4 x 4 quilt block
In determining a quilt block design for the family’s new business property, Stephanie Prince Bolding considered one featuring a pineapple, the symbol of Southern hospitality. Imagine her surprise when her mom Paulette then showed her the family crest which featured three pineapples!
Pineapple Legacy, a very colorful pattern featuring batik fabrics, was reproduced with permission by the Quilting Time designer Vicki Stratton.
Prince Gas Company began in 1932 when founder Boyce F. Prince sold coal from the back of his pickup truck. In the years since, the business has maintained its roots in fuel but has changed with the times. A second office operates in Boiling Springs.
Through the Seventies, the company continued to sell coal, offloading directly from the train cars outside its small office. It also acquired a fuel oil business in the Fifties which thrived until it was sold in 2003.
Jack Prince, son of the founder, maintained a gasoline business from the Sixties to mid-1990s. In 1993, the focus turned to the propane business, growing from 100 customers to more than 2,000 in Hendersonville, Boiling Springs, Spartanburg, Greer, Tryon and Columbus in addition to Landrum.
An appliance sales department was added in 1995, featuring gas log fireplaces, cast iron stoves, propane heaters and tankless water heaters. Outdoor grills, gas lights and smokers are also sold, along with stylish outdoor furniture.
The asphalt paving side of the company, started in 1968, assures work for summer months when fuel deliveries decline.
Steve Prince, the third generation owner and company president, is joined in the business by his son Daniel who handles field operations and Stephanie, in charge of the office.
A big move came in 2014 when the business relocated from its 700 square foot office next to the downtown railroad tracks to a 3,000 square foot building for its office, show room and storage, complete with porch and patio area.
Lael Dann, owner of Be Well Massage which she opened three years ago, is a co-sponsor of Pineapple Legacy.
Since her business occupies one of the two rental spaces adjoining Prince Gas, she liked the idea of having a colorful quilt block to add to the aesthetics of the buildings.
Be Well Massage’s three therapists offer a wide range of modalities including Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, cupping, deep tissue, reflexology and reiki.
Lael, a native of Landrum, studied art, but changed course to massage therapy after prayer and a chance encounter with a stranger.
Hung September 2016
Sponsored by Prince Gas Company, Be Well Massage and the City of Landrum