Business roundup: Changes coming to Tranqwool

SPENCER — Changes are coming to TranqWool Knitting Provisions at 516 S. Salisbury Ave. in Spencer.

“After some soul searching and heavy doses of reality, we’ll soon be introducing a brand new TranqWool,” owner Jenni Pfaff said. “A luxury boutique selling a few selected yarn brands with specialized clinics, needles and some accessories.”

TranqWool will no longer be a full service yarn store, but Knit Night and special workshops and events will continue, Pfaff said.

“This strange economy has forced us to re-evaluate the shop’s path in order to stay in business,” she said.

An open clinic from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays will offer instruction on any project or technique using yarn from TranqWool or anywhere else for $30.

The shop has marked down all yarn in the store by 25 percent. The sale runs until the current inventory is gone. Sister store the Green Goat Gallery, which Pfaff also owns with her husband Brian Pfaff, will continue to share space with TranqWool.

“After all is said and done, TranqWool and the Green Goat Gallery together will be able to offer a truly unique shopping and gift-giving location,” Jenni Pfaff said. “It’s a new beginning.”

SALISBURY — Ann Cline and Amy Leonard have opened Fun Finds on Fulton, a shop for handcrafted items of all kinds by local artists and craftspeople.

The shop at 1026 S. Fulton St. near Mambo Grill and MG Lounge is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

“We are always looking for creative people with unique items to share,” Cline said.

The shop offers a showcase for artisans’ treasures. Items include paintings, jewelry, pet treats, terraiums, hats, painted furniture, handcrafted furniture, goat milk soap and more. The owners will hold an open house for May 27 through May 31 and plan to use their front yard on Saturdays to display art and other items.

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CLEVELAND — Daimler Trucks’ first-quarter unit sales rose 7 percent, led by strength in its North American and Asian markets, the company announced.

Daimler has a Freightliner truck manufaturing plant in Cleveland.

In the first quarter, truck sales rose to 108,500 worldwide, including those in North America that rose 13 percent to 34,558. That total included 30,592 U.S. sales, an increase of 15 percent over year-ago levels.

According to Truck Fleet Management, the company projected North American market growth of about 10 percent this year, which it credits to “increasing economic momentum.”

DES Unveils New Employer Call Center

RALEIGH — Employers needing assistance from the Division of Employment Security now have a direct line to get the answers they need. The new Employer Call Center can assist employers with questions ranging from taxes to claims or even fraud.

“This will greatly assist the employers in getting the answers they need in a timely manner,” DES Assistant Secretary Dale Folwell said in a news release. “No matter the question, we have a dedicated group of employees there to assist them.”

DES employees are trained with an emphasis on focusing on the first five minutes of each call and assisting the caller with any question they may have. Callers that require additional information are given direct contact to the departments that can provide that information.

Employer Call Center agents are trained as universal agents in unemployment insurance knowledge and are able to provide assistance on a variety ofunemployment insurance questions including remote tax filing, State Infor- mation Data Exchange System, tax and claims questions.

Employers can call 919-707-1150 or 1-866-278-3822 to reach the ECC.

Customers who need assistance with their unemployment insurance claim can call 1-888-737-0259.

Senior Resource Link meeting

The Cabarrus County Senior Resource Link will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, May 13, from 11:30 1 p.m. at The Carillon in Harrisburg. Guest speaker is Mary Anne Drummod, author of “Meet Me Where I Am” and regional vice president of operations for Carillon Assisted Living. For reservations and additional information, contact Susan Wear at Gentiva Home Health 704-933-1001.

Women’s mentoring event held

Financial services firm Edward Jones participated in the Charlotte Business Journal’s Bizwomen Mentoring Monday program, as part of its continued mission to recruit and attract more women to the firm. The event, which took place April 7 in Charlotte and included Edward Jones Financial Advisor Jolene Philpott for one-on-one coaching sessions with other women in the community.

Mentoring Monday is a nationwide mentoring effort led by American City Business Journal’s, with which Edward Jones has partnered. The event is a launching pad for a new website,, which is intended to highlight women’s successes.

Women in the Charlotte Metro area, including Salisbury, can learn more about Edward Jones and receive its Bizwomen content by visiting

Shea Homes ceremonies

CHINA GROVE — Shea Homes will host a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday to open its second China Grove neighborhood, Miller’s Grove.

A public grand opening is planned from noon-4 p.m. Saturday including refreshments and tours of model homes. Find out more at

Miller’s Grove was a formerly distressed neighborhood, purchased by Shea Homes in 2013. The company said it gave the neighborhood a facelift and now offers one- and two-story homes priced in the $170,000s to $200,000s.

Shea Homes Charlotte is a division of Shea Homes Limited Partnership, an independent member of the Shea family of companies. Shea Homes is the oldest family-owned homebuilder in the United States. Shea Homes builds new homes in California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Washington, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Florida.

SALISBURY — Lake Norman Benefits Inc. of Mooresville will coordinate an Employee Health and Wellness Fair for Gerry Wood Auto Group May 19 at the Honda dealership.

Representatives from United Healthcare and Carolinas Healthcare System will help employees get the most out of their benefits plans.

Staff from the U.S. National Whitewater Center will showcase activities available at the center, and staff from the Forum Fitness Center will talk about special programs, savings and incentives available to Gerry Wood employees.

“The health and wellness of our employees is of utmost importance to us,” Brad Wood, general manager of the Gerry Wood Auto Group, said in a news release. “They are the basis of creating a great customer experience, as well as a positive work environment for each other. When our staff is educated on how to live and feel healthy, everyone enjoys the benefits.”

Southern States employee training

Dennis Mosteller, field sales associate, has attended a comprehensive three-day training program designed to qualify him as a “FeedMaster Certified Feed Specialist” for Southern States Cooperative Inc.

The training programs are tied to the Southern States’ FeedMaster program and are designed to augment the existing knowledge base of employees involved in advising the co-op’s customers on issues related to feeding various types of animals.

The American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) certifies animal scientists through examination.

Professors from land grant universities in the Southern States service area, industry nutritionists and veterinarians were among those conducting technical sessions during the programs Mosteller attended.

“With all the research and new developments occurring, animal owners need and want the best possible counsel on feed nutrition and feed solutions in general,” says Rich Schneider, part of the Southern States team that developed the FeedMaster program. “FeedMaster programs instill knowledge in our people, so that we can truly provide people who know.”

Rug & Home in on 52 Weeks of Giving

Starting July 15, 2014, Rug & Home will give one rug per week to 52 charitable organizations in the hopes that these nonprofits will be able to use these rugs to raise funds for their causes.

Area charities are encouraged to apply by filling out a short form at by June 30.

The program served 54 organizations in the past 12 months.

Among the organizations were the Junior Charity League of Concord, GHA Autism Supports in Albemarle, Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, Community Free Clinic in Concord, Hope Haven in Charlotte and the American Red Cross’ Union County Chapter.

Rakesh Agarwal is CEO of Rug & Home.

Rug & Home has been in business since 1995 with locations in Asheville, Kannapolis and Gaffney, S.C.

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