Contractor takes on North Carolina county’s virus projects

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — When Danny Powell drives by a construction site in Rowan County and sees his company’s sign outside, he immediately thinks about his father.

“For my dad, he would be proud that we’re building something locally,” said Powell, president of Salcoa Contracting, Inc.

Powell’s father, A.D. Powell, founded Salcoa Contracting as Salisbury Coatings and Metalizing in Salisbury in 1986 as a paint contracting business. Over the years, Salcoa began conducting renovations for Food Lion, evolving alongside the grocery store chain and becoming one of its go-to general contractors. Although Food Lion and Salcoa are both based in Salisbury, Salcoa was doing most of its work away from home in grocery stores as far away as Maryland.

That is, until a few years ago, when the company began to diversify its portfolio by taking on more local projects.

“In the past five years, we’ve started doing some local work, which is really starting to grow,” Powell said.

More and more Salcoa signs have started popping up in Rowan County, like in front of Moose Pharmacy or at Dan Nicholas Park, where the company is constructing a new concession stand.

On Monday, Salcoa began work on another major project in Rowan County — implementing the “common solutions” phase of the county’s plan to upgrade its facilities to comply with health guidelines and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The project was designed by architect Pete Bogle and his team at The Bogle Firm Architecture.

The project, Powell said, comes with more gravity than most.

“Being a local company, there’s a good feeling knowing you’re helping out the local EMS or other county workers to help them be safer with what’s going on in the world,” Powell said.

Over the next several weeks, Salcoa will install touchless bathroom fixtures, hand

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Uniworld’s La Venezia takes design cues from namesake city: Travel Weekly

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has released the first pictures of its newest super ship, La Venezia.

Based in its namesake of Venice, the ship is a top-to-bottom redo of the former River Countess, which was struck by an MSC Cruises ship while in port last year.

The ship, however, had already been scheduled to be converted as part of Uniworld’s ongoing program to turn its entire fleet into so-called super ships, with larger cabins and public spaces.

The private dining room on La Venezia.

The private dining room on La Venezia.

The main structural changes were adding two grand suites,  a private dining room with a demonstration kitchen used for pairing dinners and cooking lessons and a seating banquet with shade umbrellas on the top deck that runs down the center.

Uniworld CEO Ellen Bettridge said the new design, led by Uniworld’s artistic directors Toni Tollman and Brian Brennan, was inspired by the work of celebrated Italian artist and textile designer Mariano Fortuny.

“We are absolutely thrilled to share details of the S.S. La Venezia, inspired by the incredible artistry and vision of Mariano Fortuny,” said Bettridge. “Over a century after its founding, Fortuny continues to prize originality, made only possible by artisans deeply committed to their craft. This speaks to the Uniworld philosophy. For our guests, this means a setting and style of service that is wholly immersive in the enduring fascination and magic that is Venice; and is born from more than 100 years of experience.”

The sitting area in a suite on La Venezia.

The sitting area in a suite on La Venezia.

Tollman said the ship was designed to “complement and enhance its carefully curated Venetian itineraries” with design elements that include, in addition to Fortuny fabrics, Murano glass.

La Venezia is one four new Uniworld ships that began or was set to begin sailing this year. The Mekong Jewel, a

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What daunting task? New chief takes Logan’s turnaround in stride

Photo courtesy of Logan’s Roadhouse

For a good chunk of his 25-plus years in the restaurant business, Jim Mazany has been the handyman who’s dispatched to get a casual chain humming again. He did it with Joe’s Crab Shack and a sizeable piece of TGI Friday’s. Maybe that’s why he sizes up his new and likely stiffest challenge, restoking the fire of Logan’s Steakhouse and Old Chicago Pizza & Taphouse, with the verbal equivalent of a shrug.

Mazany has just been named CEO of SPB Hospitality, the investment company that bought Logan’s Roadhouse and Old Chicago out of bankruptcy in late spring. The brands were among the earliest high-profile victims of the pandemic, a result of operating under what the bankruptcy court overseeing the concepts at the time might have termed pre-existing conditions. Not long after COVID-19 arrived on the coasts, SPB’s predecessor company announced that it would  “mothball” both chains and their sister brewpub concepts, some 261 restaurants in all at the time, because it had no cash or access to liquidity.

The blackeye deepened when reports surfaced of employees learning of the shutdowns from the news coverage that followed. A mother reached out to Restaurant Business to verify that her son was out of a job, out of a paycheck and even out of a contact person at that predecessor company, CraftWorks Holdings.  It was not a Churchill-like moment of leadership. And it looked even worse when the company alerted the furloughed employees that they had been fired and their benefits had been stopped.

To make matters worse, the CEO and CFO of CraftWorks forwarded $7 million in collected sales taxes to state collectors as usual before April 1, as if the world hadn’t been turned upside down and tax moratoriums proposed. When the bankruptcy court discovered that

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Mosaic Bath Tiles – It Takes Just Hours to Get it Done!

With Mosaic Bath Tile remodeling you can easily redecorate your home by using the same techniques and style used by the Greeks and the Romans. These nature-made panels are so versatile that they can easily stimulate your creativeness providing you countless remodeling ideas and opportunities. Searching for new ideas that will help you on transforming your home contemporary and luxurious? Read this article.

Some basics

What is Mosaic Bath Tile redecoration anyway? Well, it is made of a set of similar looking naturally polished stones carefully sorted and then mounted onto a seamless mesh backed tile. South East Asia and especially Indonesia are known for the large variety of colorful and designed seashore stones that are used for these natural tiles. You can easily tile anywhere in the inside and in the outside: Bathroom and kitchen walls, flooring, shower bases and backsplashes, patios, wine cellars, pools, and fireplaces.

Important benefits

Undoubtedly most of us can find it useful and easy in order to remodel our home:

* Provides unique atmosphere and contemporary look and feel to any surface.

* Can be used for virtually unlimited applications at home, in the office, in restaurants, hotels, etc.

* Impervious to water and other liquids.

Important tips!

* Using grout should be handled carefully so it is recommended to grout a small area at a time.

* Epoxy based grouts are considered stronger than conventional grout, however take in mind that they are less forgiving to the ignorant installer.

* In order to ensure an even color layout of the tiles, sort them before installation.

There are plenty other great advantages provided by this quick solution simply because once you explore and understand how it works, you quickly find endless redesigning opportunities that could fit any space at home.

Article summary

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