Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Couple Opens New Plumbing, Appliance-Repair Business in Topeka

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Couple Opens New Plumbing, Appliance-Repair Business in Topeka

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Happy holidays! Whether you're celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah or the Prophet's Birthday, we've moved into the next round of observances that will end with New Year's Eve and the beginning of 2018.

I love this time of the year, even though my editor made me get up and do the Black Friday shopping story at 5:30 a.m. It was actually kind of fun, and although we hear stories about people fighting over pillows, in general, I've found the crowds to be good-natured and slap-happy because they're tired. My daughters and I usually go do the early shopping thing, avoiding long lines because we're really just there to absorb the atmosphere.

When I had to work this year, my daughter convinced my husband to go with her, and I admit to laughing throughout the morning thinking about him tackling the crowds. Turns out, they had a good time, although they bought a waffle maker, of all things. And not one single thing on my Christmas gift list. Huh.

One thing I like about this time of year is seeing the generosity of area businesses, where employees and owners come together to do good things. We have amazing and caring people in Topeka who help out all year, and not just during the holidays. Nov. 28 is Giving Tuesday this year, an opportunity for individuals and businesses to open their wallets and their hearts to meet the needs of area nonprofits. Amazing things are done through this program every year.

Potts Plumbing opens for business

Randy Potts put his decades of experience in the plumbing industry to work, opening Potts Plumbing and Appliance Repair LLC in July.

He had worked for area plumbing businesses for years, but had never gotten his journeyman's license, said his wife and partner, Loreena Potts.

But he began taking the required classes more than a year ago, and when it came time for him to take the journeyman test, the union instructor took into account his 30 years of experience and had him take the master plumber test, she said. He passed, and that opened the door to new possibilities.

"If you have your master's, you can open up your own business," Loreena Potts said. "He passed in July 2016, and we started working on the process to get the business going. …

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