Cathy Jett is the assistant business editor at The Free Lance-Star, and specializes in covering the area's retail scene.
A top-shelf career
I was reaching for something on the top shelf of my kitchen cabinets recently when I found a box of cranberry bread mix so old that I had to toss it.
I thought about this today while interviewing P. Allan Young Jr., whose father, the Rev. Paige Young, was pastor of Ferry Farm Baptist Church in Stafford County for many years.
Allan Young grew up in Argyle Heights subdivision in Stafford, where he showed an entrepreneurial spirit even as a mere lad of six. Among other ventures, he used to offer to tape his friends on his dad’s new tape recorder and then charge them to hear their voices.
Today Young is an owner and the CEO of ShelfGenie Franchising Systems Inc., which specializes in custom-made, Baltic birch shelves that glide out with just a touch. The idea is not only make more efficient use of the cabinet space you already have, but to keep everything within easy reach.
In other words, no more overlooked boxes of cranberry bread mix.
I’ll have an article about Young and SelfGenie in Saturday’s business section, but you can also find a wealth of information about the company on its website, www.shelfgenie.com.