Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for Business North Carolina Vol. 6 Issue 11, Nov 1986
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Eddie Greene founded the Christmas Shop and Island Art Gallery in Manteo on Roanoke Island twenty years ago. The Christmas Shop, which is open year-round, attracts almost 750,000 visitors annually. Greene expects to gross $2 million this year. His latest venture is the Weeping Radish Restaurant, which he started with his partner Richard Lacerre. Located next to the Christmas Shop, it opened in the summer of 1986, complete with a brewery brought over from Bavaria and a brew master.
Simon examines the problem created by the larger number of veterinarians graduating not only at North Carolina State University's School of Veterinary Medicine but also at other similar institutions across the nation with the number of pets and farms animals that are holding steady or increasing only slightly. The competition to care for these animals is forcing down prices they can charge and forcing veterinarians to face a lower standard of living.
Bob Wilson knew from the ground up how intensive the floor-cleaning business can be, having pushed a heavy buffer around stores during his high school days. At his business in Sparta in Alleghany County he set to work building a new type of buffer. What he came up with revolutionized the industry and created such a demand that he started his own manufacturing company. Sales for the machine, the Pioneer/Eclipse, reached $800,000 the first year. In 1986, five years later, sales are projected at $18 million.
Duke University Vice-President Joel Fleishman is a professor in the law school and director of the university's $200 million capital campaign. He also writes a wine column, Vintage Point, for Vanity Fair, a magazine with 250,000 upscale subscribers.