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New Tega Cay business creates bouquets of fruit, offers 'Frogurt'

Need to get out of the doghouse? Send a "bouquet" of strawberries and chocolate. Got a big date? Try pineapple blossoms with orange slices, highlighted with gorgeous grapes.

The newest addition to Tega Cay's Stonecrest shopping center is offering bouquets of fresh fruit in lieu of flowers.

The Fresh Fruit Bouquet Co. will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Tuesday at its location, 2435 S.C. 160, near the Tega Cay Wal-Mart.

The new business sells fruit arrangements with or without chocolate and real fruit smoothies. It also is an exclusive retailer of "Frogurt" frozen yogurt, rated "Best of New York" by New York Magazine this year.

The business is owned by Richard Richardson. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays. For details, call 802-2666 or visit www.ffbc.com.

Comporium adds security

Comporium Communications has entered a contract with Texas-based Poka Lambro to provide security system services for the company.

Poka Lambro is a cooperative that was founded more than 55 years ago. In addition to local and long-distance telephone, Poka Lambro offers wireless phone service through a partnership with AT&T and broadband Internet services. Poka Lambro is adding residential and commercial security monitoring.

The Comporium Security Dealer Program is designed to deliver products, services, advertising and pricing through a support structure for security dealers.

Lauren Pines hosts concerts

The Lauren Pines Homeowners' Association is hosting a summer music series every other Friday through the summer. The first concert was Friday, and the next will be July 11.

Entitled Music in the Pines, the concerts are free and open to the public. A wide variety of music styles will be featured, from bluegrass and Southern gospel to barbershop quartet.

A pre-show band will start off each concert at 6:15 p.m., with the concert beginning at 7 p.m. All shows are family-friendly and will end by 8:30 p.m. Vendors will be on site for meals and snacks, or families may bring their own picnic dinner.

Each concert will feature free giveaways and other door prizes provided by event sponsors including York Bi-Lo, the York YMCA and Stacy's Garden Center.

For more information on the Music in the Pines free summer concert series, including a list of artists who will be playing on each concert date, visit the Web site www.LaurenPines.com.

2 join Fort Mill design team

Amy Blacketter and Laura Rodriguez have joined the design team at Fort Mill's lemmondsDESIGN.

Blackketter joins the expert creative team after practicing residential landscape architecture for her own company, OhMy Designs. She will be providing strategic and managerial assistance to the founder and creative director, Chris Lemmonds. Before OhMy Designs, Blackketter practiced landscape architecture and design at Indiana University, where she coordinated and designed projects for the northern satellite campuses of Kokomo, South Bend and Gary, Ind.

Laura Rodriguez will join the firm as a graphic designer. Rodriguez is a recent graduate of Winthrop University with a degree in graphic design.

Mayoros gets state award

The Mayoros Agency has been awarded a 2008 PALMY Award by the South Carolina Press Association for its advertising design. The award-winning entry, produced for Fort Mill real estate agent Linda Hall, was judged second-best advertising design among advertising agency-produced ads in South Carolina's 17 daily and more than 90 weekly newspapers. The winning design ran in the Fort Mill Times in 2007.

The PALMY Awards are awarded annually to recognize outstanding newspaper advertising design. The Mayoros Agency is owned by Heather Mayoros.

Grapevine to host event

Grapevine Wine Shop & Wine Bar, 1012 Market St. in Fort Mill, will host a Networking After Hours event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at its store in Baxter Village Town Center.

Business leaders are encouraged to attend and bring business cards for the event, to be held the first Wednesday of each month. No affiliation or membership in any group is required, and there is no fee to attend.

For more information and directions, visit the Web site www.grapevinewinebar.com.

Family Trust stresses service

Family Trust Federal Credit Union employees have provided more than 2,000 hours of community service in the past year, the credit union reports.

Employees volunteered for more than a dozen community nonprofits, demonstrating how Family Trust staff members accept and embrace the core value of "People helping people," said Family Trust spokesman David Casey.

Thomas earns broker license

Wendy Thomas of ERA Wilder Realty in Rock Hill has become a licensed broker. Thomas completed a 60-hour course covering a range of real estate topics. She is now a licensed broker in South Carolina and North Carolina.

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