It’s Your Business: Nova’s Bakery

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Nova’s Bakery, based in Charlotte, recently purchased the Dilworth Coffee House location at the Hoods Crossroads Shopping Center in Mint Hill.

Bringing their specialty breads, pastries and other baked goods to Mint Hill, this move marks only the most recent expansion for Nova’s, who opened a new location in Charlotte’s South End neighborhood last August.

Sladjana and Vlado Novakovic started Nova’s Bakery on South Boulevard in Charlotte in 1996, and after needing a larger production facility, moved to Central Avenue a few years later, where their headquarters are located today.

Just a few weeks ago, Nova’s purchased the location at Hoods Crossroads, after realizing that much of their weekend patronage consisted of customers commuting 20 to 30 minutes from the Matthews/ Mint Hill area, to get bread and other baked goods from Nova’s.

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It’s Your Business: Cottage Yarn

By Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Lyn Millward, owner of Cottage Yarn in Mint Hill. Photo by Derek Lacey

Lyn Millward, owner of Cottage Yarn in Mint Hill. Photo by Derek Lacey

Lyn Millward first learned to knit as a teenager, an exchange student in Sweden between her junior and senior year in high school.

But as life happened, she drifted away from the art, until her daughter received yarn and knitting supplies for her eleventh birthday.

She relearned how to knit to help teach her daughter, and it wasn’t long until she was knitting, crocheting, learning new skills and even teaching classes at her LYS (local yarn shop), Cottage Yarn in Mint Hill.

Her daughter, Chloe, worked at the shop on weekends, and one day,the previous owner  called to let Chloe know she was retiring. Lyn was concerned about the future of the store, and would eventually take over as owner.

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It’s Your Business: Candice Wood Photography

Fulfilling a lifelong dream of owning a photography studio, recent college graduate Candice Wood, a native of Mint Hill, has opened her own studio located in the Mint Hill Village.

Wood recently graduated with two degrees from Randolph Community College in Portrait Studio Management and Bio-communications Photography. She has completed four internships, each lasting eight weeks, with Amelia and Dan Photography in Charleston, S.C., and then Crystal Lee Photography, Erin Dietrich Photography, and Gene Ho Photography all located in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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