Roll out with Island Scooter Store
SUN PHOTO/DOUG COPELAND
Picture this, it’s a dazzling day on Anna Maria Island. A couple of puffy clouds are balanced on the powder blue sky, the pale water shimmers as it embraces the sandy beach and the breeze gently brushes past your cheeks.
Now picture that into this imagine of perfection you’re navigating a bright red scooter, slowing down to watch the dolphins, or stopping for a quick dip in the Gulf of Mexico or lunch at an outdoor café. It doesn’t get much better.
You may think my prose is a little purple to describe scooters, but I doubt Brian and Millie Quartermain would think so. The Quartermains, originally from Great Britain, relocated to Anna Maria in 1995 with their son after living on Spain’s Costa del Sol.
Brian’s business experience ranged from owning a motorcycle shop to being a boat dealer and owning marinas. In fact, when they moved to Anna Maria, the first business they purchased was the Holmes Beach Marina.
Following his "I will never retire" philosophy, Brian was looking for another business to keep him and Millie involved and busy. They combined his love of motorcycles and their business experience into an enterprise they thought would be both fun and interesting.
The Island Scooter Store was born in March of this year offering scooter, bicycle and golf cart rentals. The scooters in their rental fleet are no more than a year old and are offered with some basic training and a helmet.
They have a full range of rates starting at $45 for a double scooter and $35 for a single scooter for two hours. Practically any time frame and scooter size can be accommodated to fit resident and visitor needs.
In addition, the Quartermains provide a full service sales program, and are the authorized and approved dealer for new Vento, Schwinn and Adly scooters, as well as providing service for scooters. New scooters start at $1,500, and if you purchase a new scooter from the Island Scooter Store, they will arrange for the state registration and plate.
The scooters for sale and rent at the Island Scooter Store are either two- or four-stroke engines that get between 80 and 100 miles per gallon of gas. The Quartermains remind everyone that scooters with a 50cc engine size or less do not need a motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license. Also, owners are not required to carry insurance or wear a helmet, but naturally, both insurance and helmets are recommended. When asked about training for renters of his scooters, Brian Quiartermain replied "I won’t let them loose until they’ve check out."
Just to make things even more fun, the Island Scooter Store carries an inventory of seat covers to protect against Florida’s sun. The covers are designed and made by Millie in patterns that include, paw prints, leopard print, zebra strips and dog bones in all kinds of colors.
The Island Scooter Store’s motto is, “If you’re looking for adventure, style and fun, ride a scooter.” So, if you want to feel the soft Island breeze on your face, the salt on your skin and the alluring freedom you haven’t felt since you were a kid, ride a scooter. In fact, get a purple one to go along with my prose.
Island Scooter Store
Holmes Beach Business Center
5347 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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