Edge Enterprises to make Cape home

Monday, September 20, 2004

As state employees settle into their newly christened surroundings in the Marquette Tower, their old haunts in Cape Girardeau are searching for new tenants. That is, all but one. Air filtration company Edge Enterprises Inc. recently announced that it will open an operations facility in the former home of the Workforce Investment Board of Southeast Missouri at the Eagle Peak building.

Tom Kelsey, commercial broker with Lorimont Place Ltd. handled the lease transaction of 3,120 square feet of office space in Suite F of the building at 760 S. Kingshighway. He said the Cape Girardeau facility will be used as a marketing and training center for Edge Enterprises, which handles home filtration and cleaning systems. The company sells Filterqueen and Majestic Defender products.

Edge Enterprises currently operates out of Mount Vernon, Ill. The new Cape location will serve Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois, western Kentucky and Tennessee. The plan is to be open by Oct. 1.

Several other state agencies moved from Eagle Peak to the Marquette this past June, and Kelsey said there is still vacated space available in the South Kingshighway building.

<li> Dockside adds Upper Deck: Owning a business in downtown Cape Girardeau, Susan Strode routinely fields questions about her building's past. Now she's ready to handle inquiries about its future.

In September 2002, Strode bought Dockside Consignment and its home in the old J.C. Penney building at 4 N. Spanish St. After two years of rolling with the seasonal tides of the antique business -- which she renamed Dockside Furniture and Antiques -- Strode has decided to seek a steadier means of income. To do so, she's going to turn the vacant upstairs of her building into the Dockside Upper Deck meeting and banquet facility.

For those historians who are interested, that space used to house a bar, a flea market and other assorted shops. Strode said it has sat vacant for at least the last five years, but after the renovations Strode is making, the second floor will be able to accommodate 150 to 200 people in three meetings rooms, one party room, a banquet facility and ready-room for caterers. There will be no on-site cooking.

After doing some extensive research, Strode found that Cape Girardeau had a need for more meeting space, especially downtown. When the Upper Deck opens at the end of September, Strode hopes to hook into that demand.

<li> Cape company motors down Independence: When Rodney Pobst got word a few weeks ago that he'd have to move his business out of 1401 Independence St. in Cape Girardeau, it came as little suprise. When he and partner Bob Strop set up Xtreme Motors there four and a half years ago, he understood that it was just a temporary stop. Fortunately, Pobst's inventory wasn't hard to relocate.

Xtreme Motors has rolled its selection of cars, trucks and scooters a couple blocks down Independence Street to R and S Auto Sales. The owner of their old building, Tipton's Linen, has served notice that it needs the building at 1401 Independence St. for storage space.

Pobst said that this too may be a temporary stop for Xtreme Motors. But he and Strop have yet to discuss the possibility of a new permanent location. So for the time being, business will be conducted from 1287 Independence St.

<li> Big River Telephone has new office, new product: Things were busy last week at Big River Telephone headquarters in Cape Girardeau. First, the burgeoning company announced that would open a new office in Farmington, Mo., then two days later, the company announced the release of a new Web-based teleconferencing system.

The new Farmington office will be at a more visible site at 205 W. Karsch Blvd. The reason for the move was to create a greater visibility in the city.

The new Big River Teleconferencing Center allows moderators to conduct a teleconference over a desktop and Web browser, without any other equipment. Once customers have entered the Web-based platform, they can choose either to visit a current call that is taking place, listen to previously recorded conversations or view a list of the recent conversations.

Tony Rehagen is the business editor for the Southeast Missourian. Send your comments, business news, information or questions to Tony Rehagen, 301 Broadway, Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63702-0699, e-mail trehagen@semissourian.com or call 335-6611, extension 137.<If"Geneva"z12>

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