Signup today for Our Towns Habitat benefit program

HUNTERSVILLE  - Today (April 12) is the last day to RSVP for the Baubles & Sweets Fundraising Soiree sponsored by Ballas Chiropractic.

The event will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 18 at 9718-D Sam Furr Road, Huntersville. The practice, owned is by Dr. John Ballas, who is vying to become “The Biggest Cheese in Town 2013”, a fundraiser benefiting Our Towns Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program.

In addition to offering handcrafted jewelry and skincare options for sale, there will be a silent auction, complimentary massages and health screenings, giveaways and raffles and sweets and spirits.

Dress for the free event is casual and men and women are welcome.

To register, visit or call 704-896-8080.


Plastic surgeon celebrates a decade with a month-long party

HUNTERSVILLE  - Dr. Peter J. Capizzi founded Stillwater Plastic Surgery 10 years ago. To celebrate, his office kicks off a month-long party – Beauty at Every Age - from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 27 at his Birkdale Village office. The festivities will include guest appearances, free services, hourly prizes, food and refreshments, special offers and


“My patients love birthdays. They are intelligent and accomplished,” he said.

Stillwater patients want to be their best selves. This often includes taking advantage of what modern medicine has to offer, whether it’s a Mommy make-over, cosmetic breast surgery to fulfill a personal vision, breast reconstruction after a battle with cancer or fighting gravity with injectables like Botox® and Juvéderm®. This desire to be your best self is ageless. It’s a fitting theme to celebrate Stillwater’s 10th birthday.”

Capizzi, who also has an office in Charlotte’s Myers Park neighborhood, is a double-board certified plastic surgeon who trained at world-class institutions like the Mayo Clinic.

For information, call 704-655-8988 or visit

Noted economist to give regional, national economic forecasts 

HUNTERSVILLE  - Mark Vitner, managing director and senior economist at Wells Fargo, will present an analysis of national economy as it relates to the regional market during a Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce luncheon at noon, April 18, at the Northstone Country Club.

Titled, “Finally, We Have a Real Recovery," Vitner will discuss sequestration, the national budget, monetary and fiscal policies and the current and future economic condition of the Charlotte region and North Carolina.

Cost is $16 for chamber members and $20 for non-members. To register, RSVP to the chamber at 704-892-1922. Chamber members can register at

The club is located at 15801 Northstone Drive, Huntersville. The event is sponsored by Hyde Park Storage Suites, Bauerle Financial Inc., and Business Today.

Cornelius company donates business attire to men’s shelter

CHARLOTTE  - Impact Plus, a full-service uniform and corporate promotional products company based in Cornelius has donated new business suits, shirts and pants to the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte earlier this week.
The presentation took place Tuesday at the shelter, 1210 North Tryon Street.
 “We are very grateful to Impact Plus for this donation,” said Trish Hobson, associate director for community development at the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte. “Having new work clothes will make a difference for the considerable number of men we serve who are searching for full time employment.” 

Impact Plus also donated more than $4,000 in winter jackets to a Charlotte charity during the winter season. During the Democratic National Convention, the company worked with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to provide more than 6,000 backpacks for officers working security in uptown Charlotte.
 “This is just another extension of our commitment to the Charlotte community,” said Steve Stetsky, Impact Plus president. “Whenever we are able to help, we think it’s the right thing to do.”
Impact Plus works with numerous Fortune 500 companies, local businesses and organizations and ships products to all 50 states and more than 10 countries. For information, contact Matt Rowell at 704-895-3355 or visit


Closings and pending sales increase in Lake Norman

CORNELIUS – Lake Norman’s first-quarter 2013 real estate overview surpassed modest economic predictions with closings and pending sales registering strong increases.

The first quarter closings increased 35 percent over the same period a year ago. Pending sales increased by 70 percent over the same 2012 period, according to Charlotte Multiple Listing Services.

This surge in market activity should allow Lake Norman homeowners to breathe a collective sigh of relief.  But some caution is warranted as well, says Abigail Jennings, president of Lake Norman Realty.

Jennings asks the question, “Is this growth sustainable, or is it the origins of a new bubble in the making?

“Hopefully, the growth will steady itself this year to provide us all with closing levels that can logically continue the course of a strong recovery.”