success.
"As a veteran and small business owner, I feel blessed," shared Scobee. "I am one of the lucky ones. But we need to go and try and help the ones that haven't found that."
Scobee is a member of the VFW and the American Legion and participates where he can in special fundraising events. Fisher Buggies also offers all veterans and first responders a 10 percent discount on all auto parts.
Scobee knows there is more to be done to help those struggling veterans who have served our great nation.
The meritorious quality of Scobee is evident in his words and in the recognition he received during his own active-duty service. A recipient of the Bronze Star award and four Army Commendation medals, Scobee is a quiet leader with great compassion for others.
When asked about his retail philosophy, Scobee shared, "At the end of the day, if we do what we thought was right in order to take care of our customers and our team, we feel good about what we do."
Fisher Buggies is one of many veteran-owned retail businesses in Florida that you can support while you shop local and "Find It In Florida." Visit their website or follow them on Facebook or Instagram for more information.
Last year, the Florida Retail Federation launched the "Find It In Florida" campaign to spread public awareness on the importance of shopping locally. When Floridian shoppers "Find It In Florida", they are helping to keep doors open, boost the local economy and support their communities.
Florida's retailers have continued to take proactive measures during the pandemic to provide consumers with safe access to meet their shopping needs, including safely shopping in stores, curbside pickup and online ordering options.
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