Business

Wed
12
Apr

New Subway restaurant on track for summer opening

Going vertical — A larger Subway restaurant is under construction next to an existing Subway (at left in background) it will replace on North Woodland Boulevard. The new eatery is expected to open sometime this summer.

Going vertical — A larger Subway restaurant is under construction next to an existing Subway (at left in background) it will replace on North Woodland Boulevard. The new eatery is expected to open sometime this summer.

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Hard at work — Workers toil under a midday sun as a new Subway restaurant is under construction on North Woodland Boulevard in DeLand. The new restaurant, which will replace an existing Subway next door, is expected to open this summer.

Hard at work — Workers toil under a midday sun as a new Subway restaurant is under construction on North Woodland Boulevard in DeLand. The new restaurant, which will replace an existing Subway next door, is expected to open this summer.

Sometime this summer, a new and expanded Subway restaurant will replace an existing one on North Woodland Boulevard in DeLand.

Wes Bennett, a franchisee using the name Florida Sub Systems Inc. for the North Woodland Boulevard Subway and three others in Volusia County, said construction of the new restaurant should be completed sometime in July.

“The main reason for the new restaurant is that we’re going to get a drive-thru, as well as more seats,” Bennett told The Beacon recently. “We’ll have 55 seats. … It’s going to be very nice.”

Wed
05
Apr

Grower notches six years as a retailer

Fourth-generation grower — George Hausermann Jr.’s great-grandfather started the original business that became E.F.G. Orchids in 1939 in Chicago. George and his wife, Paula, co-own the business on Marsh Road near DeLand.

Fourth-generation grower — George Hausermann Jr.’s great-grandfather started the original business that became E.F.G. Orchids in 1939 in Chicago. George and his wife, Paula, co-own the business on Marsh Road near DeLand.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

E.F.G. Orchids recently marked its sixth year as a retail plant outlet, but the company’s roots go back four generations.

The grower of orchids and other ornamental plants began selling directly to the public in 2011, but had moved to the DeLand area from Chicago in 1999.

“I built this with my dad,” said George Hausermann Jr., who co-owns the greenhouse business with his wife, Paula. “We started out selling small plants [at wholesale] to other growers to finish.”

But once the Hausermanns started selling to the public at large, their business blossomed.

“DeLand is very supportive, with many people telling their friends about us,” George Hausermann said. “And we get exposure at community events like the Wildflower Festival that was held recently.”

Wed
05
Apr

Wounded warrior gets new home

Cpl. Robert Loria, 2nd from left, prepares to cut the ribbon on his new home with members of Defending Freedom Warrior Weekend and DeLand city leadership.

Cpl. Robert Loria, 2nd from left, prepares to cut the ribbon on his new home with members of Defending Freedom Warrior Weekend and DeLand city leadership.

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Ready for occupancy — This home on East Georgia Avenue, originally built in 1921, was fully restored over the past year-plus so it could be donated to a combat-wounded veteran. Cpl. Bob Loria lost part of his left arm and suffered muscle damage to his left leg during the second of his tours in Iraq in 2004.

Ready for occupancy — This home on East Georgia Avenue, originally built in 1921, was fully restored over the past year-plus so it could be donated to a combat-wounded veteran. Cpl. Bob Loria lost part of his left arm and suffered muscle damage to his left leg during the second of his tours in Iraq in 2004.

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Editor's note: A version of this story was posted online April 3 . The story was expanded on for the Weekend April 6-9, 2017 edition of The Beacon by Joe Crews, whose story is shown first, just below. The original web story continues further below. 

It was no April Fools’ joke. A combat-wounded veteran April 1 became the proud owner of a completely refurbished home at 726 E. Georgia Ave., courtesy of the City of DeLand, Defending Freedom Warrior Weekend, and the DeLand community at large.

Commercial trades contractors played a significant role, either donating or discounting their products and services, Defending Freedom’s president said.

Cpl. Robert “Bob” Loria, the recipient of the home originally built in 1921, was a combat engineer in the U.S. Army from 1999 to 2005, serving two combat tours. He was wounded during combat in Iraq in February 2004, and medically retired the next year.

Wed
29
Mar

Spring racing season begins at Spring Garden Ranch training track

They’re racing! — The rolling starting gate speeds up and folds its “wings” ahead of the field for one of the first Opening Day training races, this one for 2-year-olds, at Spring Garden Ranch in DeLeon Springs. Races are a mile in length around the banked track.

They’re racing! — The rolling starting gate speeds up and folds its “wings” ahead of the field for one of the first Opening Day training races, this one for 2-year-olds, at Spring Garden Ranch in DeLeon Springs. Races are a mile in length around the banked track.

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Opening Day — Some of the 100 or so racegoers study their Opening Day racing forms as horses race past the grandstand at Spring Garden Ranch in DeLeon Springs. There is no pari-mutuel betting at the track, but interest among owners, trainers and race fans was high through the Opening Day eight-race program.

Opening Day — Some of the 100 or so racegoers study their Opening Day racing forms as horses race past the grandstand at Spring Garden Ranch in DeLeon Springs. There is no pari-mutuel betting at the track, but interest among owners, trainers and race fans was high through the Opening Day eight-race program.

Racing is underway at Spring Garden Ranch, DeLeon Springs’ major horse-race training track, every Tuesday, weather permitting, through April.

Post time for the first race is 11 a.m. The race card usually takes three to four hours, with a race about every 20 minutes.

Trotters and pacers pulling sulky carts at one of the nation’s premier training tracks attracted more than 100 fans for Opening Day, March 25. Several races are held each meeting day to qualify trotters and pacers for the summer racing season at tracks across the Northeast.

The track’s assistant general manager, Sandy Weis, explained the difference between the two Standardbred racehorses, both of which pull a driver on a two-wheeled sulky.

Wed
29
Mar

Stetson University students’ stock choices feature cannabis and Amazon

Watching the market — Students in the Roland George Investments Program study stock market trends in this lab at Stetson University.

Watching the market — Students in the Roland George Investments Program study stock market trends in this lab at Stetson University.

Stetson University’s Roland George Investments Program (RGIP) recently launched a new stock index, “Cannabis,” during the annual public trustee meeting, which opened to a full house of students, faculty, and community members March 20.

Five RGIP seniors spent months researching, vetting, analyzing, and ultimately pitching, a total of 10 stocks to a board composed of faculty and student trustees. The proposals included two indices titled “Chill” and “Cannabis,” each with three publicly traded stocks, as well as four single stocks that capitalized on e-commerce, fast casual food, automobiles and beauty products.

Stetson University student Michael Goldman stated that growth drivers indicate the cannabis industry is poised to benefit from recent legislation.

Fri
24
Mar

Governor brings jobs roundtable talk to DeLand

Gov. Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott

Governor Rick Scott met in DeLand with state and local officials for the latest in his series of roundtable discussions about creating and keeping jobs in Florida.

The March 23 morning panel discussion was held at Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe.

Karen Haught, the business’s sales and marketing director, said the company was chosen because it’s a marketing partner with Visit Florida, the state’s tourism promotion agency, which selected the venue.

Wed
22
Mar

Program trains drink servers about identifying, combating harassment

Founders and trainers — Janell Williams, left, and Ann-Marie Bays devised a program that trains bartenders and servers how to identify when a patron is being sexually harassed and to intervene if necessary.

Founders and trainers — Janell Williams, left, and Ann-Marie Bays devised a program that trains bartenders and servers how to identify when a patron is being sexually harassed and to intervene if necessary.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREW

Training in progress — Drink Safe Florida trainer Janell Williams, at far left, addresses employees of Y.O.L.O. Bar & Grilled Cheese in Downtown DeLand recently. The Drink Safe program teaches bartenders and servers how to identify when a patron is being sexually harassed, and how to help if necessary.

PHOTO BY ANN-MARIE BAYS

Training in progress — Drink Safe Florida trainer Janell Williams, at far left, addresses employees of Y.O.L.O. Bar & Grilled Cheese in Downtown DeLand recently. The Drink Safe program teaches bartenders and servers how to identify when a patron is being sexually harassed, and how to help if necessary.

A new program will help bartenders and servers identify and, if necessary, intervene when patrons are being sexually harassed or assaulted.

It’s called Drink Safe Florida, and it’s the brainchild of the program’s founders and trainers: Ann-Marie Bays and Janell Williams, two veterans of the adult beverage scene in Downtown DeLand.

“Bar servers will be trained in de-escalation and to be able to assess and determine the best course of action,” said Williams, who also is a reporter for The West Volusia Beacon.

Bays said the program is designed to help more than just straight women feel safe.

“It’s applicable to all walks of life, and also to men,” Bays said. “It’s not just the LGBTQ community; whatever sexual orientation or gender you identify with, there’s always a way to use the program.”

Wed
22
Mar

New Stetson University program helps adults improve job prospects

Director and chair — Dr. Shawnrece D. Campbell will direct a new academic program at Stetson University that can help working people get a bachelor’s degree and improve their chances of getting a better job.

Director and chair — Dr. Shawnrece D. Campbell will direct a new academic program at Stetson University that can help working people get a bachelor’s degree and improve their chances of getting a better job.

More than 7 million jobs are unfilled in the United States, even with 9 million unemployed workers nationwide, and the number of unfilled jobs is projected to increase to 21 million by 2020, according to the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).

Closer to home, more than 60 percent of positions in Florida will require a postsecondary education, but less than 32 percent of Florida workers have an associate degree or higher, as evidenced by U.S. Census Public Use Microdata Sample information.

Wed
15
Mar

Upscale condos planned in Downtown DeLand

Getting new life — This former Masonic Temple will be converted into a financial firm on the ground floor and five luxury condominiums on the two upper floors. The white pseudo-windows on the third floor, a signature element of Masonic temples, will be retained, but flanked with modern windows.

Getting new life — This former Masonic Temple will be converted into a financial firm on the ground floor and five luxury condominiums on the two upper floors. The white pseudo-windows on the third floor, a signature element of Masonic temples, will be retained, but flanked with modern windows.

BEACON FILE PHOTO

Possibilities — This montage of images shows some of the upscale touches that can be included in the kitchens and baths of the condo units on the upper floors of the former Masonic Temple in Downtown DeLand.

Possibilities — This montage of images shows some of the upscale touches that can be included in the kitchens and baths of the condo units on the upper floors of the former Masonic Temple in Downtown DeLand.

IMAGE COURTESY EQUINOX DEVELOPMENT

Luxury living is coming to the SoNY district in Downtown DeLand.

Maitland-based Equinox Development Properties Inc., which bought a vacant former Masonic Temple at 142 S. Woodland Blvd., will be building five luxury condominiums on the second and third floors of that building. The project is called Southland Lofts.

“We’re excited to be bringing luxury downtown living to the city of DeLand,” Equinox President Trey Vick said recently in an interview during a public unveiling of the company’s plans. “Civic leaders have really embraced the South of New York district, and we couldn’t envision a better place for Southland Lofts.”

Wed
15
Mar

Haynes Brothers Furniture coming to DeLand

Buyers wanted — Chairs, recliners, sofas and bedding await new owners in the Haynes Brothers Liquidation store that opens next week on North Woodland Boulevard in DeLand.

Buyers wanted — Chairs, recliners, sofas and bedding await new owners in the Haynes Brothers Liquidation store that opens next week on North Woodland Boulevard in DeLand.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

Haynes Brothers Furniture is finally coming to DeLand.

The locally based, family-owned and -operated business now being run by its third generation already has five furniture showrooms in Volusia County, including one in Orange City.

Now, the company is getting ready to open a store at 1205 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand that will take a slightly different approach: featuring “entry level” new furniture, as well as furnishings that are used, scratched and dented, or closeout, said David Haynes.

“It’s more starting-price-point furniture,” Haynes said of what will be called Haynes Brothers Liquidation. “We know a lot of people can’t afford the next step up.”

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