NAME OF BUSINESS: LCV Company — Greek & Mediterranean Grocery
PROPRIETORS: Lambros and Lisa Mihalopoulos
BUSINESS ADDRESS: 919 15th Ave, East Moline
TELEPHONE NUMBER: (309) 738-6452. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday.
TYPE OF BUSINESS: Specialty grocery — Greek and Mediterranean food. Offering everything from extra virgin olive oil imported from Lambros' village in Greece to olives, a variety of Greek cheeses, Greek pasta, spices, gyro products, pastitsio, moussaka, spanakopita and tiroptia items, and Halal products.
WHEN BUSINESS OPENED: Oct. 1
WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? LCV Company is a wholesale distributor of Greek and Mediterranean products. We had requests from customers and friends for retail-size cheese and gyro products.
WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? Remodeled existing space into offices, and the extra space became the grocery.
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST HURDLE YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?Selecting the retail inventory to meet everyone's needs.
IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? No. We've had LCV Company — wholesale division since 2000.
TO WHOM DID YOU GO FOR ADVICE? My customers and friends.
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2013. There are 21 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: We give "the government" the benefit of our circulation free of charge, for two advertisements for mules, horses and forage. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The official board of the First Methodist Church voted to build a new church. 1913 -- 100 years ago: W.A. Reid was elected commander of Siboney Bay Camp No. 8, United Spanish War Veterans. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Blanche S. Osborne, of Rock Island, is the only woman in the city who is a member of the American Legion. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Rocket Barbershop Chorus, under the direction of Howard Mesecher, will present a concert of barbershop songs at the December meeting of the Woman's Club of Moline at 2 Saturday afternoon in Scottish Rite Cathedral. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Helen A. Stone, of Moline, traded her organ's bench for a seat in the pew when she retired as church organist of Union Congregational Church, Moline, recently. She's been playing either piano or organ for the church for 61 years.