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 Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass. 1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links. 1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned. 1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today. 1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.