Business roundup: Novant Health Granite Quarry breaks ground on new facility

  • Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2013 12:25 a.m.
    UPDATED: Sunday, November 10, 2013 12:53 a.m.
Artist's rendering of new facility for Novant Health Granite Quarry Internal Medicine & Pediatrics.
Artist's rendering of new facility for Novant Health Granite Quarry Internal Medicine & Pediatrics.

GRANITE QUARRY — Novant Health Granite Quarry Internal Medicine & Pediatrics broke ground Friday on a new facility.

The medical clinic will be at the corner of U.S. Highway 52 and Bank Street, next to the Granite Quarry Post Office.


New salon opens in Salisbury

SALISBURY — International hairdresser and European-certified cosmetology educator Teri Fox has opened a salon in downtown Salisbury and will host a public reception from 2 to 4 p.m. today.

Located at 110 E. Council St., Salon Raaa opened on Oct. 15 in the renovated space.

The word “raaa,” which is urban slang for “an unexpected delight,” describes the slick, sleek retro/contemporary vibe of her new hair design studio, Fox said.

A transplant to Salisbury, Fox most recently was owner-operator of a cosmetology school but said she wanted more contact with customers and the experience of being part of a local business community.

Fox said she has traveled extensively honing her craft, and her clientele has included rock personalities and royalty. Dodie LaFevre-King, nationally published color educator, also works at Salon Raaa. LaFevre-King’s services include extensions and the Helix cutting technique.

Fox said she and LeFevre-King believe the most important service rendered by hair stylists is an in-depth consultation.

Salon hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with early and late sessions by appointment.

Cheerwine now in Pacific Northwest

SALISBURY — Cheerwine has taken its southern handshake in a bottle to the Pacific Northwest.

Last month, the Salisbury-based company began producing the soft drink known for its one-of-a-kind taste in Olympia, Wash. It’s the first step in bringing Cheerwine to the shelves of retailers in that region.

“Cheerwine has made a commitment to be in all 50 states by our 100-year anniversary in 2017,” said Tom Barbitta, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Cheerwine. “We have been very focused and methodical in fulfilling our mission. While an aggressive goal, there is no doubt this brand can play on a national stage.”

Barbitta said the company believes that anchoring the brand in the Pacific Northwest and demonstrating success there can help accelerate the expansion to other markets. 

“There are already good signs of consumer affinity in the Pacific Northwest,” he said.

Cheerwine has a partnership with Pepsi bottlers.

“We very deliberately analyzed the U.S. and concluded that the best region to create a beachhead was in Idaho, Oregon and Washington,” Barbitta said. 

He said independent Pepsi bottlers and Pepsi Beverages Company will help integrate the Cheerwine brand throughout the region. 

“These are very effective Pepsi bottlers that are deeply ingrained into their communities,” Barbitta said. “They know how to get the chores done.”

Delivery of Cheerwine to Pacific Northwest markets has started, and the company expects to be fully integrated into the region early next year.

Ribbon cuttings upcoming

SALISBURY — The Rowan County Chamber of Commerce has several ribbon cuttings this month. Ceremonies include the following:

• Nov. 5 Second anniversary The Perfect Smoke at 213 S. Lee St. and ING Financial in the Hardiman Building at 131 E. Innes St.

• Nov. 8 Meals On Wheels at its new location, 1307 S. Salisbury Ave. in Spencer

• Nov. 8 Yadkin River Bridge Dedication with N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory

• 4 p.m. Nov. 14 The Water Whole at 906 Webb Road

• 9 a.m. Nov. 20 Modern Eye Care at 223 Faith Road

Zinc holding canned food drive

Zinc is holding an event at its shop Saturday, Nov. 16, to raise money and canned food for Rowan Helping Ministry. The “Holiday Festival at Zinc” is from 10 a.m. -3 p.m. with a mini chili cook-off, 10 antique and art dealers, a canned food drive and unveiling of Robert Crum’s sculpture from Grimes Mill pieces “Born From Fire.”

Curt & Geri’s moving to Kannapolis

KANNAPOLIS — Lovers of Curt & Geri’s, never fear.

The dairy bar has closed in Salisbury but plans to reopen later this month as a full-service cafe and ice cream shop in a new location on North Cannon Boulevard in Kannapolis.

Geri Smith said she and her husband, Curt, decided they needed to expand the business but could not prepare food at 1418 S. Main St. in Salisbury, a former service station at the five-points intersection of South Main, South Fulton and Klumac.

So, after 14 years, Curt & Geri’s closed up shop on Oct. 14 and moved to 1403 N. Cannon Boulevard, former home to a 1950s-style grill and ice cream parlor. The restaurant is called Curt and Geri’s Cafe and Ice Cream and will still be run by the family, Smith said.

She’s looking for a waitress and cook. To apply, call 704- 637-8667.

Smith plans to open later this month. Hours will be 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Edward Jones backs WWI museum

Financial-services firm Edward Jones has partnered with the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., to continue its commitment to support military veterans. Edward Jones has been awarded exclusive naming rights for the Museum’s Research Center and the Museum’s Centennial Flag Program.

The sponsorship of $150,000 grants Edward Jones access to the WWI Museum’s other assets, including usage of the J.C. Nichols Auditorium, and rights to future WWI Museum authorized traveling exhibits.

“This national partnership resonates with us in Salisbury as hiring military veterans is a part of Edward Jones’ history and culture,” according to a news release from said John and Jolene Philpott. “The skills and competencies developed in the military translate well into a career as an Edward Jones financial adviser.”

WWII history part of European Tour

Next year marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day. On the 16-day World War II Memorial Tour of Europe, Image Tours Inc. offers the chance to explore the historical events and monuments associated with D-Day, while remembering the many American men and women who fought for freedom on the shores of France and throughout Europe.

The tour explores the museums, battlefields, monuments, and culture of Western Europe.

The fully escorted tour can be arranged with air from Charlotte, and includes all land transportation in Europe, hotel accommodations, tour manager, several museum admissions, 23 meals, and airport transfers. The 16-day tour (14 nights in Europe) features four one-night stays and five two-night stays. Departures offered in 2014 include May 15, July 3, and September 11. Veterans will receive a $50 discount in addition to any other discounts available at time of booking.

For more information on this exciting World War II Memorial Tour of Europe or any of Image Tours’ other 2014 Europe vacations, contact Wayne Mullis Travel at Ph: 704-633-1081.

Carolina Farm Credit elections

STATESVILLE — The Carolina Farm Credit board of directors elected L. Kim Starnes of Salisbury as vice-chairman and Mark A. Bray of Lawsonville as chairman.

Starnes is the owner/operator of Four S Farms in Salisbury, a row crop, beef cattle and pullet house operation. He has served on the Carolina Farm Credit board since 2007 and also serves on the Carolina Farm Credit board Audit Committee.

Starnes serves as chairman of the Rowan County Ag Advisory Board, vice-president of the Rowan County Cattlemen’s Association and secretary/treasurer of the Miller Ferry Volunteer Fire Department. He is also a member of the N.C. Cattlemen’s Association, N.C. Farm Bureau, Gideon’s International and is a deacon and Sunday school director at Trading Ford Baptist Church.

Carolina Farm Credit is a stockholder-owned cooperative providing short, intermediate and long-term financing to full- and part-time farmers and agricultural-related businesses and also provides financing for the construction and purchase of homes in 54 counties through 36 service centers.

Other financial services available are credit life insurance, crop insurance, appraisal services, leasing programs and financial planning.

Southern States opens food drive

The third annual Southern States Holiday Food Drive begins Monday, Nov. 11, and once again Southern States Cooperative will partner with local food banks in cities and communities throughout the Southeast.

“Our nation’s farmers work hard every day to ensure that our citizens have the food and fiber that they need,” said Southern States President and CEO Tom Scribner.

The drive continues through Dec. 13.

Southern States also is encouraging horse feed customers to support horse clubs that participate in the Southern States SHOW (Special Horse Organization Winner’s) Program.

Member clubs and organizations receive cash rewards in exchange for proof of purchase seals from bags of Southern States, Legends and Triple Crown horse feeds. The funds are used to support equestrian activities and events that specifically benefit the horse industry.

Submit information about new businesses, honors and management promotions to bizbriefs@salisburypost.com. Include a daytime phone number.

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