The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

March 18, 2013

Business, family work hand-in-hand

BY MARY KAY SWEIKAR
Commercial-News

DANVILLE — Shane and Patti Myers of Danville are gladly meeting the challenges of operating a growing business and raising a family at the same time. They live in Danville with their daughters, Aniston, 10, and Ella, 7.

The couple opened Myers Flooring Center at 802 N. Vermilion St. in November 2011. “Our business took off right away and it hasn’t slowed down since,” Shane said.

“We feel so blessed,” Patti added, “and we appreciate the support that the people in the area have given us since we opened our store.”

The couple said they never worked so many long days until they launched their own business, but in their opinion, it’s all been worth it.

”Opening this store was the best jump that we’ve ever taken in our lives,” Shane said.

After working a full day in the shop, Shane often goes to three or four homes or businesses at night to take floor measurements. Sometimes Patti and the girls ride along with him.

“We like to do everything together as a family,” Patti said.

Shane is a veteran carpet installer, having worked in the business since he was 17 years old.

“I learned the trade from my father who was in the business,” he said, “and I always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to open my own store someday.”

Patti is a vivacious mom with a flair for decorating, and her bubbly personality is infectious.

“She is a natural at handling the sales end of the business,” Shane said.

Before opening their business, Patti was a stay-at-home mom. Before that, she worked for several years at the Bismarck Post Office.

Recently, the Myerses hired their first employee — Juli Busby — to help with their increasing workload.

“She has been a godsend,” Patti said. “She has actually given Shane and me some free time to attend a couple of flooring conventions out of town.”

Shane and Patti think it’s important to make their storefront attractive for passersby on Vermilion Street. Shane’s mother, Diana Myers, planted a colorful display of blooming flowers in front of the store last summer. That display won second place in the business category of the city-wide Make It Bloom contest, sponsored by the Danville Garden Club.

“Mom already has the store front flower garden plans laid out for this coming summer,” Shane said.

Church family

The Myers family went shopping for a church a couple of years ago and found the Life Church on Bowman Avenue to be a perfect fit.

“We love this church, because everybody in the family gets something out of it,” Patti said.

“There’s lots of energy, and it especially appeals to young families like us,” she added. “We have a good pastor, and we like the small group discussions and activities for the kids. Our church is really like another family to us.”

Leisure time

Shane likes to fish and hunt, and his older daughter Aniston is usually right beside him, participating in the given sport. She was excited to have bagged her first deer this past fall.

“It was really a doe, but it looked as big as a buck,” she said.

Aniston will accompany her dad to a bass tournament this April in Newton, and they will fish from his boat.

“She’s a real sportsman,” her dad said.

Although they all ride together to some of these outdoor sporting events, Ella opts to hang out with her mom, and they traditionally go shopping at a nearby mall.

“Ella is my girly girl,” Patti said. It’s not unusual to see her younger daughter stylishly dressed with silver boots and a cropped silver jacket.

Both girls are straight-A students at Bismarck-Henning Elementary School, where Ella is in first grade and Aniston is in fourth grade.

Aniston plays softball, and Ella is eager to begin gymnastics lessons at Midwest Gymnastics. Both girls enjoy swimming at Turtle Run pool in the summertime.

A fun evening out for Shane and Patti includes attending the Bismarck Men’s Club bingo games and raffle that’s held once a month. “It might sound corny,” Patti said, “but there are a lot of people our age who show up, and we have lots of fun together.”

Family matters

Patti feels it’s wonderful to live so close to both her parents — Darryl and Kathy Moss of Bismarck — and Shane’s parents — Don and Diana Myers of Danville.

“They’re a big help with everything,” she said. In fact, Shane, along with the help of their two fathers, built their current house 14 years ago.

Shane grew up in Danville, and Patti grew up in Bismarck. They met when they both worked at the Big R Store on North Vermilion. They were married on July 4, 1998, so they traditionally host a double celebration at their home on Independence Day.

Shane said, “When it comes to our businesses, customer service comes first. And that’s one advantage of owning your own business. You can run it the way you know it should be run.”

Most of their work through the store has been replacement commercial work, but new construction is picking up, according to Shane. “We see a real turn for the better in the local economy,” he added. “We’re also happy to see all these new stores coming to Danville.”

Myers Flooring Center is a full-service retail store. It sells and installs hardwood, ceramic, carpeting, laminate, back splashes, and custom showers.