Bakery opens new doors

PHOTO BY LINDY SELLERS

Daphne’s Simply Southern Bakery celebrated the opening of their new location with a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony last Thursday and Friday.

The new location, 7069 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, opened a little more than a month ago, and according to owner Daphne Mullis, business has been booming ever since.

Members of the Mint Hill Town Commission and chamber of commerce were in attendance for the ribbon cutting and grand opening, part of the large crowd that made its way to the bakery for the celebration.

On both days light refreshments and drinks were served, promotions and door prizes were available, and all the bakery’s confections were available for purchase.

Mullis said the two-day celebration was immensely successful and at the new location, traffic has more than doubled.

With more space for baking, for customers, and for parking, the new location has turned out to be a success.

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Local towns discuss economic park options

Town Manager Brian Welch speaks at the October 3 called meeting of the commissioners of Mint Hill, Indian Trail, Matthews, and Stallings. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

On October 3, commissioners from Mint Hill, Matthews, Indian Trail, and Stallings met to discuss the potential advantages of grouping together to further economic initiatives in the community by establishing an economic partnership between the towns.

Presentations were given on how partnerships are planned, built, and managed, what advantages they offer to the communities involved, and how that could possibly benefit the four municipalities.

No action was taken at the meeting, but the idea of such a collaboration was discussed and action could be taken in the future.

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Chamber holds monthly meeting

Dianne Beck, speaking at the monthly Chamber meeting at Jimmie’s Restaurant.

At the monthly Chamber of Commerce Luncheon September 27, Dr. Dianne Beck, director of leadership and staff development at CPCC Levine Campus, spoke about CPCC and what it offers the community, how the college was established from the old Central High School building in Charlotte, and how students can acquire a low cost, quality education without having to go far to get it.

The Chamber also welcomed many new members, and some representatives from those companies were present to discuss what they offer: Carolyn Powell with The Center for Life Learning, Brittany Kjos with Fit You Studio, Nancy Bradley with RelyLocal, and Angela Gordon with Spotlight Performing Arts. Other companies welcomed to the chamber were Fullwood Animal Hospital, Harris Teeter, A Parent’s Time Out, Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates, Superior Insurance, and Victory Johnson.

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Collins Cleaners supports breast cancer awareness month

Collins Cleaners in Mint Hill is donating $5 per comforter cleaned for the month of October to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Collins Cleaners in Mint Hill is doing their part.

For the month of October, Collins Cleaners is running a comforter special, offering half price to clean comforters and donating five dollars of each sale to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

The cost of the service is $15 and each comforter is cleaned with hypoallergenic soap, three wash and three rinse cycles, and a free storage bag is included with each purchase.

Vicki Moore is the man- ager of the Mint Hill Collins Cleaners and is trying to reach $500 in donations this month. With already 20 comforters cleaned and $100 donated, Moore is confident that she will meet her goal.

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Pizza Spiga, under new, old ownership

Owner Phil Randazzo, outside his restaurant Pizza Spiga, at 3509 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, is ready to revamp Pizza Spiga to its former glory. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

Pizza Spiga opened in 1998, at 800 square feet, serving authentic Italian food and pizza. Within two years, owner Phil Randazzo had to double the size of the restaurant to accommodate the crowds that were consistently waiting in line.

In 2000, Pizza Spiga’s menu progressed, in full Italian style, to include fine dishes as well as the regular pizza and calzones, adding appetizers and desserts, chicken broccoli alfredo, and eggplant rollatini.

The restaurant’s early success was due in no small part to the personal role that Randazzo played in the day-to-day operations. “I do cooking, I can do everything in the kitchen, I can do it all,” Randazzo said.

This do-it-all approach stems from his 45 years experience in the restaurant business.

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It’s Your Business: Mint Hill Dance Center

Since 2010, Mint Hill Dance Center has offered the youth of Mint Hill instruction in a wide variety of dance styles.

Owner and director Whitleigh Cook has been dancing in the Charlotte area since she was six years old, going on to receive a B.F.A. in dance from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

The Center is in its third year, and Cook says they’ve nearly doubled their students each and every year, starting with 10, and having nearly 60 this year. Teaching ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, tumbling, modern, and cultural dance, Mint Hill Dance Center offers classes every night of the week except Sunday, to students ages 3-18.

One of their more memorable performances is this year’s flash mob at Mint Hill Madness. The center is involved in many charities, giving to Relay for Life, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and the American Heart Society, among others.

 

MHDC also has a competition team, which began in 2011-2012, has already won a number of awards, and has already begun auditions for the 2012-2013 team. Cook said the studio is currently looking to move from their current location at 4614 Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road to a larger, more central location in the McEwen shopping center on Lawyers Road.

For more info on what MHDC offers or how to register for classes, visit minthilldancecenter.com.

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