When you love what you do and you're really good at it, expect to have a long career.
That's exactly what Leslie Kogut, owner of Leslie K. LLC Hair & Nail Salon, has done.
Leslie loves what she does.
That's why she's been in business since 1984. She attended H.C. Wilcox High School, here in Meriden, where she took up hairdressing & cosmetology. As soon as she graduated, she went right into a job. As time passed, she was able to perfect her own skills.
Finally, in 2004, she bought the hair salon where she used to work from the previous owner and hasn't looked back since then. She currently has 10 stylists at her salon, each who have ties to Meriden and who love what they do.
Check out the skills.
Leslie said that her biggest obstacle when starting her business was bringing in new clients and proving herself as a hairdresser. That's only normal. As time passed, she has obviously been able to accomplish that and much more. If you're in business this long, you're doing things right.
Leslie mentioned that customers should consider being their clients due to the fact that, for one, they are always on top of the cleanliness of the salon. She described her salon as "not a high-stress" environment where everyone can feel comfortable. Everyone at the salon is considered family. How great is that? Not many businesses in general can make that statement. It's refreshing to know a business owner and her team feel this way here in Meriden.
Unfortunately at this point in time, the world is in a state of chaos because of the Coronavirus. It's affecting so many businesses here in Meriden and throughout the world. Rest assured that once this passes, because it will pass, Leslie and her team are going to reach greater heights in business.
Leslie will be looking to grow her team. There's no question they'll continue to create and help the residents of Meriden along with other towns here in central Connecticut look their absolute best time and time again.
Don't forget about Leslie and her team over at Leslie K. LLC Hair & Nail Salon!
Are you aware that you can get fuel delivered TO YOU?
If you don't know, now you know.
Joseph Vollano and his crew are the ones doing so and they're making the lives of many extremely easy. Especially now with all of the social distancing going on due to COVID-19.
This is exactly what everyone needs.
Joseph started FillerUp Inc. at the start of 2018. His goal was to revolutionize the way people were able to get fuel. At first, they started with delivering fuel while people stood at home. They fueled up people's cars at their homes and delivered oil for home heating in the winter. Then things changed and they began fueling boats at marinas.
Today, they deliver fuel anywhere in Connecticut. From 3 marinas in the beginning to now 35. They not only fuel off water but they can also fuel on-water as well.
Joseph said that the biggest obstacle they had when starting the business was dealing with the regulations that were in place as well as the coast guard who wasn't all familiar with what was going on. Also, they had to deal with other folks in higher places that weren't so fond of his business receiving support.
Even though they had some obstacles, Joseph by no means was going to give up.
There's nothing that could prevent a service this great and innovative from being successful. Just look at the fact that they went from 3 marinas to 35.
Numbers don't lie.
The good thing is that the politicians here in Meriden did support Joseph and his company.
When asked if COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has been having a negative effect on his business, Joseph said no. That's pretty obvious, right?
If anything, his business is going to be able to help so many residents, not only in Meriden, but in all of Connecticut. They've even made it super easy for you to order fuel. They have an app that has made the whole process a breeze.
There's no other company like FillerUp Inc. that can do on and off water fueling for boats. Joseph's goal for his business is to take things to the next level. Their app will only improve, their fleet will expand and more customers will be able to benefit from the great work they're doing over at FillerUp Inc.
Why not call these guys if you have a boat or need fuel for your car? Remember, you can leave your boat in the water, no worries.
It only seems logical to download their APP and get to ordering. It's common sense really.
So what are you waiting for?
Give Joseph Vollano and his crew a call today! Doing so will save you time and energy.
What do you call someone who helps another human or animal in need?
Some would call them a good samaritan, others even a hero.
Whatever you call it, Kimberly Inglis fits the bill.
She's the owner of A Dog's Dilemma LLC based in Meriden, CT.
Kimberly has always loved animals. When she became aware of just how many animals are homeless, abused and neglected, she decided to take action. Mind you, she was already a pet mom to 7 dogs and 4 cats! That didn't matter. She had to do something for those who didn't have a pet parent.
She began to volunteer at Dog Days which is on a mission to continue helping dogs no matter what it takes. Volunteering only motivated Kimberly to want to do more.
After the cancer diagnosis of her Dachshund, Daisy, she decided to enroll in Middlesex Community College to take up Veterinary Medicine. She was successful in completing the course and earned the title of Certified Veterinary Assistant. Later, one of her Doxies, Bandit, developed cancer. Kimberly needed to spend as much time with them in their final days.
Going through the passing of her beloved animals only lit more of a fire in her desire to continue helping animals. In May of 2017, after advice from a good friend, she opened A Dog's Dilemma LLC to continue helping pets. The great thing about her business is that she's centrally located to all of her clients which is obviously essential. Although she had a full-time job, she still made the best of the time she had.
There was and is no quit in Kimberly.
When asked why you should choose her business over another, she said that it's due to the fact that she truly has an obvious passion for animals, she's a true professional, on-time for her appointments and has a veterinary background. She's got the skills to dispense medications and give diabetes shots. She's also bonded and insured.
You get the whole package when you deal with Kimberly.
What more could you ask for, honestly? The real question is, why wouldn't you call on Kimberly Inglis to care for your pets. They'd be in the best of hands.
Kimberly's goal is to continue growing her business and helping more and more animals that need it. Expect Kimberly Inglis to get more involved in the Meriden community and surrounding towns.
We're positive that this hero will continue making a difference.
Give her a call today!
3rd generation paving contractor William Stanley is ready to tackle this spring and summer!
It's mid-March and that means many home & business owners are already thinking about having driveways & parking lots paved. That's where William comes into play. He and his wife, Ashley, started their business in 2017.
William was raised around this trade. It's been in his family, so there's no surprise that he's also putting in plenty of work to keep his customers happy year in and year out. He knows what he's doing. For years, he's been providing great results to the Meriden community. If you were to check out the reviews on their website, you'd see how pleased their customers are.
Though initially, proving their worth was an obstacle, over time their work spoke for itself. Look at some of the work they've done and it's apparent William and his team are very skilled.
William and his crew clearly know what they're doing which is why they've been able to obtain many word-of-mouth referrals. Customer service is something that they pay attention to over at Paving Services CT.
How could any business owner not, right?
When asked what separates them from the "pack", Ashley said that their prices are competitive while delivering quality results. They don't make empty promises and try to be honorable with customers. Doing so will only keep customers happy and motivate them to give more referrals.
Think about it.
If they didn't do a great job every single time, would they really still be in business?
That's a no.
Clearly they're one of the best asphalt paving companies in Meriden and aren't going to slow down at any point.
From driveway paving and sealcoating to asphalt repairs and excavation. Paving Services CT is ready for any job no matter the scale.
Residential jobs? No big deal.
Commercial jobs? Bring it on.
When in need of a QUALITY paving job done by friendly contractors, call and speak with Ashley & William Stanley. You're going to be glad you did.
Call today for a FREE estimate and don't forget to give them the code: SPRING.
When you do, you'll receive 10% OFF your driveway paving job. Also, financing is available!
What more do you want, seriously?
Call them today!
It's always a good thing when someone wants to start their own business.
That's what Jaime Rodriguez is doing here in Meriden. He literally just started his business this month and is looking to put in a lot of work for the Meriden community and surrounding towns.
Jaime mentioned that he was tired of working hard for someone else's dream. He felt now was just the right time to get things going with something that he said he's actually good at. He wants to make his own dream a reality. You can sense how driven he is by chatting with him for a few minutes.
There truly is nothing like working for yourself. You still have to work hard, be disciplined and when talking to Jaime, you can tell he's focused on success.
Why should people call on Jaime before contacting other businesses of the same niche?
Jaime said he's a perfectionist. He double and triple checks the work he does. He sees the big picture and the results must come out perfect so that his customers can be happy with his work. Doing a great job for a customer leaves you with a great feeling and Jaime strives for this.
Jaime's goal for his business this year is to expand and be able to do as much work as possible. He's even looking to expand enough that he'll take his business to other nearby states.
If you're looking for a local landscaper, painter & more, give Jaime a call!
After all, who doesn't want a perfectionist to do work for them?
You won't regret contracting Jaime.
Meriden's got a new business owner that's all about construction.
Don't get it confused though. Just because he's new in business, doesn't mean he isn't as skilled if not more skilled than others in the construction field.
Joey Lane has 20 years of construction experience under his belt and there isn't anything he can't build. That kitchen you see above, he did.
This is his first year in business here in Meriden and he's looking to deliver amazing results for all of his customers. When asked why he started his own business, he said he did so because he knew he could handle the workload.
If you ask Joey, he'll tell you he likes working hard with his hands. He's not the kind to sit behind a computer. When he was 16, he would take the ferry in Bridgeport over to Long Island where he would stay a long weekend to work. He did this from his sophomore year in highschool all the way up until he graduated.
This is a man who does it all from flooring, cabinets, roofing, windows, frame & finish work. Joey can literally build a house, pool deck even a garage if called upon.
You can't deny Joey's got the skills.
When you work with J&K Construction, you're dealing directly with him. He doesn't sub the work out, he's not a salesman and he tries to stay true to the customer. That's the great thing about dealing with local business owners. More often than not, you're going to deal with business owners like Joey. They're here to make an honest living and work hard for the community. Meriden should be proud to have business owners just like Joey.
When asked what his goals are for 2020, Joey said he's looking to double his workload.
You can bet that's something he can handle. Someone who seems as focused as Joey with the skills he possesses is going to be able to achieve that.
We're rootin' for ya Joey!
If you need any kind of work done around your home or even business, call up Joey Lane at J&K Construction. You'll deal with him directly and can expect high quality results.
Who likes cake?
The cakes that Josie Colon has been crafting here in Meriden aren't your ordinary cakes.
Just take a look above and notice the mastery.
Josie Colon is a long-time resident of Meriden, CT and has been for more than 28 years. She realized that she had the talent to make cakes and decorate them. Initially, she started making simple recipes and designs. As time passed, she wasn't content with just making your regular strawberry cake.
In 2011, she decided to take it a step further as you can see in the images.
Go ahead. Take another look.
Josie has serious skills.
Josie can make any type of cake you can think of. As you can see, she's definitely the go-to person when it comes getting cakes for children's parties. If you're looking for something more elegant, she can do that too.
You can tell that this form of art is Josie's passion. She said that she truly loves detailing and creating cakes. When asked why anyone should choose calling her over another bakery for cake, Josie said that her cakes are all around high quality. She knows how to design beautiful cakes, but on top of that, these cakes are very delicious, have a great consistency and texture. When it's time to cut them, they don't just fall apart. That's quality at it's finest.
Josie considers herself an honest person who looks to keep her customers happy. She's ready willing and able to work with customers who for example come to her with last minute orders. When talking to her, you can really tell that she's proud of the work she's been doing. She strives to deliver the best quality every time no matter how simple the cake or how complex.
Josie is looking to expand and continue to put more smiles on people's faces by continuing to make these highly artistic, delicious and affordable cakes.
If you want to put a smile on your kids faces with a cake that will blow their mind, call up Josie and get it done. It doesn't matter what you want on it. It could be a Disney princess, a DC comics amazon warrior or a dark lord of the Sith, Josie has you covered.
Call, email or message her on Facebook today!
Imagine you put in almost 20 years for a company, only to find out that the office was closing.
How would you feel? What would you do?
That's exactly what happened to Dan LeRoy. He had nowhere to go.
He didn't keep his hands folded and act like the world was over though. He was proactive about his situation and took action. After all, he had to provide for his family. In 2015, he started his own production company and reached out to the clients at his old company whom he had a good relationship with.
See why it's important to always work hard, build good connections as well as a great reputation with others? It worked in Dan's favor doing so. Dan's company has been making commercials for local businesses in Meriden and other towns in Connecticut leaving his customers more than pleased.
Those look like genuine smiles for sure.
When asked what his biggest obstacle has been, Dan said it was when he went from just making commercials and writing scripts, to then collecting payments, bookkeeping, keeping track of taxes etc. It all seemed so new to him.
He still didn't give up. There was and is NO quit in Dan.
He said that there's nothing he would change if he was given a chance to start over.
"Everything happens for a reason", he says.
Although Connecticut is a small state, there are many production companies which means more competition. Dan is an advocate of healthy competition, but admits it can still make you nervous. For that reason, Dan looks to separate himself from the pack by making sure to stay current when it comes to shooting techniques. He also provides other services such as web design and making business logos among other things.
What Dan says makes him stand out from the rest of the production companies is that he actually takes the time to learn about the business he's producing for. He pays attention to what the client needs. Not many care to do what he does. He wants to remain honest and straightforward. When you approach your work this way as a business owner, you can be sure that businesses will come to know and reach out to you. It's all about providing true value.
Dan's goal is to continue expanding his business and eventually get to the point where he has several employees where he can then bounce ideas off of them. That will surely help the expansion of Dan Leroy Productions. The fact that he's willing to bounce ideas off of a team just shows that he's humble.
Dan gives all the thanks in the world to his wife and family for all of the support they've given him over the years. It may not have been easy at certain times, but they've always been there for him since day 1. When you have support that great, you've got all the motivation and drive you need to be successful.
Kudos to you and your family Dan LeRoy!
If you're in the need of a production company headed by a business owner who takes his craft seriously, wants YOU to look good and is a family man, contact Dan Leroy ASAP!
The Queen of Sassyness reigns in Meriden. Who is she?
Marisa Balletti is the name and she's making noise in the photography world.
Where did the name come from?
Her Nana, who was the queen of MySpace, used a name generator and the name stuck.
How appropriate! Marisa said she was always Princess Sassy Mouth. Now she's the queen. She describes herself as vibrant and bold. Someone who likes to connect with people, get people to be comfortable. When she's inspired, nothing can get in her way.
She started her business professionally in 2009 and hasn't looked back. She mentioned that the biggest obstacle she had to go through was being taken seriously. When you look through her catalog of photos, there's no doubt that she's proving her legitimacy not only as a top photographer in Meriden, but in the state and beyond.
She got some serious skills that show when you go through her wedding, headshot & branding photos. All of the clients she's had over the years have all been pleased with the work she's done for them. How could they not?
Marisa also has different types of studio sessions. For example, The Sassy Space studio session is great for families who want to either shoot indoors or outdoors. These shots are original, playful and of course sassy. Her Glam By Sassy sessions are all glamorous portraits. Wet By Sassy are even bolder shots that are sensual, steamy and absolutely original. Marisa's Sassy Mouth Boudoir sessions are as she describes them, fresh, fiery and flirty.
Does your photographer do all of that?
Marisa covers all of the bases! Even the ones you didn't know existed. She mentioned that she has a way to get people to understand themselves without even realizing it. Not many photographers can say that and mean it.
Check out her website and you'll see that Marisa even paints!
Her goals for the future are to speak to the world and make more of an impact here in Meriden as well as worldwide. She's going to be working on obtaining her Master Artist Degree and there's no doubt that she's going to achieve that. She already received her Craftsman Degree from Professional Photographers of America and she isn't done. On top of all of that, she's been scoring very high in the Print Competition which has been her greatest challenge.
When you meet Marisa, you can tell she's one-of-a-kind. It explains why she's been and continues to be successful. There's no slowing down for her either.
How could we forget to mention the fact that this Saturday, March 7th, she'll be presenting a program called, "Sassy Mouth's Guide To Hustle: Volume 1". What's this program about? It'll provide an honest and relatable experience that brings you on the journey of her ever-growing business. She shares the ups and downs she's gone through in business and plenty of secrets. Stay tuned for that!
It's business owners like Marisa Balletti that contribute to the fact that, as she says, "Meriden is on the up & up".
Right on Marisa!
If you're looking for a proven photographer with the widest range of skills and a great personality, you need to call the Queen of Sass now!
You won't regret it.
215 South Colony St. Meriden, CT
What do you do when no one takes you seriously in a "older man's trade" even though you have the skills to provide great results?
You stay focused on what truly drives you. You never give up.
That's exactly what local mason Anthony Perez is doing here in the Meriden community.
Anthony was born and raised in Meriden and is part of a huge family. His father-in-law, who is a 3rd generation mason, taught Anthony everything he knows today. You could say that he "passed the torch" to Anthony. He began as an apprentice laborer and at the age of 25 went out on his own.
Anthony noticed that his biggest obstacle has been getting the word out because no one would take him serious. They viewed him as inexperienced when in all reality, Anthony is a very skilled, hardworking and focused mason. Just check out the images of the work he does that he posts on Facebook.
Anthony didn't go out on his own until he was ready to. It was all about timing of course and the results speak for themselves.
When you talk to Anthony, you get the sense that he's humble above all things. He still believes that there's room for improvement, and that he can always learn.
People who think that way, keep their head down and work hard always find success.
At AP Masonry, Anthony does more than just mix concrete. He's actually wearing all of the hats and that's how he wants it. He's the one looking for materials, sending out estimates and doing the work. You're going to deal directly with him which is what most customers want.
In the words of Anthony, "stay small, keep it all".
He calls himself "The People's Mason". Why? You get great quality results at affordable prices compared to other bigger companies. He's not a salesman in a suit. No, he's actually the one sweating, getting dirty. It's important to Anthony that he's also a man of his word and punctual.
There's no need for anyone to second-guess his work. Anthony has been doing this since he was 16 so you can be sure you're going to get great service.
When asked what drives him day in and day out, he mentioned his 4 children. 2 boys and 2 girls. His goal is to teach them all what he's learned. See what we mean about motivation?
That's all the motivation you need to get out there, work hard and provide for your family.
Anthony is far from inexperienced and his desire is to continue providing for his family. Meriden should be proud to have a hard working local mason who's a family man.
If you're looking for a mason here in Meriden, give Anthony Perez a call!
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