Former wine shop now open as Cartucci’s Grapevine

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 27, 2014

SALISBURY — Two months after owner Ted Aurora reopened Cartucci’s Italian restaurant, he’s now opening the former Blue Vine as a new wine bar, café and live music venue.
Cartucci’s Grapevine, located at 209 S. Main St., will open Friday and host the Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project from 9 p.m. to midnight with no cover charge for the grand opening.
Hours will be 6 to 11 p.m. Thursdays with karaoke from 9 to 11 p.m., and 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays with live music starting at 9 p.m. Cartucci’s Grapevine will have an appetizer and dessert menu, catered by Cartucci’s restaurant around the corner. The Grapevine will offer wine, beer and coffee.
To contact the Grapevine, call 704-870-2574 or email The website, which is under construction, is
SALISBURY — A wedding dress boutique in downtown Salisbury will be the exclusive North Carolina retailer for Heidi Elnora, a dress designer whose reality TV show debuted last week on TLC.
Bellissima, located at 100 W. Innes St., will carry Elnora’s Build a Bride line, featured on the show “Bride by Design,” which airs at 10 p.m. Fridays following TLC’s popular “Say Yes to the Dress.”
Alabama-based Elnora designs and creates custom wedding gowns with “Southern sparkle,” according to a news release. In 2005, she was one of the designers selected to compete on “Project Runway.”
Bellissima owner Monica Cameron said the Elnora line provides brides with multiple looks using one gown.
“The collection is comprised of gorgeous silhouettes in beautiful silk fabrics,” Cameron said. “After selecting the shape of the gown, brides choose from tons of trim options, lace jackets, beaded sashes, etc.”
The collection will begin at $1,800.
Bellissima has been won the Best of Weddings honor by “The Knot” and was named a Blue Ribbon Vendor by “Southern Weddings.” Hours are by appointment only by calling 704-754-5330 or emailing
The former Bass Lake RV Resort has reopened as Carolina Country Family Campground under the new ownership of Rennie Gupton.
Located at 185 Jim Neely Drive off U.S. 601 North, the campground will host a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Visitor passes are free and activities like swimming and fishing will be half-price.
Refreshments will be for sale, and the campground will give away prizes throughout the day. Camping will be discounted.
Regular cabin rentals start at $60 per night with a two-night minimum, three nights on holiday weekends. The campground offers RV hookups, tent sites, family day passes and individual day passes in a country setting with an Olympic-sized pool, club house, fishing lake, paddle boats, putt putt and more.
To learn more, call 704-633-7301 or visit .
Industrial Supply Solutions Inc. has two employees who have been key members of the company for more than 50 years.
The company at 804 Julian Road in Salisbury recently honored Tyler Copeland and Marian Overcash for their half-century of commitment, expertise and performance. They set a positive example to their families and teammates, the company said, and their coworkers continue to learn from and admire them.

SALISBURY — Jamie Sheets, the charge nurse in the endoscopy department at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, has received the 2014 Tammy Bernhardt Nursing Excellence Award.
The award is given annually to a Rowan Medical Center nurse who demonstrates exemplary care for patients. Award recipients are nominated by their peers.
Sheets was nominated by the endoscopy staff for her strong emphasis on and dedication to nursing. In addition, she assisted a local gastroenterologist’s office with establishing office-based outpatient procedures. These services were previously unavailable for local residents. 
Sheets, who has worked at Rowan Medical Center for nine years and is a lifelong resident of Rowan County, was actually born at the hospital.
For the past three years, Sheets has chaired the hospital’s Nurse Practice Council, and she is a member of the Nurse Peer Review and Nurse Coordinating Council and is one of the hospital’s safety coaches.
She is also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Altar Guild at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church and volunteers as a Sunday school teacher.
SALISBURY — “Progressive Grocer” magazine has named six Food Lion leaders along the East Coast to its 2014 Top Women in Grocery list.
The Rising Star winners are as follows:
•   Lisa Hodges of Waldorf, Md.
•   Sherry Ritenor of Fredericksburg, Va.
•   Kathryn Sowers of Statesville
•   Delony Spraggins of Raleigh
•   Kristen Talley of Charlotte
•   Rhonda Mauldin of Simpsonville, S.C.
As one of the food industry’s highest honors, the Top Women in Grocery award recognizes leaders in grocery retail who demonstrate excellence in leadership throughout Food Lion stores and their community.
CONCORD — Kiella Molden has been named sales manager at Embassy Suites Golf Resort & Spa in Concord.
“I’ve been with the company for four and a half years, which has been a very positive experience for me,” said Molden.
Molden comes to the resort after five years as sales manager at Embassy Suites Research Triangle in Cary.
RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is sponsoring a free food business workshop next month at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh.
“The Business of Being in Business” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 27. The workshop will cover topics including trademarks, sales tax, business structure and more. Registration is open to existing food businesses and is limited to 30 people, and the deadline is Aug. 22.
For more information or to register, call Annette Dunlap at 919-707-3117.
 CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte ChallengeHER event will educate women entrepreneurs about the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program and provide them with resources and knowledge to help grow their businesses through federal contracting. 
The event is designed to bring more women-owned firms into the federal government’s supply chain and to provide an avenue for government agencies to meet qualified women-owned contractors.
This free event is Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Federal Reserve Bank, 530 East Trade St., Charlotte, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Registration is required at
 ChallengeHER is a joint initiative from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) American Express Open, the small business division of the financial services company, and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP).
 Contact Eileen Joyce, SBA, at 704-344-6787 or for more information.

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