Leaders break ground at Westin site

MIDWAY — With most of his company’s business coming from the East Coast, Westin Group LLC CEO Neil Jiang was looking for the right spot for a distribution center.

He found it on Coffer Court in the Liberty County Development Authority’s Tradeport East.

The company broke ground Friday on its 250,000-square-foot facility for Westin Furniture, and the company projects to have 80 employees once the distribution center is completed.

“Our facilities were on the West Coast, so this is very good to us to reach customers so we can provide quick service to them,” Jiang said. “We are excited.”

“We’re always glad to make an announcement of jobs and opportunities coming to our area,” said LCDA Chairman and state Rep. Al Williams.

About 85% of the company’s business is on the East Coast, and about 90% of its sales are in e-commerce. Westin Furniture also has merchandise in retailers such

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Meet the new owners behind the nearly century-old Chelsea Farmer’s Supply

CHELSEA, MI — A nearly century-old Chelsea business has new faces behind its operations.

Husband-and-wife Tobie Brown and Joe Schlenke took over Chelsea Farmer’s Supply at the start of January. The previous owners, HK Leonard and Greg Raye, had run the business since the 1990s.

“I think it’s a huge privilege and an honor to be able to be a part of this story that has continued to grow” Brown said. “Hard work (is why) this place has made it to (nearly) 100 years.”

The small business tucked away at 122 Jackson St. has been open since 1926 and now sells products like wild bird seed, gardening supplies and animal feed for horses, goats, sheep, pigs, chicken, dogs and cats.

The business serves a mix of customers from home gardeners to people maintaining small hobby farms.

The new owners have a background in hospitality and food services, but decided it

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Sponsored: Perino’s Home & Garden Center voted Best Garden Store in Gambits 2023 Best of New Orleans Readers Poll | Free Fun

Perino's Home & Garden Center

Our grandfather, Salvador “Sam” Perino, established Perino’s Nursery in 1949, after proudly serving as a Naval Aviator in WWII.

After the war, Sam and his loving wife Magdalene Perino started a 24-hour grocery and produce market in New Orleans on the corner of Carrollton and Claiborne. The market sold cut flowers for special occasions and served sliced watermelon during the summer months. He eventually introduced camellias and azaleas into the mix, which led to the launch of Perino’s Nursery. In 1955, Sam took a leap of faith and moved his business to Veterans Memorial Blvd, which at the time was just a dirt road.

Perino's Home & Garden Center

Perino’s became a multi-generational business when his two sons (Buddy and Peter Perino) joined the business in the late 1970’s. Buddy and Peter helped expand Perino’s Garden Center into a full retail, growing, and landscape operation with a focus on cultivating quality local plants. In 2004,

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Faller’s Furniture continues to evolve through 175 years in business | News

CLARION – Perhaps one of the secrets to staying in business for 175 years, as Faller’s Furniture and Design in Clarion has done, is adaptability. After all, that business has gone through its share of changes since beginning operations in 1847.

“Fallers started in Fryburg with my great-grandfather building wagons and coffins and making furniture. It evolved into a furniture, funeral home business,” noted Greg Faller, the fourth generation of the Faller family to own the business. “The biggest change in my time was streamlining the business down to just furniture, we also still do custom drapery. When I was growing up we were selling small TVs and pianos, selling appliances, paint, cutting glass. Selling wallpaper was huge back in the day.”

Not only did the nature of Faller’s furniture business change, so did its location — moving from Fryburg to Clarion in 1999.

On that move, Faller said, “A

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NEW BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Shops offer vintage pieces, home decor, crafting, catering, and more | News

Several new business have recently set up shop in the area, providing locals four new places to find vintage pieces, catering services, home decor or craft classes.

House of Vintage held its ribbon-cutting ceremony July 2. Founder Eric Doyeto described the business.

“House of Vintage is a unique vintage store because it’s Native American owned and all our items are hand-selected from mostly out of state. Our focus is on vintage style rather than antiquities. We’re always changing and updating our items,” said Doyeto. “We’re working to use the store to better the community and other small businesses like us.”

Doyeto said House of Vintage specializes in marketing and design, and directed businesses interested in learning about these topics to call or text the store at 918-822-3038.

RittenHouse of Catering is a family-owned gourmet catering company that opened a few months ago, operated by husband and wife Craig and Rachel

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