CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) - A local violin store owner is singing a sour tune after he says the company he hired to make a sign hasn't delivered. Now he's out $2,000.
Chesapeake's Brooks Bozman owns Mercury Fine Violins on Battlefield Boulevard. He opened the shop a year ago.
"I'm here to help make really nice instruments accessible for other people," Bozman said.
He's got the shop and the merchandise, but there's one important piece missing.
"When people go up and down Battlefield Boulevard, they need to see my sign because a large part of potential income is being visible," Bozman added.
Bozman searched online and found VSG Signs and Graphics to do the work.
"The complete project is $3,500," Bozman said.
In early August, Bozman cut a deposit check for $,2,000. Months later, the space above his shop is still empty.
"It's rather disheartening," Bozman added.
Disheartening because the check was cashed and VSG owner William Mickley wasn't returning any emails or calls.
"I don't know what to think anymore," Bozman said. "I don't know if he's disappeared? I don't know if he is in business."
"I'm just behind on things, but we will get it straightened out," Mickley told WAVY.com.
10 On Your Side found Mickley out at his Chesapeake business. He admits he got behind on other projects and hasn't even started Bozman's sign.
"I'll admit that's my fault," Mickley said.
Mickely told WAVY.com he'd start working on the sign right away and do it at a discounted rate. At this point, Bozman just wants a refund.
"I just hope he has the money," Bozman added.
Mickley tells WAVY.com he has the money and he will give Bozman it back.
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