Elkton Carpet & Tile buys American Home Interior property
While I was out and about ... Charles Platt, owner of Elkton Carpet and Tile Co. at 249 S. Bridge St., has already started renovations to his new, larger location just a few blocks north on Bridge Street.
Platt settled on the purchase of the 12,000-squarefoot former American Home Interiors building Monday. By Tuesday morning, he was busy getting the place ready to occupy.
Platt has owned Elkton Carpet & Tile, which is located in a leased space of roughly 4,000 square-feet, for the last five years. The purchase enables him to expand by increasing his inventory and offer customers quicker service and better pricing on in-stock merchandise.
“My foot traffic increased after American Home Interiors closed last year,” he said, adding, “I also get a lot of business from Middletown, Del.”
Platt hopes to be open in the new location by the end of August.
“I have a lot of work ahead of me,” he said.
He will continue to sell all kinds of flooring, including carpet, laminate, hardwood and tile as well as supplies. Platt is also increasing his staff to accommodate the larger facility.
Harry Hammond and Harry Brown, owners of the former American Home Interiors facility on about 2 acres, officially turned over the property to Platt Monday after it was on the market for about eight months.
“We listed it at $599,000 and sold it for $459,900,” Brown said Monday. “It’s nice to sell it to another local businessman. It’ll help the community.”
A Cecil County man has opened Sky View Drone Co., a certified, licensed and insured commercial drone business, that he hopes to grow by offering a distinct mix of quality photos and video along with good customer service.
Gordon D. Speir, an Elkton area resident, is a selfproclaimed aviation enthusiast. As a 12-year U.S. Navy veteran and longtime aircraft mechanic, it seemed a natural fit when a friend suggested he get into the drone business a few months ago.
“I’m now a certified drone pilot,” Speir said.
As part of his training, he had to become familiar with all of the Federal Aviation Administration guidelines regarding the use of drones.
Since starting up about two months ago, Speir has done several real estate jobs and is going to be doing aerial shots next week for Polytech High School near Dover, Del.
His territory includes Delaware and much of Maryland.
“The business has a lot of possibilities,” he said, noting drone photography can be much less expensive than hiring a helicopter or small plane.
His prices vary depending on time required and specific needs. But, he said an example of the approximate cost of taking 30 to 40 still aerial photos would be about $200.
“I want to meet with my clients first to find out exactly what they want,” Speir said. “I want them to be happy.”
He has two drones that he works with, depending on the job.
“They can fly about 50 mph and as high as 400 feet,” he said.
Speir’s son is working with him along with his wife, making it a true family business. The family recently sold Tutor Time in Newark, Del., a daycare business they operated for 21 years.
“My goal is to get this new business going and eventually turn it over to my 25-year-old son, Ken,” he said.
His son is working on the company’s website, which will display some aerial shots of Mt. Harmon Plantation near Earleville, among other locales.
*** Recovery Centers of America, the company getting ready to open a residential substance abuse rehabilitation center in the former MBNA corporate retreat Bainbridge Hall in Earleville, is offering a free — open to the public — screening of a movie about addiction entitled “If Only” July 27 at Schaefer’s Canal House, located at 208 Bank St. in north Chesapeake City.
Producer James Wahlberg, who is executive director of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation of Boston, will speak at the screening, along with an interactive panel discussion about drug use and addiction by local experts.
The movie screening and discussion will start at 6:30 p.m. and is expected to end about 8:30 p.m.
For more information on this movie, visit www.ifonlymovie.org.
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Elkton Carpet & Tile’s owner recently bought the American Home Interiors building in Elkton and has started renovations.