Business In Brief - November 13, 2007

Group to host forum on smoke-free dining

The York County group Partners in Tourism will host a forum Wednesday to discuss the risks and benefits of passing a law banning smoking in city bars and restaurants.

The free public forum is intended to provide more information to the hospitality industry on the growing trend of smoking bans. Panelists for Wednesday's discussion include Roger Baldwin, owner of Tropical Escape; Butch Bailey, owner of Scandals nightclub; Paul Dillingham, an attorney with Spencer & Spencer; Ralph Meranto, owner of Carolina Restaurant Concepts; Alan Nichols, M.D., chairman of the Tobacco Free York County Coalition; and Tom Sponseller, president of the Hospitality Association of South Carolina.

The forum will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Wingate Inn, Interstate 77 Exit 79, Rock Hill.

Cato to open new store Wednesday

Cato clothing store will open its new Cherry Road store Wednesday, the company announced. The store is at Cherry Road Crossing, next to the Super Bi-Lo, 2186 Cherry Road.

The store was formerly located in Northeast Plaza on Cherry Road.

Cato is a retailer of value-priced women's apparel, shoes and accessories

Coldwell Banker adds two agents

Real estate agents Teresa Lawson and Timm Pearson, both of Fort Mill, have joined Coldwell Banker United Realtors, the company announced.

Coldwell Banker United Realtors Carolinas region has 17 offices in Charlotte, Columbia, Lake Norman, Concord, Statesville, Rock Hill, Lancaster, Fort Mill and Sumter with 624 sales associates.

Financial adviser Winkler moves office to York

YORK -- Robert Winkler of Edward Jones has moved to a new office at 128-A N. Congress St. The new phone number is 684-9735. Winkler has been serving York since earlier this year from his Rock Hill office.

Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors. The firm's 10,000-plus financial advisers work directly with more than 7 million clients to understand their personal goals -- from college savings to retirement -- and create long-term investment strategies that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy.

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This, That & The Other begins new hours

This, That & The Other, located at 502 S. Cherry Road, Rock Hill, has new hours beginning this week. The antique furniture shop now will close at 6 p.m. daily.

Spratt, Hayes to headline chamber breakfast

U.S. Rep. John Spratt and S.C. Sen. Wes Hayes will be the featured speakers at the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce 2007 Legislative Breakfast on Nov. 20.

Topics will focus on state and federal issues affecting the local business community. In addition to a question-and-answer session with Spratt, audience members can direct questions to all the York County Legislative Delegation members present.

The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 20 at the City Club of Rock Hill, 140 E. Main St. Registration is $15 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. Reservations should be made in advance with Aimee Pertuset at (803) 324-7500 or apertuset@yorkcountychamber. com.

The breakfast is sponsored by Carolina Public Relations/ Marketing, the Children's Attention Home, Duke Energy, Rock Hill Fitness, Tyco Electronics, Winthrop University and the York County Council.

Bob Doster studio to host Lancaster after hours

LANCASTER -- Bob Doster's Backstreet Studio and Galleries will host the next business after hours, a program of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The free informal social hour will be held at the studio, 217 E. Gay St. Members are encouraged to bring their business cards to exchange and network with other attendees. Please contact the chamber to make reservations at (803) 283-4105.

Chamber to discuss Indian Land growth

LANCASTER -- Growth in Indian Land will be the topic of the next "Third Thursday" membership meeting of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday.

A trio of speakers will talk about the area's development from three perspectives, including longtime resident and retired Indian Land School Superintendent Bennett Gunter, businessman Van Myers and Lancaster County planner Chris Karres.

The meeting will be held at the city of Lancaster office, in the Council Chambers. All chamber members are encouraged to attend. Coffee and doughnuts will be available. Please contact the chamber office with any questions, (803) 283-4105.