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The team at Carter’s Quality Furniture has been selling furniture to local residents since 1958. They say teamwork and customer service have ensured their success.

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Continued from page 23 Franklin, his wife Sarah joined the company in 1986. But it takes more than family to run a business with as many customers as Rawlings Mechanical enjoys. “We are in business to fill the heating, air conditioning and plumbing needs of our existing and new customers and take pride in doing so,” Glenn said. And doing so calls on the work of 15 employees who are trained in the art of making customers their top priority, according to Glenn. “Not only do we hold our customers in high regard, we also hold our employees in high regard, ‘Not only do we hold because we know it takes a team working together our customers in to keep a business going,” he said. “We know our employees are customer oriented and provide qual- high regard, we also ity service all the way around.” hold our employSpecializing in residential, commercial and light industrial installations, Rawlings Mechanical mainees in high regard, tains good relationships with a variety of suppliers, which enables the company to offer many different because we know it brands designed to fit a wide range of budgets. takes a team workService technicians and a plumbing division provide 24-hour service, and the company offers heating together to keep ing and air-conditioning service agreements, which are designed to help maintain installed equipment’s a business going.’ efficiency and longevity by ensuring that needed repairs are handled before permanent damage Glen Rawlings occurs. Rawlings Mechanical Glenn and Sarah Rawlings realize that the fact the company is still serving customers after nearly 55 years is because of the relationships that have been built during that time. “Sarah and I thank our customers from Southampton, Franklin, Sussex, Surry, Isle of Wight, Emporia, Suffolk and all the areas for allowing us to handle their heating, air conditioning and plumbing needs,” he said.

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Furniture store depends on loyalty

By Andrew Giermak Staff writer

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oyalty is a two-way street for Carter’s Quality Furniture, now into its sixth decade on East Washington Street in Suffolk. Don and Edna Earle Carter started Carter’s in 1958. The “new” half of the business is Carter’s Budget Shop and Warehouse Showroom, now 27 years old, straight across the street from the original business. On most mornings, Don is in his stores getting to work before 6 a.m. His wife is the bookkeeper. Carter gives most of the reason for his business’s longevity to the customers, many of whom have trusted in Carter’s for years and have been pointing children, family, now even grandchildren, to the downtown family-run stores. “It’s really about the loyalty of the customers,” Carter said. “I can’t begin to tell you how many customers have come to us for years. It’s quite a number. We’re selling to the third generation in

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Rawlings grows with second generation Emily R. Collins/Suffolk News-Herald

Showroom: Carter’s sells a variety of furniture to customers who visit the showroom on West Washington Street. Suffolk’s booming population has led to an increase in business in recent years, the owners say, but they still rely on good customer service to bring in more people.

Furniture: Carter’s provides personal service, friendly atmosphere Continued from page 5 some cases now,” he said. Some of Carter’s loyal customers have been purchasing furniture and décor for all rooms of their homes from Don and his family for all 53 years. “Some of our customers have been with us since we opened,” Carter said. “We try to treat everybody fair and treat them right. It’s about trying to take care of the needs of the customer.” Personal service is another way Carter’s separates itself from the large, national chain stores. Don is a Suffolk native. Son Donnie and daughter Beth Brown make Carter’s staff two generations old. Angela Allen, who Beth genuinely

calls “an adopted daughter,” is the secretary, having worked for Carter’s for 17 years, since age 18. “All of our employees are very loyal, along with the family,” Carter said. “They all really make up the backbone of the business.” Everything that made for a strong, growing business decades ago still holds true today, especially when it comes to how Carter’s treats its customers. “There have been a lot of changes. Much of our furniture today is imported,” Carter said. Suffolk’s booming population has led to increased business in recent years. Carter’s Quality Furniture joined

Homearama for the first time, furnishing one of the homes, the Treasure Chest Organizational House, for the home show in North Suffolk’s Harbour View neighborhood. “We’ve had good responses from that so far,” Carter said, saying being a part of Homearama has spread the word about the family business around Hampton Roads. The Treasure Chest Organizational House won the most awards among the nine houses on display at Homearama, including Best in Show and, of particular pride for Carter’s, Best Interior Design. Both Carter’s locations sell furniture

for bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, offices, home theaters and more, along with artwork, carpet and flooring, lamps and mattresses. Products, quality and prices are important. Tastes and styles have certainly changed many times since 1958. Caring for and treating everyone right, whether or not they’ve been coming into Carter’s for all 53 years, is what Carter always comes back to. “I hope it’s been because of good service and a friendly atmosphere,” Carter said. There’s no talk of retiring, or simply getting to work an hour or so later each morning.

From Staff Reports Suffolk News-Herald

As the oldest heating, air conditioning and plumbing company in the area, Rawlings Mechanical has a wealth of experience in putting all of the family’s resources into meeting customers’ needs. The company has been family owned and operated since it was founded in 1958 by “Buck” and Irma Rawlings. The founding family operated Rawlings Mechanical from their home until 1965, when they moved to the company’s present location on Linden Street in Courtland. Son Glenn began to work full-time with the company in 1973, when he opened a branch in Wakefield. Although that branch closed in 1980, Rawlings continues to enjoy a large customer base in the Wakefield area, and Glenn Rawlings now serves as the company’s president. After Glenn moved his family from Waverly to See RAWLINGS, 24


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Family-owned: Small businesses are vital to local, national economies Continued from page 20 (Sweden), Lego (Denmark) and Kikkoman (Japan). 4According to an article in the Spring 2001 edition of “Family Business Review,” the oldest family-owned business operating in the United States is the Zildjian Cymbal Co. of Norwood, Mass., which was founded in 1623 in Constantinople and moved with the family to the United States in 1929. 4Family businesses account for 78 percent of all new jobs created, 60 percent of the national employment and 50 percent of the gross domestic product. 4Approximately 30 percent of all familyowned businesses survive into the second generation, and 12 percent will be viable into the third generation, according to the publication “Family Business Review.” Only 3 percent of all family businesses operate at the fourth generation and beyond. 4In the next five years, 39 percent of family-owned firms will experience a change in leadership, according to the 2003 American Family Business Survey. 4The same survey concluded that 19 percent of family business participants have not completed any estate planning other than writing a will; only 37% have written a strategic plan; and over 60% are very positive about their company’s future. Furthermore, 85 percent of family-owned businesses that

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mall businesses are often thought of as the backbone of American capitalism. According to statistics from various industry tracking organizations, family businesses are nearly as important. Following are some statistics to put things into perspective. 4According to an article in the September 2003 edition of “Family Business Review,” as many as 90 percent of all business enterprises in North America are family owned. Some sources say that number is even higher when looking at the United States alone. 4Lest you get stuck on the stereotype of the mom-and-pop corner store, consider this: 35 percent of all Fortune 500 companies are family firms. 4Wal-Mart, Ford, Mars Corporation, J.P. Morgan, Firestone, DuPont and Levi Strauss are some examples of big family businesses in the U.S. Other family-owned or familycontrolled multinational companies with popular brands include: L’Oreal (France), Benetton (Italy), Siemens (Germany), Ikea

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Funeral home: From left, Marie Baker, Robert N. Baker III, Blake Baker and Kelly Baker own and operate R.W. Baker Funeral Home on West Washington Street. The business has been in the family since it started in 1885.

When Robert Washington Baker opened his furniture store in downtown Suffolk in 1885, he likely didn’t think his business would morph into a funeral home. But sure enough, more than 125 years later, R.W. Baker’s descendants own and operate a funeral home that bears his name. Blake Baker said when his greatgreat-grandfather opened his shop, it wasn’t uncommon for furniture stores to handle funerals occasionally. “They did because they sold coffins,” he said. But in 1916, he split the businesses up and the Bakers were in the funeral services business from that day on. The family now has two locations in Suffolk, one on West Washington Street and the other on Lee Farm Road, which is operated in conjunction with Foster See FUNERAL, 10


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Funeral: Baker family business began as furniture store in 1885 Continued from page 9 Funeral Home. Baker said the downtown location handles most of their business, and they do about 10 to 12 funerals a month. Baker family members have run the funeral home ever since its opening. Baker said running a family-owned business has similar challenges to running any business. “Keeping a good staff, keeping the bills and taxes paid,” he said. However, he said, being the owners, they are required to stay at the business as long as it takes. “A lot of times because we are family-owned, we’re here a lot more than we would be if it wasn’t our funeral home,” Baker said. “We work a lot of hours.” He said some people think handling funerals isn’t hard work, but they couldn’t be more wrong. “A lot of people think our job is riding around in nice suits all day,” he said. “They don’t see what we do in the background and the time it takes to take care of a family.” Although Blake Baker now runs the funeral home alongside his father,

Robert N. Baker III, he almost didn’t get into the business at all. He said his father never pushed him into taking the business and let him make his own decision about his career. After graduating from high school, Blake Baker attended Ferrum College and earned a degree in environmental science. He worked in Virginia Beach for a consulting firm, but it was a matter of time before his focus shifted back home while his dad renovated the West Washington Street facility. “I found myself calling home to find out what was going on,” Blake Baker said. “I finally asked him if I could come back and work.” Robert N. Baker III welcomed his son to the business. In addition to Blake Baker and his father, Blake’s wife, Kelly, and his father’s wife, Marie, also help keep the business running. Also, he has an aunt and uncle and cousin who help out as well. Blake Baker said one of the biggest misconceptions about the funeral services business is that it’s always

depressing. “Sometimes, death can be a blessing (if someone has been sick),” he said. “It’s hard when we have babies, kids or young military guys.” In those instances, Baker said, even the funeral home employees can suffer an emotional toll. Another misconception is that they don’t struggle through tough economies like other businesses. “Everyone thinks we’re recessionproof,” Baker said. “But we aren’t.” When times get tough, he said, people cut back on funerals just like they cut back on other expenses. People purchase less expensive caskets or opt for a cremation instead of a burial. “People don’t see the point to do the extra things,” he said. “We have people call all the time asking about the cheapest crematory service.” In response to the ongoing sluggishness in the economy, Baker said, the funeral home has tried to offer more affordable options for its clients and cut costs as much as possible. “Like every other business, we have to watch what we spend and watch what we buy,” he said.

No matter what service the clients choose, Baker said, the business makes it a priority to provide quality service. Because of their high level of customer service, he said, a lot of their business comes from word-of-mouth referrals. Many families return to the funeral home for all of their needs throughout the years. “They know we’ll treat them fair, provide a good service and we care about what we do,” Baker said. One of the things R.W. Baker does to ensure their clients are happy is to have the same funeral director serve a family throughout their time of need. “When we start with a family, we finish with a family,” Baker said. “If a person is going to trust us to take care of our loved one, then the respect you can show them by showing up instead of someone else is worth it to us.” Although there are challenges in the business, he said, he is passionate about what he does. “You’ve got to have a passion to be in this business,” he said. “It’s very rewarding when a family come to you and tells you that you made it as easy as possible for them.”

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FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS, Suffolk News-Herald, Sunday, October 30, 2011 – Page 11

Insurance: Money stays local Continued from page 16 son. Currently, Bob House is president of the agency, his son Rob House also works there. It is believed J. Walter Hosier began somewhere around 1900 by its founder of the same name. Walter’s son Duke eventually took over the business, and Kent Spain’s father worked for Duke. When Duke Hosier died, Spain’s father took over. Kent himself got into the business rather suddenly when his father was diagnosed with lung cancer. “I turned in my two weeks’ notice,” Spain said. “Two weeks later I was in the insurance business.” His father died about three months later. Besides being in the insurance business, House, Spain and Odom have known each other for decades. Spain’s and Odom’s fathers knew each other through coaching football in the Lakeside neighborhood, House’s and Odom’s fathers were business partners, and Spain and House lived next door to each other for years. “We knew each other pretty well before we even started this,” Spain said. The businesses have been talking about merging for a couple years, Odom said. “We’ve always respected each other for the way we did business,” Odom said. All agreed the transition was relatively smooth. Three employees remain at the former J. Walter Hosier location on Bridge Road to serve customers in North Suffolk. Employees from the former West Washington Street location of J. Walter Hosier moved a few blocks away to the Suffolk Insurance location on Market Street, which underwent some moderate renovations to change unfinished storage rooms into offices and conference rooms. Because the two businesses already were using the same software system, they simply merged all of their customer information into one database. J. Walter

Hosier remains a wholly owned subsidiary of Suffolk Insurance. “The biggest challenge was the phone system,” Spain said. “We had a little bit of scrambling.” The combined agency offers insurance for individuals and families including auto, homeowners, motorcycles, boats, individual health, life and umbrella policies. Services offered for businesses include property and casualty, workers compensation, group health, life and disability, and bonds. “We’re a full-line agency,” Rob House said. The agency works with a number of different carriers, so customers have a choice among many different carriers and plan options. It is associated with the Keystone Insurers Group in order to provide a wide array of products and services. Spain said he believes local residents should consider Suffolk Insurance because they could get a good deal, money stays in the area and the business supports local nonprofits. “People are always wondering about whom they buy insurance from,” Spain said. “Dealing with us is good for the Suffolk economy. I think it’s one of the biggest reasons you should look at Suffolk Insurance.” Another reason to choose Suffolk Insurance, Spain said, is the cost. “We may be able to do something for less, and the money stays in the area,” he said. Spain also said the agency is active in several nonprofits. Finally, Spain said, people should choose Suffolk Insurance because it has friendly hometown service. “Our customers know where we live,” Spain said. “The buck stops with the three of us. If it can’t be solved by us, we can’t solve it.” The Suffolk Insurance office is located at 202 Market St. For more information, call 539-9988.

shaping young minds

Emily R. Collins/ Suffolk News-HErald

‘We may be able to do something for less, and the money stays in the area.’ Kent Spain

Suffolk insurance

Bluebird: Maxann Kerr Morrison participates in a group activity, called “Bluebird through my Window,” with the 2 and 3-year-olds at the Suffolk Day School.

By Emily R. Collins Staff Writer

Temporary school set-up grows over 44 years

For Maxann Kerr Morrison, home is where the school is. About 44 years ago, one of Morrison’s friends asked her if she would watch her children when she went back to work. Morrison agreed, but she decided if she was going to start watching the children, she want-

ed to do something more than babysitting. “I wanted to meet my children’s needs,” she said. To help with the children’s development during a critical time in their lives, she said, Morrison decided to open the Suffolk Day School, a preschool and daycare center. When the See DAY SCHOOL, 13


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Day school

Families protecting families

Continued from page 11

By Tracy Agnew Staff Writer

Suffolk Insurance provides full line of products, service Tracy Agnew/Suffolk News-Herald

Suffolk Insurance: From left, Rob House, Hunter Odom, Kent Spain and Bob House run Suffolk Insurance. The company recently merged with J. Walter Hosier Insurance.

Suffolk Insurance and J. Walter Hosier Insurance both began as family-owned businesses in the early part of the last century. About 100 years later, the two companies have merged, and family members and long-time employees of the original owners still run the business, which is now the largest independent insurance agency in the city. “We’ve always had healthy competition with each other,” said Hunter Odom, who has long worked for Suffolk Insurance. The company was started in 1923 by Taylor Darden and his

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first 13 students attended the school in 1968, she said, she thought she’d operate the school for a short time. “I was just going to do it for a little while,” Morrison said. But to this day, Morrison welcomes a group of 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds into her home for school every day. “It’s addicting,” she said. In her historic home on Pinner Street, the school occupies two rooms in Morrison’s basement. The school hosts about 20 students on average, who arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. and leave as late as 5 p.m. During the day, the children participate in variety of activities, such as outside play, group activities, reading, puzzles and other games, and science lessons. Morrison said the school also focuses on preparing the children for kindergarten. “It’s more than learning ABCs and sounds,” she said. “It’s learning to take care of your own needs.” Additionally, Morrison’s backyard has transformed into a playground for the students. On the playground and in the classroom, Morrison tries to give the students plenty of things to keep them occupied and engaged. “You give them the tools, and they entertain themselves,” she said. Since she opened the Suffolk Day School, she said, she has served difEmily R. Collins/Suffolk News-HErald ferent kinds of children with different School: When Maxann Kerr Morrison opened the Suffolk Day School in 1968, she thought she was only going to do it for a little while, but she loved it so much she’s continued to needs. In fact, some of her operate the school. students didn’t know English when they started at the school, and now, one of those students is a successful pediatrician, she said. Morrison said she has kept the school in her home for so many years because she thinks it’s good for the students’ development. “The home atmosphere really works so much better for the children,” she said. “It’s more like they are here to visit.” Like every other business, Morrison said, she worries about cash flow. However, her biggest challenge is meeting the strict requirements for running a school in her home. “The most challenging thing is meeting rules and regulation in the home setting,” she said. But she has managed to make it work for the past 44 years, and she attributes her success to having great staff members that care about the development of children. Depending on how many students she has, Morrison said, there are usually two or three teachers who help her. She said one of the biggest compliments she’s received is having former students bring their kids to the school. “I think one of the greatest rewards is when an ex-student enrolls their child,” But daily objective is to have every student leave Suffolk Day School excited about coming back the next day. “We want the kids to have a fun day,” she said. “That’s a great reward.”

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FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS, Suffolk News-Herald, Sunday, October 30, 2011 – Page 15

Barbecue: Rodman family started restaurant in Portsmouth nearly 100 years ago Continued from page 14

family-owned barbecue flavor

By Tracy Agnew News Editor

For a foodie, to step into an old dairy barn on Shoulders Hill Road is to step into heaven. The huge building emits the delectable aroma of barbecue nearly 24 hours a day. Step inside, and other smells — fried chicken, potato salad, cole slaw — threaten to overtake the barbecue scent. This is the home of Rodman’s Bar-B-Que, a nearly 100-year-old family-owned business that can cater an event for a thousand attendees or cater to one person who walks in the door. The business began in Portsmouth nearly a century ago, when the grandfather of current owner Judson Rodman began cooking pigs at an old gas station. Judson’s father later opened a restaurant on High Street in Portsmouth. Another restaurant in Deep Creek also opened in what is now a Tracy Agnew/Suffolk News-Herald

See BARBECUE, 15

Peanuts: Barry Saunders, the current manager of Rodman’s Bar-B-Que, pours fried peanuts out of the fryer and into a pan. The greased legumes are a specialty of the catering company.

George and Steve’s steakhouse. The Shoulders Hill Road location now serves as a catering headquarters and carry-out restaurant. It delivers barbecue every morning to Rodman’s Bones and Buddys in Portsmouth, which produces its own soups and other items on-site. Barry Saunders, who has worked at the restaurant for about 35 years, is the current manager. He’s in the process of taking over the restaurant after Judson “Juddy” Rodman moved to Florida. Besides Saunders, the restaurant has three regular part-time employees and a group of several more employees Saunders can call on for catering jobs. The business caters everything from backyard barbecues to the Portsmouth/ Churchland Rotary Club fundraiser that draws several thousand attendees every year. “We’ll go anywhere,” Saunders said. “As Juddy used to always say, we can do everything from beans and franks to lobster tails and prime rib.” The business has dozens of heat-retaining containers at its disposal, which it uses to keep the barbecue, fried chicken and other goodies piping hot until the party starts. But it isn’t just catering that

Rodman’s is famous for — a steady stream of customers comes to the Shoulders Hill location every day for sandwiches, barbecue by the pound, sliced ham and sides such as cole slaw, baked beans, potato salad, ham biscuits and corn muffins. Fried chicken, barbecue ribs and Boston butt are available on 24-hour notice. Rodman’s also will cook whole pigs for those who request it, Saunders said. “Some people like to have the whole pig with the apple in its mouth,” he said. Though the locations have changed over the years, the recipe hasn’t, Saunders said. Rodman’s still cooks its dishes the same way the founders did. “We’re still making cole slaw the same way it was done in the ‘50s,” Saunders said. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The barbecue and the sauce that goes on it combine to make “a simple recipe,” Saunders said. “We’re still cooking barbecue the oldfashioned way, with a live wood fire,” Saunders said. “Anybody can put a butt on a cooker, but it’s the sauce that does it.” The restaurant’s “secret ingredient” is not an ingredient in the barbecue sauce

Tracy Agnew/Suffolk News-Herald

Bar-B-Q: Barry Saunders shows off a June 1939 photo of the Rodman’s Old Fashioned Bar-B-Q location on High Street. The business is nearly 100 years old and does catering as well as takeout lunch.

at all, but rather the red-skin fried peanuts it sells by the pound at the store and takes along on all its catering jobs. The store also does a big business in hams at Christmastime for people who want an alternative to Smithfield hams. But, he admits, the barbecue is the

mainstay of the business. The store is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and is closed Sunday. Lunch is served from 10 a.m. to closing time. Call 484-1297 for more information.


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FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS, Suffolk News-Herald, Sunday, October 30, 2011 – Page 15

Barbecue: Rodman family started restaurant in Portsmouth nearly 100 years ago Continued from page 14

family-owned barbecue flavor

By Tracy Agnew News Editor

For a foodie, to step into an old dairy barn on Shoulders Hill Road is to step into heaven. The huge building emits the delectable aroma of barbecue nearly 24 hours a day. Step inside, and other smells — fried chicken, potato salad, cole slaw — threaten to overtake the barbecue scent. This is the home of Rodman’s Bar-B-Que, a nearly 100-year-old family-owned business that can cater an event for a thousand attendees or cater to one person who walks in the door. The business began in Portsmouth nearly a century ago, when the grandfather of current owner Judson Rodman began cooking pigs at an old gas station. Judson’s father later opened a restaurant on High Street in Portsmouth. Another restaurant in Deep Creek also opened in what is now a Tracy Agnew/Suffolk News-Herald

See BARBECUE, 15

Peanuts: Barry Saunders, the current manager of Rodman’s Bar-B-Que, pours fried peanuts out of the fryer and into a pan. The greased legumes are a specialty of the catering company.

George and Steve’s steakhouse. The Shoulders Hill Road location now serves as a catering headquarters and carry-out restaurant. It delivers barbecue every morning to Rodman’s Bones and Buddys in Portsmouth, which produces its own soups and other items on-site. Barry Saunders, who has worked at the restaurant for about 35 years, is the current manager. He’s in the process of taking over the restaurant after Judson “Juddy” Rodman moved to Florida. Besides Saunders, the restaurant has three regular part-time employees and a group of several more employees Saunders can call on for catering jobs. The business caters everything from backyard barbecues to the Portsmouth/ Churchland Rotary Club fundraiser that draws several thousand attendees every year. “We’ll go anywhere,” Saunders said. “As Juddy used to always say, we can do everything from beans and franks to lobster tails and prime rib.” The business has dozens of heat-retaining containers at its disposal, which it uses to keep the barbecue, fried chicken and other goodies piping hot until the party starts. But it isn’t just catering that

Rodman’s is famous for — a steady stream of customers comes to the Shoulders Hill location every day for sandwiches, barbecue by the pound, sliced ham and sides such as cole slaw, baked beans, potato salad, ham biscuits and corn muffins. Fried chicken, barbecue ribs and Boston butt are available on 24-hour notice. Rodman’s also will cook whole pigs for those who request it, Saunders said. “Some people like to have the whole pig with the apple in its mouth,” he said. Though the locations have changed over the years, the recipe hasn’t, Saunders said. Rodman’s still cooks its dishes the same way the founders did. “We’re still making cole slaw the same way it was done in the ‘50s,” Saunders said. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The barbecue and the sauce that goes on it combine to make “a simple recipe,” Saunders said. “We’re still cooking barbecue the oldfashioned way, with a live wood fire,” Saunders said. “Anybody can put a butt on a cooker, but it’s the sauce that does it.” The restaurant’s “secret ingredient” is not an ingredient in the barbecue sauce

Tracy Agnew/Suffolk News-Herald

Bar-B-Q: Barry Saunders shows off a June 1939 photo of the Rodman’s Old Fashioned Bar-B-Q location on High Street. The business is nearly 100 years old and does catering as well as takeout lunch.

at all, but rather the red-skin fried peanuts it sells by the pound at the store and takes along on all its catering jobs. The store also does a big business in hams at Christmastime for people who want an alternative to Smithfield hams. But, he admits, the barbecue is the

mainstay of the business. The store is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and is closed Sunday. Lunch is served from 10 a.m. to closing time. Call 484-1297 for more information.


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Day school

Families protecting families

Continued from page 11

By Tracy Agnew Staff Writer

Suffolk Insurance provides full line of products, service Tracy Agnew/Suffolk News-Herald

Suffolk Insurance: From left, Rob House, Hunter Odom, Kent Spain and Bob House run Suffolk Insurance. The company recently merged with J. Walter Hosier Insurance.

Suffolk Insurance and J. Walter Hosier Insurance both began as family-owned businesses in the early part of the last century. About 100 years later, the two companies have merged, and family members and long-time employees of the original owners still run the business, which is now the largest independent insurance agency in the city. “We’ve always had healthy competition with each other,” said Hunter Odom, who has long worked for Suffolk Insurance. The company was started in 1923 by Taylor Darden and his

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first 13 students attended the school in 1968, she said, she thought she’d operate the school for a short time. “I was just going to do it for a little while,” Morrison said. But to this day, Morrison welcomes a group of 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds into her home for school every day. “It’s addicting,” she said. In her historic home on Pinner Street, the school occupies two rooms in Morrison’s basement. The school hosts about 20 students on average, who arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. and leave as late as 5 p.m. During the day, the children participate in variety of activities, such as outside play, group activities, reading, puzzles and other games, and science lessons. Morrison said the school also focuses on preparing the children for kindergarten. “It’s more than learning ABCs and sounds,” she said. “It’s learning to take care of your own needs.” Additionally, Morrison’s backyard has transformed into a playground for the students. On the playground and in the classroom, Morrison tries to give the students plenty of things to keep them occupied and engaged. “You give them the tools, and they entertain themselves,” she said. Since she opened the Suffolk Day School, she said, she has served difEmily R. Collins/Suffolk News-HErald ferent kinds of children with different School: When Maxann Kerr Morrison opened the Suffolk Day School in 1968, she thought she was only going to do it for a little while, but she loved it so much she’s continued to needs. In fact, some of her operate the school. students didn’t know English when they started at the school, and now, one of those students is a successful pediatrician, she said. Morrison said she has kept the school in her home for so many years because she thinks it’s good for the students’ development. “The home atmosphere really works so much better for the children,” she said. “It’s more like they are here to visit.” Like every other business, Morrison said, she worries about cash flow. However, her biggest challenge is meeting the strict requirements for running a school in her home. “The most challenging thing is meeting rules and regulation in the home setting,” she said. But she has managed to make it work for the past 44 years, and she attributes her success to having great staff members that care about the development of children. Depending on how many students she has, Morrison said, there are usually two or three teachers who help her. She said one of the biggest compliments she’s received is having former students bring their kids to the school. “I think one of the greatest rewards is when an ex-student enrolls their child,” But daily objective is to have every student leave Suffolk Day School excited about coming back the next day. “We want the kids to have a fun day,” she said. “That’s a great reward.”

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Insurance: Money stays local Continued from page 16 son. Currently, Bob House is president of the agency, his son Rob House also works there. It is believed J. Walter Hosier began somewhere around 1900 by its founder of the same name. Walter’s son Duke eventually took over the business, and Kent Spain’s father worked for Duke. When Duke Hosier died, Spain’s father took over. Kent himself got into the business rather suddenly when his father was diagnosed with lung cancer. “I turned in my two weeks’ notice,” Spain said. “Two weeks later I was in the insurance business.” His father died about three months later. Besides being in the insurance business, House, Spain and Odom have known each other for decades. Spain’s and Odom’s fathers knew each other through coaching football in the Lakeside neighborhood, House’s and Odom’s fathers were business partners, and Spain and House lived next door to each other for years. “We knew each other pretty well before we even started this,” Spain said. The businesses have been talking about merging for a couple years, Odom said. “We’ve always respected each other for the way we did business,” Odom said. All agreed the transition was relatively smooth. Three employees remain at the former J. Walter Hosier location on Bridge Road to serve customers in North Suffolk. Employees from the former West Washington Street location of J. Walter Hosier moved a few blocks away to the Suffolk Insurance location on Market Street, which underwent some moderate renovations to change unfinished storage rooms into offices and conference rooms. Because the two businesses already were using the same software system, they simply merged all of their customer information into one database. J. Walter

Hosier remains a wholly owned subsidiary of Suffolk Insurance. “The biggest challenge was the phone system,” Spain said. “We had a little bit of scrambling.” The combined agency offers insurance for individuals and families including auto, homeowners, motorcycles, boats, individual health, life and umbrella policies. Services offered for businesses include property and casualty, workers compensation, group health, life and disability, and bonds. “We’re a full-line agency,” Rob House said. The agency works with a number of different carriers, so customers have a choice among many different carriers and plan options. It is associated with the Keystone Insurers Group in order to provide a wide array of products and services. Spain said he believes local residents should consider Suffolk Insurance because they could get a good deal, money stays in the area and the business supports local nonprofits. “People are always wondering about whom they buy insurance from,” Spain said. “Dealing with us is good for the Suffolk economy. I think it’s one of the biggest reasons you should look at Suffolk Insurance.” Another reason to choose Suffolk Insurance, Spain said, is the cost. “We may be able to do something for less, and the money stays in the area,” he said. Spain also said the agency is active in several nonprofits. Finally, Spain said, people should choose Suffolk Insurance because it has friendly hometown service. “Our customers know where we live,” Spain said. “The buck stops with the three of us. If it can’t be solved by us, we can’t solve it.” The Suffolk Insurance office is located at 202 Market St. For more information, call 539-9988.

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‘We may be able to do something for less, and the money stays in the area.’ Kent Spain

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Temporary school set-up grows over 44 years

For Maxann Kerr Morrison, home is where the school is. About 44 years ago, one of Morrison’s friends asked her if she would watch her children when she went back to work. Morrison agreed, but she decided if she was going to start watching the children, she want-

ed to do something more than babysitting. “I wanted to meet my children’s needs,” she said. To help with the children’s development during a critical time in their lives, she said, Morrison decided to open the Suffolk Day School, a preschool and daycare center. When the See DAY SCHOOL, 13


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FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS, Suffolk News-Herald, Sunday, October 30, 2011 – Page 19

Funeral: Baker family business began as furniture store in 1885 Continued from page 9 Funeral Home. Baker said the downtown location handles most of their business, and they do about 10 to 12 funerals a month. Baker family members have run the funeral home ever since its opening. Baker said running a family-owned business has similar challenges to running any business. “Keeping a good staff, keeping the bills and taxes paid,” he said. However, he said, being the owners, they are required to stay at the business as long as it takes. “A lot of times because we are family-owned, we’re here a lot more than we would be if it wasn’t our funeral home,” Baker said. “We work a lot of hours.” He said some people think handling funerals isn’t hard work, but they couldn’t be more wrong. “A lot of people think our job is riding around in nice suits all day,” he said. “They don’t see what we do in the background and the time it takes to take care of a family.” Although Blake Baker now runs the funeral home alongside his father,

Robert N. Baker III, he almost didn’t get into the business at all. He said his father never pushed him into taking the business and let him make his own decision about his career. After graduating from high school, Blake Baker attended Ferrum College and earned a degree in environmental science. He worked in Virginia Beach for a consulting firm, but it was a matter of time before his focus shifted back home while his dad renovated the West Washington Street facility. “I found myself calling home to find out what was going on,” Blake Baker said. “I finally asked him if I could come back and work.” Robert N. Baker III welcomed his son to the business. In addition to Blake Baker and his father, Blake’s wife, Kelly, and his father’s wife, Marie, also help keep the business running. Also, he has an aunt and uncle and cousin who help out as well. Blake Baker said one of the biggest misconceptions about the funeral services business is that it’s always

depressing. “Sometimes, death can be a blessing (if someone has been sick),” he said. “It’s hard when we have babies, kids or young military guys.” In those instances, Baker said, even the funeral home employees can suffer an emotional toll. Another misconception is that they don’t struggle through tough economies like other businesses. “Everyone thinks we’re recessionproof,” Baker said. “But we aren’t.” When times get tough, he said, people cut back on funerals just like they cut back on other expenses. People purchase less expensive caskets or opt for a cremation instead of a burial. “People don’t see the point to do the extra things,” he said. “We have people call all the time asking about the cheapest crematory service.” In response to the ongoing sluggishness in the economy, Baker said, the funeral home has tried to offer more affordable options for its clients and cut costs as much as possible. “Like every other business, we have to watch what we spend and watch what we buy,” he said.

No matter what service the clients choose, Baker said, the business makes it a priority to provide quality service. Because of their high level of customer service, he said, a lot of their business comes from word-of-mouth referrals. Many families return to the funeral home for all of their needs throughout the years. “They know we’ll treat them fair, provide a good service and we care about what we do,” Baker said. One of the things R.W. Baker does to ensure their clients are happy is to have the same funeral director serve a family throughout their time of need. “When we start with a family, we finish with a family,” Baker said. “If a person is going to trust us to take care of our loved one, then the respect you can show them by showing up instead of someone else is worth it to us.” Although there are challenges in the business, he said, he is passionate about what he does. “You’ve got to have a passion to be in this business,” he said. “It’s very rewarding when a family come to you and tells you that you made it as easy as possible for them.”

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When Robert Washington Baker opened his furniture store in downtown Suffolk in 1885, he likely didn’t think his business would morph into a funeral home. But sure enough, more than 125 years later, R.W. Baker’s descendants own and operate a funeral home that bears his name. Blake Baker said when his greatgreat-grandfather opened his shop, it wasn’t uncommon for furniture stores to handle funerals occasionally. “They did because they sold coffins,” he said. But in 1916, he split the businesses up and the Bakers were in the funeral services business from that day on. The family now has two locations in Suffolk, one on West Washington Street and the other on Lee Farm Road, which is operated in conjunction with Foster See FUNERAL, 10


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Rawlings grows with second generation Emily R. Collins/Suffolk News-Herald

Showroom: Carter’s sells a variety of furniture to customers who visit the showroom on West Washington Street. Suffolk’s booming population has led to an increase in business in recent years, the owners say, but they still rely on good customer service to bring in more people.

Furniture: Carter’s provides personal service, friendly atmosphere Continued from page 5 some cases now,” he said. Some of Carter’s loyal customers have been purchasing furniture and décor for all rooms of their homes from Don and his family for all 53 years. “Some of our customers have been with us since we opened,” Carter said. “We try to treat everybody fair and treat them right. It’s about trying to take care of the needs of the customer.” Personal service is another way Carter’s separates itself from the large, national chain stores. Don is a Suffolk native. Son Donnie and daughter Beth Brown make Carter’s staff two generations old. Angela Allen, who Beth genuinely

calls “an adopted daughter,” is the secretary, having worked for Carter’s for 17 years, since age 18. “All of our employees are very loyal, along with the family,” Carter said. “They all really make up the backbone of the business.” Everything that made for a strong, growing business decades ago still holds true today, especially when it comes to how Carter’s treats its customers. “There have been a lot of changes. Much of our furniture today is imported,” Carter said. Suffolk’s booming population has led to increased business in recent years. Carter’s Quality Furniture joined

Homearama for the first time, furnishing one of the homes, the Treasure Chest Organizational House, for the home show in North Suffolk’s Harbour View neighborhood. “We’ve had good responses from that so far,” Carter said, saying being a part of Homearama has spread the word about the family business around Hampton Roads. The Treasure Chest Organizational House won the most awards among the nine houses on display at Homearama, including Best in Show and, of particular pride for Carter’s, Best Interior Design. Both Carter’s locations sell furniture

for bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, offices, home theaters and more, along with artwork, carpet and flooring, lamps and mattresses. Products, quality and prices are important. Tastes and styles have certainly changed many times since 1958. Caring for and treating everyone right, whether or not they’ve been coming into Carter’s for all 53 years, is what Carter always comes back to. “I hope it’s been because of good service and a friendly atmosphere,” Carter said. There’s no talk of retiring, or simply getting to work an hour or so later each morning.

From Staff Reports Suffolk News-Herald

As the oldest heating, air conditioning and plumbing company in the area, Rawlings Mechanical has a wealth of experience in putting all of the family’s resources into meeting customers’ needs. The company has been family owned and operated since it was founded in 1958 by “Buck” and Irma Rawlings. The founding family operated Rawlings Mechanical from their home until 1965, when they moved to the company’s present location on Linden Street in Courtland. Son Glenn began to work full-time with the company in 1973, when he opened a branch in Wakefield. Although that branch closed in 1980, Rawlings continues to enjoy a large customer base in the Wakefield area, and Glenn Rawlings now serves as the company’s president. After Glenn moved his family from Waverly to See RAWLINGS, 24


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Continued from page 23 Franklin, his wife Sarah joined the company in 1986. But it takes more than family to run a business with as many customers as Rawlings Mechanical enjoys. “We are in business to fill the heating, air conditioning and plumbing needs of our existing and new customers and take pride in doing so,” Glenn said. And doing so calls on the work of 15 employees who are trained in the art of making customers their top priority, according to Glenn. “Not only do we hold our customers in high regard, we also hold our employees in high regard, ‘Not only do we hold because we know it takes a team working together our customers in to keep a business going,” he said. “We know our employees are customer oriented and provide qual- high regard, we also ity service all the way around.” hold our employSpecializing in residential, commercial and light industrial installations, Rawlings Mechanical mainees in high regard, tains good relationships with a variety of suppliers, which enables the company to offer many different because we know it brands designed to fit a wide range of budgets. takes a team workService technicians and a plumbing division provide 24-hour service, and the company offers heating together to keep ing and air-conditioning service agreements, which are designed to help maintain installed equipment’s a business going.’ efficiency and longevity by ensuring that needed repairs are handled before permanent damage Glen Rawlings occurs. Rawlings Mechanical Glenn and Sarah Rawlings realize that the fact the company is still serving customers after nearly 55 years is because of the relationships that have been built during that time. “Sarah and I thank our customers from Southampton, Franklin, Sussex, Surry, Isle of Wight, Emporia, Suffolk and all the areas for allowing us to handle their heating, air conditioning and plumbing needs,” he said.

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oyalty is a two-way street for Carter’s Quality Furniture, now into its sixth decade on East Washington Street in Suffolk. Don and Edna Earle Carter started Carter’s in 1958. The “new” half of the business is Carter’s Budget Shop and Warehouse Showroom, now 27 years old, straight across the street from the original business. On most mornings, Don is in his stores getting to work before 6 a.m. His wife is the bookkeeper. Carter gives most of the reason for his business’s longevity to the customers, many of whom have trusted in Carter’s for years and have been pointing children, family, now even grandchildren, to the downtown family-run stores. “It’s really about the loyalty of the customers,” Carter said. “I can’t begin to tell you how many customers have come to us for years. It’s quite a number. We’re selling to the third generation in

“Easy access from Suffolk through the Midtown Tunnel - go three miles on Hampton Blvd. Corner of Hampton Blvd. & Lexan Ave.”

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Rawlings: ‘It takes a team,’ owners say

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October 2011 The 2011 Family-Owned Business and the Suffolk News-Herald are publications of Suffolk Publications, LLC. For more information call (757) 539-3437 or visit www.suffolknewsherald.com.

EDITORIAL R.E. Spears III - Editor Tracy Agnew - News Editor Emily Collins - Staff Writer Andrew Giermak - Staff Writer

Design & Composition Hope Rose - Advertising Composition Troy Cooper - Designer Beth Beck - Designer Circulation Yvette Brozzo - Circulation Manager Business office Cathy Daughtrey - Bookkeeper

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The team at Carter’s Quality Furniture has been selling furniture to local residents since 1958. They say teamwork and customer service have ensured their success.

For years, Rodman’s Bar-B-Que has provided delicious Southern fare to residents of North Suffolk and Portsmouth. The business has lunch service and caters events of all sizes.

Furniture Store depends on loyalty

ADVERTISING Susan Holley - General Manager Sue Barnes - Advertising Rep. Earl Jones - Advertising Rep. Tina Louise Harris - Advertising Rep.

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R.W. Baker funeral home serves the community

The Baker family knows what service to the family means. For more than 125 years, the funeral home has provided loyal service to local families.

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DAy SChool teaches children

The Suffolk Day School believes in the importance of early education. That’s why the small staff at the school takes special care with their students.

Rodman’s caters to thousands or to one

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Rawlings Mechanical serves a large region

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RODMANS BARBECUE

Gourmet Cupcakes & Desserts 1024 Centerbrooke Lane, Suite D Suffolk, VA 23434

Mon. - Fri. 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Two of Suffolk’s most respected locally owned insurance agencies merged this year into one business with 25 employees in two different locations.

Rawlings Mechanical founded in 1958 and now employs 15 to serve thousands of customers throughout Suffolk and Western Tidewater.

Divine Creations Let Us Add A Divine Touch To Your Holiday! Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years.

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Suffolk Insurance merges with J. Walter Hosier

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“ Family Owned & Operated Since 1967”

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THANK YOU FOR 40 YEARS OF FAMILY

SERVING FAMILY

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Providing Comprehensive General Dentistry

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

A look at Suffolk’s local enterprises Visit us online at www.ncquilting.com

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AUBREY E. MYERS, DDS JANA E. BOYD, DDS (not pictured)

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