Ted's Garage

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Ted's Garage was a car museum and event space opened by Ted Thomas and his wife Debby in the former Hires Root Beer building at 2309 5th Avenue South, near WorkPlay.

The garage was originally only intended for storing, servicing and privately displaying Thomas' collection of mostly 1950s and 60s sports cars. David Noe was the full-time mechanic who worked on them, and on other collector's cars brought in for time on the lifts.

During the renovation, architect George Israel suggested that Thomas make the showroom available for events. The venue featured room for up to 500 guests, a digital projector and screen, and a rotating display of specimen cars mingling with the guests up front. Day Star Construction carried out the renovation work.

In June 2014 the building was sold to Business Interiors for their new showroom.


  • Crowe, Christina (April 15, 2010) "Roadworthy: Local vintage car enthusiasts have their pick of collectibles to ogle." Black & White
  • Davis, Bryan (June 30, 2014) "Business Interiors moving HQ to former Ted's Garage." Birmingham Business Journal

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