Business

Fri
01
Apr

Cooking competition pits chefs in creating sustainable meals

Cooking up a storm As an audience looks on, four chefs whip up dishes in last year’s Green, Sustainable and Local Food Cooking competition in Artisan Alley Garage.

An American Culinary Federation-sanctioned Green, Sustainable and Local Food Cooking competition is once again coming to Downtown DeLand in mid-April.

“The purpose of the competition is to encourage professional chefs to embrace the farm-to-table movement under the guidance of the ACF, the most prominent and professional cooking organization in the United States,” said Hari Pulapaka, chef and co-owner of Cress Restaurant in DeLand and the repeat host of the event.

Wed
23
Mar

COA In-Home Services available to all, for a fee

PHOTO COURTESY COUNCIL ON AGING

PHOTO COURTESY COUNCIL ON AGING

Working for you COA employees can perform a number of chores for clients of COA In-Home Services, such as cooking meals, cleaning windows, and doing laundry, as shown in this stock photo.

For nearly 50 years, Council on Aging has served Volusia County’s needy seniors with a variety of services, from Meals on Wheels to home care to housekeeping and handyman services, all designed to help elders remain independent in their homes for as long as possible.

But until about a year-and-a-half ago, those services were available only to what COA calls “grant clients,” or individuals at least 65 years of age who meet strict income limits.

Now, many of those same services are available to the general public — for a fee — through COA In-Home Services. said Chief Executive Officer Sarah Gurtis.

Wed
23
Mar

Florida Cheese Festival set for mid-April in DeLand

STOCK PHOTO COURTESY BENEDICT ADVERTISING

STOCK PHOTO COURTESY BENEDICT ADVERTISING

For the first time ever in Florida, a festival devoted to cheeses of all kinds will be held in  DeLand on Saturday, April 16, on East Indiana Avenue between Woodland Boulevard and Alabama Avenue. The hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The event, which is open to the public, is organized and produced by the West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority and its marketing arm, Benedict Advertising & Marketing.

“We expect a good turnout, not only from Florida and the local area, but from Georgia and Alabama as well,” said Renee Tallevast, executive director of the tourism authority. “It’s a great opportunity to increase room occupancy at our hotels and introduce new visitors to what our area has to offer.”

Wed
16
Mar

New post office opens inside dry-cleaning business

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

Postal-services providers — Sunny and Ken Patel recently opened a Contract Postal Unit inside their business, Classic Cleaners, on DeLand’s south side.

Ken Patel had long been interested in operating some sort of mailing facility inside his dry-cleaning business. He looked into obtaining a franchise with some of the major package-delivery companies, but the startup costs and regulations deterred him.

“I wanted to incorporate it into the business I have, and the franchises don’t do that,” said Patel. He and his wife, Sunny, have run Classic Cleaners, at 2450 S. Woodland Blvd., since 1996.

Then a friend told him about a program run by the United States Postal Service with a much lighter financial burden. Early last year, Patel fortuitously discovered the USPS was soliciting bids for what it calls a Contract Postal Unit, or CPU, in the 32720 ZIP code. So he applied.

Wed
16
Mar

Orange City hospital’s team takes part in airport disaster drill

PHOTO COURTESY FLORIDA HOSPITAL

In place — Florida Hospital Fish Memorial’s decontamination area is set up outside the emergency department March 2, as part of a full-scale emergency response drill at Daytona Beach International Airport.

A team of decontamination experts at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial took part in a disaster drill at Daytona Beach International Airport in early March.

“Eight decontamination-team members participated in this exercise,” said Florida Hospital spokeswoman Lindsay Rew. “These roles ranged from registered nurses, to patient-care techs, nurse techs, and others.”

Seven Deltona High School volunteers, along with their chaperones, put makeup on Florida Hospital Fish Memorial staff members with mock “wounds,” Rew said.

Wed
09
Mar

Longtime DeLand general practioner opens new addicition-medicine practice

New practice — General Practitioner Brent Schlapper, at left, with his employee Susan Powell, R.N.
BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA McLAUGHLIN

After more than 35 years treating patients in DeLand, general practitioner Brent Schlapper tried retirement. He had been suffering from arthritis and, after a stroke, was forced to consider hanging up his white coat. 

But it wasn’t meant to be. 

“I had watched all the TV shows I wanted to watch that I had put off for the past 35 years,” Schlapper said. “Once I did that, and read all the books I wanted to read … there was nothing else to do. That’s when I discovered my true hobby was practicing medicine and talking with the patients.”

Schlapper got his medical conditions under control, and opened his own practice once again, this time treating addiction. 

Hailing from Pittsburg, Kansas, Schlapper and his family landed in DeLand in 1979. 

Wed
09
Mar

Gateway Village parking-lot expansion nearly complete

New lot full — The 90 spaces in this newly created parking lot are nearly all taken by employees at Frontier Communications one recent afternoon.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

Old lot empty — With Frontier’s employees parking in a newly created lot, plenty of spaces are available in front of the call center on a weekday afternoon.

A parking crunch is nearly eliminated at Gateway Village shopping center in DeLand, as an expansion of its parking lot nears completion.

The parking crunch arose after Frontier Communications moved into a former Food Lion store last summer. After extensive renovations, the space is now an inbound call center employing about 400 workers, who occupied most of the plaza’s available parking spaces.

That left few spaces available for customers and employees of the other tenants in the shopping center, including three restaurants, a hair salon, a nail salon, a Goodwill Industries retail store, a couple of non-retail businesses, and a Sonny’s BBQ restaurant on an outparcel.

Business owners complained that they had lost business because patrons could not find a place to park.

Fri
04
Mar

Canadian builder takes over residential development at former country club

PHOTO COURTESY MATTAMY HOMES
This house is similar to the architectural styles Mattamy Homes will offer in Bentley Green, the residential portion of a mixed-use development on DeLand’s south side being created out of a former golf course.

Ontario-based builder Mattamy Homes has bought the residential lots at The Greens of Country Club, the single-family-homes section of the former 120-acre DeLand Country Club near the intersection of South Woodland Boulevard and Orange Camp Road.

Mattamy paid Tailwinds Development $2.66 million in early February for 155 homesites on the 66 acres set aside for residential use, county records show. Mattamy has rechristened the development as Bentley Green, said Rebecca Swanson, the company’s marketing coordinator.

Fri
04
Mar

DeLand company offers home-watch service

PHOTO COURTESY PIT BULL HOME WATCH

Checking the outside — Frank Johnson of Pit Bull Home Watch checks the exterior of a client’s home in Palm Coast. His company will make regularly scheduled inspections of customers’ homes when the occupants are away for extended periods, to make sure everything is secure and operating properly.

There’s nothing worse than coming home to an unpleasant surprise when you’ve been away for weeks or months. Whether it was someone breaking in, a malfunctioning air conditioner, a pest infestation, a water leak or Mother Nature wreaking havoc, it’s disheartening to discover you’ll be spending time or money — or both — cleaning up or making repairs when you want to be relaxing.

That’s where Pit Bull Home Watch can help. Frank Johnson and his wife, Cheryl, started the business recently to provide scheduled checks of clients’ homes or vacation getaways while they’re away. It’s a service especially helpful for snowbirds, but can be used by vacationers, business travelers, sellers of vacant properties, absentee landlords — anyone who will be away from a residence for more than a few days at a time, Frank said in a recent interview.

Wed
24
Feb

Mainstreet Bank supports community endeavors of all kinds

PHOTOS COURTESY SOUTHWEST VOLUSIA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Let’s start inside — The walls and roof are in place for this home being built for a family on land in Orange City donated by Mainstreet Community Bank’s branch in that city. The home is being built by family members and volunteers with Southwest Volusia Habitat for Humanity.

Thanks in large part to the generosity of Mainstreet Community Bank, a family is getting a home through Southwest Volusia Habitat for Humanity.

The bank donated property it owned on South Thorpe Avenue in Orange City to the organization almost two years ago, said Scott Miller, manager of Mainstreet’s branch in that city.

“We had this lot, and it wasn’t getting a lot of interest,” Miller told The Beacon recently. “I’ve had some interest in Habitat because I believe in it, so I asked if we could donate the property.”

The lot — combined with another parcel in front of it — had an assessed value of nearly $19,500 when the donation was made, according to Volusia County property records.

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