Dave and Kim Ameden, proud owners of Dave Ameden Floor Care and Kim’s Country Corner, two new Indian Lake businesses at the intersection of Routes 28 and 30.
There seems to be a growing list of new businesses in Indian Lake. The latest of these are two headed-up by the husband and wife team of Dave and Kim Ameden. Both are located at the Intersection of Routes 28 and 30 on the corner directly across Rt. 28 from Pines Store. Both businesses share a showroom in the building.
Dave Ameden Floor Care
Dave started his career in the flooring business in 1987, working for Pete Hutchins’ floor care business. Dave built the foundations for his expertise during those 5 to 6 years of working for Hutchins until he was moved by the entrepreneurial spirit to go out on his own. Dave opened his first floor care business in Speculator and built it into a success. He eventually sold the business and is now filling the void Pete Hutchins’ passing has left. As the only flooring company in Hamilton County Dave is fully focused on the new Indian Lake operation.
Dave Ameden Floor Care offers a full line of floor coverings through the showroom on Routes 28 and 30 including the sale, installation, maintenance and renovation of ceramic tile, hardwood flooring, laminates, vinyl and carpet. Dave makes a specific point of the fact that his services include carpet cleaning, hardwood floor sanding and refinishing, commercial floor maintenance and restoration of flooring after water remediation. Beyond flooring, the company also custom designs and installs many tile showers. “We can design and build showers of any size and shape using different tiles and inserts. Many are designed to include all sorts of built-ins and types of seating—something the ladies like to have when shaving their legs,” remarks Ameden.
Currently the floor care business employees one person, Kenney Walters, in addition to Dave. “We are pretty busy right now, but as any new business we have to be very careful with the timing of expansion. We are going to try to get through the winter with the current staffing and perhaps in the spring of 2014 have the business to a point that we could comfortably carry some additional employees.” In that regard, Dave is now beginning to reestablish old relationships with contacts from his previous Speculator business. When asked where most of his business comes from, Dave highlights the importance of having good relationships with local contractors and that a good amount of his business is generated by word-of-mouth references from happy customers.
Dave can be reached via his hard line at (518) 648-5717; his cell (518) 524-7213 and by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The flooring showroom is open from Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Kim’s Country Corner
Gifts, primitives and home décor are the focus of this new resource for warming up a home. Kim Ameden’s business shares the showroom with Dave’s floor care business, making the opportunity to get decorative ideas and purchase items that enhance the home along with the flooring. Currently, the inventory focuses on primitives such as stands, shelves, pictures, florals, candles and plates. The items are displayed around the showroom offering design ideas to those visiting. There are plans for expansion into other offerings such as local handcrafted items as the business grows, but physical room is the current limiting factor. As next spring unfolds there may be opportunity and interest in expanding the physical size of the business into other areas of the building. Kim makes a point of the fact that she will definitely be offering an additional service of gift-wrapping starting with this holiday season and continuing year-round.
“The Moose Festival was great for business”, remarks Kim. “Local places to stay sent customers down to the shop and local that have camp in the area came in to shop.”
There are plans to coordinate sales with the various events throughout the year. The next event is the Country Christmas Tour and Kim is in the planning phase for her business specials connected with this event.
Currently, Kim and her mother-in-law, Marian are the two employees for Kim’s Country Corner. Getting the business off the ground was really a bootstrap effort. The owner of the building provided the materials, but the family, with the help of friends, did all the construction work and installation making the showroom and shop space possible in a timely and economical fashion. Both Kim and Dave want to recognize all those family members and friends who made the showroom possible through their time and hard work.
Kim’s Country Corner can be reached by telephone at 648-5717 and the shop is open from Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM year-round.
As with all the businesses in town, it is vital that the local community come out and support these entrepreneurs who are contributing to the enrichment of the Town of Indian Lake and for the convenience of its citizens at the risk of much hard work and financial investments.