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Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 2:04 pm | Updated: 2:08 pm, Tue Oct 20, 2015. by NORMA B. DENNIS, Staff Writer

Bridgid Murphy, owner of Cakes by B, might appear to be the new kid on the block in the baking business. It has been less than a year since the Department of Agriculture licensed Murphy to bake and sell out of her home. But Murphy has enjoyed baking since she was a child and has been decorating cakes for the past eight years.

Her first attempt at decorating was for a baby shower a friend was hosting.

“I took on an ambitious design for my first time and made cookies to match,” Murphy said. “Everyone wanted to know what bakery I used. That was my light-bulb moment. After that, I did all my own decorated cakes.”

Murphy began her working career in the restaurant business as a cook. She later worked as a general manager and as a consultant to a restaurant owner. When she married in 2006, she started working with a pre-school, thinking it was a more family-friendly job.

“The pre-school provided a rich baking outlet,” Murphy said. “I became know as the cake lady at school. When our son was finally born, I decided to be a stay-at-home mom and focus on growing the cake business.

“Baking for people at the pre-school pushed me to learn new techniques and designs. I have found that the cake community across the country is willing to share ideas.”

After Murphy and her husband, Bob, moved to Jamestown and her son started pre-school, she began taking her bakery endeavors to a new level.

Ron Knight of Triad Screen Printing designed her logo. As her business grows, she continues to invest in more equipment and supplies.

“My goal has always been to have a bakery in Jamestown,” Murphy said. “I would like it to be more than just a bakery, but also a community gathering place for friends and business professionals to meet.”

Murphy noted that the most challenging cake she has done was a tiered cake for a Mad Scientist party. The top featured liquid appearing to pour from a test tube into a beaker.

“It turned out pretty neat,” Murphy said of her creation.

Murphy specializes in custom cakes for all occasions, with a wide variety of flavors, fillings and frostings. She also bakes cupcakes, muffins, cookies and soft pretzels. Everything is made from scratch and fresh as ordered.

Her favorite recipe is for a devil’s food cake that Murphy says is so yummy it makes her feel good whenever she gives it to someone. She has perfected one gluten-free chocolate cake and egg-less chocolate and yellow cakes.

“My family is my cake tester when I try a new recipe,” she said.

Murphy enjoys creating cakes with special meanings. A cake recently made for Jamestown Day focused on the town, past and present.

“I did a lot of research before even starting on the cake,” Murphy admitted. “I read about Jamestown history through the years and spent a morning with local historian Mary Browning talking about the town’s history and looking at pictures. Martha Wolfe emailed me insights about modern-day Jamestown.”

Murphy’s first thought was representing Jamestown through the years from bottom to top. She found it hard to narrow down what to use.

“I did not want the cake to be cluttered with tiny images,” she said.

The end result featured historic buildings on the bottom layer. The next two layers showed life in Jamestown – library, businesses, Town Hall and Welcome to Jamestown sign. Since education is such an important of Jamestown’s past and present, one layer highlighted school images. The top tier dealt with community life – the golf course, amphitheater at Wrenn Miller Park and brick sidewalks.

The cake was on display at Jamestown Day and at the library during the building’s centennial celebration Oct. 17.

“It was so important that the emblems be recognizable,” Murphy said. “It made me feel good to hear people correctly name what each one was. There was so much I wanted to put on it. I might expand on it for the town’s 200-year celebration next year.”

A birthday cake for an 18-year-old took its design from the girl’s favorite pillow. Large numbers appeared to be covered in orange paisley fabric and the girl’s friends immediately recognized that the numbers matched her pillow.

“Doing something that is recognized is the best feeling,” Murphy said.

Cakes by B can be reached at 336-543-7944 or by emailing Norma B. Dennis can be reached at 336-841-4933 or

Educator begins new career as entrepreneur

by NORMA B. DENNIS, Staff Writer | Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 3:35 pm


Michele Grondy, left, discusses vintage pottery with Frances Wolfe.

Sitting on the couch in the center of Michele Grondy’s new business at 108 E. Main St. is almost like visiting the owner in her home. The atmosphere is cozy. But as the eye wonders around the spacious room filled with handcrafted items and materials used for crafting, one can see this is serious business.

Grondy is quick to smile and ready to share her knowledge about items found in her quaint shop and their creators.

For over 20 years Grondy felt the pull to open her own yarn shop. She even kept a little red notebook that she filled with the names of her favorite yarns and patterns, along with sketches of storefronts.

Opening a shop was not an option at the time, however. She had plenty to do raising her children and working, first as a teacher and later as a principal. But throughout the years, the thought of owning her own shop continued to call to her.

Although online yarn stores have almost done away with the brick and mortar retail market, Grondy knew she did not want an online business.

“I am a face-to-face type of girl,” she said. “I tried to think what I could do to balance the yarn shop and realized all the things I was drawn to were made by hand. The ideas kept swirling until they congealed into being.”

As time to retire from her 38 years in education approached, a co-worker asked Grondy what she planned to do, noting she was always busy.

“I told her I would open a shop or go on a trip and she said I was just getting out of hand,” Grondy commented. “That was like a bolt of lighting and I knew I had a name for the shop I wanted to open. Everything is made by hand or empowers you to make something by hand. Out of Hand was my name.”

When the location that once housed a bank, an ice cream shop and a computer repair store became available, Grondy was ready. She had a plan established, she had a name and now she had a space. She began to decorate and organize her shop on June 2 and opened on Aug. 10.

As much as Grondy loves handcrafted items, she also loves Jamestown.

“If Jamestown had an ocean, it would be paradise,” she said with a smile.

“Jamestown is America. We are older than the United States. The town is a quiet member of the family at our table every night.”

Grondy, who has lived in Jamestown for 13 years and calls herself lucky to have landed here, is impressed with how its residents work to balance traditional ways while infusing new ideas. She sites the food trucks seen along Main Street in the evenings as an example, noting that people are open to something new and trendy without giving up tradition.

“My store suits Jamestown,” she said. “It doesn’t have to have a big-box mentality. I want to carry what others (in the area) don’t. Small businesses need to compliment and support each other.”

Out of Hand merchandise features high quality yarns, the majority made of natural fiber, some hand dyed and handspun. There are knitting kits, patterns, magazines with patterns, notions, and hand-painted needlepoint canvases.

A few of the gifts items include mosaic mirrors, handcrafted jewelry, pottery by both vintage and current designers, felt purses, tabletop cornhole games, lamps and flower arrangements.

“I enjoy meeting the artists and listening to their stories,” Grondy said. “I want to host a Meet the Artist night in the future.”

Out of Hand is currently open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The community is invited to a grand opening Sept. 12 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Lora Songster from radio station WMAG will be hosting a live broadcast at the shop from 1-3 p.m. on that day.

As the holidays approach, the store’s hours will increase. Upcoming events include Ladies’ Wish List and Gentlemen’s Shopping nights.

Grondy also has plans to hold a morning and evening beginners’ knitting class for adults from Sept. 17-Oct. 29, and an advanced knitting class featuring patterns by Hanna Falkenberg, with dates to be announced.

Out of Hand can be found on Facebook at

Norma B. Dennis can be reached at 336-841-4933 or


JBA Business Corner: Pennybyrn changes care focus and changes lives for the better

Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 12:29 pm | by NORMA B. DENNIS, Staff Writer

Once dreams come true, lives can change. When the dream of coming to America became a reality for the Sisters of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God, not only were their lives changed, but that of thousands of others were changed as well. Partly inspired by the support and kindness shown to them by the American soldiers in Europe during World War II, the Sisters traveled to America and in 1947 began operating Maryfield, a 22-bed convalescent home at the corner of Greensboro and Penny roads. Through the years, the facility has been nourished into a continuing-care retirement community known as Pennybyrn at Maryfield. “It is the culmination of six decades of rich history, quality service and excellent reputation,” said Pamela Olson, outreach and communications leader. “Maryfield has long been known in Greensboro, High Point and the Triad as the premier provider of excellent long-term nursing care. The Sisters’ mission of providing compassionate, heartfelt and professional nursing care has expanded over the decades and now includes the large, continuing care retirement community.” With the change in the focus from acute care to continuing care, the entire campus was renamed Pennybyrn at Maryfield to better reflect the combination of available lifestyle choices. Pennybyrn is comprised of three distinct neighborhoods: the Independent Living Neighborhood, Taylor Village Assisted Living Neighborhood and Maryfield Health Care Households Neighborhood (skilled nursing, memory support and rehabilitative services). They are governed by Maryfield, Inc. a not-for-profit corporation founded by the Sisters of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God. The continuing care retirement community (CCRC) has embraced an entirely new Culture of Caring – where residents live in neighborhoods, receive the level of service most appropriate for their care needs and enjoy a high quality of life. “The result is a more peaceful environment where individual preferences are honored and residents have every opportunity to live a fulfilling life,” Olson said. With its Culture of Caring, Pennybyrn was the first household model in North Carolina and among the first in the nation to embrace this concept. It’s a natural extension of Pennybyrn’s rich history of providing exemplary resident care,” Olson said, “a heritage of compassion that has evolved into an exciting, breakthrough approach in senior living.”

Norma B. Dennis can be reached at 336-841-4933 or

CommunityOne Bank strives to be number one with your bankings needs

Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 12:25 pm 
by NORMA B. DENNIS, Staff Writer 
Bank smarter. Bank happier. Bank with CommunityOne. The staff at CommunityOne N.A., 5605 Hilltop Road, Jamestown, would like the opportunity to validate that statement. They invite you to drop by to receive a comprehensive and tailored approach to your personal and business banking needs. We want you to experience our superior customer service with a ‘small town’ approach and feel,” said Brent Loy, branch manager. CommunityOne Bank, N.A. is a subsidiary of CommunityOne Bancorp, Charlotte. Founded in 1907, it operates 45 branches and ATMs throughout central, southern and western North Carolina, and Loan Production offices in Raleigh, Winston-Salem and Charleston, S.C. Through its network of branches, ATMs and LPOs, CommunityOne offers a variety of consumer, mortgage and commercial banking services to retail and business customers, including loans, deposits, cash management, wealth, mobile services and online banking. CommunityOne Bank believes that a community bank is more than a collection of branches,” Loy said. “It’s a collection of people helping other people. As employees of CommunityOne, building relationships with our customers is our number one priority. Getting to know our customers and learning about their banking needs is how we’ve always earned our worth and trust, and how we’ll do so in the future.” With over 40 branches and ATMs across the state, CommunityOne invites both new and existing customers to experience the full force of financial knowledge and expertise its staff has to offer. The bank is open Mondays-Thursdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  and   Fridays from  9 a.m.-6 p.m. CommunityOne Bancorp’s shares are traded on the NASDAQ stock market under the symbol, “COB.” CommunityOne Bank, N.A. is an equal housing lender and a member of the FDIC.

Norma B. Dennis can be reached at 336-841-4933 or


JBA Business Corner: Photographic magic found at Taurus Studios

Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 11:32 am
by JANE E. WHITEHORNE, Staff Writer
Nothing is more important than documenting those special moments in life. Having a record of those memories for generations to come is a legacy like none other.

Anthony D. Thomas Photography/Taurus Studios is there to do just that – help families preserve those precious memories. Taurus Studios also offers a wide range of other photographic services.

“We want to provide the community with a professional, custom, boutique-style photography company in a larger scale than the typical part-time home-based business,” said Thomas.

“We offer creative and unique photography services. We are used to dealing with clients that demand perfection, so perfection is our default setting. We design images that build brand and increase awareness.”

The primary focus of Taurus Studios’ photography is modeling and fashion, products and still life, portraiture and lifestyle, architecture and interior, and advertising and brochure.

Taurus Studios is a relative newcomer to the Jamestown business scene. The studio opened in August 2014 at 7200 East Fork Road, High Point, across from the Jamestown soccer fields. Business hours are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Thomas believes creativity is the key to successful endeavors.
“Creativity in commercial photography is a fundamental element for a successful project,” said Thomas. “True creativity still exists in digital photography and dynamic use of lighting, attention to detail and a clear vision of our clients’ requirements are all key aspects in our area of commercial photography.

“I work closely with my clients to understand their requirements and build a detailed picture of what they are looking for. I find it important to discuss in detail the intended usage and placement of the imagery. This can include branding, orientation, positioning in artwork and design. My years of experience can help clients to understand the possibilities and may bring a different dynamic that may not have been considered previously. I review and offer advice on different aspects of the photo shoot, such as how long we anticipate the shoot to take, what is involved and the input and feedback we like to receive from our clients.”

For more information about Anthony D. Thomas Photography and Taurus Studios, visit or, call 688-8906 or email or

Jane E. Whitehorne can be reached at 336-841-4933 or


Jamestown community benefits from Ragsdale YMCA

Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 2:14 pm
by JANE E. WHITEHORNE, Staff Writer 

If you’re looking for fun, healthy activities for the whole family, there’s no place like the Mary Perry Ragsdale YMCA. The Y was opened in 2004 by the YMCA of Greensboro to serve Jamestown and the surrounding communities. Located at 900 Bonner Drive in Jamestown, the Y serves over 6,000 members through a variety of programs. According to Executive Director Kevin Bottomley, the Ragsdale YMCA is Jamestown’s leading non-profit organization for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. “We offer a number of youth and adult sports programs, aquatics, active adult programs and community support initiatives such as Bright Beginnings, which provides 500 children in need with new school clothes, supplies and a book bag to start the year with confidence for success,” said Bottomley. Other programs include LiveStrong®, a health and wellness program designed to strengthen and support cancer survivors on their road to recovery; and the GoFar (Go Out For A Run) Running program, a 5K training program that encourages elementary-aged children to pursue running as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Additionally, the Ragsdale YMCA will soon introduce “Fitting the Pieces Together,” a new swim lesson and aquatic safety program for children ages 12-36 months who have been diagnosed with autism. The Ragsdale YMCA also enjoys a unique partnership with Guilford Technical Community College, whereby GTCC students come to the Y to attend select courses and use the wellness facilities. What makes the Ragsdale YMCA stand out are programs designed to nurture the potential of every child and teen, improve Jamestown’s health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back to and support neighbors. Its programs and activities enable youth, adults, families and communities to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. The Ragsdale YMCA allows kids to realize their potential, prepares teens for college, offers ways for families to have fun together, empowers people to be healthier in spirit, mind and body, prepares people for employment, welcomes and embraces newcomers and helps foster a local service ethic. Because the Ragsdale YMCA is so invested in the community, it strives to ensure its programs and services are available to all residents of Guilford County, regardless of their ability to pay. The Ragsdale Y offers financial assistance to those who qualify for a number of programs, including individual and household branch memberships, afterschool care, overnight and summer day camp, and sports, aquatics and other programs. The Ragsdale YMCA is open Monday-Thursday from 5 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday from 5 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday from 1-6 p.m. For more information about the Mary Perry Ragsdale YMCA, visit
Clarification: The Ragsdale Family YMCA serves 125 children through the Bright Beginnings program, not 500 as stated in an article in the May 13 issue of the Jamestown News. Five hundred children system-wide are served through this YMCA program. Also, the newly introduced aquatic program is not called Fitting the Pieces Together.

Jane E. Whitehorne can be reached at 336-841-4933 or


JBA Business Corner: Agency there to help in times of need

Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 11:41 am

by JANE E. WHITEHORNE, Staff Writer 

In times of trouble, a good neighbor can be a real blessing. Sharing food or offering a shoulder to cry on, a supportive friend makes the difficult times a little more bearable. So as the slogan goes, “Just like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.”

Sonya R. Hamilton Insurance Agency Inc., a State Farm affiliate, is there for the Jamestown community. Hamilton has been serving those in Jamestown and the surrounding area since 2000.

Although the business of State Farm is to market and sell its insurance and financial products, Hamilton and her staff work hard to assist clients who are facing devastating life situations. It’s a business about helping people and Hamilton lives up to the State Farm mission of helping people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams.

“We are there to help people recover financially after the loss of a loved one or the loss of property,” said Hamilton.

“We also educate and assist people with retirement planning.”

But it’s not all business with the agency. Hamilton and her staff are involved in the community in a number of ways, but reaching out to children is especially rewarding. They provide homework folders for children at Jamestown and Florence elementary schools. They also supply coloring books to several local daycare centers.

Hamilton believes the service provided by her office is what sets it apart from other insurance agencies.

“We offer great service,” said Hamilton. “We go above and beyond to provide customer service.

“We also have a combined seniority of 40 plus years in the business.”The Sonya R. Hamilton Insurance Agency Inc. is located a 4917 Piedmont Parkway, Suite 106, in Jamestown. Office hours are 9 a.m-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday by appointment.

For more information, call 292-5493 or email


JBA Business Corner: Rental company covers equipment and event supplies

Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 2:48 pm
by NORMA B. DENNIS, Staff Writer 

Rental Supply Incorporated (doing business as Grand Rental Station) could almost be considered two businesses in one. It started in 1997 to serve the Triad area with equipment rental, focusing on construction, landscaping and the do-it-yourself homeowner.

Undaunted by a sluggish economy, the staff decided to delve into the event rental business. Today Grand Rental Station serves the community in all aspects of the rental industry from equipment to events. Last year, the business opened a showroom for its events center at 410B Gallimore Dairy Road in Greensboro. It also created showroom space at its 214 Stage Coach Trail, Greensboro, location for the equipment side of the business. Both locations have coordinating warehouses.

“We wanted to provide our customers with enough options and a big enough space to really have a ‘touch and feel’ experience in planning their individual events,” said Jeff Carey, general manager. “What’s not displayed in the showroom can easily be visited in the warehouse, also on site.”

Customers encouraged Grand Rental to expand its business and customer input has helped it develop into what it is today.

“We grow our rental offerings based on customer requests and also research current styles to make sure we’re up to date with the latest trends for parties and weddings,” Carey said.

Grand Rental Station offers tents, chairs, tables, linens, dance floors, china, glassware, beverage fountains, linens, stages/flooring and red carpets to use for all types of formal occasions. It is also geared to children’s entertainment and family activities, with moonwalks and concession machines to serve frozen drinks, hot dogs and popcorn.

A wide range of lawn and garden equipment rentals can be found at the Stage Coach Trail location.

“We maintain our rental fleet above industry standards,” Carey said. “We won the Small Business Retail Store of the year in 2013.”

With one child who graduated from Ragsdale and another currently a student there, Mark Whitesell, vice president of operations, has a vested interest in the local community and beyond. That shows in the way the company supports local schools and churches, as well as other community organizations such as Family Service and the Leukemia Lymphoma Foundation.

Grand Rental Station is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

To learn more about the products and services offered, call 336-852-0881 or visit

Norma B. Dennis can be reached at 336-841-4933 or

Business corner: Absolute Comfort makes your home cozy


Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 11:30 am
by JANE WHITEHORNE, Staff Writer

As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. So making smart decisions about your home’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills — and your comfort. Absolute Comfort, that is.

Absolute Comfort Heating & Cooling, Inc., located at 205 West Main Street, provides residential service and HVAC system replacements for homes in Jamestown and across the Piedmont. They also do some light commercial heating and air work.

Donnie and Nancy Williams own the company, which was established in 1989. Donnie is a 42-year veteran of the heating and air industry. He was teaching HVAC technology at Guilford Technical Community College when he started his business part time. It quickly grew into a full-time operation.

“We try to provide good service and quality workmanship and always strive to treat customers fairly,” said Donnie.

“We feel very fortunate to have wonderful employees. All have been handpicked to be a part of our family and to bring you the very best in customer service.”

The business is state-licensed, bonded and insured.

Business hours for Absolute Comfort are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition, an on-call service technician is available for emergencies on nights and weekends.

To learn more about Absolute Comfort, To schedule a service appointment, call 336-454-5786.

Jane E. Whitehorne can be reached at 336-841-4933 or


Scheduled programs designed to help businesses secure financial future

Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 2:31 pm
by NORMA B. DENNIS, Staff Writer 

“Why and how is more important than what you do,” said Kevin Sullivan, president of the Jamestown Business Association during the group’s February meeting on Friday.

Sullivan shared a website that could be used for a self-assessment to help you understand your personality and relate to others in your company.

Valerie Sullivan explained some of the implications of the assessment. 

There are four dimensions of behavioral style –Decisive, a preference for problem solving and getting results; Interactive, a preference for interacting with others and showing emotion; Stability, a preference for pacing, persistence and steadiness; and Cautious, a preference for procedures, standards and protocols.

Ds and Is tend to be extraverted, while Ss and Cs are introverted. DC people are task oriented and IS people are people oriented.  

“Everyone has bits and pieces of each,” Valerie said. “By understanding your personality and that of others you can know how to approach them.”

Both Valerie and Kevin have found the DISC index helpful when working with their employees and even in their home life. 

Members who attended the JBA meeting expressed an interest in exploring the subject in more detail at a later date. Plans are being considered to conduct a separate meeting for this project.

Speakers for upcoming JBA meetings will focus on the theme “Securing Your Financial Future.” The topic for March is Business Banking and for April it is Security/ID Theft.

Brent Loy, assistant vice president, branch manager of CommunityOne Bank on Hilltop Road in Jamestown, attended his first JBA meeting after joining the group in January. 

All membership dues, $100, should be turned in by March 15. A membership team of Kevin Sullivan, Eva Ogdon, Kevin Bottomley and Brent Loy will be visiting businesses in the area to share the benefits of participation in the organization. 

Officers have created a tentative calendar for special JBA events including: joining the Town of Jamestown for the Easter Egg Hunt, participating in the Memorial Day Parade, hosting an after-hours social in the spring or early summer and taking a Wine and Design class in the fall.

The Jamestown Business Association website is in the process of being updated. Members will be able to list events and promotions that everyone who visits the site can access through a monthly calendar of events. JBA also can be found on Facebook.

The next meeting will be March 27 at Penny’s Restaurant in Jamestown. Lunch and networking are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. with the meeting from noon to 1 p.m. 

To learn more about JBA go to To learn more about the why and how personality assessment, go to  

Norma B. Dennis can be reached at 336-841-4933 or


Courtyard Commons welcomes you home

Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 2:49 pm
by JANE E. WHITEHORNE, Staff Writer

BUSINESS CORNER Spotlighting members of the Jamestown Business Association

Jamestown has long been a warm and welcoming community much sought after by those looking for a place to call home. And home is just what Courtyard Commons offers.

The apartment community located at 502 West Main Street is a property of Burkely Communities, a real estate management company. Kathleen Leary is the community manager.

“The goal of Courtyard Commons is to provide a superior living experience that residents will highly value and want to recommend to their friends,” said Leary. “We look forward to becoming a part of the fabric of Jamestown, and transforming into a community people will seek out from all over the Triad. Our apartments range from one to three bedrooms and are beautifully renovated throughout.”

Burkely Communities began managing the former Jamestown Village Apartments nearly three years ago. With the goal of turning the complex into one of the area’s best and most desirable communities, Jamestown Village became Courtyard Commons in March 2013.

The 42-year-old property is undergoing major upgrades. In addition to the renovated apartments, plans are to demolish two structures and build a new replacement. The exteriors have received a nice whitewash and other upgrades include new windows, doors and HVAC system.

With offices in Greensboro, Burkely Communities is locally owned and operated. In addition to conventional apartments, Burkely also manages student-housing communities, single-family and commercial properties.

“At Burkely, we’re much more than a management company,” said Leary. “We create value by providing a great living experience for our residents. The best built communities and homes are nothing without the people, the people who live and work there. Everything we do is centered around our resident’s needs, because after all, it’s the people who make it a community. We invite you to join us in building a great one.”

Visit Courtyard Commons website at Leary can be reached at 887-5932 during community office hours, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m Monday through Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday,

Jane E. Whitehorne can be reached at 336-841-4933 or


JBA Business corner: Spin-A-Web Designs promotes Internet visibility for clients

Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 3:28 pm
by NORMA B. DENNIS, Staff Writer 

Helping clients get noticed is what Spin A Web Designs does best. The company not only offers website design and development, but also search engine optimization, social media marketing and email marketing. 

The company opened its doors in 2005. Vickie Capes, founder and president of the Jamestown-based company, partnered with computer programmer Mary Bond in 2013. 

“The most important thing for any business today is visibility,” Capes said. “The primary goal for our clients is to gain Internet visibility and capture the attention of their target market which in turn impacts their sales positively.” 

According to Capes, attractive, functional and professional websites are a must in today’s competitive market. A website sets the tone for how people will feel and interact with a company.  

“If a website looks unprofessional, people will assume your product or services are subpar,” Capes said.

Search engine optimization is the science behind the website. Without it a website can stay somewhat invisible.

Spin-A-Web Designs creates custom websites for every type of industry using Dreamweaver, WordPress, css and html. It also maintains social media for its clients, which entails business Facebook pages, Twitter, Pinterest and email communications, such as Constant Contact and MailChimp.

“This industry changes every day,” Capes said. “But we can design and build websites to meet the exact need of any client. We make a point of understanding the clients’ businesses, their customers and their goals in order to present them on the web accurately. We value clients’ input and guarantee their satisfaction with the end product.

“There’s a lot of creativity and fun in this environment,” Capes added.

Capes can be reached at, or 336-329-9759.