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All American Auction now on South Main Street

All American Auction has moved from Jake Alexander Boulevard to 520 South Main St.

Dennis Webb reopened his business in October. He and his wife Angela decided to get into the auction business finding that they enjoyed attending auctions and reselling the items on eBay. Webb talked to his father about opening his own auction business and eventually they started auctioning off items out of a storage unit.

Now Webb, Angela and other friends and family who help at the store are in a heated, air-conditioned and handicap-accessible building. They also now have a paved parking lot.

The store gets a truckload of items every two weeks. It takes about three or four days to get set back up after the auction, which happens every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

When the shipment arrives, Webb and the workers at the store go through as many items as they can, noting any damage or issues with the products.

About 80 percent of the items in the store are brand new and were never bought from stores because of damaged packaging. Other items have minor dents and chips.

For items that are missing parts or batteries, Webb will often buy the missing parts or use parts from other damaged products to make the products whole.

Webb said he does not hide any issues with the products and lets customers know if there is something wrong.

All American Auction receives products that have been returned or never purchased from big box stores and end up with items like bicycles, furniture, sporting goods, storage items, entertainment centers and grills. On Thursday, there were a lot of heaters at the store. The products change every week.

Customers are able to get products for at least half of what they would cost in stores.

The workers cannot test every product, but customers are welcome to preview and test the items on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and all day Tuesday until the auction.

Customers can also just buy products on Thursdays and Fridays.

Registration for the auction is free and is open to everyone. Webb encouraged customers to bring their tax identification if they have it and they will keep it on file, but it is not required.

For more information, call 704-798-5509.

Local travel professional earns Certified Travel Associate Designation from the Travel Institute

Beth Benedetto, CTA of Beth’s Travel and Vacations in Salisbury, recently earned the distinguished Certified Travel Associate (CTA) designation from The Travel Institute, the travel industry’s oldest education organization.

The Certified Travel Associate designation is awarded by The Travel Institute to travel professionals who complete a comprehensive exam-based training program, demonstrate extensive industry knowledge and experience and continue to fulfill stringent education credit requirements each year.

The CTA curriculum focuses on the essential skills needed to succeed as a frontline travel counselor – selling, customer service, destinations, niche markets and communication. The CTA is also the first step in earning the coveted Certified Travel Counselor designation.

Benedetto has been a travel counselor for over three years and has sent hundreds of clients on vacation experiences around the world. She specialized in Europe, cruising and independent travel arrangements.

“Earning the elite CTA status not only demonstrates my commitment to life-long learning, but also a commitment to my clients who will be better served because of my increased knowledge and skills,” said Benedetto.

Benedetto has traveled to more than 50 countries and uses her vast travel experiences to help her clients in planning their perfect vacation.

For more information about Beth’s Travel and Vacations and how Benedetto can help travelers plan their next vacation, call 704-990- 5457 or email Benedetto at beth.benedetto@aol.com.

Cabarrus College graduate elected to the North Carolina Board of Nursing

In January, Glenda Parker, FNPC, was sworn in as a board member for the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

Parker, a graduate of Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, is a provider for Minute Clinic and an adjunct faculty member in the Associate Degree Nursing program at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences.

Parker was elected to serve a four-year term as an advanced practice registered nurse.

Parker says she “is honored to serve on the board and looks forward to enhancing her knowledge related to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, leadership, education and future initiatives regarding issues facing nursing, licensure and regulation.”

The North Carolina Board of Nursing is comprised of 14 members charged with implementation of policy and overseeing the activities of the Board of Nursing.

For more information on Cabarrus College, go to www.cabarruscollege.edu. Applications are currently being accepted for fall 2017 admission.

Local Century 21 Towne & Country announces 2016 top producers

Dianne Greene, broker/owner of Century 21 Towne & Country, announced that Cathy Griffin and Jayne Land were top producers for 2016.

Griffin was top producer for the Salisbury office and Lane was top producer for the Concord office.

Griffin and Land were honored by Century 21 Towne & Country at the Speedway Club for their local accomplishments.

Griffin has been the No. 1 agent in all of Rowan County for several years. She will be honored in Myrtle Beach in February for being No. 1 in units for North and South Carolina and in Las Vegas in March for her accomplishments with the Century 21 system.

Land has been the No. 1 agent in the Concord office for several years. She will be honored in Myrtle Beach in February for accomplishments in sales and quality service.

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