Business 1 on 1 with Kay Neal

Kay Neal, Lamps By Ingleside, 2344 Ingleside Ave., 478-738-9600

How long have you been in business?: Neal and her brother started the business 19 years ago. At first they thought they would make lamps and sell them to furniture stores, but that didn’t work out.

“We visited a place in Columbus, Georgia, that was doing the same thing we do, and he took us under his wing, and we decided to make custom lamps and buy domestic lampshades. So a big part of my business is domestic lampshades and repairs on all lighting fixtures.

“My brother passed away this past June. So it’s been a struggle, but I’m still here, and business is good.”

What do you like best about your job?: “I like meeting the public ... getting to know them. ... There is nothing repetitious.”

What is your specialty?: “The lampshades are made in the USA. ... They are good quality, and I’m proud of that. ... Customers will bring in something they want made into a lamp, and we do that. Also we have things here that I make into lamps. If someone brings something like a vase or figurine they want made into a lamp, we do it.”

The most unusual thing made into a lamp was a mannequin leg, like in “A Christmas Story.” ... She also repairs lamps, light fixtures and chandeliers.

What are your future plans?: “Just getting adjusted to the fact that my brother is not with me anymore and knowing that I can continue my business. ... I am going to stay open. ... I don’t know what I would do if I wasn’t here.”

-- Linda S. Morris