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Two Yoopers are about to take on a huge challenge on national television for some big prize money. Ben Argall and Pete Meldrum, from Ishpemin in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, will compete on HGTV’s “Battle of the Beach,” which premiere’s this Sunday, June 4th at 9:00 p.m. ET.
The premise of the show is simple, but the task at hand is quite difficult. Three teams are each given a beachside house of their own in Gulf Shores, Alabama to renovate with a $90,000 budget and just six weeks to work. Whichever team ends up adding the most value to their home will win the $50,000 cash prize.
Argall is the owner of Argall Real Estate Group and has been a realtor in Ishpeming for the last decade. And according to WLUC, he’s been flipping houses the past six years. His partner on the show, Meldrum, is a licensed carpenter. Meldrum described what it was like shooting the HGTV show.
“This experience was truly unique,” Meldrum told WLUC. “It was great working with Ben, we had a lot of fun, it was a ton of work. I thought it was going to be easier than everyday work but it actually turned out to be harder. It was a lot to take on in the time frame, but it was a lot of fun and I met a lot of cool people.”
Meldrum, Argall and the other two teams are coached on the show by celebrity mentors and design experts Taniya Nayak (”Build it Forward”), Ty Pennington (”Rock the Block”) and Alison Victoria (”Windy City Rehab”). The three will help the teams with their renovations which will be judged by Bryan and Sarah Baeumler (”Renovation Island”), and a team of local real estate experts.
Season 3 of “Battle of the Beach” will air six episodes beginning this Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. and will also stream on Discovery+.
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – A years-long construction project in South Lubbock County is creating a list of issues for a longtime business.
Delays on the project are leaving one family’s livelihood hanging in the balance.
As you walk into Bernards near Highway 87 and FM 41, the regulars can see it’s changed in the past few years.
“Oh, it was booming,” shop owner Herrlinda Thrash said. “We were fully staffed. We didn’t have time sometimes to breathe.”
That changed in 2021, after a new construction project started on the front doorstep of her family business.
“We didn’t think we were going to get shut off completely,” Thrash said. “We were pretty much landlocked when they started.”
A farmer eventually gave the Thrashes permission to create a temporary driveway through part of his land so customers can get the store.
“We were telling every customer that we could, to go through there, that we had permission to use that,” Thrash said. “So slowly, we started to get customers back.”
But the shop hasn’t fully recovered, with much of the store filled with empty boxes and bare shelves.
“We can’t keep purchasing stuff just to throw it away,” Thrash said.
Orange cones and road work signs extend for more than a mile down Highway 87 in front of Bernards, with that construction cutting the business off from part of FM 41 and a large chunk of their client base.
The nearest turnaround is down the road, prompting many protentional customers to drive on to next store.
“Customers complained they found other places to go to because we weren’t very convenient,” Thrash said.
Thrash says she and her husband created a three-year budget to account for the loss of business, but delays have extended the timeline.
“It’s going to take us a year and a half longer for what we had budgeted originally,” Thrash said.
The situation made tougher with three young boys to raise, and Thrash’s husband stationed at Fort Bliss for the past year.
The Thrashes took over the store nearly four years ago, but Bernards has served customers from Lubbock to Lamesa for nearly 50.
Loyal customers are hoping the Thrashes can pull through.
“We’ve had several people, loyal customers that have begged us, please don’t shut the doors,” Thrash said. “We are hanging on by the skin of our teeth, but we’re not giving up, obviously. We’re just taking it day by day.”
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