It was a 1968 Oldsmobile 442 convertible that got William (Will) Spitzer started on his life long career as an upholstery master. Spitzer was 21 years old when he bought that dream car. A new convertible top was needed to put it back into pristine condition, as the motor and body were in excellent condition.
“I went to a couple body shops for estimates, and having spent most of my money on the car, I realized I might not be able to replace the top as I had planned,” Spitzer said. “Then I met a shop owner who offered me a job in his shop, training me in the upholstery trade. Putting a new top on the “442” was a good first job for me and I’ve been doing it ever since.”
Spitzer moved to the Northern Neck in the early 2000’s from Maryland. He brought with him his love and talent for restoring and fabricating seats and cushions for boats, motorcycles, airplanes and vehicles. Many of his former customers from Maryland still seek his services.
“If it has a motor and can move, I can make a seat for it. One of my specialties is fabricating motorcycle seats for choppers from scratch, using fiberglass and leather, customizing it to the owner’s specifications. I tell my customers that whatever I work on has to be able to move, meaning that I don’t upholster furniture,” Spitzer laughed. “I don’t make sails, but I can repair them and make them strong and as good as new.”
“Bayside Upholstery” had its debut in the Reedville/Fairport area twelve years ago. Spitzer’s natural talent for upholstery combined with his congenial nature has created and sustained a loyal customer base with “word of mouth” advertising at its best …
Read more in the February 3 edition of the Northumberland Echo.