Biz briefs: Dec. 9

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 9, 2018

Better Business Bureau warns about holiday scams

The Better Business Bureau advises the public to remain cautious with phishing scams, shopping at pop-up shops and imposter scams.

Phishing scams can be in the form of a fake shipping notification email, which downloads harmful viruses or tries to capture personal information after opening. The BBB says the email could have spelling or branding errors and advises to hover over links. They also warned of downloading coupons from social media or email. They also said to shop on legitimate, secure websites.

For shopping at pop-up shops, the BBB has gotten complaints about poor quality merchandise or difficulty obtaining refunds. Before buying, the Better Business Bureau says to research store headquarters, know the return policy, shop around, pay attention to quality, know the terms of the product and service guarantees, guard your personal information and consider whether there’s a high chance of return.

Imposter scams around the holiday are common around the holidays when people are in the giving mood. BBB says they can be a grandparents scam where a caller says they are a grandchild who needs help getting home for the holidays and asks for a wire transfer, prepaid debit card or a gift card. There is also a charity scam where someone hacks someone’s email or social media asking for donations.

To look up a business, file a complaint, write a customer review, report a scam or read tips, visit

Go Burrito franchises to Johnson City

The burrito shop on Fisher Street will add a second location in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Go Burrito will open a burrito restaurant and rum bar in spring of 2019 on Commerce Street.

The franchise will be owned by Doug and Kelly Carroll.

There are also plans to look in the Concord market for another Go Burrito location.

LSC opens independent living apartments in Clemmons

Trinity Elms has completed its new independent living apartments at 7543 Fair Oaks Drive, and residents have begun moving in.

Adjacent to the campus of Trinity Elms health and rehab and Trinity Elms assisted living, the community consists of two apartment buildings and a community building. Twenty-nine of the 54 total units are still available.

Renters, who must be at least 62 years old, receive priority access to rehabilitation, health care, assisted living and memory care on the Trinity Elms campus.

The apartments range from 686 to 1,001 square feet and feature fully equipped kitchens and washer/dryer hookups. One-bedroom and two-bedroom units are available, ranging from $1,700 a month to $2,250 a month.

“We are thrilled to see people moving into these beautiful apartments,” said Frandee Nichols, director of the Trinity Elms independent living apartments.

Trinity Elms, located off Harper Road near I-40, is operated by Lutheran Services Carolinas, a nonprofit social services ministry based in Salisbury that provides skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, assisted living, and retirement options to seniors in North Carolina, as well as foster care, adoption, mental health services, refugee resettlement services, disaster case management, and residential care for people with disabilities in North and South Carolina.