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Retail Notebook: Kinston Dance Academy, Two Amigos, Carolina Breast Imaging

August 1, 2014

By Margaret Fisher, The Free Press, Kinston, N.C.



Aug. 01--Jan McKenrick started dancing at an early age and has owned a dance studio in Kinston since 1992.

"I've been dancing since I was 3," she said, "so dance is a huge part of my life."

Starting with ballet and tap, she progressed through the years, taking different types of dance classes.

"My true passion started when I was about 13 or 14," McKenrick said.

However, after graduating from Kinston High School in 1986, the daughter of Floyd Jr. and Barbara Smith of Kinston went on to major, not in dance, but in commercial art.

But art was more of a hobby to her and McKenrick quickly changed her major to psychology, with a minor in dance, with the intention of making dance therapy her career.

Love got in the way of her plans to work as a dancer on cruise ships. Rod McKenrick from Goldsboro proposed and she decided to marry him and stay in Kinston.

After earning her degree at ECU in 1991, she opened Kinston Dance Academy the following year at Kinston Plaza Shopping Center.

Nearly 20 years of successful business passed, and McKenrick found out about three commercial suites that had been vacant for 13 years. The combined renovated space ended up being larger and more convenient for where her students reside.

In September 2012, she opened the doors at Village Square Shopping Center. She employs three teachers.

The academy offers ballet, tap jazz, lyrical, acrobatics, point, modern, hip hop and combination tap for ages 3 to adult. She also has private classes, summer programs, dance intensives, women's self-defense and the KDA Company Dancers.

"That's for students who are looking for a more intensive study of dance and performance opportunities," she said about the dance company, which performs and competes.

McKenrick said the joy of sharing her passion and watching the children's success is what is meaningful to her.

"I enjoy watching my children grow," she said. "I don't feel like I work a day because I enjoy what I do so much."

Kinston Dance Academy, 1136 U.S. 258 N., is open from 4-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For information, call 252-523-1994.

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Jeff Stephens and Felipe Bravo opened Two Amigos, a heating, ventilation and air conditioning business, on April 1.

They feature a low $49 service call no matter what day or time for repairs of all makes and models.

"We wanted to have a more affordable way for people to get their air conditioning fixed," Bravo said.

Stephens said, "It's really not the customers' fault when their system breaks down."

Repair work comes with a 90-day warranty, but customers can purchase up to a two-year warranty package.

They also replace HVAC units.

The two owners bring more than 30 years combined experience to the business.

Stephens, a Kinston native, graduated from North Lenoir High School in 1986. He trained with the Air Force Reserves, earning an associate of science degree in electrical mechanic technology through the Air Force Community College.

He's worked a number of years at local HVAC companies. He started the business following his retirement from the Reserves.

Felipe Bravo is from Mexico City, Mexico. After living in Texas, he spent the last 25 years in North Carolina. Later, he began augmenting his farming income with HVAC work.

"I've been doing it for 15, maybe 18, years all together," Bravo said about HVAC repairs and installations.

Bravo's fluent Spanish meets the needs of the large Hispanic population in the area.

Two Amigos is based at 5939 U.S. 70 East, Dover, in Jones County. For information, call 252-522-0036.

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Area residents now have a radiology center that specializes in breast imaging, and excellence.

Carolina Breast Imaging Specialists, which opened in November in Greenville, has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

The uniqueness of the Greenville facility is that it caters to providing specialized services in a "comforting" environment, said Dr. Bruce Schroeder, the center's medical director.

"(The excellence designation is) an acknowledgement that shows that we are dedicated to providing the best of care," he said.

The ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound, including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that the facility has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

Schroeder said there are only two specialized centers in the state, including one in Greensboro.

Early detection of breast cancer while providing patients with state-of-the-art care is a priority.

Walk-ins and same-day appointments for screenings are accepted. The staff will transfer previous records with your signature.

Carolina Breast Imaging Specialists, 990 Johns Hopkins Drive, Greenville, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call 252-565-8951.

Margaret Fisher can be reached at 252-559-1082 or Margaret.Fisher@Kinston.com. Follow her on Twitter @MargaretFishr.

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