Monthly Archives: April 2011

Loudoun businesses – Custom Furniture, Wholesale Granite, DIY Auto Repair

One of the purposes of this blog is to highlight and support local, DC area businesses like those from Loudoun County, VA, with interesting stories, fantastic customer service or other interesting features that elevate the profile of the entire Loudoun business community. Following are a few of these business profiles, be sure to visit their websites or social media channels for more information.

Loudoun Custom Wood Furniture

Loudoun custom wood farm tables and furniture Loudoun’s historic farming and agriculture legacy is preserved in its wooden barns, and Shenandoah Furniture Gallery in Purcellville, VA breathes new life into recovered barn wood and timbers, by shaping it into custom kitchen and dining room tables and custom wooden furniture. Honored as a “Small Business Product of the Year Finalist” by the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, Vickie Kelley and her team transform recycled antique Virginia and Loudoun barn wood into truly beautiful, unique yet durable and functional wood furniture, cabinetry and reclaimed wood flooring. Visit the Shenandoah real wood furniture store online and via the Shenandoah Furniture Gallery community on Facebook.

Wholesale Granite and Marble in Loudoun

Loudoun wholesale granite and marble Many of Loudoun’s finest homes and businesses include stone accents and centerpieces, for kitchen countertops, flooring, walls and tabletops. EleGant Wholesale Marble & Granite in Sterling carries a huge inventory of granite, marble, soapstone and onyx for use in construction projects for the kitchen, bath or any other stone surface. A division of EleMar USA, “Worldwide Purveyors of Unique Stones”, the EleGant Loudoun showroom includes professional help in selecting all the varieties of stone and finishing details that fit your architectural plans and construction design. New granite slabs with absolutely unique graining and patterns arrive constantly, so the showroom is always active with buyers, architects and designers choosing their custom pieces for installation, surface finishing and edge treatments in home building, kitchen renovation or customization projects.

Sterling, VA Auto Repair

Loudoun Do It Yourself Auto Mechanics and Repair Do It Yourself Mechanics in Sterling is a unique Loudoun automobile repair shop specifically focused on the do-it-yourselfer – i.e. those with auto mechanics interest or skills who don’t mind getting a little dirty. And that’s hard to do, really, given the extremely clean and well-organized environment of rental bays, lifts and automotive parts supply center in the do-it-yourself environment. As the only do it yourself auto repair shop in Northern Virginia, short or long-term rental options are available from the casual, amateur oil-changer or weekend mechanic, to long-term, experienced auto mechanics delivering their own business services. Owner Ed Cove and his crew have quickly become thoroughly immersed in the Loudoun and Northern Virginia auto enthusiast community, holding events, training sessions onsite and keeping up with their rapidly-growing Facebook Loudoun auto repair community.

Chesapeak Fresh Oyster Inc. – Commercial Round 2 of a Southern Maryland Aquaculture Experiment

Last Tuesday offered a very interesting chapter in a long story concerning the development of commercial aquaculture and “Chesapeake Fresh Oysters” in Southern Maryland, i.e. “floating oyster beds” anchored in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Some years ago, a local outfit under the name Circle C Oyster Ranch made a go at growing, harvesting and offering for sale oysters from floating beds anchored in St. Jerome’s creek, in Ridge, MD. This “aquaculture” practice was and is popular from a State of Maryland perspective, providing badly-needed water filtration and cleansing services while protecting the slowly recovering natural oyster beds from over-harvesting. The enterprise received many grants and public interest, but eventually withered under negative community relations and mismanagement, along with rejection of permit renewals by the DNR, to become a derelict flotilla of abandoned floating oyster beds with dead oysters, strewn all over the lee shores and native marshlands.

Enter the Chesapeake Fresh Oyster Company, Inc. to the area, with its “new and improved” strategy for community relations, renewed permit applications and new ownership out of Baltimore. At the Leonardtown MD government center, last Tuesday’s public input session held to review the permit renewal brought out the local Ridge landowners and Community Association, as well as the local Health Department, to share information and provide feedback to the new commercial venture.

Chespeake Fresh Oysters, Inc. appears to be headed in the right direction, offering a friendly though tightly-scripted and templated approach to Southern Maryland community relations…complete with all requisite multi-generational and local connections to environmental causes, St. Mary’s college alumni and the token “local waterman” interests – i.e. a long-time Maryland Bay Pilot and family, and Mr. Lore, Chesapeake Fresh Oyster’s landlord in Ridge, and the long-time owner of the Airedele road peninsula properties and its oyster harvesting rights (now somewhat distributed among newer riparian owners).

Chesapeake Fresh Oysters, with newly-registered Internet domains under “Save the Oyster Foundation, Inc.” (, appears to reflect varied Baltimore-based investment interests including Ray Jackson of Stonewall Capital and Fred Cheek of Shamrock Recycling.

Many questions and concerns remain to be answered following the session, from availability of local water quality data and questions about commercial tax status to riparian rights easements and shoreline cleanup, but it appears the permit approval process will likely move forward without more significant hurdles. So, the jury’s in session now on this great idea and much-needed boost to the Maryland oystering industry and ecological preservation interests – but very sensitive local community relations investment.

Trivision Buzz – DC Online Marketing Videos for Pace Global Energy and CPSC

Trivision Studios provides print, broadcast and online digital video production, brand advertising plus marketing, media and entertainment campaign services in the Washington DC metro region and around the world. Following are excerpts from their March 2011 “Trivision Buzz” Newsletter.

Pace Global, the Power of Integration

Pace Global is a leading energy consulting and management company that combines deep industry knowledge with commercial, technical, financial, and regulatory expertise to help organizations maximize value and manage risk in today’s complex energy and environmental markets. For more than 35 years and in over 60 countries, Pace Global has worked closely with its clients and partners to define strategies and implement solutions.

TriVision Studios took over Pace Global’s marketing campaign in April 2010 when the company was looking to revitalize its website and brand, including its products, the ECM Hub and NorthStar. TriVision not only provided branding, web development and design, and consultation services for Pace Global, but also developed a complete new website consisting of over 150 dynamic pages with multiple features and capabilities. TriVision also provided copy editing of all technical and business content for the site. The site was finally completed and launched in February 2011.

Moreover, TriVision was given the challenge of creating a short video with the purpose of visualizing Pace’s core message, “The Power of Integration“. In addition, TriVision produced a modern, cutting-edge 4 minute marketing video of the ECM Hub, containing 2D motion graphics.

Center for the Study of Presidency and Congress

Center for the Study of Presidency and CongressBeing only minutes from the capital city of Washington, DC, TriVision Studios has had the opportunity to work with various government and political organizations.  Recently, TriVision provided video production services for the Center for the Study of Presidency and Congress (CSPC), a non-profit organization with the mission to promote leadership in the Presidency and the Congress to generate innovative solutions to current national challenges.

With a history trailing from 1965 when it used to be the Library of Presidential Papers, CSPC consists of an impressive board of trustees, including Honorary Chairmen Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George Bush and Bill Clinton. Among other things, the Center strives to educate and inspire the next generation of America’s leaders to incorporate civility, inclusiveness and character into their public and private lives and discourse.

TriVision has provided live video coverage of events by CSPC on multiple occasions and looks forward to assisting the organization again in the future.