Ingersoll Rand donates to breast cancer foundation

DAVIDSON – Ingersoll Rand recently presented a $25,000 grant to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Ingersoll Rand will donate up to an additional $25,000 as part of its “Give Cancer the Boot” campaign.

The company served as the primary sponsor of the No. 44 Toyota driven by Chad Hackenbracht during the Dollar General 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race Oct. 11 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the car had a pink and black paint scheme showcasing the National Breast Cancer Foundation logo and pink ribbon to the back panel. Hackenbracht also wore a pink-themed helmet and fire suit, which will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation and auctioned off at a later date.

Since Oct. 1, Ingersoll Rand has been giving away pink protective tool boots with qualifying Impactool kit purchases.



Fox & Hound pairs renovations with charity

HUNTERSVILLE – The Fox & Hound sports tavern continues to celebrate its nationwide renovation at all restaurants throughout the country, including its Birkdale Village location. 

In celebration of the new look, Fox & Hound will host a benefit Oct. 23 for Speedway Children’s Charities.

The party begins at 6 p.m., when guests are invited to enjoy a buffet of new and signature menu items and two drink tickets until 9 p.m., for a $10 ticket price. Buy tickets at the door.

Proceeds from tickets will be donated to the Speedway Children’s Charities, which provides care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need to help them lead productive lives. 

Guests will munch on signature dishes, including Drunken Chicken Tenders and Beer Cheese Dip, plus many new items, such as Extreme Mac & Cheese, Dog Bites, and Fish & Chips.

The restaurant offers 33 high-definition TVs, games and nearly 100 kinds of beer.

Fox & Hound in Huntersville opens 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

Details: or 704-895-4504.


Port City Club open for business

CORNELIUS – Port City Club is officially open for dinner.

Dinner hours start at 4 p.m. at 18665 Harborside Drive. The kitchen stays open until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We do plan to add lunch as soon as we add enough staff to work the additional shifts,” Owner Nick Lyssikatos said. “We appreciate so many of you already asking about lunch.”

Port City Club will take reservations 2-5 p.m. daily at 704-765-1565. However, they do not accept call ahead seating. For groups of 10 or more, email Jan Black at least a day in advance at

The restaurant is still taking applications in person noon-4 p.m. for experienced servers, bartenders, busers and line cooks with good customer service.


Iron Tribe opens in Huntersville

HUNTERSVILLE – The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting, welcoming Iron Tribe’s first Lake Norman location, in September.

Iron Tribe is a fitness gym limited to 300 members in a high-intensity group setting that focuses on weightlifting, body weight and cardio.

The gym is located at 13015 Rosedale Hill Ave.

Details: 704-654-9118.


Southend Reclaimed hires consultant

CORNELIUS – John Vieregg has joined Southend Reclaimed as its new sales and design consultant, bringing 20 years of entrepreneurial development and strategic planning to the company.

Southend Reclaimed supplies reclaimed wood and brick harvested from textile mills and barns. Since 2001, the company has provided customers with inventory from antique wide plank flooring to hand-hewn timber frames and trusses.

Vieregg will focus on growing the company’s brand and retail presence in the greater Charlotte area and in western markets, starting with southern California and Arizona.

Vieregg will also assist in the growth and development of Southend’s wholesale division.

Vieregg previously served as president of Interiors Marketplace and Post & Gray, located in Charlotte’s South End district. In 2007, Vieregg was involved in purchasing the Old Crow Distillery in Kentucky and forming Bourbon Boards, a business dedicated to creating and selling heart-pine flooring from the distillery’s reclaimed materials.


Yoga participants to build good karma, better homes

CORNELIUS – Participants at Gotta Yoga Studio will strengthen not only their muscles, but also the quality of housing owned and occupied by low-income residents when they attend a donation-only class on Oct. 27.

The class takes place from 4-5 p.m. at the studio, 19911 North Cove Road, Suite C. Gotta Yoga requests at least $5 per participant, with proceeds going to the HAMMERS Program.

HAMMERS stands for “Hands Around Mecklenburg–Mooresville Making Emergency Repairs Safely” and strives to reduce immediate threats to life, health and safety in homes owned and occupied by lower-wealth residents of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville and Mooresville. Since launching its first project in April 2005, HAMMERS has completed repairs on more than 112 homes across the region.


Martini bar helps increase breast cancer awareness

HUNTERSVILLE – Ice Martini Bar is giving its patrons a good reason for a second round in October.

The bar will donate $2 for every pink-tini purchase this month to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Weekly specials include half-priced bottles of wine on Tuesdays and seasonal martinis for $7 on Wednesdays.

Ice Martini will also host a cigar event in conjunction with Burners Cigar 7-9 p.m. Nov. 5.

Ice Martini is located at 9525 Birkdale Crossing Drive.

Details: 704-655-2411.


Storeowners donate sales to nonprofit

HUNTERSVILLE – Shoppers at Apricot Lane won’t need to worry about buyer’s remorse on Oct. 26, knowing that a portion of their purchases will go toward breast cancer research.

The boutique at Birkdale Village will donate 10 percent of sales to Susan G. Komen Charlotte in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A second location at StoneCrest at Piper Glen in South Charlotte will do the same.

Carol and George Toulas, owners of the two stores, have hosted more than six in-store fundraisers for nonprofits in North Carolina since they opened their first boutique in November 2012. They have also pledged $25,000 to support the fight against human trafficking.  

Apricot Lane is a national boutique featuring celebrity-inspired fashions; a personalized shopping experience; and new women’s clothes, handbags, jewelry, other accessories and gifts.

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Residents can learn about latest scams

CORNELIUS – Residents can learn how to protect themselves from the latest financial scams and frauds at a free estate planning and security workshop.

The workshop, titled “Are You and Your Family Protected?,” will cover topics such as protecting assets from taxes and probate, protecting final wishes and online identity.

Presenters include an estate planning attorney, a financial advisor, an advance planning funeral director and local law enforcement.

The workshop will take place 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Cornelius Library community room, 21105 Catawba Ave.

RSVP is required: 704-964-9565. 


Aquesta Bank appoints advisor

CORNELIUS – Jerry Talbot Sims, of Cornelius, was recently appointed to Aquesta Bank’s board of advisors. 

Sims has had an extensive career in banking, most recently at the First National Bank of Arkansas, where he worked for 30 years and served as CEO/chairman for 18 years. 

Prior to that, he was the vice president of Union Planters Bank, now Regions Bank, in Memphis, Tenn. 

Sims was also on the Holding Company Board of Southern Bancorp in Little Rock, Ark., which is the country's largest rural development bank.

Jerry and his wife, Angie, live in Cornelius. They have a daughter Shannon and a granddaughter Ava.


Southern Homes opens new office

MOORESVILLE – Southern Homes of the Carolinas recently celebrated the opening of its Mooresville real estate office with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce members, Southern Homes real estate brokers, Movement Mortgage and other area real estate agents.

Creigh Hill, owner and president, opened his first office in January 2008 and has since expanded Southern Homes to 185 Realtors with offices in Cornelius, Mooresville, Denver and Concord.



Gun range spawns S.C. location

CORNELIUS – The owners of The Range at Lake Norman announced a new firearms training academy servicing the South Charlotte, Ballantyne and upstate South Carolina markets.

The Range at Ballantyne, located in Indian Land, S.C., will offer a retail firearms store and training center for firearms and other personal protection devices. The new range, located at 9873 Harrisburg Road in Indian Land, is projected to open early spring 2014.