Steve’s Tag & Title Small Business Spotlight Welcome to GEM104’s Small Business Spotlight, where we sit down and talk with local small business from our listening area. This is one of my personal favorite features of the GEM104 website because it gives GEM104 the chance to tell the story from “behind the scenes”. I had the pleasure to sit down with Steve Thomas, the owner of Steve’s Title & Tag located 221 W Tioga Street, Tunkhannock, PA 18657 across from the Tunkhannock Library. Steve has a very interesting story to tell. Steve has been a Tunkhannock resident his whole life and takes immense pride in being a Tunkhannock native. Steve served in the United States Navy for 27 years, retiring in 2005 as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. When Steve was in the Navy reserves in Philadelphia, he noticed that there were title & tag services all over the Philadelphia area, however, back home in Tunkhannock, his community did not have this service available to its residents. In 1984, when Steve returned home from the Navy Reserves, he started a title & tag service to go along with the family business, Kintner Insurance, which his grandfather had started by in 1948. After 15 years of running his title and tag business out of Kintner Insurance, he merged with another service. However, January 2nd 2017, Steve decided to open his own Title and Tag service. Steve and his family hold an immense pride for our country as well as our military service. This along with his integrity, knowledge, and honesty is what he brings to Steve’s Title and Tag. Providing Insurance sales, notary services including title transfers, vehicle registration, apportioned registration, and more serving throughout the Tunkhannock and surrounding areas. So, the next time you need your vehicle registered, a notary service taken care of, or just have a question, stop in to Steve’s Title and Tag, located 221 W Tioga Street, Tunkhannock, PA 18657 or visit him on Facebook.
May 23, 2017
Welcome to GEM104's new feature called Small Business Spotlight, where we talk with successful small businesses from around the area. I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Michael Starzec owner of Starzec Builders, LLC. Mike has lived in the Tunkhannock Area his whole li fe with his parents Edward and Jean along with his two sisters Sarah and Katie. Mike enjoys spending time with his family making memories, and just enjoying life. Starzec Builders, LLC is a Full Service Residential and Commercial Construction Company that offers a wide variety of services. Starzec Builders, LLC offers a step by step program to make your dream home a reality. Mike states “I believe as a General Contractor it is important to get to know the people we are working with so both parties are informed and on track, making the home building process as easy and stress free as possible. Not only do we want to ensure that your dream home is up to standard, we want to make sure that it is fully functional for your independent needs insuring that you are happy for many years to come. This requires attention to details in every aspect of the job and unsurpassed communication, both of which we pride ourselves in doing.” Starzec Builders, LLC holds that motto to be true in every job they do. Starzec Builders, LLC can handle any job whether it be building your dream home, remodeling a room or the whole house, adding an addition to give your family more space, putting on that dream deck you have always wanted or replacing the roof on your home. When talking with Mike about his construction company it becomes very apparent that construction is his passion and he treats his team of employees and sub-contractors as family. To learn more about Starzec Builders and to see picture of their work or to schedule your free estimate go to their newly designed website at or call 570-836-5975. Dora Bennett
May 15, 2017
Jason’s Main Street Barbershop Despite his never ending goal to become a rock star and the countless jobs such as short order cook, delivery driver, landscaper and roofer, Jason Welles finally found his true niche in his mid thirty’s and became a barber. Having a friend that was a successful barber and truly enjoyed his work inspired Jason to go to barber school and try his hand at a new career. After eleven years, there has not been one day that he has not enjoyed his new occupation. Jason was “born to be a barber”. After years of working for other multi chair barbershops and opening two small shops with a partner, Jason decided it was time to open his own shop. With a handful of credit cards for equipment and not knowing what the future would hold, he took a chance on an opportunity to open his own shop on Main Street in Luzerne. With hard work and a passion for his business, it has proven to be more successful than ever. Jason has recently won the best barber category for 2017 in the weekender. Jason enjoys serving the community to give them the best barber experience he possibly can. Barbering truly is Jason’s passion in life. His customers are from all walks of life, from young to old and from many different ethnic backgrounds. What separates him from the competition in the barber industry is that he is truly a barber and practices traditional barber skills such as hot lather straight razor shaves that only a barber can give. Looking back, Jason wishes he had taken the chance and opened his own shop from the start, as many of his customers advised. But, in the end everything has turned out for the best. If you are looking for a haircut or a shave, including gentleman's cuts, flat tops, buzz cuts, beards or fades, from a real barber, visit Jason’s Main Street Barbershop at 190 Main Street in Luzerne. He is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 to 5:30 and Saturdays 11:00 to 3:00. It is easy to see the passion that Jason has for his business. He enjoys every customer that walks through the door and focuses on each one to ensure the best experience possible. Visit Their Facebook Here Visit Their website Here -Doug Taylor
May 09, 2017
n 1870, approximately a dozen individuals who shared an amazing belief joined together and founded St. Peter’s Free Church which meant no pew rental fee. The first worship space that was available was in a saloon, then moving to the third story of the Opera House. A short four years later, in 1874, as the congregation grew through God’s blessing, they moved to their first building on Second Street, from there moving to the building that was located on Route 6 on the banks of Tunkhannock Creek. However, this building flooded multiple times and was finally deemed unusable in 2004. Still resolute in their beliefs and fellowship, the congregation worshiped in the former shoe store next to Rite Aid from 2004-2010.Taking a risk and with God’s guidance, they built a new building, located at 3832 Sr6, Tunkhannock, in which many groups in the community have found a home. This building being on higher ground is made of 5 modular units, and has multi-purpose space throughout the building. The Sanctuary, being the largest room of them all, is used for worship, prayer, labyrinth, healing, community speakers, yoga, and drumming. Just below that is the Undercroft (an Episcopal/Anglican name for downstairs), where there are many meetings and community groups such as AA, Weight Watchers, SMART Recovery, Tai Chi and chiropractic service. In the winter, there is an Organic Farmers Market along with a Plant based Eating Group. In summer, there is Peace Camp and Music Camp. An organic, community garden is located on the outside. Our parishioners are someone searching for meaning in life, prayer, love or just something as simple as a hug. All though currently, the congregations is a small one, we invite individuals one at a time to visit, to see how it feels and be embraced by God’s love. St. Peter’s is known for Healing and we offer public healing services as follows: The first Sunday of each month at 6:00pm, at the Tunkhannock Manor. The first Tuesday of each month at 4:00 pm and third Thursday at 11:00 am, at the Gardens (formerly Golden Living). At the church, located at 3832 Sr6, Tunkhannock, on the third Sunday during worship at 11:15 am. Give us a call or visit for Healing and fellowship, or, just for that hug and May God’s love touch you today. Visit Their Website Visit them on Facebook
May 01, 2017
In September 2010, Bill Shoener opened a local franchise of House Doctors of NEPA. He ran a local franchise for almost 6 years. He graduated from Millersville University and holds Bachelor of Science in Technology Education along with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Building Construction Technology. He has had several years of experience as a handyman on residential remodeling. Four years ago, he decided to start specializing in home modifications and handicap accessibility. He found this portion of their business to be very rewarding. It filled a need that he felt the community was missing. Bill knew it was time to go out on his own. With his background and experience, he knew he wanted to start his own business. So, he opened Home Care of Pennsylvania. “We are happy with how far we have come and we just want to focus on continual growth.” However, specializing in home modifications and handicap accessibility, dealing with state funding is more complicated than billing a customer. “I am able to satisfy a need for the community and feel it is fulfilling to be able to help our customers regain independence in their own home.” He feels his customers are someone that wants to be able to trust the handyman that comes into their home and know he will do a good job. They range from someone that needs their gutter cleaned, to the person that needs a handicap accessible bathroom, and anyone that has a need for something to be fixed or updated without the ability to do it themselves. Bill Shoener feels honesty and dependability is what Home Care of Pennsylvania pride themselves on, along with being upfront with their customers and offering the best options to satisfy their budget. “We also stand by our work and make sure our customers are happy with the job we have done. We treat your home as if it were our own.” For your safety needs, Home Care of Pennsylvania can install indoor/outdoor ramp, stair glides along with bathroom modifications. They also provide Professional Handyman services such as deck building, deck maintenance, custom flooring installation and gutter cleaning. Take a moment and visit the website www.homecarepenn.com , then stop in at Home care of Pennsylvania located at 239 Main Street, Suite 301, Dickson City, Pa, and meet with Bill Shoener and see what he can do for you.
Apr 17, 2017
VILLAGE PET SUPPLIES & GIFTS Welcome to GEM104.com's new feature called GEM Small Business Spotlight, where we will talk with successful small businesses from around the area. I recently had the pleasure of talking with Brenda Bartlett, owner of Village Pet Supplies & Gifts. Brenda had the good fortune to being born into a family of pet lovers and has been surrounded by pets her whole life and truly believes life would be empty without them. 14 years ago, while walking her dog each day through Nanticoke, it occurred to Brenda that there were a lot of pet loving people in town and yet there wasn’t a local pet supply store. Brenda started researching demographics to see if the area would benefit from a pet supply store and attended seminars given by the Small Business Association. With an eye on an empty store front in Hanover Twp. on the Sans Souci Parkway, she decided to make this the home of Village Pet Supplies & Gifts. Brenda opened on a shoestring budget using credit cards and getting as much display shelving as possible through the food manufactures. By 2011, Brenda’s business had grown quickly and steadily for 8 years, Until Hurricane Irene hit and her business was lost to the flood waters in a matter of hours. She loaded as much of the store’s product into a tractor trailer that her landlord was kind enough to loan her. So Brenda had a truck with some product but no way to get her specialty foods to her customers. She felt she absolutely could not fail her customers and their pets. They had been loyal to her, now it was her turn to be loyal to them. One of her biggest distributors, Natural Animal Nutrition, rented her a Penske truck to park in the store lot after the flood mud was cleared away. She did not have everything her customers wanted but did have their pet foods and some treats. Her customers were grateful she was there and Brenda was grateful that they came. While sitting in her car in the mud-covered parking lot a couple of days after the flood, watching two men in hazmat suits start the demolition, the landlord asked her if she wanted him to take down the wall that would double her store size. Brenda thought she must be crazy when she heard herself say “yes”. Having no idea how long it would take until she could reopen and whether she would be able to regain her pre-flood level of success, this turned out to be the right decision. They were out of the building for 3 ½ months and started moving back in the Friday before Thanksgiving. Determined not to let her customers down Brenda refused to close during the rebuild. Brenda stuck the cash register on a folding table and helped people find what they needed in boxes and on pallets. Now, after not only surviving the flood, Village Pet Supplies and Gifts continues to grow and Brenda would not want to do anything differently. Her customers are people who truly make their pets members of the family - “Fur kids.” There are customers who understand the value of purchasing high quality foods for themselves and understand “we are what we eat” so they seek out the safest, highest quality foods for their fur kids. There are also customers who don’t fully understand how to select a pet food, so when their pet develops a health issue such as itching, hair loss, diabetes and other issues they come to Village Pet Supplies & Gifts so they can help. They are knowledgeable, informed and happy to answer questions. While other stores can tell you what aisle an item is in, they can help you pick out the right item or food based on exactly what is going on with your pet. I was impressed with not only the variety of items and foods at Village Pet Supplies & Gifts, but also with the knowledge and passion Brenda and her staff have for our “fur kids”. -Doug Taylor Visit Them On Facebook
Mar 23, 2017
Welcome to GEM104.com's new feature called GEM Small Business Spotlight, where we will talk with successful small businesses from around the area. I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Nick Perez of Perez Design Build Remodel. For over 34 years, Perez Design Build Remodel has helped clients in Northeast Pennsylvania build their dreams. Nick has been in the construction field since 1968 and finally started his own business in 1983. Perez Design Build Remodel offers full residential remodeling services, including design, install and service, as well as a full range of quality products to enhance the design process. In 2005, Nick decided to open an actual showroom to serve his clients even better. In 2011, the business moved to it’s current location at 611 South State Street in Clarks Summit PA. Stop in during business hours Monday through Friday from 9 to 5 or Saturday from 10 to 4 to see this state of the art showroom. With a professional and qualified staff to help you from initial concept to 3D imaging, a full design center, to the completion of your project, you’ll feel confident in all your choices. Create a home that you love. And create it with confidence. Perez Design Build Remodel will be there for you every step of the way. - Kellie Faigle Listen to the interview with Perez Design Build Remodel ↓Here↓
Feb 28, 2017
HoundHouse Grooming LLC Gem 104 would like to introduce you to Kirsten Gilpin who is the owner of HoundHouse Grooming, LLC in Tunkhannock Pa. Kirsten is a graduate of Tunkhannock High School and has lived in this area her whole life. After graduating high school Kirsten went to the Rochester Institute of Dog Grooming where she graduated in 2015 with certificates in All Breed Grooming, Shop Management, and Pet First Aid. At the young age of 19 Kirsten opened a shop in her parent’s basement little did she know then that her adventure had just began. On August 12th 2016 at the age of 21 Kirsten opened HoundHouse Grooming, LLC at 197 E. Tioga Street in Tunkhannock, thus making Kirsten one of the youngest business owners in Tunkhannock to date. Stop in and say hello to Kirsten Tuesday thru Saturday at HoundHouse Grooming, take a walk around her shop or browse her mini boutique.
Jan 19, 2017