Business In Brief - February 12, 2008

Belue Day Spa unveils The Yoga Room

Rock Hill's Belue Day Spa has announced the grand opening of The Yoga Room at Belue.

The Yoga Room is located upstairs of the spa at 197 S. Herlong Ave. and offers yoga, pilates, nutrition classes and a fitness boutique. Mats and equipment are supplied, and classes are available from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily. A list of class times are available at For details, call 366-2358.

Chamber to host event for small businesses

The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its first Small Business After Hours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at its downtown office, 116 E. Main St.

The event is open to chamber members with fewer than 10 employees. Participating businesses will be given the opportunity to host future business after hours events with other local entrepreneurs and their employees. Sponsorships are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $150, which includes signs and food for the event. About 100 individuals are expected to attend. Space is limited.

The deadline to register is Friday. For more information, call Trina Ricks at 324-7500 or e-mail her at tricks@

Kimberly Gaffney joins Allen Tate Realtors

Realtor Kimberly Gaffney has joined the Allen Tate Realtors Rock Hill office, the company announced this week.

Gaffney joins a staff of more than 70 licensed real estate agents in the Rock Hill office, located at 1602 Ebenezer Road, and a network of licensed agents throughout the Carolinas. Gaffney can be reached at 324-1185; (803) 817-9668 or via e-mail at BuyHomesFromKim or Kimberly.

Duke: No more coal-fired generators in Carolinas

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Duke Energy chief executive Jim Rogers said Monday that his company won't build any more coal-fired power generators unless they have the potential to capture and sequester carbon emissions.

That means no coal-fired plants for the foreseeable future in North Carolina and South Carolina, where geology doesn't permit carbon-sequestration, a process that stores carbon dioxide underground. But it could mean more coal gasification plants for the Midwest and a switch to nuclear plants for the mid-Atlantic region.

"I'm not going to build another coal plant without carbon capture," Rogers said to a pair of reporters after discussing the issue at a forum on energy at North Carolina State University.

His remarks came just two weeks after the Charlotte-based utility, one of the nation's largest electric power companies, won final approval from state regulators to build an 800-megawatt coal-fired unit at its Cliffside plant west of Charlotte.

While environmental protesters criticized the project outside of Rogers' appearance Monday, he defended the unit's environmental impact, noting that the company plans to shut down four smaller coal-burning generators, all built in the 1940s, as part of the Cliffside upgrade.

Rogers stressed that Cliffside was a necessary transitional step as utilities and the nation work toward cleaner energies.