Business Roundup: After delay, Cuban restaurant to open next weekend downtown

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 5, 2015

A Cuban cafe on W. Innes Street will be open next weekend, according to the owner.

Maracas’ Cuban Cafe was supposed to open in late April, but the building the restaurant is in, where Sweet Meadow Cafe previously was, had to be brought up to code, which delayed the opening. A new HVAC system has been installed and the restaurant’s kitchen is brand new.

Maracas’ is owned by Mabel Jacome and her husband, Frank Trujillo, who formerly ran Cubakfe Cuban Cafe in Granite Quarry. The cafe will serve breakfast and lunch to start and also has a coffee bar. Jacome said the restaurant will not start serving dinner until September while the new staff is trained. She said they are still hiring servers.

To begin, Maracas’ hours will be Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cafe’s phone number is 704-633-1228.

Store sells lots of jerky

Jerky Station has opened at 107 S. Main Street in Salisbury. The store sells a large variety of jerky.

Owned and operated by Brad McDaniel and his father, Delmar, Jerky Station sells jerky from 23 animals and in hundreds of flavors. They have jerky from 15 states. Types of jerky include: alligator, turkey, chicken, deer, duck, elk, shark, tuna, pig and more. Jerky from other countries is available too.

Customers can sample the jerky.

“I don’t care if I make any money as long as everybody gets some of this jerky,” Delmar said in a message.

The store’s hours are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. The phone number is 704-754-5623.

Salisbury native honored

The North Carolina Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors has named Rondol “Ron” Davidson of Greensboro as its 2015 Advisor Of The Year.

Davidson was born in Salisbury.

Davidson has been part of the Financial Services Industry for more than 30 years. The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors promotes the role of insurance as part of a sound financial plan, and promotes the essential role provided by professional agents and advisors.

Its mission is to advocate for a positive legislative and regulatory environment, enhance business and professional skills, and promote the ethical conduct of its members. Ron may be contacted by phone at 336-299-2986, or by email at

Mortuary celebrates anniversary

STATESVILLE — The 29th annual Memorial Service and 93rd anniversary service of Rutledge and Bigham Mortuary in Statesville was held on June 28 in The Mary B. Bigham Memorial Chapel of the Funeral Home.

The theme for the Service was God Will Take Care of You. Bernardeane Moton, CEO of Rutledge and Bigham was the mistress of ceremonies, with Rev. Reginald M. Keitt, Pastor of Mt. Pleasant AME Zion Church offering the Memorial Message.

Two $1,000 scholarships were awarded by the Rutledge and Bigham Scholarship Committee, which includes Christopher “Skip” McCall, Chairperson, Vermel Moore and William Jones.

The Rutledge and Bigham Memorial Scholarship recipient was Erin Nichole. The Charles Warner Brown Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Leondra Sherille Pridgen.

Brady thriving with Thrivent

Eric Brady, of Salisbury, a financial consultant with Thrivent Financial, has qualified to attend the Peak Performers conference as a Sierra Level qualifier by providing outstanding financial guidance, solutions and service to members of the organization in 2014. Out of more than 2,300 Thrivent Financial representatives nationwide, 474 individuals qualified for this honor.

Brady is with Thrivent Financial’s Eastern Regional Financial Office, and serves members in Salisbury and surrounding communities.

Brady has been with Thrivent Financial for 24 years. He has been recognized for his performance 19 times.

Sea Tow adds locations

Sea Tow Services International Inc. has two new franchises in North Carolina: Sea Tow High Rock Lake and Sea Tow Uwharrie Lakes (covering Badin and Tillery lakes). Captain Ryan Smith and his wife, Maggie, are the co-owners and operators of these Sea Tow franchises, which are headquartered in Ellerbe.

The Sea Tow fleet for these two new locations includes a 20-foot Stratos, 22-foot Boston Whaler and 24-foot Cape Horn boat, positioned for fast response to calls for assistance from boaters on all three lakes.

The Smiths have spent their lives boating on freshwater lakes and currently live on Lake Tillery with their two children. Ryan Smith holds a U.S. Coast Guard captain’s license with a towing endorsement, and gained extensive experience working for Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach, headquartered in Wilmington.

“We are dedicated not only to serving the local boating community but also to being a part of it,” said Smith. “My family lives and we work and play here. These are our friends and neighbors whom we are helping on the water. We are also working with Wake the World, which takes special needs children out onto lakes for a fun water-sports experience.”

For information about Sea Tow High Rock Lake, visit For information about Sea Tow Uwharrie Lakes, visit