Elk­ton Car­pet & Tile buys Amer­i­can Home In­te­rior prop­erty

Cecil Whig - - BUSINESS - C HERYL MA TTIX

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.”

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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.

If you have any tidbits to share with Ch­eryl Mattix for this col­umn, you may con­tact her at cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig. com, or call her at 443-9078440.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

Elk­ton Car­pet & Tile’s owner re­cently bought the Amer­i­can Home In­te­ri­ors build­ing in Elk­ton and has started ren­o­va­tions.

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