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New Businesses in North Brunswick County 2017

by | Feb 22, 2018 | Brunswick County Life, Business, North Brunswick

Recognizing the continuous growth of North Brunswick County, many entrepreneurs see the Leland area as the perfect place to build a new business or expand an established one.

New businesses are popping up all over the Leland area, offering residents a greater range of services and products than ever. We asked the owners of six new Leland businesses about their decisions to open here in 2017 and about what they are offering to the community. These owners have made an investment in Leland and are excited about the future of their businesses, and we think you’ll be interested to learn about what they have to offer.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURA GLANTZ

BenchMark Physical Therapy

Sherie Edwards, PT, MSPT, DPT, clinic director
Brandon Adams, PT, DPT, regional director

503 Olde Waterford Way, Suite 205, Leland
(910) 399-4039
hbrendle@benchmarkpt.com, sedwards@benchmarkpt.com

Why was 2017 the right time to open your business?

We feel this was the right time to open a BenchMark Physical Therapy clinic due to the growing residential and commercial businesses in the Leland area and resultant increase in population. People have the right to choose the physical therapist of their choice, regardless of who their physician or surgeon is or what group they are a part of. We wanted the residents in this area to be able to choose BenchMark Physical Therapy and work with a physical therapist with extensive experience. Our mission is to assist clients to meet their goals to live an active, independent, good quality of life.

What made Leland the ideal location for you?

Leland is the ideal location for BenchMark Physical Therapy due to the active population that lives in this area. Many of the communities in Leland offer recreational activities including golf, pickleball, tennis and exercise classes. BenchMark Physical Therapy is excited to be able to assist the residents of Leland to stay healthy and active and enjoy a good quality of life. We also are looking forward to assisting the elderly residents in this area in maintaining an independent and active lifestyle through balance training, strengthening and conditioning.

What services do you offer?

BenchMark Physical Therapy is an evidence-based physical therapy practice with an emphasis in orthopedic rehabilitation, post-surgical conditions, injured worker programs, sports medicine, balance and vestibular rehabilitation and functional movement assessments. Our mission is to inspire and empower people to reach their full potential. We treat arm and shoulder pain, back and neck pain, leg and knee pain, foot and ankle pain, arthritis, stiffness and decreased range of motion, overuse injuries/tendonitis, degenerative joint disease, personal and auto injuries, workers comp injuries and provide work conditioning. We are trained in instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, Kinesiotape and Rocktape techniques. We accept all commercial insurances, Medicare and Tricare.

What separates you from the competition?     

By consistently exceeding expectations, we passionately strive to be the outpatient rehabilitation provider, employer and partner of choice through our values and outstanding customer service. The physical therapist in our Leland location, Sherie Edwards, PT, MSPT, DPT, CFE, has 18 years of clinical experience in the treatment of orthopedic conditions, sports injuries and balance rehab. We offer superior expertise in orthopedic manual therapy, a hands-on approach to patient care that’s proven more effective for many diagnoses. We provide Functional Movement Assessments to determine the cause of your dysfunction versus treating only the symptoms. We provide one-on-one physical therapy treatment utilizing manual therapy. We offer both early morning and early evening appointments for convenience to our patients and we accept all commercial insurances, Medicare and Tricare. BenchMark Physical Therapy calls the client’s insurer to verify their authorized benefits and clearly explains these benefits to the client.

What has been your leading success so far?

BenchMark Physical Therapy in Leland offered a free Balance for Life workshop last month. We provided a valuable balance screening that showed who was at a risk for falls, and feedback was very positive. We have additional free workshops planned for the community, including Exercises for the Rotational Athlete, for those that play pickleball, golf and tennis. We value providing an important service to our community through screening and education. We also value contributing to our communities. This year’s initiative is the American Heart Association, and nationally we have raised over $200k to date. Last year BenchMark raised $228k for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?

Letting the community know that we are now open for business! We have a beautiful clinic with state-of-the-art equipment and are located on the second floor of 503 Olde Waterford Way, with convenient elevator access from the rear parking area. Also, educating residents that they have the right to choose the physical therapist of their choice, regardless of who their physician or surgeon is.

What can we anticipate from you in the future?

BenchMark Physical Therapy plans to hold free workshops for residents in this area, including Balance for Life and Exercises for the Rotational Athlete. In addition providing Functional Movement Assessments and treatment for those involved in golf, tennis and other sports to determine what is causing their pain and affecting their ability to participate in their sport. We participated in Leland Founder’s Day and the Run for the Ta Tas this year. We are the title sponsor in the upcoming Wilmington Women’s Half Marathon. We plan to continue to be an active, contributing member of the Leland area.

Brodee Dogs

Lee Kent, owner

103 A Village Road, Leland
(910) 523-5121

Why was 2017 the right time to open your business?

We were financially prepared and Leland did not have a hot dog restaurant. My father-in-law, John Gilbert, passed five years ago, and hot dogs were his favorite. I retired from Waffle House in 2001 and thought it was time to jump back in doing what I love — serving good food and taking care of customers.

What made Leland the ideal location for you?

We have lived in Leland for 21 years and thought a Sabrett all-beef hot dog restaurant would be a great option for Leland residents. We wanted to offer employment opportunities in our hometown.

What products do you offer?

We offer several choices of Sabrett hot dogs: All Beef, Skinless, Natural Casing and Hot & Spicy. But we have than hot dogs, including Sweet Italian Sausage Dogs with Green Peppers and Onions, regular sweet potato fries, fresh Potato Knishes from New York, house-made Rotisserie Chicken Salad bowls for the health conscious, and house-made pimento cheese. For those who do not like meat we offer a Veggie Dog, and we have gluten-free buns. Our toppings are fresh ingredients, not canned. We also make secret sauces: the Brodee, offered on hot dogs and as a delicious dipping sauce, and the Sassy for dipping those sweet potato fries. Our sweet potatoes are grown and processed into fries in Pembroke, N.C.

What separates you from the competition?
We get our main products fresh, never frozen. A truck delivers every two weeks from New York! Currently, we have no competition. Some places sell hot dogs, but it’s all we do! We offer Build a Dog with too many different combinations to count!

What has been your leading success so far?

We have a ton of reviews on Facebook in a short period of time. Everyone is raving about our Brodee Dog – a bacon-wrapped and deep-fried hot dog! They’re also raving about our Brodee Sauce so much they want to buy it by the gallon.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?
The permitting process was challenging, but we got it all worked out.

What can we anticipate from you in the future?

We’ll be bringing in new combination pricing and feature items.

Circle K

Felicia Wells, manager

51 River Rd SE, Belville
(910) 371-0123
str04576@circlek.com

Why was 2017 the right time to open your business?

Circle K came to the Carolinas in May 2016. This was after the buyout of Kangaroo, Inc. This allowed Circle K to dominate the Carolinas in 2017. The Skyfall program was issued to rebrand the Kangaroo stores as well as to start building.

What made Leland the ideal location for you?

The Leland/Belville area was the ideal location for our New Foodvienence NTI store because of the towns’ rapid growth. We considered the flow of traffic off of Highway 74/76 as well as Highway 133 and decided we couldn’t pass this up.

What services/products do you offer?

We are a convenience store that offers a host of exciting new things. First of those is gas. We offer unleaded, mid-grade, premium, non-ethanol (boat fuel) and diesel. We also offer a cash re-loadable Miles Card exclusive to Circle K, which will save you 6 cents off each gallon. The second is our Foodvenience. We make all food in house, from pizza and wings to subs and salads.

What separates you from the competition?

What separates us from the competition is that we pride ourselves in easy visits, fast and friendly service and products on the go. Some of those would include our stay-cooler-longer Polar Pop Cups that come in three sizes for one low price of 79 cents. No one in Eastern North Carolina has the technology or innovation that our convenience store is exhibiting now.

What has been your leading success so far?

Our leading success thus far has been our Polar Pop drinks and Simply Great Coffee; we sell on average 100 plus cups of each daily. Another leading success for the store has been our Miles Card program. This card is free, cash reloadable and can be used at the pumps to save 6 cents off each gallon or used in the store to make other purchases.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?

The biggest challenge that I have had to overcome would be staffing. The ideal team, though in progress, has yet to be created. Our team currently consists of a positive and motivated group of individuals that we are looking to expand.

What can we anticipate from you in the future?

You can anticipate continued growth in our business. Also the continued growth and partnership within our community. We hope to continue to sponsor various activities within the community and schools. The first is our Fueling Our Schools program in which we are currently in partnership with Leland Middle School.

Complete Coastal Dentistry

Dr. Devinn Geeson, owner

1215 West Gate Drive #180, Leland
(910) 663-1223
staff@1CCDsmile.com

Why was 2017 the right time to open your business?

I have spent my entire life preparing for this moment. I started in dentistry in 1986 before I even graduated high school. I graduated as dental assistant in Akron, Ohio, in 1988, then lived overseas for many years and supported the Army and Air Force while working for the Department of Defense. Upon arriving back in the United States, I finished dental hygiene school and worked as a dental hygienist while completing my bachelor’s degree in preparation for dental school.

What made Leland the ideal location for you?

Leland is a great community with a thriving economy and is growing at an unprecedented pace. Leland and Brunswick County has been an underserved area in the state of North Carolina with respect to dental care. With the predicted growth in this area, Leland would fall significantly short of being able to provide services to the entire population. Leland and the surrounding area is a great place to call home for me as I love the water and the small-town feel that this town offers.

What services do you offer?

I offer dental care in the broadest scope. I plan to offer sedation orthodontics and oral surgery as well as general and cosmetic dentistry for the whole family.

What separates you from the competition?

Customer service, attention to detail and an atmosphere that is truly uplifting, engaging and comforting

What has been your leading success so far?

Having worked as a dental assistant, a hygienist and an office manager has given m the opportunity to see dentistry from all angles and to respect and appreciate my staff. Also, the time spent with the DOD was helpful in developing a philosophy on customer service that is different and unique to the field.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?

Too many to list. I lost my mom in 8th grade and dad senior year in high school. These events derailed me from becoming a DDS when I was younger, but I persevered and here I am today.

What can we anticipate from you in the future?

We plan to establish a strong presence in the Leland community.

photo contributed

Leland Pet Resort

Margot Terapak, owner

9575 Ploof Road, Leland
(910) 703-7297
woof@lelandpetresort.com

Why was 2017 the right time to open your business?

Our plan for Leland Pet Resort had been underway for well more than a year. But with the rapid expansion of this area has also come a demand for high-quality pet care; it seems like so many people who move here have a pet. And that is great!

What made Leland the ideal location for you?

I moved to Leland eight years ago with my husband, and we love this area. It is wonderful to be able to provide a valuable service to the community we live in.

What services do you offer?

We offer luxury overnight lodging for dogs and cats, highly supervised doggie daycare, professional grooming services, obedience training classes with Beth Shepard of Salty Dogs Training and certified canine massage with Lillian Arena.

What separates you from the competition?

The first thing that I believe defines us is our highly trained staff. All of our team members have been certified in Pet First Aid and CPR, and they have completed courses in Individual Canine Behavior and Canine Group Play Behavior. Secondly, I believe our facility sets us apart from the competition. Our hotel has luxury suites with Karunda Cots and soft music playing 24/7, our indoor play areas have rubber mat flooring while our outdoor play areas have synthetic turf, large wading pools, sprinklers and play structures. Overall, we are truly a luxury all-inclusive resort for pets.

What has been your leading success so far?

Our leading success so far has been our overnight lodging. So many people in this area have the ability to travel, and we are more than happy to care for their fur babies while they do. It is a great thing to be able to give someone peace of mind that their pet is safe and happy while they are on vacation.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?

Our biggest challenge has been letting this ever-growing community know that we here and ready to care for their pets. Ploof Road is a perfect location but is not highly visible. But word of mouth through our amazing clients and the wonderful local veterinarians has helped tremendously!

What can we anticipate from you in the future?

We would love to host adoption fairs in the future to help more of our furry friends find great homes. And of course, we will continue our commitment to love and take care of our clients’ pets as if they were our own.

Wilmington Yoga

Ali Callahan, executive director

497 Olde Waterford Way, Suite 200, Leland
(910) 769-2289
info@wilmingtonyogacenter.com

Why was 2017 the right time to open your business?      

The yoga trend is sweeping the nation, and we were getting more and more requests for our yoga in other locations. In the spring of 2016, after more than 15 years of operation, we took the plunge and looked for a second location. We were looking for a space to open a unique new yoga studio that incorporated two practice spaces that would complement our full-fledged year-round yoga school for teacher training and lifestyle workshops at our flagship location in Wilmington. We found that in Leland.

What made Leland the ideal location for you?

Wilmington Yoga is a true community center, open to people of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities who wish to deepen their understanding of yoga and healthy lifestyle practices. With the rapid development and huge population growth in Brunswick County, we thought Leland would be a great place to find new yogis (and want to be yogis!) to join our community.

What services/products do you offer?

Wilmington Yoga offers a diverse palette of styles, approaches and levels of yoga classes. Our Leland location offers 40-plus yoga classes per week, and all class passes and memberships can be used at our Wilmington location as well. Between our two locations, our offerings meet any scheduling needs by providing approximately 150 classes weekly. We offer the widest variety and largest quantity of yoga classes in the southeast with classes to match all ages, abilities and skill levels.

What separates you from the competition?

We go to great lengths to create a friendly, non-intimidating environment for anyone who is curious about the amazing benefits of yoga. A unique aspect of our center’s philosophy is that we honor and teach an array of styles and approaches to yoga so that all may enjoy the benefits. We believe that one size does not fit all, and we go out of our way to escort our students down the path of yoga based on their own individual needs: whether it’s weight loss, reducing back pain, decreasing anxiety or simply being a part of a fun, growing community. Being a social entrepreneurship model we also support many charity programs locally and globally.

What has been your leading success so far?

Our gentle yoga classes. In this busy world, everyone needs a moment to slow down. Gentle yoga is an unhurried, therapeutic yoga class introducing postures and breathing techniques that gradually build flexibility and strength. It is suitable for those new to yoga, with special physical concerns or who simply wish to move at a slower pace. Gentle yoga is for absolutely anyone of any age, ability level or size who wants to experience the many benefits of yoga. All levels of practice are welcome, and no experience or flexibility is necessary.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?

Getting the word out. Our grand opening was April 29. Since then we have had the pleasure to serve 400-plus students from Brunswick County, but we want to grow even more. Having an entrance on the rear of our building can be confusing to new students looking for yoga.

What can we anticipate from you in the future?

The same level of high-quality instruction and offerings that have allowed us to thrive for more than 15 years across the bridge. We strive to support and grow the yoga community both on and off the mat in Brunswick County.

Sponsored by The Sunset Inn
Sponsored by ATMC

About The Author

Sandi Grigg

Growing up in a small town in the foothills of North Carolina, Sandi always dreamed of living on the coast. In her youth, she was always by the water; she was raised tending a big garden and stomping around in the creek. She spent her adolescent days on a Jet Ski or fishing on Lake James, N.C., and she and her friends would camp and hike the Linville Gorge. Attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte she felt like she was getting out of my small-town box and living the city life; at the same time, she was getting a little closer to the ocean. Moving to Wilmington has been a dream come true, and the life she has created has been a blessing. She enjoys kayaking the Cape Fear, fishing the shores of Carolina Beach, and picking up seashells and shark’s teeth wherever she is. At home, she loves to cook and play with her dogs in the backyard. She also enjoys DIY home improvement endeavors. No outdoor shower, fire pit or flower bed is too big of a job! Being a part of the North Brunswick Magazine and South Brunswick Magazine team has taught Sandi that you really can enjoy your career.

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