Posted on 01 August 2014.
Matt Milburn, owner of Parker Banner Kent & Wayne, in downtown Cornelius. (Jonathan Cox/CorneliusNews.net)
Matt Milburn has been selling comic books since he was 14 years old, at a stall in a Florida flea market. Thirty-one years and many issues of “Amazing Spiderman” later, he is the owner of Parker Banner Kent & Wayne, a comics and games shop in downtown Cornelius.
That mouthful of a name comes from the alter egos of four iconic superheroes: Spiderman, The Hulk, Superman, and Batman. Comic book covers featuring these characters line the shop’s walls, a life-sized mannequin of the character Deadpool stands by the cash register, and half of the store is devoted to tables for weekly board game sessions that can draw crowds of 75 or more. It’s a nerd’s dream come true. Read the full story
Posted in Downtown and old Cornelius, Small Biz Spotlight
Posted on 14 February 2013.
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Posted on 29 November 2011.
Posted in Cornelius, Small Biz Spotlight
Posted on 26 August 2011.
Michael Archer, ready for the day's tank deliveries.
By CHRISTINA RITCHIE ROGERS
Cornelius native Michael Archer is a numbers guy by nature and a people person at heart. As owner of Propane Express, a propane tank supplier and delivery service, he uses both skills regularly.
“The best part of the job is interacting with people,” he said. And he treats is customers with the respect and responsiveness he expects as a consumer.
“I don’t make purchases like the average consumer,” he said. “I’m much more analytical.” And as a business owner, his savings translate to customer savings. Read the full story
Posted in Business, Cornelius, Lake Norman, Small Biz Spotlight
Posted on 18 August 2011.
Ben and Viive Ralston and their honorary business partner, Juneau.
By CHRISTINA RITCHIE ROGERS
Viive Ralston has always had an eye for little touches that make a big difference. As a child, she loved to make breakfast in bed for her mother. Even then, the tray was not complete without a small vase of freshly picked flowers, she said, and she’d walk down her street in New York City to “borrow” a few stems from an unknowing neighbor’s window box.
Now, as co-owner of Smart Deco Home Furnishings and Consignment in Cornelius, which opens this weekend, Ms. Ralston (whose name is pronounced “VEE-va”) approaches her new business as she once did her mother’s breakfast – always looking for the perfect, beautiful accent or splash of color that turns something nice into something special.
“Viive can see the beauty in everything, and what I bring to the table is I can see the value in it,” said her husband and business partner, Ben Ralston. “There’s a very practical side to decor.”
A glimpse inside the Smart Deco store. (Smart Deco photo)
And that focus on practicality as well as aesthetic value puts the “smart” – and the “art” – in Smart Deco. The Ralstons carefully select pieces that are functional as well as good looking, and won’t break the bank. Read the full story
Posted in Cornelius, Kenton Place, Kenton Place, Lake Norman, Small Biz Spotlight