Mulberry St. thrives again: J. Staffing Solutions

Mulberry St. thrives again: J. Staffing Solutions

By Lisa Palmeno

By Lisa Palmeno

Staff Writer

In September 2000, The Rock River Times began a series on the historic Phenix Building, located at 303 to 313 Mulberry St. The complex was built in 1923 and was recently renovated and rented to minority business owners.

At the time the series on the structure began, four of the five storefronts were occupied. The Black Pages, Dayma Coy Fashions, In Style Salon and Temple of Holiness C.O.G.I.C.were joined by J. Staffing Solutions in July. Owned by Lisa Perteete, the employment agency moved from their previous locations at 1421 N. Main St. to join the River District.

The agency offers a variety of services including personnel placement for IT professionals, electronics techs, office and administration and light industrial. Copying, faxing and some publishing of small print jobs (fliers, booklets, etc.) are also available.

Perteete opened the staffing service in October of 2000 and says she’s glad she made the move. She said she “loves it,” and she’s “very happy.” She says business is slow starting out, but they’re still surviving. She comments that the economy is hard right now, but says “it’s a blessing” to be in the River District. Perteete is glad to be working with The Black Pages, owned by Joyce Thomas, who often helps her and answers business questions. Thomas plans to feature J. Staffing Solutions in The Black Pages in the 2002 issue. Perteete also mentioned that she plans to do Christmas shopping at Dayma Coy Fashions.

Perteete explained that the Phenix Building is in a certified HUB Zone, an area that has been earmarked because of economic underdevelopment. HUB Zones are favored when seeking government contracts, a condition which has enabled the Mulberry Street business owners to get started, or restarted.

Thomas says having the building full is working great for her, and Monique Haynie at In Style Salon says, “It’s been going pretty good. I’ve had new clients since I’ve been here. Business is picking up. I’ve had a couple people go down there (to J. Staffing).

Coy, who previously planned to move because of crime and a lack of parking, has decided to stay in her location. “The Coronado Theatre has brought more traffic to the area,” explained Coy. “The apartments being finished (refurbished and rented to NAT for cast members) up has been a big help. Business has been good.”

J. Staffing Solutions hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For information, call 967-8824.

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