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First Grout Doctor repair service opens in bay area

Published October 6, 2003

CLEARWATER - The first Grout Doctor repair and maintenance service for ceramic tile and grout has opened in the Tampa Bay area. The franchise owner is Wayne Gregson of Clearwater.

James Baity, author of How to Get the Gold Out of Grout, established the Grout Doctor after developing a system of teaching tile and grout repair. In 1992 and 1993, franchises were sold in California and Arizona, and in 2001, they were offered throughout the United States.

The business specializes in repairing chipped and cracked grout, and cleaning and restoring grout color. It replaces chipped and cracked tiles and seals old and new grout to protect color and provide durability. Also offered is grout staining, which changes the color of existing grout without removing it. Regrouting and recaulking also is offered, as well as Mexican tile refinishing.

Piano Lessons in Your Home arrives in area

Piano Lessons in Your Home, a 7-year-old business operating in Dallas, Chicago, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, has expanded to the Tampa Bay area and is based at 720 Athens St. in Dunedin. Christopher Barthauer is regional director.

The business sends piano teachers to homes to teach children and adults. Each week, students receive a 30-minute, 45-minute or hourlong piano lesson. There are two optional piano recitals a year, a newsletter and an extensive lending library of music from classical to jazz, as well as CDs and videos that families can borrow. Tuition is paid monthly, and a onetime enrollment fee is earmarked for the lending library account. For information, visit the company's Web site at

Heritage Village adds to its staff

Tracy Spikes, Paige Noel and Ed Reidell have joined the staff of Heritage Village at 11909 125th St., Largo.

Spikes, who is curator of education, has worked in the museum field since 1980. He worked on the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board, the Swan House at the Atlanta History Center and, most recently, at the St. Petersburg Museum of History.

Noel and Reidell will work with Spikes as living history interpreters.

Noel, a University of South Florida graduate, worked eight years as a children's librarian and five years teaching primary grades in Virginia.

Reidell has worked in the living history field since 1986. He worked most recently for the National Park Service in Vancouver, Wash., and before that for the Minnesota Historical Society at Fort Snelling and the Minnesota History Center.

Heritage Village is a 21-acre living history museum in Pinewood Cultural Park. The village also is home to the Extension Service, Florida Botanical Gardens and the Gulf Coast Museum of Art.

Dunedin hardware store honored

Employees at Vision Ace Hardware at 1750 Main St., Dunedin, have been named the highest performing retail team in the country by the Ace Hardware Corp. The team was honored for its customer service, improvement in sales and overall success.

The store maintains an aggressive marketing program and creates special promotions. "These initiatives have been hugely successful and contributed to a 14 percent sales increase so far this year," said store manager Jeffrey Gawel.

Vision Ace is one of Ace Hardware Corp.'s 4,900 independently owned stores in all 50 states and 72 countries.

Six businesses open in Northwood Commons

Jim Kovacs, retail sales and leasing specialist with Colliers Arnold Commercial Real Estate Services, negotiated six lease agreements for Northwood Commons at 2454 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater.

The businesses are Metzler Vet Clinic with 2,550 square feet, Curves for Women with 1,325 square feet, Oreck Vacuum with 1,400 square feet, Planet Smoothie at 1,072 square feet, Sole and Heal at 600 square feet and Splish Splash Pool Supplies at 525 square feet.

Lawyer elected to college foundation

Charles A. Buford, a partner in the law firm of Harper, Kynes, Geller & Buford, 2560 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater, has been elected to the board of trustees of the St. Petersburg College Foundation. He is a board certified civil trial lawyer and also board certified in business litigation.

Wee Bit Consignment has a new owner

Judy McNeil has purchased the Wee Bit Consignment Shop at 2114 Drew St., Clearwater. The shop carries new and used men's and women's clothing, gifts and costume jewelry. The inventory includes casual, career, evening fashions and accessories. Lighting and displays have been upgraded. The previous owners operated the store for 18 years.

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