On this weeks Radio Show / Podcast: Penny sits down with Cynthia Heathcoe, owner of Contemporary Living Home Furnishing Store in Downtown at The Gardens. Living in a homeless shelter just 15 short years ago with her 6 children, Cynthia is a true American success story! Listen in as she shares her tribulations; Life as a single mother; and how she pulled it all together to become an entrepreneur — joining her today are Paragon Florida’s President, Pamela Stewart and Board Chair, Thais Sullivan.
The shadow of “Black Friday” looms largely for “Mom and Pop” store owners who have found a way to compete for your holiday dollars.
Friday night, small business owners put the finishing touches on their stores and restaurants in anticipation of crowds turning out for “Small Business Saturday.”
It’s been 17 years since Cynthia Heathcoe spent the holidays in a homeless shelter with her 3-week-old son, but she hasn’t forgotten what that felt like.
Now she’s the CEO of the Contemporary Living furniture store at Downtown at the Gardens. She’s using her business to help other people who find themselves in the same situation she did so many years ago.
A local business owner is giving back to the community that has given her so much. Owner of Contemporary Living Furniture store Cynthia Heathcoe stopped by WPBF 25 News at 9 to talk about the Make a House a Home open house event.
Cynthia Heathcoe, owner of Contemporary Living at Downtown at The Gardens, opened her showroom in March 2014, and says the furniture industry is in the midst of a strong movement toward contemporary design.
“One of the main things people love about the showroom is the pops of color,” Heathcoe said. “People don’t want heavy and overdone any more.”
For some of us, the holiday season is a chance to spend time with family. For others, it can be a painful reminder of the changes we need to make in our life.
But a local business owner is giving the homeless a little hope during the holidays.
Even when she moved her family into a homeless shelter, Cynthia Heathcoe never gave up on herself. Today she owns her own home furnishings store.
Cynthia Heathcoe remembers the nightly ritual of opening the window at the homeless shelter, trying to coax a breeze inside for her family. Unfortunately any air that entered also brought in the stench from the crematorium across an empty lot. Heathcoe will never forget the smell. And truth be told, she never wants to.
Acreage residents Cynthia and Robert Heathcoe invite residents of the western communities to visit their Contemporary Living store, which opened in March 2014 in Downtown at the Gardens.
Contemporary Living is filled with mid-priced, high-styled furniture. The emphasis is on clean lines, customization and personalized design. The husband-and-wife duo work together to provide superior furniture selections and customer service that clients will not find at big box stores. When customers arrive, they are greeted and made to feel like part of the family.
Starting a business can be a risky move, but one organization in our area is now offering free assistance to start-ups and small businesses.
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Imagine having 20 percent more work done each day — sounds like a no-brainer. Our experts weigh in on how to keep employees happy and engaged at work.