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New wine, beer shop opens in Lake Wylie

New wine, beer store open in Lake Wylie

Market on Lake Wylie, owned by Barbara Jenkins, is open at 4470 Charlotte Hwy., next to Fish Hunt Paddle.

The family-owned business sells wines and craft beer, as well as specialty foods including meats and cheeses, and imported pasta and desserts.

Jenkins said she hopes to eventually hold tastings.

Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call 803-701-7300 or email

Taco Bell coming to Steele Creek

A Taco Bell is coming to Steele Creek, as part of a new development planned for two more businesses.

The 13115 York Road property is located between N.C. 49, Steelecroft Parkway and Old Steele Creek Road between Randazzos’ Grid Iron and CMC-Steele Creek. Heavy construction is underway on the 3.5-acre site, where a sign advertises for a coming Taco Bell. A site plan shows two more business locations and parking space on site.

Together, the site will have up to 40,000 square feet of commercial space. The site plan approved a year ago also includes several traffic upgrades including left turn lanes and a signal at 49 and Steelecroft. There is not a traffic signal there now, but there is one just west of the intersection at 49 and Grandiflora Drive.

Efforts to obtain comment by press time Friday from the developer were unsuccessful.

Lake Wylie pet sitter attends world expo

Martie Anderson of Lake Wylie Pet Sitting was one of more than 100 professional pet sitters and industry experts to attend the 2014 Pet Sitter World Educational Conference & Expo Sept. 12-15 in Indianapolis.

“Lake Wylie Pet Sitting’s attendance at this conference demonstrates a commitment to staying up-to-date on pet-care and business skills to provide the highest level of service to the company’s human and pet clients,” said Patti Moran, Pet Sitters International president and pet-sitting industry founder. “It takes an investment of time and money for professional pet sitters to be away from their businesses and speaks highly of those who recognize the learning opportunity our annual conference provides.”

The conference offered a range of educational opportunities, with general sessions, learning labs and workshops led by pet-care veterans, trainers, veterinarians and other pet-industry experts. It also included a special focus on geriatric pet care and exotic pets, as well as aggressive dogs, and cat litter box and scratching issues.

“Attending PSI’s Pet Sitter World helps us by offering new ideas and pet-care techniques, as well as providing the opportunity to network with fellow pet-care professionals,” Anderson said.

Anderson also participated in the annual PSI Charity Auction, which raised $21,000 for Prison Greyhounds Inc.

To learn more about Lake Wylie Pet Sitting, visit

Clover chamber names new leader

Andrea Meglii has been named executive director for the Greater Clover Chamber of Commerce.

Meglii, who has lived in Clover for a decade and operated two downtown businesses, assumes the job in a full-time role. She replaces previous director Jackie Robinson, who served in a part-time capacity.

Meglii said she will be working with Clover’s economic development board. She said she looks forward to working with the community and growing chamber membership.

“A lot of things are going on here that people don’t seem to know about, so I hope to let people know about them,” said Meglii, 39.

Meglii said Clover has a lot to offer, with a strong school district, a family-oriented community and a location minutes from Charlotte, Rock Hill and Gastonia.

“You can be involved in small-town activities, but you also are close enough to the big cities where if you want to do something, you can,” she said.

Meglii grew up on in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. She took business administration classes, including marketing and advertising, at College of The Albemarle. She moved to Clover 10 years ago after meeting and marrying her husband, Craig, a cost accountant for Aramark in Huntersville, N.C. They have four children ages 10 to 20.

Meglii said upcoming chamber activities, in partnership with the town of Clover, include a Dec. 5 Christmas tree lighting, a Dec. 6 Merry Artisan bazaar at the Clover Fire Department and the Dec. 7 Clover Christmas parade.

Chamber hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 803-222-3312 or visit

Surprise Me shop goes Halloween

The Surprise Me shop at 140 N. Main St. celebrated a grand opening and Montcross Area Chamber ribbon-cutting for a new section featuring fall and Halloween merchandise.

Christmas merchandise soon will be added.

Poochie Dotson is the owner of Surprise Me. For information about the store, call 704-825-1116 or visit

For chamber information, call 704-825-5307.

Belmont Soda Fountain opens

Montcross Area Chamber members and friends packed Belmont Soda Fountain recently to kick off the grand opening celebration at 31 N. Main St.

Owners are Andy and Brandy Mercer, who renovated the former Belmont Drug Co. building for Belmont Soda Fountain. It also provides office space for their other business Finial Homes Construction.

For information about Belmont Soda Fountain, call 704-829-8293.

Vote for Belmont’s rum distillery

Muddy River Distillery is a finalist in Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards.

Voting runs through Oct. 13 at

Robbie Delaney started Muddy River Distillery almost three years ago making silver Carolina Rum and Queen Charlotte’s Reserve barrel aged rum, available at most ABC liquor stores throughout North Carolina.

For more information, visit

Elrod Pope Law Firm adds lawyer

Elrod Pope Law Firm announces the addition of its newest associate attorney, Ben Leader.

Leader graduated from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University in 2013 after finishing his undergraduate studies in political science at Clemson University.

He is authorized to practice law in North Carolina and South Carolina, and focuses on personal injury and workers’ compensation issues.

While in law school, Leader completed a semester with Chief Judge John C. Martin of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Upon finishing law school, he worked as a law clerk to John C. Hayes III, Judicial Circuit of South Carolina. He is the son of attorney Jack Leader.

Visit his webpage at

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.

Retirement planning workshops set

Continuum Capital Advisory is hosting in-depth retirement planning workshops 6-9 p.m. Oct. 7 and 14, and Oct. 9 and 16, in The Spratt Building, 215 Main St.

Topics include creating retirement; assessing retirement costs; evaluating income sources; investing for the future; protecting your health and wealth; receiving funds from retirement plans; and managing estate distributions.

Steve Heckard, investment officer and certified financial planner, and Richard Heckard, financial adviser and certified public accountant, are instructors.

Cost is $29 for two and includes course and workbook. To register, call 803-325-1020.

Entrepreneur Summit Oct. 10 in Belmont

Entrepreneurs and business owners will converge in Gaston County at the third annual Entrepreneur Summit 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 10 at Kimbrell Campus of Gaston College.

Best-selling author and professional trainer Tim Connor will deliver a keynote luncheon presentation on “Keeping Your Sales Process Relevant.”

Gaston County’s Julie Busha, who appeared on the ABC hit TV show “Shark Tank,” will present her marketing of a unique slaw-salsa hybrid condiment she created called Slawsa. In just two years, she has placed Slawsa in the relish aisles of more than 5,200 stores in the United States and Canada, and expects to be distributed coast-to-coast in 2015.

Leading off the summit and serving as host will be Jesse Cole, founder of Team Cole and Associates and managing partner of the Gastonia Grizzlies baseball team. He recently was named Executive of the Year by his league.

Cost is $45 for Montcross Area Chamber and Gaston Regional Chamber members, and $60 for others. To register or for a list of speakers, visit or call 704-825-5307.

County chamber announces events

York County Regional Chamber of Commerce posts the following events this month:

• noon Oct. 9: Small Business Seminar: Data Breach, 116 E. Main St., Rock Hill. The chamber’s Small Business Council is hosting a seminar to on how a mulit-layered approach can help protect your business and customers. Presenter is Butch Cowart, published author and president of TechServer, and Roger Metz, founder and president of Ignite Payments Tega Cay. Lunch and materials will be provided.

• 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9: Business After Hours at York County Natural Gas Authority, 965 W. Main St., Rock Hill. Music by Ansel Couch with food from Essie’s Catering.

• 12:30 p.m. Oct. 15: West Town Dental, ribbon cutting, 1751 Pleasant Road, Fort Mill. Dr. Michelle A Gray as the newest doctor to West Town Dental Care. West Town Dental Care specializes in comprehensive dentistry for the family.

• 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16: Business After Hours – Family Trust Federal Credit Union, York Electric Cooperative Inc. and Brakefield at Riverwalk, 1111 Brakefield Drive, Rock Hill.

• noon Oct. 23: Ribbon cutting for Safelite Auto Glass, 710 W Main St., Rock Hill. Safelite has been in business for more than 15 years as an industry leader in auto glass repair and replacement.

For chamber information, call 803-324-7500 or 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.

York County visitors app available

The Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched its first mobile app: Visit York County, SC. It is available in the Apple Store for iPhone users and on Google Play for Android users.

Visit York County, SC is an eat, stay, and play app and was created to help visitors and residents find restaurants, places to stay, and things to do.

Go to for information.

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