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Lake Wylie’s Grooming Naturally growing

Grooming Naturally growing

Grooming Naturally at 4555 Charlotte Hwy., Suite 6, is renovating to add tables, tubs, kennels and retail area, as well as expanding hours and adding a groomer.

“We are now open on Mondays,” said owner Kim Oepen. “We also needed to add to our grooming staff and we are happy to welcome our new groomer Tina Stessman.”

Stessman graduated from The Maryland School of Dog Grooming in 1994 and has 10 years of vet tech experience.

Grooming Naturally opened in December 2008 with one groomer in an 800-square-foot space in Plantation Square. By September 2010, it doubled its space. Lake Wylie Pilot readers voted it “Best Pet Groomer” in 2012 and 2013. There are now five groomers, one full-time and one part-time bather.

Grooming Naturally offers full-service grooming, bathing and de-shedding, a self-serve pet wash and walk-in services such as nail trimming, face trimming, ear cleaning, feet trimming, teeth brushing and a retail selection. The store is now open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For more information, call 803-831-0707 or visit

Queens Feast starts Friday

The summer installment of the semi-annual Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week runs July 18-27 featuring 113 upscale restaurants in the metro Charlotte area offering $30 prix fixe menus of three courses or more.

The Feast spans seven counties, with participants in CharlotteConcord, N.C., Belmont, Gastonia, Waxhaw, N.C., the Lake Norman area, Statesville, N.C., Denver and Fort Mill. First-time restaurant participants, include Fahrenheit in uptown Charlotte; Heirloom at Mountain Island Lake; BAKU in SouthPark; The Summit Room in Dilworth; and Twisted Oak American Bar & Grill in Statesville.

Price does not include tax or gratuity. Visit to see participating restaurants’ menus and reservation information.

Law firm names new partner

Elrod Pope Law Firm announces Andrew W. Creech as a new partner of the firm.

Creech received a bachelor’s degree in 2004 from University of South Carolina and his juris doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2008.

Since joined Elrod Pope Law Firm in 2009. He is a member of organizations including the South Carolina Bar Association since 2008, South Carolina Association for Justice since 2009, and Injured Workers’ Advocates since 2009.

He and wife Ashley have one child, June.

Elrod Pope Law Firm was founded in 1980 by Luther C. “Luke” Elrod. The firm has six attorneys: Thomas E. “Tommy” Pope, Jack Leader, David Benson, Harold Staley, Andrew “Drew” Creech, and Garrett Johnson. The firm’s main areas of practice include personal injury, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice and social security disability. Elrod Pope Law Firm has offices in Rock Hill at 212 E. Black St. and in Lake Wylie, by appointment only, at 264 Latitude Lane, suite 102.

Wellness Ridge owner sets challenge

Fitness and nutrition coach Rachel Gilmore, owner of Wellness Ridge, presents a 30-Day Weight Loss Challenge starting this week.

To get started, participants purchase the 30-day cleansing and fat burning system from Isagenix, designed to replace two meals a day, saving participants on nutritional planning costs and the time it takes to follow a new diet. Gilmore will offer her coaching services free providing weightloss plans and meal planning solutions.

The system is organic and gluten-free. The competition also offers cash prizes.

To learn, call 704-819-3054 or email

Family Trust gives $10,000 to 3 groups

Three local agencies recently received more than $10,000 each from proceeds from the Family Trust Charity Golf Tournament conducted in May.

Recipients were The Children’s Attention Home, Palmetto School at the Children’s Attention Home, and Boys & Girls Clubs of York County.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of York County and the Children’s Attention Home will use the proceeds to fund summer programs, while the Palmetto School will use it to help offset cuts in state funding.

Family Trust has raised more than $115,000 since the tournament was established in 2008. Thirty-two teams participated in the tournament that was supported by many sponsors including Williams & Fudge, J.M. Cope Construction and South State Bank (formerly South Carolina Bank and Trust).

Allen Tate Co. names new manager

Allen Tate Co. has named David Poole as sales manager of the company’s Rock Hill office at 1602 Ebenezer Road and 2391 Dave Lyle Blvd.

In his new role, Poole will manage day-to-day operations of the offices with more than 50 agents. He also will be responsible for helping agents build business and training new agents, in real estate practices and technical tools.

Poole will continue to serve as branch leader of the company’s Lancaster office at 1084 Camp Creek Road, Suite 400.

Poole is an award-winning career professional with more than 20 years of real estate experience. Since 2000, he has served in leadership roles with several Allen Tate offices, including most recently as sales manager of the company’s Ballantyne office.

Prior to his real estate career, Poole worked as a manager of a 700-employee electrical contracting business.

Poole resides in Tega Cay. He enjoys golf and is an avid sailor.

Great Clips supports cancer patients

Great Clips introduces Clips of Kindness, free clipper cuts to anyone facing hair loss from cancer treatments.

“As a current and former cancer patient, I personally understand the emotions that surround a cancer diagnosis and hair loss,” said Deb Phillips, owner of the Lake Wylie Great Clips. “Not only are you in a battle for your life, often dealing with debilitating chemotherapy treatments, but you must deal with the dramatic change in your appearance. It can be a very difficult time.”

No appointment is necessary. For a private cut, appointments are available.

Farmers markets open

• The Clover Farmers Market behind Clover Community Center, 120 Bethel St., is open 4-8 p.m. Tuesdays through fall, weather permitting. For more information, email


• Market at Inman Farms is open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through mid-October. Market vendors must meet homegrown and handmade product criteria. Nonprofits, Scouts and church groups are invited to participate with fundraisers. In addition to the weekly Saturday market, there will be a Midweek Market offered for a trial time from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays this month. For more information or to register, call 803-207-6682 or visit


• Rock Hill’s Old Town Farmers Market is open 5-8 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Aug. 28 on Caldwell Street. Organizers have market memberships available. For information, visit


Buy local with mobile app

The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce announces a new buy-local partnership with Thanx Inc. to motivate people to support local businesses.

Thanx is a mobile application that connects businesses to customers and allows them to reward those customers with each return visit. Using the app, customers can flip through a list of all participating local merchants and track their progress toward available rewards. As new merchants join, customers will be alerted through their mobile device.

Each participating business will have access to a private merchant analytics dashboard through Thanx, which reveals insights and data on that individual business. York County retailers, restaurants and service providers can get started with Thanx by calling 803-324-7500.

Join Gaston networking program

The Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Prospects Pipeline meets at 4 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the chamber office, 601 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia.

Each participant has an allotted time to talk about their business and its value.

Register to attend at