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Comedian Scott Francis speaks to chamber

Last week’s Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce luncheon was about how to attract and keep customers.

Comedian and guest speaker Scott Francis imparted his brand of wisdom to members which centered on the idea that all business owners should treat their customers like gold. There were lots of jokes, laughs, card tricks…and yes, even a talking roll of toilet paper.

“When you’re creating your business card, it’s not about touting all the wonderful things you are,” he says. “It’s about showing the benefit the customer will get from you.”   […]

By |July 30th, 2013|Around Town|1 Comment

New sidewalks

New sidewalks from the Wendy’s in Brighton Park to the corner of Lawyer’s Road and Hwy. 51 are nearing completion in Mint Hill. This is part of the pedestrian plan approved by the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners in May 2011, aimed at providing safe walking paths connecting uptown businesses.  According to the plan, residents […]

By |July 30th, 2013|Around Town|2 Comments

First annual Bain Daze slated for September

The first annual Bain Daze will be held at the Mint Hill Park on Fairview  next month, according to Tina Ross, chair of the Bain Restoration Committee of the Mint Hill Historical Society.

Billed as an “old-timey, family-friendly festival,” the event will take place at the park, rain or shine, September 21, from 10 am to 7 pm. Fun-filled games and activities such as cow pie bingo, corn hole tournament, horseshoe tournament, pumpkin toss, watermelon seed spitting contest, pie throwing, cake walks, a beard/moustache contest for men, and more are planned. The event will also feature food, crafts, and entertainment. […]

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Tax free weekend begins Friday

Tax free weekend for general merchandise purchased in North Carolina will be August 2-4, and applies to the following items: Clothing, footwear, and school supplies under $100; Sports and recreation equipment under $50; Computers under $3,500; Computer equipment under $250.

The sales tax rate in North Carolina is 4.75 percent. Clothing accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, protective equipment, […]

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All ages enjoy clogging at Philadelphia Presbyterian

Terry and Sandy Zellers began clogging around 1994 in Nevada and truly enjoyed the dancing. When they decided to move to North Carolina to be closer to their children and grandchildren, they were expecting to have an easy time finding a place to continue the hobby they had come to love.

“Clogging is the state dance of North Carolina,” says Zellers  “We were sure there would be lots of opportunity, but there really wasn’t.”  […]

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Young blacksmith apprentice keeps hope alive for craft

In medieval times, blacksmithing was considered part of the set of seven mechanical arts.  Today it is often referred to as the king of crafts.  The job of a blacksmith is not an easy one.  It’s hot, dirty, smoky, and physically demanding.

If you walk into the blacksmith shop at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village and you will see 15-year old Cuinn McDermott hammering and sweating over a glowing hot piece of steel.

“I was part of History’s Kids and we spent some time at the Schiele Museum where I watched a blacksmith at work,” says McDermott.  “I took an interest and started helping the blacksmith there.”  […]

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