Westminster businesses will 'star' in IRS video Accountant's office, bike shop featured

September 19, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Westminster's Main Street is going to be immortalized.

The Internal Revenue Service is making a video telling new entrepreneurs about their first-year tax requirements. And, to the IRS, White's Bicycle Shop appears the perfect small-town small business.

"It has a unique look on the exterior and a pretty interior with a lot of wood and a period look," said Stuart Cooper of Cooper Productions in Columbia. Mr. Cooper is the coordinator and location scout for the project.

"Everything else was very modern," said Mr. Cooper of the bicycle shops he checked out throughout the Baltimore area. "They were very efficient for selling bikes, but very modern. This has character and a homey feel to it.

"It has a feel that a small-business person could have been in business for a year or so."

The 13-minute IRS video will follow discussions between two friends, Sharon and Lynn, about opening a small business. Lynn, whose bicycle shop is celebrating its first anniversary, will be telling Sharon about all the paperwork and forms she must submit to the federal government.

"The script calls for a bicycle shop, as well as a [certified public accountant] office," said Mr. Cooper. "[Robert H.] Lennon's law office is allowing us to create a CPA office there."

White's Bicycles, as well as White's Emporium next door, will be closed from Monday through Thursday as cast and crew from Cooper Productions, Steve Yeager Films of Baltimore and Action Productions Inc. of New York film the instructional video.

The brief accountant's office scene will be shot at the law offices of Lennon & Weisgerber on East Main Street.

During the shooting, cast members will stay at the Westminster Inn, have their breakfasts catered by the Kountry Kafe, with lunch by Champs and a cake by the Heinz Cake and Gift Haus.

"I'm trying to spread as much business around as I can," said Shane White, owner of the two businesses. "Main Street really needs it, especially with the road being closed."

Mr. Cooper agreed that the film shoot could be good for businesses.

"There's always money left by actors and producers who stay at the hotels, eat in restaurants and shop," he said. "There's always additional money spent that's not in the budget, and that's good for everybody."

Westminster's friendly attitude will also help businesses in the future, Mr. Cooper said.

"When a feature film comes in from out of state, one of the first things they look for is if they feel welcomed," he said. "That makes a big choice in the final location."

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