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New to the business, realtor Stephanie Moore works hard

By Chris Yow For The Tribune TRUSSVILLE -- Energetic. Loyal. Honest. Those three words are how realtor Stephanie Moore describes her personality, and most of all -- Moore says she hopes to show clients how well she listens and how hard she works.. Moore recalled one of her recent clients saying she was the most down-to-earth agent she’d ever worked with, and that was a major compliment for someone new to th ...

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Veterans, Trussville near to Burns’ heart

By Chris Yow, For The Tribune TRUSSVILLE -- When Linda Burns’ oldest son joined the military in 2001, she wanted to find a way to support him and the country’s veterans. That’s when she decided to start the yellow ribbon program, and the program is still thriving today in Trussville. “I started the yellow ribbon campaign for the soldiers and veterans when my son was deployed to Iraq. That program is still g ...

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The ‘Rabbit’ feels like home for Leonardi

By Chris Yow, For The Tribune TRUSSVILLE -- When Christine Leonardi heard the Three Earred Rabbit was for sale two years ago, she knew it was time. After visiting her brother here in Alabama a few times each year, she knew that one day this would be where she settled. That’s when Leonardi packed her bags and drifted from New Jersey to Alabama, and took over the soup and sandwich shop in downtown Trussville. ...

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Trussville sells itself according to Lee Marlow

By Chris Yow, For The Tribune TRUSSVILLE – Trussville realtor Lee Marlow didn't know what she wanted to be when she "grew up", but sometimes people don't choose their careers – careers choose them. Growing up the daughter of a real estate lawyer and being around realtors for much of her life, the idea of becoming a realtor herself was always in her mind. "My dad said I had the personality for it, and so I d ...

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Tula J is downtown Trussville’s great big closet

By Chris Yow, For The Tribune TRUSSVILLE -- When the idea of starting a boutique first began, two things came to mind. One was being in the heart of downtown Trussville and the other was to make sure customers were happy and taken care of when they left. Seems like a simple business plan, but owner Ashli Posey and her staff have gone above and beyond the call of customer service since opening Tula J’s nearl ...

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Serving up a helping of home-cooked meals

By Chris Yow, For The Tribune  TRUSSVILLE -- Going into the restaurant business would be a breeze, especially since Sherry Merrifield already had everything she’d need from her the catering business she’d been nurturing for years, right? Wrong. “I laugh and tell everybody that catering and the restaurant world are two totally different things,” Merrifield said. “We thought we knew what we were doing when we ...

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Craft-astic: Clay craft supply store growing

By Chris Yow, For The Tribune CLAY -- Paul Pitts has been in the outdoor sign industry for more than 30 years. His business has been something he loved for each of those years. One day, however, Paul began getting phone calls about something a little unusual. The callers were looking for materials to use with their home vinyl machines. That’s when he and his wife April decided to open a retail store to sell ...

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