By Amanda Waters
Since 2006, Mint Hill residents and others in the Charlotte area have placed their pets in the hands of professional pet sitters through Carolinas Critter Sitters, whose motto is “come home to happy.” This company is licensed, insured, and certified to take care of all kinds of pets, from fancy rats to Great Danes in the comfort of their own homes.
Owner Jennifer Rust started the company after an 11-year career in Human Resources. She wanted to get away from office politics, so she cashed out her 401k and started pet sitting. She was already taking care of her six dogs and eight cats, and she received a great referral from her veterinarian. After posting flyers and networking, she reached 100 customers in the first 10 months.
She soon after was able to hire other sitters. Carolina Critter Sitters now has 13 sitters under Rust’s management. They serve a great deal of the Charlotte area, and there are about 30 current customers in Mint Hill.
Sitters are trained to deal with all kinds of situations. They know how to manage security systems and sick animals. Rust has been able to streamline her business, writing procedure manuals, security protocols, and scheduling online. […]
By Amanda Waters
The Planning Board met Monday at the Town Hall to approve the minutes of the March 22 meeting and to discuss and recommend the rezoning request filed by Sullivan, Burd and Roupas, LLC. The dentists are asking to construct a new building at 6332 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.
The first approval made by the Planning Board was […]
Mint Hill Arts has teamed up with art supply store Binders for a juried art exhibit next month. This is the first time the groups have joined together for such an event, though they have been working together in other ways for years. The opening reception is Friday, June 15, from 7-9 pm, and the show will run until July 11.
The show is open to all artists, including non-Mint Hill Arts members. Registration fees are $20 for members and $40 for non-members. Artists can enter up to two pieces.
Any medium or combinations of media will be accepted, including 2-D and 3-D work, with few exceptions and restrictions.
Binders has provided all of the prizes—gift certificates, ranging from $25 to $150. […]
Long-time Independence High School chemistry teacher, Melissa Bliss, did something crazy before Mother’s Day—she went sky diving. She made a trip down to Skydive Carolina in Chester, South Carolina, where she met up with her tandem partner, the man who would be latched onto her when she made her big leap towards the ground.
There are a couple of procedures, including picking a flight suit, watching an informational video and doing a series of exercises before jumping.
“It was a very quick process before we went up in the air, the instructors made it out to be no big deal, so I wasn’t quite nervous.” Bliss said.
She paid extra for a videographer to go skydiving with her so he could take pictures and even make a video, so she could show her friends and family.
“It made a great, and shocking, Mother’s Day present for my mother,” she said. […]