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What's Cooking at Triangle South - Crimson Lights

The pots and pans are once again hot at Triangle South Enterprise Center, as Crimson Lights Catering has taken over the kitchen there.

Owned by husband-wife team Lacy and Shirley Massey, residents of Dunn's Mary Stewart community, the catering service is a plus for the center and a new phase of life for the Massey's, married 20 years.

Their new business fills a need created when Blackman's Catering, owned by Deborah Blackman.,graduated from the small business incubator earlier this year to become DeBorah's restaurant and convention center, also in Dunn. Blackman's Catering had operated out of Triangle South since 1996.

The Masseys are glad to be part of the business incubator, which will serve as Crimson Lights' licensed base, and said it was at a Triangle South class that they put together a business plan. "In the class they said to always have a business plan for the bank to see," Mr. Massey said. "When we heard that Ms. Blackman was leaving, we thought what would it hurt to turn ours in?"

Nancy Blackman, executive director at Triangle South, said the Masseys learned about all the elements of starting a business in "virtual incubation" classes, and were the first to submit their plan to fill the catering need. She thinks they will provide a service to the center as it hosts local groups and events such as Lunch and Learn, while finding their own business success.

"People like to use this facility," Mrs. Blackman said. "There's business in the community; that's what it's all about.

The Masseys are renting the kitchen at the center for one year with the option to renew for several more years, stated Ms. Blackman. Things are going well and they are nice to work with.

Weddings will be a particular focus of the business, Mrs. Massey said. The two hope to see their business expand into surrounding counties, one day perhaps branching out into multiple locations and even offering party equipment rentals.   

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