July 2005 Archives

July 24, 2005

Coffee man

Nice feature in the Asheville Citizen-Times from July 21, 2005, on Karl Lail's 25-year-old coffee business, Hav-A-Cup.

ASHEVILLE -- Here is Karl Lail?s version of a business nightmare.
?You show up ... in the morning and the coffee machine doesn't work or you?re out of coffee. All of a sudden, everybody's hollering at the office manager .. instead of working.
The nightmare is also Lail's business opportunity. The mission of his family's business, Hav-A-Cup coffee service, is to ?put those fires out before they start.?

-- Citizen-Times.com

First win

At the Harris Motor Speedway in Rutherfordton, N.C., on July 15, 2005 ...

Robbie Lail led every lap of the Street Stock Four race and claimed his career first victory. Numerous members of his pit crew tried to roll him in the mud but Lail refused the drenching. Bo Guker repeatedly pressured Lail during the race but failed to grab the lead and had to settle for a second place finish.

-- WhoWon.com

A taxi tale

The taxi business in Shelby is changing for J.W. Lail.

"I used to run with 18 drivers," Lail said. "Now, I am down to eight." He has also had to cut back on cars.
Lail, the owner of AA United Cab, the only 24-hour taxi service in Shelby, said the cost of complying with city regulations has forced him to lay off drivers and has threatened his business.

-- Shelby Star, 7/23/2005