KUSH Business Spotlight Guest Lisa Cartmell
Photo by Donna JuddAngela Vaughn (left) with guest Lisa Cartmell
When you are my guest on the Business Spotlight, it's pretty much understood, that I am going to delve into your personal life, ending with the ultimate - "do you play golf?" and "do you have grandchildren?" (my two great passions). This interview was very...informative! Lisa is NOT her REAL name! It is Harvant. Lisa liked the name Lisa, so that was all there was to it!
Lisa and Rich Cartmell opened Bargain Hunters, a type of recovered merchandise returns from other department stores over 11 years ago in February of 1998. Though they are no longer married to one another, they remain very close friends and business partners. And further more, Lisa adores Rich's new wife who is from the Ukraine and learning to speak English by watching cartoons. AND Lisa will be married as well in August. Everything is good, though no golf and no grandkids.
Lisa was born in Malaysia. Her family, her father, 1 older sister and 3 brothers are still living there. Lisa is now living in Broken Arrow and enjoys driving an hour to Cushing every day, it gives her the time to ponder the events for the day. First Lisa wanted to give a shout out to one of her dearest friends, Donna Marcum. Lisa was one of my first guests on the Business Spotlight more than a year and a half ago and I remembered her wanting to say "Hi" to Donna then. A lot of you, I am sure, knew her daughter Courtney Marcum, who passed away in a car accident with Ashley Roe a few months ago.
After Sept. 11th, Radio Shack approached the Cartmells, and Bargain Hunters made the transition to an electronics store and Radio Shack Dealer. In addition to electronics, they are also an AT&T Agent, and now they are including consignments. Alot of people may not know, Lisa and Rich work on computers as well. They do not mind taking your calls to try and diagnose a computer issue that may just be a small problem easily fixed over the phone. It's worth a try people. They have actually fixed my computer more than once, over the phone. If you are having problems that require you to bring your tower in, they are timely and reasonably priced in their repairs. Computer repair will include a cleanup and installation of a good anti-virus program. Rich's specialty is with the hardware components and Lisa's expertise lies in the software side. They can help you with computers, phones, cameras, converter boxes - well you name it. And if they cannot fix your issue, they can most likely lead you in the right direction.
As for their being AT&T agents, they would love for you to bring in your bill and they will analyze it to see if they might be able to save you some money on your bill or revise your plan to better suit your needs. Lisa shared a couple of very good electronic tips with us. One: There are new updates pretty often for phones. To be able to install these update to your phone with the new GSM technology, turn your phone off for 30 minutes. Rich said to go ahead and take your battery out as well. When you turn your phone back on, your phone will automatically download any new updates. TWO: Make sure you protect your phones and especially your touch phone screens with a protective cover. The screen protector is a clear film that will keep your screen looking brand new, resists breakage from dropping or as in my case, from sitting on it. They have the Rugbys and the Tundras for those of you that just have to run over your phone or drop it from a balcony.
As for the consignment shoppe, bring in your clothing, furniture, dishes, books, almost anything, and they will look them over and hopefully help you to make some extra money. It might be best to call and set up an appointment for them to look over your furniture before you move it. Lisa said they will be happy to come and look it over.
Lisa, Rich and their little furry friend Slash are some of the greatest people to be able to do business with. With such a wide variety of services and products theirs is a number easily remembered 225-1432. But please stop in and look over all the different items they now have in their new consignment shoppe. Support our friends at Cushing Electronics, Radio Shack, AT &T Agents, Consignment store. Remember, of course, to keep your tax dollars in Cushing, but the Cartmells are worth getting to know, they are so friendly, qualified and helpful, and I am sure there is something there in their store you will find you cannot live without. They are honest and have given their support to the community of Cushing.
Thank you Lisa. You're such a tiny little sweetheart. and thank you for giving Donna Judd some place to pay her bill.