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Pleasant Visions lamp company opens in Mt. Pleasant

| Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011

A Mt. Pleasant couple's new online business provides customers with the opportunity to honor loved ones or mark special occasions in a unique way.

Brian and Tina Covalesky have started the business called "Pleasant Visions." The main focus of the business is selling items known as "Forget Me Not:" lamps. The lamps are made of stained glass or hand-painted shades. Some feature butterflies, humming birds and angels while others are done the "Tiffany" style.

"Flowers and plants are nice to give but they die and these lamps are more like a tribute and you can turn it on and you can remember the person," Tina said.

The inspiration for the new business came in the fall of 2009 when Brian Covalesky's uncle, Roy Rickard, passed away.

Rickard, a former resident of Mt. Pleasant had lived in Agawam, Mass., the past 25 years. Both Covalesky's mother and grandmother received memory lamps as gifts given out of sympathy for Rickard's passing.

The family was struck by the beauty and unique idea of sending a lamp instead of flowers or a plant to honor the loss of a loved one.

Covalesky's grandmother, Betty Hout of Mt. Pleasant, saw the lamps as an opportunity for the couple and encouraged them to start the business.

The couple started out slowly by creating a website and offering a few of the lamps. Word of mouth spread, however, and repeat business has helped the couple grow to the point where they now offer 19 different lamps.

The lamps range in price from $35 to $95 plus tax.

"We want to keep the prices to what people can afford. For us its more about helping people keep the memory alive. The prices are competitive to what a flower arrangement costs," Brian said.

The lamps can be given as gifts from many types of occasions including funerals, retirement, weddings, christenings and the birth of a baby. Each lamp comes with a personalized card for every occasion.

"It's endless what these lamps can be given for. We even have lamps with frames where you could put a photo or an announcement. They are nice for a wedding or anniversary," Tina said.

The lamps can be personally delivered by the couple within a 15-mile radius to peoples' homes or directly to the funeral home.

Outside of the 15 miles, other arrangements can be made.

"We do our best to accommodate people as best we can," Brian Covalesky said.

Mike Siwula, 60, of Scottdale has purchased five lamps from Pleasant Visions.

"I like giving the lamps because the comments have come back from family that they like them and when they see it, they reminisce," Siwula said. "I can honestly tell you that everyone who has received them or seen them have really raved about them."

Leona Gregg, 50, of West Pike Run Township received a blue butterfly lamp when her father passed away.

"This is something I will have forever. I light it on a daily basis and, every time I walk by it, it makes me smile because it makes me think of him," she said.

The couple is also planning to expand the line that they offer to include novelty lamps as well.

"There is a Steeler lamp and a Harley Davidson lamp. There is a lot of opportunity for us to expand," Brian said.

The couple currently both work full-time jobs in addition to running the business. Brian said he hopes to eventually make it his full-time career.

They also hope to one day have a store front on Main Street in Mt. Pleasant.

"We would eventually like to have a store front because we would like to help bring more business into the community," Tina said.

For local delivery, customers can call 724-771-2190. Lamps can also be shipped. To order lamps for shipping or to see the complete list of lamps, visit the couple's website .

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