Business

Wed
21
Jun

Longtime Stihl dealer mentors younger employees

Mentor and mentee — Larry DeLong, left, and Cody Resciniti stand in front of a display of Stihl products recently at Triple D Equipment. Resciniti is one of the latest “young bucks” at Triple D who have been mentored by DeLong over the years.

Mentor and mentee — Larry DeLong, left, and Cody Resciniti stand in front of a display of Stihl products recently at Triple D Equipment. Resciniti is one of the latest “young bucks” at Triple D who have been mentored by DeLong over the years.

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Triple D Equipment has been around for nearly three decades, but owner Larry DeLong has never forgotten his company’s small-business roots.

DeLong, whose business is an authorized dealer for Stihl power tools and other outdoor equipment, such as Kubota tractors and Gravely mowers, believes it is the collective power of the many small businesses in the DeLand area that led to the city winning the title of “Best Main Street” in the recent “America’s Main Streets” contest.

The contest was sponsored by Independent We Stand, a Stihl-backed effort that focuses on independently owned businesses and educating people on the benefits of buying locally.

Triple D was a key supporter of the contest as the only authorized Stihl dealer in the area, but DeLong said many others share the credit.

“The recognition goes to all the small businesses around here,” DeLong said.

Wed
14
Jun

Hospital opens new Wellness and Rehab Care center

Cutting a ribbon — Florida Hospital Fish Memorial officials May 31 cut a ribbon officially opening a colorful 7,700-square-foot center for Wellness and Rehab Care inside the Volusia Medical Center on the Fish Memorial campus in Orange City. The center is designed to provide rehabilitation services for patients diagnosed with heart or lung diseases, as well as patients needing physical, occupational or speech therapy.

Cutting a ribbon — Florida Hospital Fish Memorial officials May 31 cut a ribbon officially opening a colorful 7,700-square-foot center for Wellness and Rehab Care inside the Volusia Medical Center on the Fish Memorial campus in Orange City. The center is designed to provide rehabilitation services for patients diagnosed with heart or lung diseases, as well as patients needing physical, occupational or speech therapy.

PHOTOS COURTESY FLORIDA HOSPITAL FISH MEMORIAL

Checking it out — Some of the nearly 250 members of the community checked out a colorful 7,700-square-foot Wellness and Rehab Care center after it opened May 31 inside Florida Hospital Fish Memorial.

Checking it out — Some of the nearly 250 members of the community checked out a colorful 7,700-square-foot Wellness and Rehab Care center after it opened May 31 inside Florida Hospital Fish Memorial.

Exercise and exams — A new center for Wellness and Rehab Care is designed to provide rehabilitation services for patients diagnosed with heart or lung diseases, as well as patients needing physical, occupational or speech therapy.

Exercise and exams — A new center for Wellness and Rehab Care is designed to provide rehabilitation services for patients diagnosed with heart or lung diseases, as well as patients needing physical, occupational or speech therapy.

Nearly 250 community members joined Florida Hospital Fish Memorial May 31 for a grand-opening celebration of the newly completed center for Wellness and Rehab Care.

“We have been planning this for quite some time and are so excited to finally be able to share this with the community,” said Danielle Johnson, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial chief operating officer.

During the celebration, guests toured the new center and enjoyed entertainment and refreshments.

Located inside the Volusia Medical Center on the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial campus in Orange City, the Wellness and Rehab Care center is a colorful 7,700-square-foot facility, designed to provide rehabilitation services for patients diagnosed with heart or lung diseases, as well as patients needing physical, occupational or speech therapy.

Wed
14
Jun

Florida Health Care Plans unveils expanded DeLand complex

All together now — Florida Health Care Plans’ reconfiguration of its footprint in Oakbrook Professional Centre resulted in an extended-hours care center, a pharmacy, an ultrasound lab, and a doctor’s office clustered at the north end of the plaza.

All together now — Florida Health Care Plans’ reconfiguration of its footprint in Oakbrook Professional Centre resulted in an extended-hours care center, a pharmacy, an ultrasound lab, and a doctor’s office clustered at the north end of the plaza.

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A prescription for help — Tammy Burch takes care of a customer in the Florida Health Care Plans pharmacy on North Spring Garden Avenue one recent afternoon.

A prescription for help — Tammy Burch takes care of a customer in the Florida Health Care Plans pharmacy on North Spring Garden Avenue one recent afternoon.

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Florida Health Care Plans has taken the wraps off an extensive expansion and complete remodeling of its campus in the Oakbrook Professional Centre on North Spring Garden Avenue.

A grand reopening of the FHCP facilities was scheduled for June 15 with the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce. A community open house will be held later, possibly in August, said spokeswoman Bissy Holden.

FHCP has been a prominent tenant in the center for many years, but recently shuffled some offices around and added others to take up more of the plaza, Holden said.

“We’ll be growing with more primary-care physicians,” she said.

The health insurance provider’s facilities there now include two primary-care physicians, an office where different visiting specialists can see patients, a pharmacy, X-ray and ultrasound labs, and an extended-hours care center.

The on-site physicians are Drs. Anjali Gupta and Khalid Khan.

Wed
07
Jun

Another new neighborhood coming to DeLand

Pond-view living — About 40 of the 92 homes planned for Sawyer’s Landing will front on a large, landscaped retention pond. The rest of the homes will back up to open space, the developer said. This view faces west.

Pond-view living — About 40 of the 92 homes planned for Sawyer’s Landing will front on a large, landscaped retention pond. The rest of the homes will back up to open space, the developer said. This view faces west.

IMAGE COURTESY M3 DEVELOPMENT

Prestige location — A residential development adjacent to Victoria Park is on the drawing board. A Winter Park developer is poised to create dozens of new single-family homes in Sawyer’s Landing.

Prestige location — A residential development adjacent to Victoria Park is on the drawing board. A Winter Park developer is poised to create dozens of new single-family homes in Sawyer’s Landing.

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Another sign of a robust real estate market in West Volusia is the latest development coming to DeLand.

Dozens of single-family homes are to be built on the southeast side of DeLand. The project, known as Sawyer’s Landing, will consist of approximately 30 acres north of and adjacent to the Victoria Trails neighborhood in the northwest quadrant of Victoria Park, according to David McDaniel of M3 Development in Winter Park.

McDaniel said the typical lot size in Sawyer’s Landing will be 50 feet by 110 feet, with homes ”comparable to what’s being built in the Trails area.” He did not say what the price range of the homes will be.

“It’s going to be really nice, with 92 lots, about 40 of which will front on a retention pond,” McDaniel said. “Many of the others will back up to substantial open space, as much as 100 to 200 feet deep in some places.”

Tue
06
Jun

Sykes Enterprises buys DeLand Frontier operation; all employees staying

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Rebranded — The South DeLand operations center of Frontier Communications, shown here in Woodland Plaza, has been purchased by Sykes Enterprises Inc., an international company headquartered in Tampa.

Frontier Communications has sold its south DeLand call center and three other call centers in Utah and Virginia to an international corporation that specializes in customer service.

The four centers provide customer support to Frontier Secure Strategic Partnership, under which outside companies such as Intel and Capital One outsource their customer-service work to Frontier, said spokesman Bob Elek.

Sykes Enterprises Inc., headquartered in Tampa, officially took over the south DeLand center at 1398 S. Woodland Blvd. on June 1, said Sykes spokeswoman Eileen Canady.

“We’re always looking for growth opportunities, especially if they’re strategic,” Canady said. “Basically, Frontier Communications has a very similar culture of customer care and customer support, so it was a great fit for Sykes. We are very much alike.”

Wed
31
May

New urgent-care center opens, offers free sports physicals

Officially open — Melanie Perez with MedExpress is assisted by DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar in cutting a ceremonial ribbon to officially open the new MedExpress Urgent Care Center in DeLand, as clinic staff and members of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce look on.

Officially open — Melanie Perez with MedExpress is assisted by DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar in cutting a ceremonial ribbon to officially open the new MedExpress Urgent Care Center in DeLand, as clinic staff and members of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce look on.

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MedExpress Urgent Care has opened its 22nd Florida location — and its first in Volusia County — at 1328 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand.

Officials and staff with the West Virginia-based chain of medical centers were joined by city officials and members of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce for an open house and the cutting of a ceremonial ribbon to mark the opening May 23. The center saw its first patients the following day.

As a welcoming gift to the community, through June 6 MedExpress is offering free sports physicals — which normally cost $30 — to young people ages 5 to 18.

“We are so delighted to be a part of the DeLand community,” said Stephanie Sanchez, a field marketing coordinator with MedExpress. “We look forward to being able to serve and provide the community with affordable and high-quality health care.”

Wed
31
May

New store offers ‘everything baby’

Quite an array — Co-owner Kelly Duff gestures toward a display of breast-feeding accessories available at The Baby Bayou, a new store featuring new merchandise for a parent’s every baby-related need.

Quite an array — Co-owner Kelly Duff gestures toward a display of breast-feeding accessories available at The Baby Bayou, a new store featuring new merchandise for a parent’s every baby-related need.
 

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The brain trust — Co-owners Chris Maricle and Kelly Duff, from left, and Assistant Manager Taylor Harris will be running The Baby Bayou, which sells “everything baby” merchandise. Duff and Harris are new moms, while Maricle has two older children.

The brain trust — Co-owners Chris Maricle and Kelly Duff, from left, and Assistant Manager Taylor Harris will be running The Baby Bayou, which sells “everything baby” merchandise. Duff and Harris are new moms, while Maricle has two older children.

When Kelly Duff was trying to find clothing and accessories for her baby, she got frustrated by the lack of places in which to shop for new items. So she and a partner, Chris Maricle, decided to open a store in which “everything baby” would be sold — featuring new, not used, merchandise.

The result is The Baby Bayou, which opens Saturday, June 3, in the Big Lots shopping center in Orange City.

“I struggled to find items for my own baby, and [my partner and I] wanted to provide something in West Volusia for pregnant moms and new parents so they didn’t have to drive to Daytona Beach or Altamonte Springs,” Duff told a visitor one recent afternoon, during a break from getting the store ready to open.

Duff believes The Baby Bayou is the only store in West Volusia selling new baby-related merchandise, although there are several consignment shops that carry used items.

Wed
24
May

Second Sporty’s Car Wash opens in West Volusia, a third to open later this year

Now open — Sporty’s Car Wash is now open at 1310 S. Volusia Ave. in Orange City, following a year of renovations and refurbishing. This is the third location for Sporty’s, which already has locations in south DeLand and St. Augustine and soon will have a fourth on DeLand’s north side.

Now open — Sporty’s Car Wash is now open at 1310 S. Volusia Ave. in Orange City, following a year of renovations and refurbishing. This is the third location for Sporty’s, which already has locations in south DeLand and St. Augustine and soon will have a fourth on DeLand’s north side.

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Sporty’s Car Wash, which opened on DeLand’s south side more than four years ago, is growing in West Volusia.

Owner Gordon Hardwick said a Sporty’s Car Wash would be open in Orange City this week, and another car wash will open in about four months on DeLand’s north side.

The new sites are actually the third and fourth in the Sporty’s empire. The company opened a location in St. Augustine almost a year ago, Hardwick said.

The Orange City location is a complete renovation of what for many years was Blue Spring Car Wash at 1310 S. Volusia Ave. The north DeLand operation will replace DeLand Auto Spa at 104 E. International Speedway Blvd., next to a McDonald’s restaurant.

“It sort of happened innately,” Hardwick said of his growing chain. “The [former] operators were ready to sell. It was a good fit for everybody, and a win for the owners. It appears everybody is pleased with the outcome.”

Wed
24
May

All things textile: New arts center enlivens Downtown DeLand neighborhood

Artistic surroundings — Julie Scheurich, left, and Nancy Gear stand on the entry porch of a newly renovated house that is the home of Fabrications, a new fabric and yarn shop, fiber-arts gallery and studio in Downtown DeLand.

Artistic surroundings — Julie Scheurich, left, and Nancy Gear stand on the entry porch of a newly renovated house that is the home of Fabrications, a new fabric and yarn shop, fiber-arts gallery and studio in Downtown DeLand.

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Crafty ladies — Julie Scheurich, left, and Nancy Gear are the brains behind Fabrications, a new fabric and yarn shop, fiber-arts gallery and studio in Downtown DeLand.

Crafty ladies — Julie Scheurich, left, and Nancy Gear are the brains behind Fabrications, a new fabric and yarn shop, fiber-arts gallery and studio in Downtown DeLand.

Nancy Gear and Julie Scheurich often toiled at jobs that only occasionally required much creativity. But making original creations of cloth and yarn was never far from their minds.

“I’ve always been a sewist — that’s the current term — and I learned from my mother,” Scheurich said. “I went to art school and had jobs in writing and photography, but I was a legal assistant for too long, and I wanted to get back into artistic endeavors.”

Gear, too, had a number of art classes before becoming a librarian for about a dozen years, then deciding she missed working with fabrics.

“One of my favorite parts [of being a librarian] was making puppets, so this kind of goes with that,” Gear said.

So the two women eventually decided to pool their talents to give an outlet to their creativity and the creativity of others.

Thu
18
May

Stetson University researcher addresses growing threat to coastal communities

Girding for higher sea levels — Dr. Jason Evans, assistant professor of environmental science at Stetson University, is finding innovative ways for coastal communities to adapt to rising sea levels.

Girding for higher sea levels — Dr. Jason Evans, assistant professor of environmental science at Stetson University, is finding innovative ways for coastal communities to adapt to rising sea levels.

PHOTO COURTESY STETSON UNIVERSITY

Increased flooding caused by rising sea levels is a growing threat to coastal communities in the United States. In response, Jason M. Evans, Ph.D., assistant professor of environmental science and studies at Stetson University, is working with Sea Grant programs and several communities in the Southeast to discover ways to adapt to rising sea levels.

Evans’ research focuses on discovering vulnerabilities of public facilities such as stormwater drainage systems, fire stations and wastewater-treatment plants, and finding ways to help communities adapt to a rise in sea levels and become more resilient to coastal hazards. His research is in collaboration with Sea Grant programs in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.

Last week in St. Petersburg, Evans took part in a Florida Sea Grant workshop focusing on the legal and policy challenges confronted by local governments as they face increased flooding and rising sea levels.

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