“Hey, Culligan Man!” That sure brings back childhood memories. Little did you know back in those days when Mom still did your laundry, that one day you would be the one saying those words. Now thanks to the water softener and filtration system from the Sarasota Culligan store, not only is your water better tasting, it is also better for your skin, hair, pipes and household appliances.
Ira Funderburk, General Manager of the Sarasota/Venice Culligan franchise knows once people become Culligan customers, they hardly ever stop. He points out that a water softener from them is one of the only appliances you can buy “that will pay for itself, and put money back in your pocket.”
Family by Blood and Water
Dale Mast, President of the Mast Family Culligan, started working for Culligan in 1964 at the young age of 20. He quickly became a general manager, and in 1975 he acquired his very first Culligan franchise, a struggling store in Ft. Myers. Due to the challenges of the water quality in the Ft. Myers area, Dale knew he needed to come up with a plan that was economically sound for his customers, while still providing them with the best technology. He was sure if his customers got to experience the benefits of quality water treatment before investing in a long-term commitment, they would fall in love with their Culligan systems. So, he offered monthly rental with a 90-day conversion option, and his idea was a hit. He was able to turn the franchise around and make it extremely successful.
Dale’s son, Tony, has worked for his father since he was just nine years old. He has held almost every position in the company, and is getting ready to take over as president when Dale retires. Tony spearheaded an extensive coordinated disaster relief plan for the bottling plant and the community by reaching out to the community healthcare facilities and committing to provide bottled water in a disaster.
Although Ira is not related to the Masts, he says working for Culligan for almost 30 years feels like working for a family.
“One of the reasons I’ve stayed with Culligan is because it’s like family. I’ve been offered all kinds of positions with corporate America, but I haven’t left, because it gets in your blood. It’s one of those companies where even though they’re franchised, everybody helps everybody.”
Ira also knows that Culligan treats their customers right.
“They have a really high degree of integrity. I see a lot of companies out there that are just interested in the dollar, but Culligan—for the 30 years that I have been with them—has always been more interested in doing the right thing for the customer.”
Taking Care of the Community
The Mast Family Culligan franchise also takes great pride in helping out the community. From donating time and water to local schools and youth and adult sports teams to providing salt for the pelican pool at Peace River Wildlife Center and sponsoring the Sarasota Garden Club, the Sarasota Culligan recognizes the importance of giving back to the community.
Ira is proud of their civic involvement. “We donate anywhere from a few cases of water, to hundreds of cases and five gallon bottles for all kinds of needs.”
Excellent Customer Service
When George Edwards moved into his Osprey home, he knew right away that he was going to need a water filtration system. He called around and spoke to Tim Lang at Culligan. He was very impressed with the response that he got.
“They are so professional, and very responsive.”
Like most people, he called another company so he could compare prices and services. When the salesman from the other company showed up, he gave George a price that was 100% more than what Culligan had quoted, and his customer service was severely lacking.
George has owned his Culligan reverse osmosis for five years and is still very satisfied with their service.
Deanna from Sarasota had a less than pleasant experience with another water filtration company, and knew she needed to switch. She only made one call; straight to Culligan, thanks to their impeccable reputation.
“We were very unhappy with the existing situation, and we knew that Culligan was a reputable company,” Deanna said.
For the past six months she and her husband have thoroughly enjoyed their new water softener and filtration system.
“We’re very happy with Culligan. They have done an excellent job for us.”
Hey, Culligan Man!
Although their commercials made them famous back in the day, it is the quality of their products and the professional customer service that makes their customers stick around. To experience all of the benefits of soft water and water filtration, “Be sure to call your Culligan man.”
For more information, please call Culligan-Sarasota at 1-800-761-1266 or visit their store at 1099 Enterprise Court, Nokomis, 34275. Visit their website at www.culligansarasota.com or email them at
You remember when you first came in and sat down in Wolves Head Pizza & Wings. You didn’t know where to look first. There was so much to see—starting with the 10 TVs. The whole place has this cool, antique car/roadside café feel—from the license plates on the wall to the classic signs. The 1950s phone booth in the corner definitely piqued your interest.
But what really caught your eye was all the people there. They were talking and laughing, and this guy running around seemed to know all of them! You quickly found out that was owner, John Breiner. He came over and instantly made you feel like a friend, and you’ve been coming back ever since then.
Well, okay, maybe there’s a bit more behind your loyal devotion. John’s great. But the incredible food may have had something to do with it, too. Perhaps you should stop by tonight. Or now. Now sounds good.
A Business Built On Family Values
In 1935, John’s Great-Uncle, Ed, opened Ed’s Tavern in New Jersey. He had a simple business philosophy. “Give people a fair meal at a fair price and treat them like you’d like to be treated, and they’ll come back.”
It’s become John’s mantra. “I don’t know any other way to run a restaurant,” says John. “I started working at Ed’s Tavern as a teen. I was a dishwasher, bus boy and, eventually, a bartender.”
Back then working in a restaurant was just an easy way for John to make money. Owning one? John never planned to follow that path. He became a union carpenter and eventually moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, Jackie. “Funny side story,” says John. “I’d known Jackie since she was five and I was eleven. She was my sister’s friend, so I never noticed her. Fast-forward seventeen years. I saw her at my house and said, ‘Wow!’ Yeah, we got married about a year later.”
It was while working in Charlotte—as homebuilder’s foreman—that John finally decided to open his own place. He got his Uncle’s blessing to call it Ed’s Tavern and opened it in 2000. “I’ve loved doing this every since,” says John.
In 2005, he moved his family— including his then three-year-old twin boys—to Florida and opened an Ed’s Tavern in Lakewood Ranch. John sold that in 2014 to open Wolves Head Pizza & Wings this March. “The name and location has changed, but my way of doing business is the same,” says John. “Everything is premium quality and made from scratch—from our authentic New Jersey style pizza to our secret recipe Chicken Chili. There’s something on our menu for everyone. We also have 19 draft beers on tap. Whether you’re 21 or 101, you should feel welcome to walk in the door, and bring your family. You will walk out of here satisfied.”
Fantastic Food And A Great Business Owner
Mike and Linda Hudson have known John for years. “We liked John from the moment we met him,” says Linda. He is just the most amazing, hard-working person—a super individual. We know Jackie and the boys, too, and they are all terrific.”
A retired realtor, Linda has met a lot of people, and dealt with a lot of business owners, over the years. “John is the perfect example of what everyone should do to be successful,” says Linda. “He does all the right stuff. He is active in the community and donates his time and money. He makes his customers his friends and does everything to please them, and he serves quality food. John doesn’t cut any corners—everything is fresh and delicious.” Linda suggests trying the Stromboli, Garlic Knots, and Chicken Chili. “They are all the best. Awesome food.”
The Perfect Place For Both Adults And Families
Tina and Steve Weger loved going to Ed’s, so when they heard John was opening a new restaurant, they couldn’t wait to go there. “I think we were there opening week,” says Tina. “ John is so great and personable, he makes everyone his friend, and that makes for very loyal customers. Plus, the food is delicious! There’s so much on the menu. ”
In addition to the terrific food, Tina loves the restaurant’s blended atmosphere. “Adults can relax in the bar area and watch a game, and it’s wonderful for families, too. My son, Jackson, 12, and 16-year old daughter, Alex, both like going there—especially when they have live music or special events.”
Quality Food, Great Prices, Good People
Mike Wolfe, his wife and teenaged daughter come to Wolves Head Pizza & Wings a lot. “Sometimes we eat inside and sometimes we just do carryout, but we go there once or twice a week,” says Mike.
Mike and his family have known John and Jackie since Ed’s. “We liked going there, so we started coming here, just as soon as they opened,” says Mike. “They’re very friendly and family-oriented, so you can count on getting quality food at good prices in a comfortable, casual atmosphere. The whole menu is wonderful and has a lot of variety, plus John keeps expanding it.
Mike says he always recommends the restaurant and constantly brings his friends there, too. “Not only is the food and service terrific, we enjoy supporting a local business. John is constantly doing nice things for the families and people in our community; it’s great to give something back in return. ”
When you saw the sign for Healthy Living Organic & Natural Market, all you wanted to do was grab a smoothie. But once inside, you were hooked. There’s so much there—and it’s all healthy and organic.
You didn’t know where to look at first until Owner and General Manager, Maria Rosabal, came over and offered to help. You told her your health concerns, she gave you options, and explained her store’s mantra: “It’s all about education and empowering people to make the right choice so they can improve their health.”
Your choice was to take Maria’s advice and keep coming back to learn more about diet and nutrition. It’s turned out to be a life-changing decision.
From Managing Money To Helping People Manage Their Health
Maria wasn’t always interested in nutrition; she earned her MBA and spent 25 years as a banker. But when a severe health challenge threatened her family, she needed to make a change.
Maria went back to school. Got certified as a National Health Professional and Nutrition Counselor, a Master Herbalist, and, finally, as a Doctor of Naturopathy—a holistic and natural approach to achieving balance in the body.
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Ahhh! That quintessential question of “Who let the dogs out?” is often followed by “Who’s going to pick up the dog business?” And in the past, the answer was usually you, which stinks! Now, thanks to Doodly Squat Pet Waste Removal, your reconnaissance missions of hunting for dog bombs are over. You get to sit back, relax, and enjoy a clean yard, while Doodly Squat makes sure you don’t have to do diddlysquat.
Ashleigh Silberstein, owner, operator and chief executive “poop-picker-upper” of Doodly Squat Pet Waste Removal knows from experience that being the one who is picking up doggie number two is not most people’s favorite job. So how does she make the task more pleasant?
“Just having the right mindset. I look forward to working outside, because I love the outdoors. And some of my clients live on the water.” She went on to say, “I really like meeting the dogs of my clients.” It is this positive attitude that makes Ashleigh such a treasure to her clients.
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Your party guests are about to arrive, and your house has never looked better. That carpet is cleaner than the day they installed it, and your furniture belongs on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens. Of course, this is how your home always looks after Signa Perry of Pro-Care visits. With three kids and two dogs, you would have never believed “lived in” could look and smell this good. But ever since the first time you called Pro-Care, your home is always ready for company.
“Cleaning With A Woman’s Touch”
Signa Perry may have been a stay-at-home mom, but she was no homebody. “I love taking care of my son, but I need to be active. All my adult life I’ve been an athlete. I did roller derby for years, and I was an MMA fighter—a kick boxer. So, even when I wasn’t working, I had a strong work ethic. If I start a job, I will get that job done, and it will be right. That’s just who I am.”
When not at home with her son, Signa worked with animals and special needs children, so the fighter does have a softer side. “I loved working with kids and animals, and I enjoy people. Honestly, I’m very extroverted, and I’m pretty much always in a good mood.”
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