Business Briefs

July 01, 2007

Spirit of the Lotus Tea Company

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 22 for Spirit of the Lotus Tea Company at 223 N. Prospect St., Suite 106, in Hagerstown.

The business, owned by John and Siming Macpherson, stocks more than 200 varieties of loose-leaf teas and herbal tisanes from around the world.

They also sell tea sets, teapots, cups, mugs and other tea accessories.


SHARPSBURG - The Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC), Cumberland Valley Chapter held its eighth annual Jack E. Barr 5k Run on June 9 at Antietam National Battlefield.


Proceeds from the race benefit students in the construction and maintenance trades at the Barr Construction Institute.

Sponsors for the race were Ellsworth Electric; Hagerstown Ford; Beaver Mechanical Contractors; Auto Electric; AC&T; BJ's Custom Embroidery; BP Lesky; Bowman Sales & Equipment; Brandenburg Electric; Glass Electric; Harmon and Davies; Lehman Construction Services; Miller and Anderson Inc; New Life Garden Center; North Star Foundation; Potomac St. Creamery; Reebok and Strategic Accounting.

Winners were:

·First place male, Brad Rippey; second place male, Brad Sponaugle; third place male Wayne Kretzer Jr.; and fourth place male, Mike Meadows.

·First place female, Susan Graham-Gray; second place female, Angie McKinley; third place female Laura Nelson; and fourth place female Karen Abbamonte.

·Winners in the masters category were Brad Rippey and Laura Nelson.

ABC is a national trade association with more than 24,000 firms across the nation. Locally, more than 200 employers are members of the Cumberland Valley Chapter.

Cronise Corporation

Cronise Corporation, a Washington County contractor since 1980, has announced a new division, Artful Stone.

This division will use a product called Deco-Pierre to handcraft masonry stone veneer on site.

In February, Douglas Cronise, Charles Holtzman and Mario Santis completed training using this product at Deco-Pierre's corporate headquarters in Grand Praire, Texas. They are certified artisians in crafting an array of textured, colored and patterned stone veneer.

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