March 21, 2004
Owner: Linda Long Gibney. Address: 339 E. Antietam St., Suite 4, Hagerstown. Opening date: July 7, 2003. Products and services: "Weight-loss products and counseling. The program, which is open to men and women, will offer a 20-pound weight loss in six weeks along with a stabilization program teaching you how to maintain your goals. While on the program, you will eat store-bought food consisting of foods from the four basic food groups and taking high protein supplements, replenishing the body with nutrients depleted by dieting.
August 15, 2004
Name of business: Off The Hook Diner Owner: Chance Barnhart Address: 200 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown Opening date: Oct. 1, 2003 Products and services: Restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Market area: Hagerstown How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "I was motivated by bringing the diner food and atmosphere back to town. " Previous business experience: None in the restaurant business Number of employees: Two, plus family help Hours: Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Web site: None Phone number: 301-665-1015
September 12, 2004
Name of business: Alsip & Associates, P.C. Owner: Lawrence N. "Chip" Alsip III Address: 626 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown Opening date: June 2004 Products and services: Architecture Market area: Maryland How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "Lifelong goal. Timing and market conditions were right. " Previous business experience: Fifteen years working with local architectural firms. Maryland-licensed architect. Number of employees: One Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Web site: None Phone number: 301-733-1537
November 4, 2002
Owners: George Whitehair Jr. and William Shifflet. Address: 29 N. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown. Formerly Ron's Deli. Opening date: Sept. 6. Products and services: Full-service menu lunch and dinner, sports bar, blues and jazz club. Market area: Tri-State. How did you get into your business or what motivated you to start it? Chef for 15 years - William Shifflet, graduate of Baltimore International Culinary/European Educational Center, Ireland.
January 13, 2003
Owner: Betty E. Geyer. Address: 141/2 E. Washington St., Hagerstown. Opening date: Sept. 1, 2002. Service: Permanent removal of unwanted hair. Market area: Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. What was your motive for starting your business? "Having had electrolysis myself, it made me feel like a different person. I have a strong desire to help others feel good about themselves. " Previous business experience: "I started this business July 21, 1997, in Greencastle, Pa. " Employees: One. Hours: By appointment only.
August 10, 2003
Owner: Joe Brandts. Address: Hagerstown. Opening date: June 2003. Products and services: Small and large home improvements of any kind. Market area: Washington and Frederick counties. How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "I studied construction management in college and worked over a decade for a custom home builder in Frederick. I have heard over and over from homeowners of the need for reliable home improvement.
October 24, 2004
Name of business: Mastrouni Lawn Care & Services Owner: David S. Mastrouni Address: 68 Devonshire Road, Hagerstown Products and services: Lawn care, leaf removal, gutter cleaning, tree and shrub trimming, snow removal, furniture moving, landscaping, mulching, power washing and other odd jobs Market area: Tri-State area How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "As a kid, I assisted a neighbor with lawn care and started doing lawns in the neighborhood.
December 5, 2004
Name of business: Mt. Nebo Christian Preschool Director: Mary Martin Address: 134 S. Main St., Boonsboro Opening date: Nov. 1 Products and services: Day care and preschool Market area: Boonsboro, Keedysville, Sharpsburg, Rohrersville, Smithsburg and the surrounding area How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church members started the process, hired me and we are moving forward with God's speed.
August 8, 2004
Name of business: Frederick Glass Shop Owner: Tony Dodson Address: 525A Northern Ave., Hagerstown Opening date: April 15. Another shop has been in Frederick, Md., since 1961. Products and services: All commercial and residential glass needs. New products and service repair. Market area: Washington and Frederick counties How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "Started working in the trade in 1973. Owned and operated glass shops in the Frederick County area since 1979.
October 3, 2004
Name of business: Sharpsburg Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant Owner: Alberto Calderon Address: 208 S. Church St., Sharpsburg Opening date: April 18 Products and services: Dine-in restaurant with pizza, lasagna, stromboli, manicotti, subs, spaghetti, fettuccine, linguini, shrimp, calzones and Sicilian pizza. How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "Started working in restaurant in New York City. I love to cook, and was ambitious to have own store.