Just about every morning, a powerful, blue Corvette sports car pulls up in front of Atelier Inge, an antiques and art gallery in Hurricane.
The driver climbs out -- perhaps a bit slowly -- unlocks the door to her shop and gets ready to hold court with friends and shoppers who stop in at 2710 Main St., near the fire station.
From her chair in the shop, owner Inge Klein can keep an eye on her Corvette, which she drives back and forth from her home in Buffalo.
It's not the kind of car one would expect an 86-year-old woman to be driving, but Klein, a plain-spoken, independent soul from Germany, is right at home in the flashy, high-powered vehicle.
"I can put it to the metal when I have to," Klein said.
Klein is a member of Allied Artists of West Virginia and is also a veteran antiques dealer. She lived in Charleston for many years before moving to Putnam County. She currently lives in an old house in Buffalo, which she restored.
She was born in 1927 in Germany. Marriage brought her to the United States, where she has lived for 65 years.
She opened Atelier Inge about six years ago.
"'Atelier' is French for 'studio,'" Klein said, as she settled in for another day in the shop.
Atelier Inge is chocked full of original artwork by Klein, and there are antiques everywhere, from furniture to lamps to rugs. It's a combination art gallery and antiques shop.
"I've been selling antiques for many years," she said.
Klein's artwork usually focuses on animals, mainly birds, and flowers. A gifted artist, she also paints abstracts, which feature bright colors.
"I do everything except portraiture," she said.
She'll also do paintings on request.
"But I won't make them (customers) take it if they don't like it."
Klein attended private schools in Germany, where she took art classes. She also inherited a talent for art from her father.
"And my mother was a wonderful seamstress," she said.
Klein gave a visitor a tour of her shop, which has 5,500 square feet of display space.