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Following James Clark as the author of Business Pulse is a daunting task, but nothing is going right. I know you’re not here for my attempt at a clever intro, so let’s get down to business.

And now a word from our godfather

Southern Standard is very proud to welcome Ben Lomand Connect as an exclusive sponsor of Business Pulse in the future. I promise I didn’t get paid extra for a personal catch, but I feel compelled to add one anyway.

I recently switched to fiber internet from Ben Lomand Connect after many years with another company. Working from home, as I did for the past two years until last Monday, internet speed and reliability are extremely important. Ben Lomand’s new high-speed Internet offering for $57.95 per month and no other requirements was too good to pass up. So now I pay less per month and get more speed and reliability.

Another advantage of doing business with Ben Lomand that I liked a lot is the fact that I’m dealing with a local company and that’s how it is. It is far from being a faceless legal entity. During the initial setup, I made a few calls to local Ben Lomand customer service, 24/7. I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by the recorded voice of my friend Bryan Kell before being quickly transferred to a super friendly customer service representative who was able to help me with my question. The most surprising part was when a few days later I called again and was greeted by the same rep who remembered our conversation. This genuinely shocked me. This is something you wouldn’t expect when dealing with most ISPs. In fact, I’d be surprised if two calls even came in the same state with my old company.

A few weeks after joining Ben Lomand Connect, I became part of their widespread outage that many customers faced. Even this unfortunate setback encouraged me. The way Ben Lomand provided detailed updates and did not speak to customers as well as the many testimonials from customers on Facebook who said this was the first outage they had experienced in years were nice to hear for this new client.

So I say all this to welcome you to Business Pulse, Ben Lomand Connect. I’m glad to have the column sponsored by a company I truly believe in.

Location, location, location

A valuable commercial property is up for sale and rumor has it that there is already a lot of talk about it from interested parties outside of McMinnville. 532 Sunnyside Heights, the former location of Nana’s Kountry Kupboard and more recently Enchanted Planet, is again looking for a new owner. The 2,376-square-foot building next door to Papa John’s is listed for $250,000 by Bill Jakes Realty and hit the market August 23. The listing touts easy loading from the rear of the building, ownership of the parking lot, large storefronts, and its visibility from McMinnville’s busiest intersection.

Whenever a commercial building in a prime location opens up, speculation begins as to who might fill the vacancy. The 65-foot-wide building still has a kitchen hood and a relatively new roof and HVAC system, so it appears to be ready for a restaurant.

It’s been less than a year since the building sold for $170,000 on September 15, 2021. Prior to that, it fetched $50,000 on March 26, 2018.

We’ll have to wait and see what the future holds, but judging by the level of interest that has accompanied his listing, the wait might be short.

Five years of Viola’s Pizza Company

Brian and Sara Covert turned their love of pizza into a thriving business that became a destination and brought the downtown Viola neighborhood to life.

Viola’s Pizza Company celebrates its fifth year in business this month. Brian and Sara attribute their ability to survive and thrive in difficult times to their adherence to three principles: using the best ingredients, treating customers and employees like family, and always giving back to the community.

I can personally attest to their treatment of customers. My wife, Ashley, is allergic to dairy, so pizza is generally off limits for her. So you can imagine her delight when she attended a meeting that Viola’s Pizza Company was hosting and realized they had included a special non-cheese pizza for her without being asked because they knew she would be there. This happened several times.

It’s that kind of personal touch that really fosters customer loyalty and that loyalty has contributed to the longevity of the business. Viola’s Pizza Company has established itself as a staple pizza place that primarily serves Warren, Coffee, and Grundy counties. The restaurant has even been featured in the pizza industry’s leading magazine, “Pizza Today”.

Viola’s Pizza Company is as generous with its community pride as it is with its toppings, having led a crowdfunding campaign for the installation of the first piece of public art in Viola in collaboration with artist Megan Lingerfelt.

“We are honored to be part of these communities that have enjoyed and supported Viola’s Pizza Company for the past five years,” said Brian Covert. “So many of our customers and employees have become like family. We are truly touched by the support and loyalty we have received at Viola. »

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We wish Viola’s Pizza Company many years of success.

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It is said that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. We could also say that the toys of one are the profession of the other. Both statements apply to Nathan George’s new venture, Nathan’s Knick-Knacks.

Nathan began turning his lifelong love of toys into a side hustle in 2020 when COVID slowed operations at the Verizon store in Manchester where he previously worked.

“I’ve always been a big nerd who loved my toys, so when I started looking for ways to get a little extra cash, buying and selling toys seemed like a good fit,” Nathan said. “At the end of last year, while doing my taxes, I realized that I could do this job full time. In six to eight hours of work a week, I was earning more than half of what I was earning working nine hours a day at my other job.

It’s her first full month of buying and selling toys online and everything is going well. Nathan spends his weekends doing garage sales and real estate sales. During the week, he focuses on appointments made by clients with a basement or attic they wish to clean. I was one of those customers on Wednesday. My friends know me as the guy who still owns pretty much every toy he’s ever had, so I called Nathan to save some money and free up some space. I can attest to his fairness and knowledge of the toy market.

“I recently bought an entire attic of toys for $600, which I thought was a reasonable price. But after I sold it, I ended up earning a lot more than I expected and I felt a little bad so I went home and gave them another $400,” Nathan said of a trade.

Nathan’s favorite part about his new venture is the thrill of the hunt. “I once went to a yard sale and found a lot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that I had never seen before and the adrenaline rush was awesome. That’s my favorite part.

Its top sellers are usually He-Man and GI Joe toys. He said the nostalgia market currently favors everything in the mid-80s, but the hot era always changes as buyers age.

His biggest sale was an Ethel Mertz “I Love Lucy” doll dressed as Santa that he bought at a garage sale for $6. He then sold it for $1,500.

It’s now Nathan’s full-time job, so he’s available almost anytime to check on that old box of toys you’ve been hiding to collect dust. If you have too much stuff, not enough space and could use a little extra cash, or want to recapture a piece of your youth, Nathan’s Knick-Knacks can be found on Facebook and Nathan can be reached at (931) 224-2049.

Until next time,

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