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Business Pulse: 7/21/13
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There’s good and bad that comes with buying your ink by the barrel as we do in the newspaper industry.
The bad is there are some 10,000 copies of any mistake I may have made and those copies are distributed throughout the community for everyone to see. Fortunately, we make very, very few mistakes here at the Standard, which is the story I will always maintain till the bitter end.
But when we do mess up, there is never a shortage of folks who are quick to pounce. It was about a month ago a man called to laugh at me for misspelling the word “vicious.” I think it was about two weeks ago a lady complained about the paper using the wrong form of “laying” in a news story.
These are mistakes we have made and for them I apologize. But at least they are somewhat minor in comparison to others.
I was reading about a rather large mistake a demolition crew made last week in Fort Worth, Texas. In their efforts to level a three-bedroom house, they mistakenly demolished the wrong one.
When a family member came to mow the grass at the lakeside retreat, he discovered only a concrete slab remained. His vacation home was gone. The house that was supposed to be demolished was next door.
When reached for a comment, I understand the demolition company said, “Oppps.”
If you think that’s bad, and it is, a computer error in the city of Girard, Ohio is being blamed for enormous water bills.
One church received a monthly water bill for $93,000 with the pastor joking that the congregation must be using too much holy water. A hair salon received a staggering bill for $12,000.
The city blames new softball for the error. And true to government form, city officials vow the mistake will be cleared up by September. Gee I would hate for city officials to put a rush on it and get the problem fixed by, say, August.

Used album store
to open Saturday

I write about business news on a weekly basis and try to at least fake enthusiasm even when I’m not that excited. There’s no need to pretend this week as a new store is opening on Main Street that’s right up my alley.
It’s Little Big Sound Museum and Record Store, a business that specializes in used albums. To show how excited I am about this new business, I’m the first official member of the Big Sound Record Club. As a club member, when I buy five albums I get the sixth one free.
I also have a store T-shirt that has a big picture of a record on the front and declares me a “Vinyl Lover.” With thousands of used albums to choose from, this new store is spectacular!
Angela McCormack and Richard Swim are the co-owners of Big Sound Record Store on the corner of Main and Chancery streets. After the grand opening this coming Saturday, regular store hours are Thursday thru Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
First and foremost, the store is a retail outlet with albums, jewelry, T-shirts and other items available. There’s also a museum in the back which provides a fascinating account of the music industry.
“Every time someone walks into my living room, they tell me it looks like a museum with all the old phonographs I have scattered around,” said Richard. “So I decided to go ahead and open a museum.”
Long before people started to download music on their iPods, Thomas Edison was inventing the first phonograph in the 1870s. Richard has one of those turn-of-the-century Edison phonographs in his museum. Instead of a flat record, the phonograph plays records in the shape of a cylinder. There’s also a 1922 Victrola and a 1947 Farnsworth.
Richard was telling me about the release of 33 rpm and 45 rpm records, which both came in the late 1940s. He said it wasn’t until the 1960s when bands starting writing music with an album concept in mind instead of just releasing singles.
The museum won’t be open until September, but the record shop with around 2,000 albums on display is opening Saturday.
“We have more albums than this, but we don’t have the space,” said Angela. “In addition to the used albums, we will sell new CDs from local bands. We want to be an outlet for local artists to promote their music.”
All albums will be cataloged on computer so if you’re looking for a particular artist you won’t have to go digging through piles of records to know if it’s in stock. If you have old albums you would like to sell, Big Sound Record Store can do so on a consignment basis.
I’m still a little sad from the closing of Hastings, but this new business serves to bring a ray of sunshine into my day. Albums and all their glory are making a comeback and many stores are once again offering turntables.
“With the popularity of CDs and MP3s, a whole culture of albums and artwork went away,” said Richard. “That used to be a big part of buying music, looking at the album artwork and the posters that were inside.”

Some Good
news to report

Many local residents remember Dr. Michael Good, who operated an OB/GYN practice in McMinnville for over 12 years. If you’ve been wondering where Dr. Good has been, look no further than Namaste.
Dr. Good has joined the thriving facility and will be in McMinnville two days a week. On Tuesdays, he will be performing surgery. On Thursdays, he will be seeing patients at Namaste, located at 159 Omni Drive.
“It’s good to be back and see a lot of familiar faces that I’ve missed,” said Dr. Good.
I asked Dr. Good about the availability of doctors and whether he perceives a doctor shortage in the future.
“I don’t think there’s a shortage, it’s just getting them out of the bigger cities and into the rural areas,” said Dr. Good. “There is a really good staff to work with here at Namaste.”
While Dr. Good is returning, he’s no longer delivering babies. He stopped that three years ago. He is however offering gynecologist services.
“I had to relearn how to sleep,” said Dr. Good about no longer getting up in the middle of the night to deliver babies.
Patient Elisha Boles said she has always been pleased with Dr. Good’s skill as a physician.
“I’m so glad he’s back in McMinnville,” said Boles.
To make an appointment with Dr. Good, call 815-8800.

Prater opening
new restaurant

If you want to enjoy the great taste of Prater’s BBQ even when you’re in Manchester, there will soon be a way to do just that. Prater’s BBQ of Manchester is set to open Aug. 9 and is currently hiring to fill up to 40 positions.
“It’s going to be awesome food, just like the restaurant in Morrison,” said owner Gary Prater. “This place is first class all the way.”
Gary said anyone interested in working at Prater’s BBQ in Manchester should stop by that location at 620 Woodbury Highway. He said he is there Monday thru Friday. The restaurant is located right off exit 110 in the old Two Purple Pigs location and Gary is excited about getting a sign on the interstate that will direct travelers to his business.
While the menu will be much the same as the one in Morrison, Gary says customers will be seated and a waitress will take their order. At the BBQ in Morrison, customers order at a counter.
One big change at the Manchester location is there is a large, covered outdoor dining area. There is also a covered stage and Gary plans to have bands perform.
“We’d like to have music once a month,” said Gary. “We can fit around 250 by the stage.”
It’s good to see a local businessman enjoy success to the point where he can expand and create more jobs.
Congratulations to Gary and the Prater’s BBQ crew.


In continuing my tradition of keeping you updated on the latest regional business news, there was a huge announcement Wednesday in Davidson County. That’s when Aramark revealed it will be opening a new business service center in Nashville and creating more than 1,000 jobs over the next three years.
The new center, expected to be operational by the end of the year, will represent a $20 million investment.
Aramark specializes in delivering food and offering uniform services for businesses, universities, hospitals, stadiums and other institutions. The new business center will centralize financial and human resources services currently dispersed across the company’s North American operations.
The company, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., employs more than 250,000 across 22 countries, including more than 3,200 in Tennessee. It has more than 9,000 Tennessee customers.
If you would like to try for one of the 1,000 jobs, you can submit a résumé by emailing AramarkJobs

Maya Denning
films a movie

It was in early June when the Standard published a front-page story about Warren County High School junior Maya Denning, who was trying to raise money to film her first movie. I’m pleased to report Maya raised $1,902 through the Internet site Kickstarter and she’s using that money to fund this project.
The movie, which is called “Dreams,” is not expected to be a money-making venture, but I mention it in Business Pulse because Maya is hoping to launch what could one day be a film-making career. She hopes this movie, expected to be about 15 minutes, serves as a springboard to other movies and opportunities down the road.
“I was really nervous about filming a couple days ago, but I’m not nervous now,” said Maya while shooting at a location on Smithville Highway on Friday morning.
Maya was adjusting to her role as director and using the popular line, “Ready … action!” to start a scene.
All filming was expected to be done Friday and Saturday at various locations around Warren County, including Riverfront Park, a field, forest, and photo studio. One actress, Shawn Collins, came from Charlotte, N.C., for filming. Shawn says she has done some short films and appeared in a Volkswagen commercial for the Wilmington, N.C., area and is looking to build her résumé. She is appearing in the film as the main character’s mom.
The plot centers around a boy named James who is struggling with his father’s absence. He begins to work through possible scenarios about what may have happened to his father in his dreams.
Two local residents play James at different stages in his life. Jackson Sauer plays young James, while his brother, Kirkland Sauer, plays the older version.
“When I’m finished, I would like to show it in McMinnville, maybe at one of the downtown churches,” said Maya.
I admire Maya’s ambition and am glad to see a high school student so focused on achieving her goals. It’s certainly a promising sign of what the future will hold for her. She wrote the movie herself and is doing the directing. Her plans are to enter the movie in various film festivals and embark on other film-making projects when this one is complete.

That’s all folks

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