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Compiled from News Reports Around the World
Window film is a popular item among consumers and, as such,
stories about it pop up almost every day in newspapers around the world.
The Window Film staff has compiled a few on this page that we found interesting.
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Port Charlotte, Fla.—
Diversification isn’t an unusual concept for window film dealers. Walk
into the typical automotive film dealership and you will likely discover
anything from remote starters to chrome wheels. But a Florida dealer recently
added a product you might not expect—U-Haul® services.
Michael and Teresa Giunta, who own G-Force Restyling, a Port Charlotte,
Fla.-based window film and restyling business, say they added moving equipment
and supplies, such as moving vans, open trailers, closed trailers, furniture
pads, appliance dollies, furniture dollies, tow dollies and auto transports.
The couple says they hope that U-Haul will help draw customers into their
shop where they can cross sell products like tint.
A Smokin’ Roll of Film
Cocoa, Fla.—Most often, when we see the words “cannabis” and “window film”
combined, it’s in the police blotters; but recently a Cocoa, Fla.-based
company combined the two in an entirely new fashion. Company officials
for HipStuffNow.com say its Pot Leaf window film design is aimed at “hip
businesses,” such as nightclubs, hair salons, “head” shops and coffeehouses.
The company’s spokesperson, Jeff Spicoli, who ironically shares the same
name as the famous Spicoli character in the 1982 feature film “Fast Times
at Ridgemont High,” says medical marijuana retailers will also be interested
in the design for their storefronts.
Possibly to avoid complicating matters for those who might be interested
in this sort of product, the company’s film is adhesive-free.
Tint Bolsters State Revenues
Mississippi—We know that tint violations not only give police an excuse
to pull drivers over and seek out further offenses, but they also produce
revenues for states and local municipalities. Beyond fines, some states
require inspections, which generate further revenue. But exactly how much?
In a recent article posted by HattiesburgAmerican.com, the news source
reported that Mississippi collected approximately $900,000 in state-required
window tint inspections in 2008 alone. And the state’s budget isn’t the
only benefactor, as the split for those inspections includes $3 for the
state and $2 for the inspecting shop.
Window Film Dance Troop
Essex Junction, Vt.—Window film professionals are known for many things—meticulousness,
sales and technical skills to name but a few, but they aren’t necessarily
known for their … dance skills. That didn’t stop the professionals at
Gordon’s Window Décor in Essex Junction, Vt., from strutting their
stuff in the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission’s all dance parade.
The event celebrated the 400th anniversary of French explorer and cartographer
Samuel de Champlain’s travels to the lake that now bears his name. Even
torrential rains didn’t turn this group away.
“Although our choreography did not win us a ‘Dancing with the Stars’ award,
the crowd’s cheering and enthusiasm was warming through the downpour and
kept our team going strong,” says Gordon Clements, president.
With the help of renowned choreographer Karen Amirault, the group mastered
a special dance routine reflecting their enthusiasm for the community.
The group was among 70 to participate in the event.
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