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Ed and Sons Auto Glass
Michael Woods, owner of Ed and Sons AutoGlass, Inc., says one thing he’s learned about running a business is how you interact with patrons.
“You treat your customers like family,” he said.
Woods has spent 42 years working at Ed and Sons, which has been in town 55 years.
“My father started this business and as a young child I learned the business,” he said.
According to Woods, what makes his business unique is that it is family owned and operated.
While he does not hold a position in the MSBA, Woods’ wife, Lisa, attends meetings.
“She enjoys learning from other town business members,” he said.
“[It’s a] great town to be in business,” Michael added.
Asked what the greatest challenge the Maple Shade Business Association faces, he replied “the current pandemic.”
A lifelong Shader (58 years), Michael is a graduate of Maple Shade High School who said spending “time with my family” is what he likes to do when he’s not working.
619 E. Main Street Maple Shade NJ 08052
Owner and creative director at Amped to Dance Dana Marie Randolph said the most important thing she’s learned when it comes to business is persistence.
“Never give up,” she said. “Even when enrollment is low and quotas are missed as long as I keep believing and working towards the vision everything will work out.
“I can’t give up because there is no plan B,” Randolph added. “I must continue to put everything I have in making the dream I have a reality.”
Amped to Dance opened in Maple Shade in July of this year.
“I’ve been professionally training in various styles of dance since the age four,” Randolph said. “After years of teaching at community centers in Philadelphia my passion for music, movement, and teaching collided together as the vision of helping people express themselves through dance came to life.”
So, what’s unique about her business?
“Amped to Dance is the dance studio where passion meets movement,” Randolph said. “We pride ourselves on fostering self-confidence and creativity through dance in each and every person we encounter.
“Amped to Dance is more than a business, even more than a dance school,” she added. “We are a place that encourages self-expression, healing, and love through creative arts.”
Randolph said she would recommend Maple Shade to someone looking to open a business here “because the town is very welcoming.” Also, she said It was a fairly simple process to get started.
She said it has been pleasant being a member of the Maple Shade Business Association.
“I am a member of MSBA because I’d like to learn and grow as a business owner in this town,” Randolph said. “I want to ensure the success of my business and what better way to be a part of a community of like-minded people.
“There are also so many qualities that I possess that may meet the needs of my fellow business owners,” she added.
Randolph grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Temple University with a BA in communications and Lincoln University with a MEd degree.
She said she and her family have lived in Maple Shade since May 2019.
In her spare time, Randolph enjoys spending quality, “silly” time with her family, exploring new restaurants, reading, and writing.