Business Roundup: Free Comic Book Day is Saturday at Collectivity

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 26, 2015

Collectivity – The Comic Book Shoppe, at 111A W. Fisher Street in Salisbury, will celebrate Free Comic Book Day Saturday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free Comic Book Day has three main purposes: To introduce people to the joys of reading comics. To call back former comic book readers and to thank current comic book buyers for their continued support. Publishers produce special edition comics geared to attracting new readers. There is a wide diversity of comics available, from traditional comics fare like Archie and Disney, superheroes from both Marvel and DC comics as well as work from manga and independent publishers.
People will be able to chose one or two comics from the shop’s selection of free comic book day comics. Those who have a DC or Marvel comic related costume are encouraged to wear it to the store.
Special guests will include a local artist, wrestler and displays by a local cosplayer. There will be a large selection of records including 33s, 45s, 78s and boxed sets for sale and a wide selection of toys and action figures.
Manga books and manga comics will be on sale. Comic Book Subscription Service will be available. There will be a non-sport card partial set sale and a sale featuring New Marvel and DC New 52 partial sets and comic runs.

Free Comic Book Day started in 2002 and is coordinated by the industry’s single large distributor, Diamond Comic Distributors.

New travel agency

Beth Benedetto has recently founded Beth’s Travel and Vacations, an independent home-based travel agency in Salisbury. The agency is affiliated with Imagine Travel in Greensboro.



Beth’s Travel and Vacations provides a full range of travel services, including booking hotels, air service, cruises, river cruises, car rental, land tours and arranging fully independent travel vacations.

“We are so pleased to have Beth join our sales group. Beth’s attention to detail is so precise and her extended experiences in traveling bring an invaluable resource to her clients,” Imagine Travel’s owners said in statement.

Benedetto is a graduate of East Rowan High School and King’s College. She retired from the State of North Carolina in 2012. She can be contacted at 704-990-5457 or at Visit for more information.

Belk charity event

Belk’s spring charity sale will take place Saturday, May 2, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. in all Belk stores. The four-hour, in-store shopping event is a fundraising tool for participating organizations that sell $5 tickets to their supporters. It’s also an opportunity for customers to give back to local nonprofits while taking advantage of special in-store discounts on purchases during the event.

Belk in the Wallace Commons on Klumac Road has 18 local nonprofits participating and charity tickets can be purchased at Belk.

On the morning of the sale, the first 100 customers to arrive at each store will receive a Belk gift card ranging in value from $5 to $100, and a chance to win one of three $1,000 Belk gift cards being awarded company-wide. All customers will also receive $5 back on their first purchase. Also, participating charities and schools will be registered to win one of three $1,000 donations from Belk in a company-wide drawing.

Real estate group meets Tuesday

Rowan Real Estate Investors and Associates will meet on Tuesday at Ryan’s Steakhouse on Jake Alexander Boulevard.

During this meeting, the group will be doing deal exchanges. Each investor will have the opportunity to market their property. For more information email

The meeting starts at 7 p.m., but attendees can come early and enjoy dinner with other investors.

The purpose of the group is to provide information regarding real estate investing in Rowan county. By meeting regularly, attendees can exchange ideas regarding how to buy, sell, rent and rehab properties. At times, there will be a speaker to present information that will be valuable to investors as well as homeowners or even prospective homeowners.

For more information, call Bob Yon at 704-762-1117.

National Parks boost state economy

A National Park Service report shows that 16.7 million visitors to national parks in North Carolina spent $1.1 billion in the state in 2014. That spending resulted in 18,528 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $1.5 billion.

Spending in National Parks in North Carolina was third in the country behind California and Alaska. The Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park were the top two National Park attractions in the country in terms of visitor spending.

Across the country, visitor spending related to National Parks totaled $15.7 billion and supported 277,000 jobs, $10.3 billion in labor income and $29.7 billion in economic output in the national economy.

The national park sites in North Carolina are: Blue Ridge Parkway, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Cape Lookout National Seashore, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, Moores Creek National Battlefield and Wright Brothers National Memorial.