Memory Lane Marketplace
Memory Lane Marketplace in Arma, Kansas is a unique combination of antiques, Kansas products & crafts and classic car restoration. The surprising store is just a couple of blocks off of the I-69 Bypass.
Memory Lane began as Scotty's Classic Car Sales and Museum which Phyllis and Scotty Bitner opened after retiring from their Pittsburg automobile dealership in 1999. The focal points of Scotty's were the classic cars which are displayed with mannequins in period clothing, but many people will be just as interested in the toys and automobile related memorabilia from the 1950s and 1960s.
Scotty did the automobile restoration work and often started from nearly the ground up. It typically takes about a year for him to restore one of of these beauties, so it wasn't about making money, but the love of the work and the joy of meeting travelers who love old cars or nostalgia.
Following a stroke, Scotty's closed in January of 2011. Except for 8 vehicles, the collection was sold to the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History in Rosanky, Texas. But they still owned the building and late in 2013, Phyllis opened the new Memory Lane Marketplace.
The Marketplace still includes several of Scotty's restored cars and he may be found in the garage in the back working on his current project.
Many of the artists exhibiting work in Memory Lane Marketplace are from southeast Kansas and Phyllis is still finding new artists and Kansas made products each week. She is a big booster of Kansas and the Pittsburg area.
Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to get to know Scotty and Phyllis. They are great Kansas originals!
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