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Four questions with Mike Trikonis, founder of Arc Angels Design.
Why did you start your business?
As a skilled Iron Worker, I spent years working for others and honing different skill sets. Yes, I am a welder, but I’ve also managed a store, worked as a cook, started a small successful photography studio, and have worked with many different types of people. With that experience, I was able to start a small local business doing something that I really enjoy doing, and have many different parts of my past work experience aid in making a small business a great business.
I produce products that people need and many that people would love to have. I make them artistically to fit my customer's lifestyle, I make them affordable but out of outstanding quality and best of all I get to communicate with my customers face to face to go over what they really want. In the day of Amazon and big-box stores, I am the company that stands in the gap and is able to provide exactly what my customers want and they know that they are getting something from a real person, living next door, providing the best he can.
All of my customers appreciate that and they keep coming back or telling a friend and all the labor is hard and the hours long, it is all worth it.
What is your best-selling product/service?
We build dozens of custom iron railings a year for customers that are looking for a great-looking railing that will increase the value of their home as well as look absolutely wonderful. Many of our customers look online on Pinterest or other popular sites and see something that they love and we create it for them with the additional details that they like.
Another best seller is our custom Fire Pits for backyard living spaces. Made out of heavy gauge iron, and birdcage-style spark guards, our fire pits have been the center of the party all over Connecticut. We even have many customers that request cooking grates to cook their favorite meals over a nice fire pit. Both products are functional as well as artistic.
How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?
Locally we have a few small businesses that support us. Most of them tend to be Outdoor Design businesses. In fact, one of our main supporters is Outdoor Design and Living on Bronson Road in Fairfield.
Have you "reimagined" your small business?
When we first opened Arc Angels Design, it was to not just start a welding shop. It was to make a product that we knew our customers would love and enjoy for years to come. Big box stores sell products that seem to last a season or two. We want our customers to spend their hard-earned money on a product that they love and want to last for years to come.
Mike would like to nominate Shariff Mart - "Another small business for a man with a big heart, a great store and would appreciate it!"
Visit Arc Angels Design online here on their Facebook page or give them a call at 203-685-8083.
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