Delivery business can be a timesaver and a necessity

January 23, 1995|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,Sun Staff Writer

William and Brenda Yesko hope their fledgling delivery business will be a timesaver for people with hectic lives and an indispensable convenience for the elderly and disabled.

The Yeskos, both 36, started operating Yesko Services three weeks ago out of their Linthicum home on Regency Circle. They consider themselves similar to the milkman and grocer of former times who brought items to homes, saving residents time and trips to the store.

Regular shopping services they offer include delivery of groceries, gifts, specialty items and appliances. Specialty services include comparison shopping and gift wrapping.

Their base fee for same-day service ranges from $7.50 to $10. For picking up groceries, they charge a per item fee of 19 cents for up to 10 items.

They make deliveries in the county and outside the county, but try to stay near home to keep prices low.

"We don't want to get to the point where we have to start charging people mileage," said Mrs. Yesko, who usually makes deliveries in the couple's 1989 Dodge mini-caravan.

Helen Graff, 64, a blind woman living in Severn, said she prayed for a service such as the one the Yeskos offer. She lives with her foster daughter, who was born with a deformed hip and has had 27 operations. The pair would be lost without the service, said Ms. Graff, who has suffered several strokes and cannot walk more than 30 feet.

"Try and get some neighbor to take you to the market. They will do it the first time and the second time but after that, they won't do it again," said Ms. Graff, who has paid people $20 to pick up her groceries.

"Every night I prayed for God to send me an angel and when we got in touch with Brenda it was like out of this world," said Ms. Graff, who has used the shopping service for two weeks.

The business is a dream come true for the Yeskos. Even before Brenda Yesko met her husband, she dreamed of having a delivery service. William Yesko wanted a grocery shopping service for the elderly.

This past summer, the couple spent three days at a friend's Ocean City condo and came up with a way to merge their ideas.

They believe that their business will succeed if they can get through the first year and expand their client list beyond the 10 they have now, the Yeskos said. If the business takes off, Mrs. Yesko will work at it full time, said Mr. Yesko, a detention officer with Anne Arundel County.

For now, he helps her make deliveries when he can and hopes for the day he'll be able quit his county job and devote himself full time to the family business.

"It's such a big step to go out on your own," he said. "It's frightening a little bit."

For information on the service, call 636-1933.

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