Bike shops try to stay ahead of the competition

In era of online shopping, the focus has shifted to service, specialty markets By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Bicycle shops are pedaling against some of the same business winds that buffet other retailers, according to two people in the business. Like other retailers, those two bike store owners said they’re relying on service as well as some new retail approaches to compete with big box stores and internet resellers. The competition has been stiff. The National Bicycle Dealers Association recorded a 42 percent drop in the number of bicycle shops from the industry’s peak in 2001 to 2016. “A lot have […]

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‘My job is not to play but to manage the business’

Dave Beegle, head golf pro at Penn National Golf Club By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Dave Beegle, head golf pro at Penn National Golf Club, had a goal in life and got started early. The native of Gettysburg, Pa., attended classes at Cawtaba College then at East Carolina University, both in North Carolina. But he soon left. “I knew what I wanted to do,” he said, “and I knew I didn’t need a college degree.” What he did need was an apprenticeship, and he served that with the 36-hole Royal Poinciana Golf Club in Naples, Fla. “At that time there were […]

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Minor league teams’ seasons on deck

Hope springs eternal every time the words “pitchers and catchers report” is uttered in February. While the closest Major League team to the Crossroads area is at least an hour’s drive, there are two Minor League teams in the region. The Frederick Keys and the Hagerstown Suns are affiliates of the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals, respectively. Each team has a long history and has featured players who have made names for themselves in the big leagues. There’s big business potential in these teams. Here’s a look at how they line up. Hagerstown Suns Class A affiliate of the Washington […]

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Courses shooting for par

Golf clubs are eyeing new revenue streams to improve their lie. By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com The past few years have been tough for the nation’s golf industry, and different establishments are taking different approaches to hack out of the financial rough. In the Crossroads area, for example, some golf clubs have invested in event venues to broaden their revenue stream. Some are sponsoring leagues, reducing rates and offering events that target a younger generation. One golf pro reported that the business “is the best it’s been in a long time.” Another reported that small clubs, in particular, are in “survival […]

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Expert: Take a military mindset to cybersecurity

By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The basics of cybersecurity are simple if you have the right mindset, according to Sean O’Brien. “Everything that is happening in cybersecurity has happened in standard (military) practice since the beginning of time. … What am I trying to defend, and what is the territory it sits on? … It’s simple. … fundamental, simple things,” O’Brien said. The problem, he said, is that companies, organizations and IT professions are so busy with day-to-day tasks that they skip over the fundamentals. “Only about 15 percent of companies know what they own,” O’Brien said. And […]

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‘The American Dream is still very achievable’

Amos McCoy, president and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Cumberland Valley Chapter By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Amos McCoy has had a hand in building a lot of things, including himself. “All of my experience is work experience,” he said. McCoy is the president and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Cumberland Valley Chapter. The organization represents companies and other organizations related to the construction industry. It also offers training classes in the building trades. McCoy, a graduate of James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg, Pa., said his training has come while working. He spent some […]

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Building a strong future

Crossroads area contractors talk about the industry and the year ahead. Story and photo by Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Construction work tends to heat up as the temperatures rise, and some area construction firms said they’re looking forward to continued growth this year. The Crossroads Business Journal reached out to several construction companies in the region. Three responded. Here are their views. Timothy R. Campbell, president Callas Contractors Inc. “2019 should prove to be a year of sustained growth for the Tri-State area. For example, Procter & Gamble will be rolling out their new 2.5 million-square-foot facility in Berkeley County (W.Va.), […]

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Logistics park taking shape near P&G plant

By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com and Matthew Umstead mumstead@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — With one building virtually finished, developers are turning their attention to the rest of the Mid-Atlantic 81 Logistics Park in Berkeley County, W.Va. “At the end of the day, this is going to be a 150-acre site that will have 1.9 million square feet (of building space) on it,” said Dan DiLella Jr., senior vice president of Newtown Square, Pa.-based Equus Capital Partners Ltd. The site is in the 200 block of Development Drive, about a mile from Interstate 81 off exit 8. It is closer to the Procter […]

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‘We haven’t stopped opening’

‘Experience of fun and community’ at Town Run Tap House By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — For the husband-and-wife team of Todd Cotgreave and Jessie Shanholtz, the goal was to live and work in Shepherdstown, a community they love. The result is Town Run Tap House and Community Pub. The business not only serves up food and drink, it also showcases art, hosts live music and trivia nights, offers an arcade for children and welcomes nonprofit events. The business is in the old Southern States farm supply warehouse. The decor showcases modern art as well as historic parts of the […]

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Flying Dog, Green Leaf to partner on new medical marijuana brew

FREDERICK, Md. — Flying Dog Brewery and Green Leaf Medical Cannabis are working on a plan to release Maryland’s first THC-infused beer. The non-alcoholic India Pale Ale, named Hop Chronic, will serve as a medical delivery system to provide Maryland medical cannabis patients with therapeutic cannabinoids including CBD, CBG and THC without the patient having to smoke or vape the cannabis, according to a news release. The release is subject to regulatory and legal approvals. Hop Chronic IPA will be available only at licensed dispensaries and only to people who have a medical recommendation for the use of cannabis. Hop […]

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