Biz briefs 7/10

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 10, 2016

Rufty’s Chrismon Shop hosting annual open house

Rufty’s Chrismon Shop, a division of Piedmont Floral Galleries, is hosting its annual open house on Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Rufty’s is family owned and operated and has been in business for over 60 years.  Three newly copyrighted booklet kits, 29 new single pattern kits and one new pattern book for 2016 will be on display and available for purchase.

The booklets provide instructions for multiple patterns and are included in a kit which contains the beads and wire needed to complete the ornaments. The new pattern book will be sold separately and will not be available as part of a kit.

The booklets and single patterns have been in the developmental stages for many months. All patterns are copyrighted and nondenominational and are purchased by churches and individuals in every state and in the United Kingdom. These crafts are used on mission trips in many countries abroad.

Rufty’s will hold Christian symbol classes during the week leading up to the open house on July 14 and 15. There will be classes for every level from the beginner to advanced. Call 704-636-7790 for info and to sign-up for classes.

This popular Christian craft is wonderful for creating fellowship and a great tool for group or individual Bible study. Many are also made for gifts, new church members, people with spiritual or physical needs and heirlooms for children and grandchildren to bring Christian faith and hope to others.

These most recent pattern books and booklet kits are in addition to an already extensive collection of 60 multi-pattern booklet kits currently offered by Rufty’s. The new kits as well as all others will be available for purchase at the open house.

Regular hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to the multi-pattern kits, Rufty’s offers hundreds of single-pattern kits.

For those interested in learning more, a question and answer session will be held at 11 a.m. during the open house. There will be drawings for gifts and light refreshments will be served.

All of Rufty’s designs may be seen on the website at

Tour Holiday Inn Express property at Business After Hours

The Rowan Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its monthly Business After Hours mixer on July 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott hotel at 120 Marriott Circle.

During this month’s mixer, attendees will be able to go on a hard hat tour of the new Holiday Inn Express property next door.

Business after Hours is an opportunity for chamber members to network, share ideas and learn about other businesses. The event is free for members and open to nonmembers for a $20 paid at the door.

RSVP by Monday, July 11, by noon via email to or by calling 704-633-4221.

Miller Davis authorized to sell BrightSign Digital Media Signage

Miller Davis Agency of Salisbury has been named an authorized re-seller of BrightSign, LLC products.

BrightSign, a privately held company located in Los Gatos, Calif., provides digital signage, content creation software and networking solutions for the commercial digital signage industry. BrightSign solid-state digital signage media players are known worldwide for their reliability, video quality, interactivity, affordability and ease-of-use by the commercial digital signage market.

Miller Davis will integrate the usage of BrightSign into its current client base, as well as projects for future clients, combining BrightSign technology with the internet-based dynamic content that the agency currently develops.

“We are excited about using this very unique, low-cost solution for a wide range of applications for the retail, museum, entertainment, restaurant, outdoor, corporate, education, medical and hospitality industries,” said Mike Miller, president of Miller Davis Agency.

BrightSign, LLC was founded in 2002 by Anthony Wood, the inventor of the digital video recorder (DVR).

BrightSign is the global market leader in digital signage players, as named by IHS in its 2013, 2014 and 2015 “Global Market for Digital Signage” research studies, which report market share of all media players and PC-based signage solutions combined.

Miller Davis, in business for 15 years in Salisbury, is located at 205 E. Council St. Miller Davis a full service marketing agency, specializing in web, social media, graphic design, event planning, print, video, trade show booths, media buying, events, public relations, research and interactive media.

Hearing Solutions of NC welcomes new physician

Dr. Lorin S. Oden, audiologist and owner of Hearing Solutions of North Carolina, is pleased to announce that Dr. Mary Ann Allen has joined the practice.

Dr. Allen brings over 16 years of experience, working previously with Morehead ENT Associates and Morehead Memorial Hospital in Eden, N.C. Dr. Allen will be providing services in the Salisbury office as well as working with the physicians of Pinnacle Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy in their Thomasville location.

“The response we have received in the Salisbury area in the last 5 years has been overwhelmingly positive. Additionally, we appreciate the opportunity to broaden our relationship with Drs. Whitaker and Emery to the folks in the Thomasville area,” reports Dr. Oden.

Dr. Allen received her doctorate in audiology from A.T. Still University, her master of science in audiology from Bloomsburg University and her bachelor of science in communication disorders from California University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Allen is licensed by the state of North Carolina as an audiologist and dispenser of hearing aids.

To schedule an appointment either at the Salisbury or Thomasville location, call Beth at 704-633-0023.