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Raleigh Business Buys Time for Busy Professionals

Posted July 11, 2000

— It is not always easy to juggle work and the demands of daily life. A Raleigh business is making it easier for some by taking care of their chores for them.

Beth Landers works for Southern Hospitality, a personal and corporate concierge service. Every day, she runs the errands that many people do not have time for.

"I get prescriptions filled for them. I pick up lunches. I pick up mail for them," says Landers.

No request is too small or too strange. Landers once purchased underwear for a client.

"All of us are trying to buy time, and if someone has downtime, why not use that time to relax them instead of running around and trying to catch up," says Carol White. the owner of Southern Hospitality.

White says the goal is to improve the quality of life for busy working people.

A typical day for Landers? She starts the day by picking up orders from employees at companies like Performance Technologies in Raleigh. Landers will then run any number of errands -- including a trip to the mall to buy mascara, then buy and deliver lunch.

The service is a taste of southern hospitality many employees have come to enjoy.

"We couldn't live without them," says Performance Technologies' Fawn Franklin. "I don't know how we'd survive without them."

The concierge service costs companies anywhere from $30 to $70 a day, depending on the number of errands that need to be run.

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