Business roundup

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 13, 2012

CHINA GROVE — A full-service bakery has opened in downtown China Grove.
Susan Menius owns the Frosted Butterfly Bakery & Gifts at 106 Swink St. She works alongside her mother, Freda Smith, also a baker, and sister Angie Burkett.
“Our passion for food is deeply rooted in the tradition and simplicity of southern baking, and we are proud to serve as a community bakery in the great town of China Grove,” Menius said.
Her family has lived in China Grove for more than 30 years and always has loved to bake, she said.
The bakery offers almost everything sweet: cakes, cookies, whoopee pies, creme horns, cake balls, brownies, pastries, doughnuts, cannolis and more. The shop also prepares custom birthday, wedding and special occasion cakes.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The bakery is closed Sunday.
To learn more, visit or call 704-856-8905.
New owners of Grease Monkey
SALISBURY — The Grease Monkey at 1603 W. Innes St. has new owners.
Kyle and Charles Eller, who started the lube shop in 1988, sold the business to Dan and Sheila Newell of Mooresville. Michael Ivester of Charlotte is a co-owner.
The new owners are renovating the property inside and out, with upgrades under way for the parking lot, customer waiting area, garage and more.
“Pardon our dust,” Dan Newell said. “We are open for business.”
Phil Rodgers continues to manage the shop, and the staff remains the same.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Picture This Photography opens
SALISBURY — Brittney Weicht has opened a photography business specializing in weddings.
Picture This Photography offers other photo services, including seniors portraits and family pictures.
“Our clients will receive nothing but the best service,” Weicht said. “I take pride in my work and love what I do. I make sure that every bride is treated as they should be, a unique individual with their own needs, visions, and personality.”
Weicht said she takes a photojournalism approach when she photographs weddings to capture events as they unfold.
“When I am posing my clients, I take a more creative approach and do some things that are outside of the box,” she said.
Complete wedding collections start at $2,075. A collection includes at least eight hours of coverage, a high-resolution DVD with printing rights, online proofing and a complimentary engagement session.
Brides can also choose to create their own package with a minimum of three hours of coverage.
For more information visit , call 704-245-3031 or email
My Farm Fresh Market part of Food Revolution Day on Saturday
SALISBURY — My Farm Fresh Marketplace and Organic Christians will participate in the first global Food Revolution Day in conjuction with the Jamie Oliver Foundation.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the marketplace at 3402 S. Main St. will offer cooking demonstrations, ideas for healthy snacks for kids, a beehive demonstration, a meet-and-greet with local farmers and other activities to teach people where food comes from.
“It’s all about changing the way people eat through food education, giving families the skills and knowledge to cook from scratch again, and motivating people to stand up for their right to better food,” marketplace owner Jon Barber said.
The free event will include planting and learning about healthy foods, a firetruck demonstration and mushroom propagation.
Salisbury is one of two locations in North Carolina chosen to host Food Revolution Day.
Seminar Monday on why your online presence matters
SALISBURY — Holly Czuba and Bare Bulb Marketing will offer a free lecture Monday night about how businesses and people can control their online presence.
“If you don’t have an online marketing strategy, or you are not in control of the one you do have, you are not getting the most out of the online tools available,” Czuba said.
The seminar will cover why your online presence matters, how search engines work, tools to control your brand online, social media privacy and more. Czuba said the presentation will help college and high school students, as well as anyone entering the job market, in addition to business owners, politicians, educators, activists or non-profit professionals.
Online marketing has changed with the rise of social media sites and mobile technologies, Czuba said.
“As a leader, take control of the information search engines know about you,” she said. “Make a plan for your online presence and know how to implement it.”
Participants will learn which social media sites are appropriate for each brand and best practices for utilizing them.
The lecture will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College, 2300 W. Innes St. RSVP by 3 p.m. Monday by calling 1-919-923-6416, emailing or going to .
Czuba is also offering “Email Marketing for Dummies,” a free lecture from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Salisbury campus, Room 4126 in Building 400. She will discuss what makes a good email, best content practices and different email service solutions. Reserve a spot by 3 p.m. Tuesday.
CrossFit Rowan in on Wounded Warrior Project fundraiser
On Saturday, May 19, at 9 a.m., CrossFit Rowan will kick off its 24 WOD (workout of the day). Every hour on the hour, a “mini” WOD will take place in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).
The WWP mission is, “To honor and empower wounded warriors.” The WWP provides programming that meets the needs of injured service members.
CrossFit Rowan is dedicating 24 hours of sweat to this effort. Donations can be made online at https://crossfitrowan.zenplanner. com/zenplanner/portal/retail.cfm or in person on May 19.
Food and beverages will be available along with grass fed beef provided by T&D Farms of China Grove. Jimmy Barnett is owner of CrossFit Rowan. More information available at “CrossFit Rowan” on Facebook or
Two from S.A. Sloop complete Trane training session
Harold Tucker and Johnny Price, install technicians, with S.A. Sloop Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. completed a training session at the Trane center in Greensboro on April 12.
The “Installation Principles — Air Side Design” class provides technicians with ductwork fundamentals, materials, how to identify duct systems and calculate friction rates.
Tucker joined S.A. Sloop in 2007. Price has been with the company since 2006.
Thrivent Financial honors Hough with Summit Circle
SALISBURY — Boyd M. Hough, a wealth adviser with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, has qualified for Summit Circle based on 2011 performance. This is the organization’s second-highest recognition level for sales and service. Seven percent of Thrivent Financial’s nearly 2,300 financial representatives qualified.
Hough is with Thrivent Financial’s East Regional Financial Office, serving Lutherans and their family members in Salisbury and surrounding communities. He was recognized at a sales conference in April. He has been with Thrivent Financial for 30 years and has been recognized for his performance 30 times.
Girl Scouts to experience STEM activities at Discovery Place
More than 300 Hornets’ Nest Girl Scouts and troop leaders from six area counties went to Discovery Place in Charlotte for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities at Time Warner Cable’s third annual Scout Out event.
Connect a Million Minds is Time Warner Cable’s five-year, $100 million initiative that addresses a declining proficiency in STEM. Time Warner Cable uses its media assets to create awareness of the issue and inspires students by connecting them with opportunities to experience STEM in non-traditional ways.
Girl Scouts also got to learn all facets of television commercial production. Each troop was to write a script for a 30 second commercial designed to promote Girl Scout cookie sales.
Free women’s wellness seminar Wednesday at Chamber
SALISBURY — Renu Derma Natural Cosmetics will host a free women’s wellness seminar 5-8 p.m. May 23 at the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce, 204 E. Innes St.
Presentations include “How to survive and grow through addictive relationships” by Dr. Marie Odile Langhorne, “Hormonal imbalance: Crucial to your health” via video and “Hypnosis to heal depression and anxiety” by Angie Kauffman.
For more information call 1-866-964-3932 or 704-633-8175. Seating is limited to 40 women.
CM Black completes upgrade for Ben Mynatt Buick in Concord
CONCORD — CM Black Construction has recently completed an upgrade for the Ben Mynatt Buick GMC dealership in Concord.
The project involved an interior renovation, as well as an external facade work.
Ben Mynatt Buick owner, Cyndie Mynatt, said, “From an owner’s perspective, we couldn’t have asked for a better experience than we had with CM Black.”
Ben Mynatt Buick GMC is located at 289 Concord Parkway South in Concord. Justin Black is project manager for CM Black. For more information, visit or call 704-788-4438.
Kerr Drug launches Healthy Pet Rx program
RALEIGH — Kerr Drug is now providing prescriptions for four-legged family members. The community pharmacy is offering pet medications, ordered online and delivered to your home. Kerr Drug’s Healthy Pet offers medications and pet supplies at prices up to 40 percent lower than most other pharmacies and online retailers.
Anthony “Tony” Civellois president and CEO of Kerr Drug.
Many prescription medications for pets are the same as human medicines, just at different doses and strengths and can generally be filled in the store.
Visit and click on Healthy Pet for convenient ordering. Kerr Drug in Spencer is at 317 North Salisbury Ave.
Walker Marketing earns public relations rewards
CONCORD — Walker Marketing’s public relations campaign for Liberty HomeCare & Hospice Services took home two major prizes at the N.C. Public Relations Society of America chapter’s Silver InSpire Awards May 2.
The campaign won an Award of Excellence and also earned the Silver InSpire as the best campaign in its category at the awards ceremony at the Capital City Club in Raleigh. Walker Marketing’s integrated campaign for the Richmond County Tourism Development Authority was also recognized at the awards ceremony as a finalist in the integrated marketing category.
Visit or find Walker on Twitter at @WalkerMarketing.
Fashion show for Prevent Child Abuse Rowan
The Stitchin’ Post hosted a fashion show on April 26 to benefit Prevent Child Abuse Rowan since April was National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
As part of the celebration and continued commitment to the community, The Stitchin’ Post matched donations received that night.
WilcoHess matched that donation totaling $880 raised for Prevent Child Abuse Rowan.
Kristine Craig, family advocate for Prevent Child Abuse Rowan, spoke about the organization, which relies on volunteers and financial contributions from those who want to help Rowan County be the best place to live and raise children. The organization’s mission is to stop child abuse through education, intervention and support.
Contributions can be mailed to PO Box 591 Salisbury NC 28145. For more information, call 704-639-1700.
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