Wednesday, 29 March 2017 08:36

Revitalized mill receives ‘Great’ honor

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- The North Carolina chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NC) has recognized the Merino Mill in Mooresville with a “Great Transformation” award as part of its 2017 Great Places in North Carolina awards program.

Purchased by Michal Bay in 2010, the former Burlington Mill had stood empty for more than a decade and was in desperate need of repair. Seven years later and following extensive renovations, Merino Mill is now home to Alino Pizzeria, Main St. Antiques and Merinos Home Furnishings.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 08:34

Get risk management tips at next PWN

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Learn about situational awareness from a human resources, risk management and security expert at the next Professional Women’s Network meeting on Thursday, April 6, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., at Springhill Suites in Mooresville (121 Gateway Blvd.).

Sponsored by the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce, the PWN will feature guest speaker April Willis, the CEO of SightSpan Inc., who will address “Situational Awareness: Protecting Your Country, Your Community and Your Family.” Willis holds a certification in crisis prevention and intervention, and has participated in several active-shooter trainings.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 08:32

Local scoop shops offer ‘Free Cone Day’

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Fans of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream can get a free scoop of their favorite flavor and support their community at the same time on Tuesday, April 4, when the annual Free Cone Day will be held in support of Davidson LifeLine.

Customers are invited to Ben & Jerry’s of Davidson (202 S. Main St.) as well as the Birkdale Village store (16915 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., Huntersville) from noon to 8 p.m. to join in on the company’s tradition of thanking their many fans with free ice cream.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 08:31

Faces & Places for March 29, 2017

Andrew Smith and Jeffrey Carbone of Cornerstone Wealth in Huntersville were recently named among the top 1,200 financial advisors in the country by Barron’s, the investing publication. In the state of North Carolina, Carbone was ranked No. 10, followed by Smith at No. 11. Rankings are based on total assets under management, revenue generated for the advisor’s firms and the quality of practices.

American Tire Distributors, based in Huntersville, has named Bill Williams as its new chief financial officer. Williams comes to ATD with several years of experience as a senior executive in finance, management consulting and operations at Fortune 500 companies. ATD is one of the largest independent suppliers of tires to the replacement tire market.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 06:32

‘Box’ed in and fitter than ever

CORNELIUS, N.C. — A little more than three years ago, the Citizen featured a Cornelius couple who had taken on the challenge of renovating and repurposing space in Old Town Cornelius to open what would become “CrossFit Cornelius.” Co-owner Kristin Ratnofsky said at the time, “I love Old Cornelius and I love that it’s finally getting revitalized. I think this is going to be a neat little area around here.”

As it is said, from tiny acorns grow mighty oaks.

Kristin, along with her husband and co-owner of the facility, Mike Ratnofsky, went on to open and successfully operate CrossFit Cornelius at its original location — the 100-year old building at 20042 Zion Avenue, near the busy intersection of Old Statesville Road and Catawba Avenue — but soon outgrew the space and had to move again.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 08:50

Getting a 'scoop' on the competition

This weekend, a team from the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop in Davidson will compete in the 14th Scooper Olympics against teams from other North Carolina and Tennessee shops, in events such as Brownie Special Relay Race, Speed Smoothie Making, Ben & Jerry’s Trivia, five-minute cake decorating and more. The “Davidson Scoop Shop” team won the title in 2013 and will be competing to bring it back to Davidson when the games get under way on Saturday, March 25, at the Ben & Jerry’s shop at Foxcroft East Shopping Center in Charlotte. Karen Toney, the manager of the Davidson Ben & Jerry’s shop, says her team has been training non-stop to bring the title home. Above, judges at a recent Ben & Jerry’s Scooper Olympics evaluate the entries for the cake-decorating contest.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte chapter of SCORE will host a free seminar for fledgling entrepreneurs to decide if starting a business is the right course. “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #1” is part of a series of free seminars, and will be held Thursday, March 23, from 12:45 to 3 p.m., at the Small Business Administration (SBA) offices at 6302 Fairview Road in Charlotte.

This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing a business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Participants will be provided with an overview of the skills and tools needed when deciding to start a business and will learn about the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for a business, and the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 08:47

Showcase an industry to Hopewell students

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Hopewell High School is looking for business participants for its Career Speed Networking event on Wednesday, April 5. The career focus will be for students entering the engineering, hospitality and tourism industries.

Take advantage of an opportunity to introduce students to a particular career path. Lunch will be offered at noon, followed by the speed networking that will begin at 12:45. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 704-659-4816.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 08:43

Give a pint, get a pint

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- The Lake Norman Small Business Network will sponsor a community blood drive on Thursday, March 30, from 2 to 6:45 p.m., at the Harris Teeter in Antiquity. Donors who give a pint of blood will receive a coupon for a free pint of beer from Bayne Brewing Company in Cornelius. Walk-ins are welcome, no appointment necessary. The Antiquity Harris Teeter is at 21720 Catawba Ave.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 08:42

‘It’s Bo Time!’ in Huntersville

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- A new Bojangles’ restaurant opened this week in Huntersville, at 10321 Cane Creek Drive, just off Old Statesville Road near North Mecklenburg High School. This is the third Bojangles’ location in Huntersville, and will feature the restaurant’s new “Biscuit Theater” concept where customers can watch biscuits being made from scratch every 20 minutes. The first 50 customers on opening day March 21 each received a $50 Bojangles’ gift card.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 08:40

Faces & Places for March 22, 2017

Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Cornelius has earned the Customer First Award for Excellence certification from FCA US, which created the award to improve customer satisfaction with Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat dealerships across the country. The award is earned by achieving goals on facility certification, performance measures, training certification, employee surveys and process validation. The dealership is one of only 387 to earn the award this year, placing it in the top 15 percent of all dealerships nationwide.

• Cornelius-based SVN Commercial Real Estate advisor Tom McMahon has brokered the sale of a nearly 3,000-square-foot Class A medical office condominium in the Mooresville Gateway office complex. SVN Commercial Real Estate Advisors is a full-service commercial real estate brokerage firm of local experts with a national reach.

John Bryan has opened TruBlue of Lake Norman, part of a franchise of businesses offering affordable solutions for all house care needs including house cleaning, household repairs, yard work, emergency repairs and seasonal work. TruBlue of Lake Norman will serve home owners in Cornelius, Davidson, Denver, Huntersville, Mooresville and the surrounding areas.