High Point business prepares for Romney Visit
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HIGH POINT--A few weeks ago, Absolute Style Furniture got a phone call from the Romney campaign that went to voicemail.
"When I first heard it I thought is this real? And then I had my husband listen to it and he said this is great. This is great for High Point," Absolute Style Furniture owner Melanie McNamara said.
Since then, she has been busy preparing her furniture factory for the presumptive Republican nominee for president.
"There's a lot of equipment, a lot of foam and a lot of frames. We had to basically turn into a moving company," McNamara said.
She's had to make room for people like Melvin Lohr, who showed up Friday to pick up his ticket for the 1:00 p.m. event.
"I need to be here early. Maybe like 10 o'clock in the morning," he said, hoping to be first in line to hear how Mitt Romney plans to help High Point.
"If you go around here and look at a lot of the vacant industrial buildings, you'd be surprised at how many businesses have left this town," Lohr said.
McNamara thinks that is one of the reasons Romney chose her to host his event; because she chose to stay instead of moving manufacturing overseas.
"I am a female-owned business, that is a small business that manufactures domestically made furniture made right here in High Point," she said.
And she thinks this is not just good for her business, but for the furniture capital.
"Not only the publicity, but everyone that's coming in that's on the campaign, they're staying in hotels, they're eating meals here and they're spending money here," McNamara said.
And all that publicity leaves Lohr with a concern you wouldn't normally hear at a furniture factory.
"I hope they got a place I can sit down in there."
Absolute Style's doors open at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. Romney is scheduled to speak just after 1 p.m. Tickets are free, but you need to register on Romney's website. News 14 Carolina will carry his High Point speech live, Sunday afternoon.