Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Community Connections Businesses Off to a Great Start in 2011

Community Connections featured businesses continue to experience success in 2011. Bikas Building of North Carolina LLC recently completed construction of Atrium Obstetrics and Gynecology's new facilities at 2615 Lake Drive in Raleigh. The Bikas Building team's Clinic Builder™ division provided turnkey clinic solutions by making sound attenuation, value stream mapping and patient privacy top priorities for Atrium's staff and patients.

In November, Pete Bikas and his crew finished construction of The Barbershop, a Hair Salon for Men, owned by Shannon and Hans Kindsgrab in Cary's Centrum Station at 280-107 Meeting Street. "The Barbershop is a new concept in hair care for men," Bikas says. "It offers a comfortable environment, TVs in each bay, peanuts and a shoulder massage – no other barbershop compares!"

The Barbershop also features a Central Vacuum Experts ultra silent vacuum system, which includes seven VacPan automatic dustpans.

Adding On and Cleaning Up

Speaking of Central Vacuum Experts, the company recently hired Chapel Hill native Joe Norwood as its new sales manager. Joe has extensive knowledge of the Raleigh market, 14 years of experience as a sales manager in new home construction and 13 years of experience with full service hotel management. He brings vast product, design and valuation knowledge to the company, as well as familiarity with high quality vacuum systems, thanks to his work in the hotel management business.

Central Vacuum Experts' parent company, Vacuum Cleaner Hospital, added two new employees to its team last year as well—one of the major reasons the Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce named the company its 2010 Small Business of the Year. The chamber used expansion or job creation as criteria for finalists, and Vacuum Cleaner Hospital was chosen from one of three finalists in the small business category.

Digital Dominance

Carolina Closets Plus has expanded its successful do-it-yourself seminars, run by owner Mike Hoffer, to include a class on how to convert unique spaces, such as alcoves, under-stair closets or other odd-shaped spaces, into useful storage solutions. Those who attend need only bring a picture of their space. During the seminars, they can share ideas with others and browse 5,000-plus ideas in the Carolina Closets Plus portfolio. Visit ClosetDIY.com for more information, or quickly search for it online, since Carolina Closets Plus now dominates Triangle search engines for "do-it-yourself closets."

Crossroads European, a 20-year full service auto repair company specializing in Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Mini Cooper and Volkswagen, recently redesigned its website to include third party certified reviews and a new appointments page. Conveniently located at 5116 N.C. 55 in Durham, on the edge of the Research Triangle Park, Crossroads European has received great feedback from customers who love the 24-7 window of time to schedule appointments.

Triangle TRACKS, a social network serving parents in Wake, Durham, Orange and Chatham counties, is closing in on 1,000 members and has already hosted four contests featuring performing arts ticket giveaways since the start of 2011. Log in just to browse, or sign up for a free membership. Either way, you'll be able to access 2,000-plus links to "tools, resources and activities for Carolina kids" throughout the Triangle.

The Triangle TRACKS Facebook page—a great way to keep up with the social network's blog posts and contest announcements—is now the top referring site for Triangle TRACKS. Fans also have access to top-secret information under the "Fans Only" tab. Check it out!

Look for more new resident solutions soon, as we keep the momentum going in 2011.


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