Brynn Grimley (253) 983-7761 • Fax (253) 589-3774 •
Communications Manager

In 1980, two teens from Boise, Idaho - Brian Lloyd and Paul Heist - set out to make a few bucks. Armed with a knife and 50 cases of oranges, grapefruit and apples, they drove around residential neighborhoods selling fruit. When that proved less than fruitful, they decided to approach businesses. First were banks - They would scan perspective buyers, trying to find the one person who would buy first. Brian and Paul knew that if they could make this one sale, everyone else would follow. With the help of Paul’s dad, they were able to buy a 20 foot trailer with foldout sides and legs (they used for tables), and 500 cases of oranges. H&L Produce was born.

That next winter, they traveled to Ontario, Idaho. Starting at one end of town - Paul on one side of the street and Brian on the other - they sold door to door. By the time they worked their way to Spokane they were sold out. They then purchased another 500 cases from a wholesaler, chose a different route, and sold all the way home. The process took about two weeks and the boys made about $5000. During the summer the two would purchase their boxes of fruit and set up at different spots. Back then, they purchased a box for $7.50 and sold it for $15, selling 100’s of boxes per week.

When you walk into Davinci Salon and Spa in Lakewood you feel immediately welcomed in this impeccably clean and tastefully designed space.

Owner Sunny Galaviz takes creativity and customer service personally! Sunny attended Korean beauty school in 1989/90. She recalls watching her mother style hair as a child and she discovered her natural ability for creative styling herself. In the early 90’s the family emigrated from Korea to New York for work. Sunny continued her education while working as a bookkeeper. In 1992 she moved with her husband to Lacey, completed schooling and landed her first job in her field.

Honored in 2008 as one of the Top 50 Glaziers by Glass Magazine and as a Top 20 Glazing Contractor by U.S. Glass, Metal & Glazing in 2011, Sound Glass is at the top of their game. These are two of many awards received by this nationally recognized glass and glazing company. Providing solid customer service and solutions for every client is what they do best. No job is too small or too big. If it can be done, they will figure a way to make it happen.

Sound Glass is one of the few union shops that serve both residential and commercial customers in the region. Trained technicians are AAMA certified, safety comes first, and employees enjoy great benefits. This talented and caring team of 40+ installers and 20+ other skilled team members on staff, can complete any job.

From left to right: Terry Nixon, Corporate Communications; David Smalley & Deirdre Kenney, Mission Ready; Clay Williamson, President, 10-20; Nicolette Keith, CFO, Mission Ready; Richard Burnite, General Manager, 10-20; Frederick Hipol, 10-20; Matthew Griffin, VP Operations, 10-20.

A brand new revolutionary cleaning business has opened its flagship store here in Lakewood. First of its kind in the United States, they will assist our military service members and first responders, and save the government money. The team has big plans for the future.

Parent company, Mission Ready Services, Inc., and Protect The Force licensed a well proven technology restoration company in 2011 to develop a product and service to clean and repair tactical equipment. The company operations of 10-20 Services will serve customers like special operations command, first responders, and eventually expand to serve globally including the United Nations peace-keeping missions and other allied militaries. “First we want to serve the soldiers, police and fire here locally,” said President Clay Williamson. He further noted that, “The proximity to Joint Base Lewis McChord made Lakewood an ideal location for our flagship franchise operation. This is the first of many locations planned. The next stand up site is targeted for Fort Bragg, North Carolina.”

Delores Canté, owner and designated broker for 5 Star here in Lakewood provides more than just rental homes. She gives property owners and tenant families and individuals a sense of place, dignity and security.

As a former banker who financed commercial real estate of all types, Delores worked with many property managers. She thought she would like to do that. In 2009, she decided to take on the challenge of starting her own business. Not being a licensed broker at that time, she had to go through a rigorous amount of studying in order to successfully pass the test on the first time around. Once licensed, she visited with the South Sound Women’s Business Center who helped her write her first 42 page business plan, originally for commercial leasing.

If you’re looking for the best flavors of the South and the Orient without having to travel to faraway lands, this is the place to be. Pouring their hearts and souls into this establishment is what they do, and it shows.

Walter (Walt) Johnson, founder, partner and inventive cook has a rich history of serving the stars and service members. Walt served in the Merchant Marines for seven years, cooked for the West Point crew and Sealift/Airlift Commander, the Sonics and the Commodores. He also owned the Creole Café in New Orleans and is a graduate of the Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship. He learned to cook at an early age from his great grandmother but he is also quick to share the credit with his equally talented partners. One of his partners, known as “Best Jamaican Cook,” is touted as the best cook from here to Brooklyn. He brings unique and traditional Jamaican dishes to the mix. Walt’s other partner is in charge of delivery and purchasing.

July 2012 marks the fifth anniversary for Lakewood Ford. Treating the customer like you want to be treated is their secret to success! Exceptional cutting edge Ford products, quality, integrity, reliability, and happy employees make this a winning team.

Henry Krebs, General Manager of Lakewood Ford started in the auto industry fresh out of college in Oklahoma at the age of 29 with a family on the way. When a job in his field with a CPA firm didn’t pan out, he landed a position as an office manager/controller for an auto dealer. There he stayed for a year before moving back to his roots in South Puget Sound. Henry has devoted 36 years to the auto industry, 25 of which have been with Titus Will. He was part of the team in 2001 when Titus Will purchased Mallon Ford in Tacoma. A few years later, Henry moved forward to open a new dealership. Searching for the ideal spot was a challenge but he found it here in Lakewood on I-5. At that time Lakewood didn’t have zoning for new cars but the city was quick to jump in and make it work. The process went extremely well and every department in the city was very helpful. It was an opportune time for Lakewood Ford and for the city to improve Pacific highway between Bridgeport and the 512 junction. Of course the dealership wasn’t planning on the recession and the base shipping out so many soldiers. However, things have turned around nicely with May 2012 being one of the best months in over three years. July turned out to be a great month for their anniversary sale. With the new Sounder train coming in the fall and two new Marriott’s on the horizon, the next five years are looking pretty bright.


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