Business permits on slow uptick
by Joshua Sharpe
April 14, 2013 12:00 AM | 2405 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Brenton Easley, owner of Cherokee Muffler and Auto Repair in Canton, works on the underside of a vehicle on Friday. The number of business licenses issued for the month of March are on a slow rise from those in February, but they’re still way down when compared to March 2012. <br>Staff/Todd Hull
Brenton Easley, owner of Cherokee Muffler and Auto Repair in Canton, works on the underside of a vehicle on Friday. The number of business licenses issued for the month of March are on a slow rise from those in February, but they’re still way down when compared to March 2012.
Staff/Todd Hull
CANTON — The number of business licenses issued in Cherokee County for the month of March are on a slow rise from those in February, but they’re still way down when compared to March 2012.

March 2013 saw the addition of 125 new businesses to Cherokee County. The same month in 2012, however, welcomed 208. In February of this year, 110 licenses were doled out.

In spite of the slow growth last month, though, Steve Holcomb, president of United Community Bank in Canton, said things could be a lot worse in the slow-mending economy.

“I would not be alarmed at all at this point by a flat trend there,” he said. “Right now, the trends we’re seeing, they are slow recovery trends, but they’re recovery trends.”

And March in general, Holcomb said, can be a month of a lull in business around the country.

One company testing their luck in the still-cloudy business climate in Cherokee County is an automotive exhaust repair shop in Canton.

But Cherokee Muffler and Auto Repair isn’t exactly new to Canton, or even to its location on Reinhardt College Parkway.

The shop first opened its doors in 1987 when David Easley and one of his sons started the Easley family’s work under the name that would eventually lead to another location in Jasper, said another of Easley’s sons, Brenton Easley, who now owns the shop with his wife Angie.

Brenton learned his trade from his father and took over operations in 1996, and the doors stayed open until 2010 when it was not economic troubles but his and Angie’s desire to work closer to home, he said.

They shut down their location in Canton and moved their efforts to the Jasper location, hoping to rent out the Canton shop to another company.

And they did, Brenton said, but soon the down-trending economy caught up with them when their tenants couldn’t pay the rent and had to move out.

After the tenant closed up, the Easleys decided to come back to Canton and re-open their original shop, still keeping their new location in Jasper open, Brenton said.

Since opening back up in early March, Brenton said, business has been good, or at least good enough to keep him, the shop’s lone employee, busy.

Now he said he has about five different jobs per day.

“It’s good,” he said, “but it could be better. It used to be about 30 or 40 jobs a day (when the shop was open before).”

Brenton said he attributes the economy and being out of the area for more than two years to the low numbers, but he hopes soon things will pick up enough to hire on a few more employees and get his shop back to four employees as it was before it shut down in 2010.

Until then, Brenton said, it’s just him and his now retired father who stops in to lend a hand in between rides on his Harley Davidson.

Here is a list of newly licensed businesses in Cherokee County:

Blossoms of Elegance, LLC

M & O Enterprise

Lofton G. McDonald (Market Dealer)

GFRG Consultants, LLC

Magic Touch King, LLC

Bell BridgeMill

Franklin Pietraszuk

Paul Crowder CORP.

Awog Systems, LLC

Bobby Henson Heating & Air, LLC

Amplify Creative, LLC

Renaissance Building and Remodeling, LLC

J. Becker Electric, LLC

Preferred Auto Buyers Consulting, LLC

Shannon Ashe (Market Dealer)

RAC Acceptance, LLC

CSS Garage Doors, INC

TCM Securities, Inc.

Elite Tile

Green Bros. Earth Works, Inc.

Advanced Utility Consulting Services, Inc.

Dzyuba Consulting Inc.

McColley Systems Software, INC.

Hawk-Eye REO Renovations, LLC

SCL3 Adventures, LLC

Carrie Reagan Photography


Share Captured Memories

JMD Sports Management L.L.C.

MRE Designs LLC

Everett Guitars, LLC

Allen Singleton Landscaping

ML Sunderhaus Services, INC

Tinker Thinker Games, Inc.

USA-MEX Services

El Paisano Auto Sales

A Nail Affair II

Bailey’s Choice

Shelby Jones Home Repairs

Atlanta Quality Doors, L.L.C.

Angles In Motions, LLC

Improvement Solutions, Inc.

Woods Cleaning Service

R Payne Home Improvements

Bill Poythress Casework

Bel-Isle Renovations, LLC

Ascend Service, Inc.

T.R.I. Bakery L.L.C


Michael Kenny (Market Dealer)

Celebrate With Expression

Bailey Financial Organizers, LLC

Prestige Pest Control, LLC

Inside Out Wellness Coaching

Ray of Sunshine Cleaning

Crown Disaster Management, Inc.

Silver Creek Outfitters Ga.

Antero Fine Art Photography

Ramshiv, INC.

David Martin Enterprises, Inc.

Julie Robinson (Market Dealer)

Man Cave Designs

DL Murphy & Associates, LLC

JoMac Scrub Outfitters, Inc.

Gloria Kimmons (Market Dealer)

W.S. Lathem Properties, LLC


Cruz Outdoor Services

OneMain Financial, Inc.

Life Well Lived Services, INC.

The Law Office of C. Mark Anderson, P.C.

GSP Janitorial INC.

Cherokee Cooler Installations, LLC

Cedentrix, LLC

B&E Skilled Services Inc.

Acadia Group, LLC

Lori Rachelle Goering (Market Dealer)

BayMorr Pest Solutions LLC


Encompos Software, INC.

Kallianos MD, George Angelos

Ahmed MD, Absar

Perfect Homes Remodeling

Systematic Services INC.

Diva Nails


Which Wich

Fine Image LLC

COS Medical Supplies

Stylos Nueva Imagen Hair Salon

Holly Springs:

Full Service Restoration

Seriously Southern Entertainment

Eurocraft Home Decor

Stickman Coffee LLC

Your Royal Sweetness

First Things First Enterprises

Mama Sweet and Company

Covenant of Peace Ministries INC

Gideon Construction Services


Paragon Accounting & Tax Solutions, LLC

Atlanta Packing Pros, LLC

The Sanctuary on Main

LC Cleaning, LLC

Trendtech Emporium, LLC

Peerson Windows, LLC

El Mesquite Restaurant & Nightclub

Tiberio Retail Group LLC


Reformation Brewery, LLC

Alfa Driving School, LLC

Hilt Performance Systems, LLC

Raines Renovations

Lopez Car Wash

Abba Daddy, LLC

Cheeseburger Bobby’s

Corblu Ecology Group, LLC

H3 Media Agency, LLC

Invisible Fence by Peachtree, LLC

Tidal Wave Response, LLC

Huminska’s Anioly, Inc

Disaster Response Team, LLC

Alternative Waste Solutions

Ball Ground:

Ball Ground Barber Shop LLC

Lucky One’s Trucking, Inc.

Robinson Arms

The cities of Nelson and Waleska issued no permits.
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