Coffee shop adds celebrities, TV

DAVIDSON – ESPN reporter Rick Reilly and former Davidson College basketball player Bryant Barr visited Summit Coffee on June 10 to help raise $10,000 for Nothing But Nets, a nonprofit that fights malaria.

The coffee shop also opened its upstairs area to show off a new stage and break in a new 70-inch television by showing World Cup games.


Son merges with dad’s business

CORNELIUS – Tier 1 Graphics in Cornelius has merged with Image Signs in Mooresville.

“This is and will remain a family-run business,” said Matt Dinkel, president of Tier 1 Graphics.

His father, Rick, owned Image Signs for 12 years. Matt grew up working in the business. Between them, they have 35-plus years of experience in the industry.

“Our customers will see the same friendly faces and receive the same high level of customer service and attention to detail at both Tier 1 Graphics locations,” Dinkel said. “My father has built a great name in the Mooresville area for over 12 years. Our customers have come to expect great personalized service which I intend to expand upon for years to come.”

The two full-service offices and showrooms offer vehicle wraps, large format printing, fleet graphics, lighted signs, banners, monument signs, promotional products and tradeshow displays.

Details: or 704-625-6880.


MSC promotes men’s heath

DAVIDSON – MSC Davidson held a fundraising drive for the Men’s Health Network, as well as an employee health awareness campaign, in the days leading up to Father’s Day.

The Men’s Health Network promotes disease prevention through screening programs, educational materials and advocacy.

MSC has hosted similar events at its Melville, NY headquarters for several years; however this was MSC Davidson’s inaugural men’s health event, according to Julia DePaul, a consultant with FTI Consulting.


Mary Kay rep earns car

HUNTERSVILLE – Jamie Lawrence, of Mary Kay at Concord, earned a new BMW in honor of her outstanding achievements at the company.   

She received the keys to her third Mary Kay career car at Hendrick BMW at Northlake.

In 2008, Lawrence was hired as Mary Kay independent beauty consultant and climbed the ladder to become independent sales director three years later.

Lawrence works from home, while raising two daughters. She thanks Mary Kay for helping her set an example to her daughters and other women that “you can have anything you want in life with a little hard work, determination and a positive attitude.”


The Little Gym annual conference promotes focusing on fun

HUNTERSVILLE – Peter Kusiak, of The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman, recently returned from the company’s annual conference in San Diego, Calif.

More than 250 people were challenged to focus on improving the delivery of The Little Gym programs.

The agenda focused on new programs to provide a great experience for families, including a parent/child sports skills class for ages 2-3, co-ed tumbling class for 6-12 and two new summer camp options for 3-12.

“Our families trust us to deliver a high-energy experience in a safe and supportive environment where their children can develop trust in their own capabilities,” Kusiak said. “We know that by making physical activity fun and rewarding, we are creating the foundation for a lifetime of healthy habits, and that’s a responsibility we take very seriously.”

The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman is located at 9810 Gilead Road, Suite A 101.

Details: or 704-948-7665.


Mecklenburg reports lower jobless rate

RALEIGH —  Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate decreased from 6.6 percent in March to 6.2 percent in April. Mecklenburg reported a 7.9 percent jobless rate in April 2013.

According to statistics recently released by the N.C. Department of Commerce, some 31,392 residents of the 506,471-person workforce were out of work in April.


Lowe’s helps communities

MOORESVILLE – Lowe's released of its 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, a snapshot of the its progress in promoting the well-being of its employees, communities and the environment.

Milestones include:

• Surpassing the $25 million mark since 1999 in donations to the Red Cross.

• Funding improvements at 940 schools in 49 states in 2013.