Charleston Style and Design

FALL 2014

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348 CHARLESTON STYLE & DESIGN | FALL 14 want audio and video to be his side job, so he set out to create a name for himself. He describes how he "just woke up one day and decided to do it full time." "I got to know the business, and my network of contacts kept growing," he says. Since Tollison is a resident of Daniel Island, it made sense for him to locate Daniel Island Audio/Video on Seven Farms Drive. His customers, however, come not only from Daniel Island but from all over the greater Charleston area. Tollison says he likes to give back to his community by participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the local chapter of the March of Dimes. It's easy to see Tollison's enthusiasm for his work, whether he's on the job site or in his brand-new showroom, full of video and audio equipment for new and seasoned clients to discover. "We have a 110-inch screen mounted on this wall," he says, gesturing over his head. "Plus a projector, some comfortable chairs and sofas, wireless audio over here ..." He trails off and motions me to follow him to another room, where an iPad is mounted into the wall. "This controls everything in the offce, from the computers to the air condition- ing," Tollison explains. "Clients love it." One of his most popular products, he says, is Sonos, a compact high fdelity system that allows you to broadcast music, wirelessly, throughout the house. The Sonos system comprises a receiver or amplifer (to stand alone or connect to an existing receiv- er), speakers of various sizes and a sound bar (called a Playbar). The advantages are many: It's easy to set up and customers can expand their systems over time—from a simple 2-speaker system, for example, to whole-house surround sound. And it's all controlled by an app on a smartphone, tablet or computer. Because he gets to show his clients all the exciting updates that can go inside their homes, Tollison regards his business as mostly fun. He says his favorite part is "witnessing the homeowners' amazement." "But scheduling can be hectic, since jobs often run longer than you think," he admits Marie Sebastian is a writer in Charleston. Daniel Island Audio/Video 260-B Seven Farms Drive Daniel Island, SC 29492 843-471-2990 F O R M O R E I N F O R M A T I O N with a laugh. "It's almost 5 p.m. now, and I've been at a client's house since 9 a.m., installing more surround sound than she realized she needed!" Commercial projects are also common for Daniel Island Audio/Video. In fact, Tollison installs wireless video devices in many area restaurants that allow patrons to play video trivia and other games on a hand-held screen. In his non-professional hours, Tollison enjoys spending time with his wife and children, including six-year-old son, Sullivan, who is well ahead of the curve in learning the business—he even helps his father keep track of inventory. "He's just like me," says Tollison proudly. 2

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