Following weeks of compiling and sifting through dozens upon dozens of thoughtful (and sometimes amusing) nominations from the Lake Norman community, as has been our practice every year, the Citizen’s esteemed panel of judges sequestered themselves recently in a stuffy room for the grueling work ahead, refusing any sustenance and determined to not surface until our 2017 Citizen’s Choice Awards winners were decided, no matter how long it took.

Okay, that’s not entirely the truth. In fact, it’s not the truth at all.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:57

A ‘bizzy’ day at Belk Arena

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- It was a full house at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Business Expo last week, held at Davidson College’s Belk Arena. More than 2,000 participants visited the 170 businesses and nonprofit organizations on display at the expo, including Business Leaders United, a local business leads group headed up by Titus Bartolotta (center, in black shirt). Bartolotta is also the founder of Lotta Foundation, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the negative impacts of poverty and sickness on families.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:55

It’s the purr-fect place for felines

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- LakeCross Veterinary in Huntersville has received the endorsement of the American Association of Feline Practitioners as a gold-certified Cat Friendly Practice (CFP), and is the first and only practice in the Lake Norman area to hold that distinction.

The group recognized LakeCross for incorporating cat-friendly features into the physical environment of the practice, including clinics for cats only, feline-sensitive examination rooms and medical equipment designed specifically for cats.

During the certification process, the practice’s veterinarians and staff were able to demonstrate their understanding of the needs of their feline patients, including how to interpret a cat’s facial expressions and body language, as well as practicing a variety of techniques to calm an anxious cat or ensure that exams and procedures don’t escalate an already anxious feline.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:53

Sales hold steady, activity remains strong

The Charlotte Regional Realtor Association has released its May statistics for the residential real estate market, based on data compiled by the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

The data show a very slight dip in year-over-year home sales for May, down 0.3 percent, with 4,278 properties sold compared to 4,290 properties sold in May 2016. Home sales were up 18.1 percent compared to April 2017.

The average sales price of $274,957 increased 6.6 percent compared to the average sales price in May 2016 ($257,940). The median sales price showed a similar increase, rising 7.9 percent to $226,500 compared to the median sales price in May 2016 ($210,000).

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:40

Layoffs continue at DIY giant’s HQ

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Layoffs at Lowe’s headquarters in Mooresville were announced last week, this time targeting about 125 information technology employees. This is the third round of job layoffs this year.

Following mostly retail outlet employee cuts of full-time staff in January that affected approximately 2,400 people, the do-it-yourself home improvement giant cut loose 500 of its corporate staff the following month.

This latest round of layoffs is reported to be a continuation of Lowe’s efforts to streamline its IT operations.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:39

Spreading good small biz news

A new report called “The Megaphone of Main Street” has been unveiled, detailing significant survey results drawn from 18,000 small businesses across the country. Issued by SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, the report is said to fill a gap in existing research and provide new details on pre-start businesses, entrepreneurial sentiment and the impact of non-employer firms, start-ups and micro businesses on job creation.
Visit SCORE to view the full report.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:37

Town transitions to new trash service

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The Town of Huntersville has announced it will transition its solid waste disposal services from Advanced Disposal to Waste Connections, effective June 17.

According to a series of frequently asked questions on the town’s website, customers should see little change in the collection of household garbage, yard waste and recycling. Collection routes and pick-up days will remain the same, and residents will continue to use their current waste containers from Advanced Disposal until they reach the end of their usefulness. At that point, new Town of Huntersville branded containers will be issued.

Advanced Disposal has been the town’s waste collection provider since 2010. In the announcement regarding the change in service, town officials describe the change as “the result of a business decision made by two companies to sell assets in unrelated markets.”

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:35

N.C. 73 will be focus for Chamber on Friday

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- At the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce’s Focus Friday roundtable June 16, the discussion will center on the Highway 73 Council of Planning (COP).

Zac Gordon, Kannapolis Planning Director and newly elected COP chairman, will join Charles Knox Jr. of The Knox Group to discuss development and plans along the N.C. 73 corridor and the work of the COP. Knox is a former chairman of the Chamber’s transportation committee and later served as the Chamber’s chairman of the board of directors when it collaborated with the Carbarrus Regional and Lincoln County Chambers to create the COP.

The event begins at 8:30 a.m., and will be held in the Chamber’s second floor board room at 19900 W. Catawba Ave., in Cornelius. For more information, call 704-892-1922.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:30

Faces & Places for June 14, 2017

• Mooresville-based Pro Shine of NC, a full-service car wash business serving the Lake Norman area since 2010, is under new ownership. Joe Vagnone of ENLIGN Business Brokers & Advisors facilitated the sale between the sellers, Andy Peggs and Jeff Little, and the buyer, Jamil Nassar.

• Hair stylist Tyler Burns has been selected to join the Savvy Apprenticeship Training Program at Savvy Salon and Day Spa in Cornelius. Burns is a Statesville native who is starting a second career in hair styling. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wingate University and has also attended the University of London and Aveda Institute of Charlotte.

Dinh Nguyen has opened Charm Nail Salon at 631 Brawley School Road in the Brawley Commons Shopping Center in Mooresville. It is his second nail salon in the Charlotte region. Learn more at CharmNailSalonSpa.com or call 704-664-5002 for an appointment.

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- After 15 years at its popular Birkdale Village location, the owners of The Jewel Box have announced the shop will move to Davidson’s Main Street next door to The Soda Shop.

The store’s last day in Birkdale was earlier this week. No formal grand opening announcements have yet been made. The Jewel Box’s new location will be 106 S. Main St., just south of the intersection with Concord Road.

Follow The Jewel Box on Facebook for updates on the new location’s opening.

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:11

Life is short, so make a splash

Pet Paradise, an upscale pet boarding, day camp and grooming company with a location in Huntersville and one in Mooresville under construction, plans to donate $10,000 to a local charity as part of its fourth annual “Life is Short, Make a Splash” philanthropic campaign.

Local residents can help Pet Paradise make a difference this summer by voting for their favorite 501(c)(3) organization, with more than 200 charities to choose from on the Pet Paradise Facebook page. Voting is now open through June 30, and is limited to one vote per person per day. The charity with the most votes by June 30 at 11:59 p.m., will be the winner of the $10,000 donation. Second place will receive $3,000 and third place will receive $1,000. Pet Paradise will announce the winner on July 5.

Vote for your favorite charity at lifeisshortmakeasplash.tbits.me.