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Upholstery shop owner receives national honors

Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 8:59 am

1898121_10152030097028598_1512014113_nLocal upholstery owner Tommy Perkins has recently been acknowledged for his trade. Perkins received awards for the car he and his team built by the military. He has two shows airing in January on “Detroit Muscle” as well.

“Since May, it has been car shows, word of mouth, and meeting new clients. Northern Neck is it for me” Perkins said.

“I always go to the Vegas car conventions to stay up to date,” Perkins said.  “I was able to have my car in central hall at the convention this year.”

“People can go their whole lives and not get a chance like this,” Perkins said.  “The whole experience has been fantastic, I mean I live for it.”

Perkins was nominated for Top Thirty Under Thirty.  The feature is now framed in a glass display that now hangs in his office. This achievement was bigger than he could imagine. “Out of 500,000 people mine was picked,” Perkins said.

Perkins started as a kid helping his dad work on cars.

“In eleventh grade I decided I wanted to work with classic cars,” said Perkins. “I was accepted into Wytech, the lead school for custom cars.”

Two weeks after Perkins’ high school graduation he went straight to Wytech.

“It was a one year program,” Perkins said. At first Perkins said he wanted to be a painter.

He was taking an upholstery class and found that he had a liking for it. He took a three-month course in upholstery and  graduated in 2004.

Perkins moved to Myrtle Beach working for a restoration shop. “I worked there for about two years before returning to Southern Maryland, where I’m from,” Perkins said…

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