Former Slumberland owner hopes new invention will change toilet paper industry

Monday, October 12, 2009

Former Slumberland owner David Patrick has given up the furniture industry with sights set on becoming successful in a vastly different business -- marketing a device gives off a good scent as it prevents toilet paper rolls from unwinding.

For more than 30 years Patrick has been bothered by his toilet paper roll unwinding more than he preferred, but he never could solve the problem. Earlier this year Patrick came up with what he believes is a solution.

The device attaches to the consumer's toilet paper holder and allows the paper to roll only as far as one desires. At the same time a pleasant fragrance is released.

Patrick plans on marketing the product on infomercials in December. He eventually plans to sell it in stores, with a suggested retail price between $4.99 and $5.99.

In a day when the green movement is touted, Patrick said his product will save up to 25 percent of wasted toilet paper consumption.

"It will save money, aggravation and trees," Patrick said. "It's a green product, which is the buzzword today."

While Patrick is focusing his efforts on this new endeavor, Jack Ford is excited about his future as the new owner of Slumberland. Ford purchased the store at 1809 N. Kingshighway from Patrick in July.

"I was a regional manager and wanted to go the route of being a franchisee," Ford told me. "This city has exceeded my expectations."

The store maintains its normal business hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with the exception of Thursday, when it's open two hours later.

* Local company acquires 21st store: Cape Electrical Supply Co. has acquired Beck Electric Co. in Kennett, Mo. President Allen Toole said the deal allows the company "to further expand our regional presence along the Southern Missouri corridor and into Northeast Arkansas."

Beck Electric founder Bill Beck will remain involved in the business, as will his two sons and grandson.

This is the 21st store Cape Electrical Supply has acquired. The company, established in 1953, has 170 employees working in stores in Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee.

* Soul food restaurant coming to Sprigg: A new soul food restaurant is expected to open soon at the corner of Independence and North Sprigg streets.

Kingdom Kids Soulfood and BBQ, 1 N. Sprigg St., will serve comfort food such as mashed potatoes, meatloaf and collard greens, said the Rev. Joann McCauley with House of Prayer. The place of worship next to Kingdom Kids is affiliated with the restaurant.

Kingdom Kids will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Its phone number will be 651-5265.

* Fitness business opens in Jackson: Corey Bullard has returned from Chicago to establish a new fitness business. Southeast Fitness, 107 East Adams St., began operations in February but recently moved.

Bullard, who lived in Jackson before moving to the Windy City, and Ellen Rehfus own the business. You can contact Southeast Fitness at 708-567-6758.

The business does not maintain normal hours because it is not a fitness club but a one-on-one operation. It uses a program called Crossfit, an intensive strength and conditioning program.

"I have clients from [age] 4 to 80," Bullard said. "That's the unique thing about our program. I can take a 4-, 25- and 80-year-old and do the same exercises at the same time, just at different levels of intensity."

* Candlewood Suites construction begins: If you've driven by Highway 74 near Mount Auburn Road in Cape Girardeau lately you may have noticed land is being cleared. This is the site of the Candlewood Suites hotel.

Tom Kelsey, a broker with Lorimont Place Ltd. who handled the transaction last fall for Farmington, Mo.-based ARV Group, said dirt work on the property began recently. He said other buyers are interested in a building nearby. One of those is Pajco, which is expected to break ground on a Rhodes 101 station in 2010.

* Ribbon cuttings: The Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a ribbon cutting for Crain Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Wednesday at 1829 N. West End Blvd. The funeral home was purchased from Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel on July 1.

At 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, the Jackson Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a ribbon cutting for Pop a Lock. Since the company does not have an office established in Jackson, the ceremony will take place on the chamber parking lot, 125 E. Main St.

On Thursday, the Jackson chamber will hold a ribbon cutting for Crain Funeral Home at 1 p.m.

And at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Cape Auto Spa, 1902 N. Kingshighway, will have its Cape Girardeau chamber ribbon cutting. The spa that opened in August features a three-minute car wash that owner Boyce Church said is environmentally responsible, as water passes through a recovery system to be recycled.

Southeast Missourian business reporter Brian Blackwell may be contacted at 388-3628 or bblackwell@semissourian.com.<I>

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