SALISBURY, NC – Two Salisbury-area entrepreneurs, Mark Honeycutt and James Poe, have opened East Coast Granite, Marble & Bronze LLC (ECGMB), a monument, columbaria and memorial provider. Recently, Patrick Pearson, a local marketing professional, joined the company as a third partner and director of marketing.
ECGMB has opened a retail location at 503 Faith Road, next to Wink’s Barbecue restaurant in the former Fowler Realty office. The facility includes a broad selection of monuments and columbaria in different shapes, colors and materials. The company also has a web-based application for digitally designing monuments, so that customers can view their choices before purchasing.
“Some may say this is not a good time to open a new business,” said Honeycutt. “But we saw an opportunity to provide residents with a caring, compassionate and affordable resource for the products we offer.”
According to Poe, their research indicated that Rowan County was underserved in the products East Coast is offering.
“Essentially, area residents and funeral home directors have had only one local choice for a monument provider,” said Poe. “We saw a void that needed to be filled in order to provide quality products at value prices.”
Honeycutt has been involved in several local business ventures, including founding The Farmhouse Restaurant and developing commercial and residential real estate throughout Rowan County. He is married to the former Ashley Graham and they have three children, Cole, 17, Cacy, 16, and Coner, 14.
Poe is a realtor with Wallace Realty and has been for 9 years. Prior he was district manager of US Filter and owner/operator of Poe’s Toys & Hobbies in Salisbury. James is married to Nancy Henderson Poe and they have three adult children and four grandchildren, all living in the Salisbury/Rowan area.
Pearson, most recently served as an account manager at Miller Davis, Inc., a Salisbury advertising, public relations, event and web marketing firm. He has worked primarily for advertising and public relations firms for nearly 25 years. He has two children, Amanda, 20 and Benton, 14 and will be married to Patricia Brisson of Salisbury in the summer of 2011.
“We are positioning the Salisbury office of East Coast as a prototype,” said Pearson. “Our growth plans call for duplicating our streamlined and value-based processes and marketing activities for roll out in additional markets very quickly.”
East Coast Granite, Marble & Bronze provides monuments for cemetery marking, columbaria for cremation, pet memorials and commercial signage. More information on the company can be found at www.eastcoastofsalisbury.com.