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Arrivederci Pizza Hut; Starbucks will move

  Nov. 19. The old Pizza Hut  on West Catawba Avenue has been demolished to make way for a new 3,237 square foot Starbucks, complete with a drive through. Said to be one of the largest Starbucks’ in the country, the new facility will replace their current location on One Norman Boulevard and West Catawba. […]


Aquesta reports lower net as portfolio of loans increases

Aquesta Financial Holdings, the parent company of Aquesta Bank, reports third-quarter net income fell from $757,000 (19 cents per share) last year to $702,000 (17 cents per share) for the three months ended Sept. 30. Jim Engel, CEO, said loan and deposit growth were good, despite the fact that earnings were muted due to larger […]

Burn Boot Camp buys office in Cornelius for headquarters

June 3. By Dave Vieser. Burn Boot Camp, a nationwide exercise franchise designed specifically for women, has purchased a 20,000 square foot building at 17036 Kenton Drive for $3.15 million. The building, formerly occupied by Carolina Woman, will be Burn Boot Camp’s U.S. headquarters. Owners Devan and Morgan Kline, who have 300 fitness centers around the country […]

Pike expects to blossom in Cornelius

April 19. UPDATED. Pike Nursery will open April 26 on the rapidly developing stretch of Statesville Road/Highway 21 in Cornelius just north of Bailey Road. This is Pike’s third  location in the Charlotte area and its 18th in the Southeast. Local demographics easily support the business, which is just north of two big-box retailers with […]


Where will the firefighters, police and teachers live?

By Erica Batten. A sense of home is foundational to quality of life, according to Chris Ahearn, the new director of Our Towns Habitat for Humanity. She was a panelist at the March Cornelius Today Newsmaker’s Breakfast at The Peninsula Club. The topic: affordable housing. Ahearn, a longtime volunteer at Cornelius-based Habitat, said that when […]

Salzman wins national TIME Dealer of the Year

March 23. Jack Salzman, owner of Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Cornelius, has been named the 2018 TIME Dealer of the Year at the National Automobile Dealers Association Show in Las Vegas. The announcement was made by Jacie Brandes, senior vice president of sales and marketing for TIME, and Doug Timmerman, president of Ally […]

​Fitness Connection in Cornelius merging​ with Gold’s gym

​ March 21. The Fitness Connection ​gym ​on Sefton Park Road near Liverpool will close in a matter of months after its merger with the regional Gold’s Gym franchise owner, Carolina Fitness Group. A $600,000 renovation and expansion of the Gold’s Gym facility on Liverpool Parkway and West Catawba is on deck, with plans for additional parking, a […]

Team effort: New ‘business alliance’ aims to help

March 15. By Dave Vieser. The Cornelius Business Alliance, which evolved last year from a local Facebook page, continues to expand efforts to help businesses in Cornelius thrive, grow and connect. The non-profit 501(c)(6) organization meets every Monday at Harvey’s Restaurant, according to President Cynthia Team, a local real estate agent. “Our mission is to advocate […]

2017 LNR Top Award Winners

Lake Norman Realty honors top producers as firm hits 40 years

Lake Norman Realty held its 2017 Awards Breakfast and kick-off to its 40th anniversary year at River Run Country Club. Abigail Jennings, president, began by recognizing the 34 new associates who joined the company last year as well as milestone anniversaries including Debbie Monroe, 30 years; Ann Scott and Joanne Triplett, 25 years; Kay Helms, […]


Sexual harassment in the workplace — When is a hug a good thing? When is it bad?

By Kate Stevens. A hug between two co-workers can be interpreted quite differently if the work environment is rife with crude jokes and sexual innuendos or if it is an open one with respectful communication and behavior. If the office culture is hostile, that hug could be interpreted as sexual harassment, according to human resource and […]