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Ice cream franchises aren’t just desserts

Oct. 9. Ice cream franchises are hot and it’s not just this year’s prolonged heat. Andy’s Frozen Custard will open a new location in a 48,000 square foot shopping center in Cornelius to be known as Catawba at Knox. The Missouri-based chain has some four dozen locations in eight states. The 48,225-square-foot shopping center on […]

Ginny Mackin is keynote speaker at Top Women Champagne Reception

By Katie Piccirillo Sherman. Ginny Mackin, a 35-year communications veteran of world-class companies, will be the  speaker at Business Today’s 15th Annual Top Women Champagne Reception & Mini Business Expo on Oct. 17. Mackin has led critical communications efforts for large, multinational companies such as Bank of America, Wells Fargo Corp., Duke Energy and Ingersoll […]

Paige Douglas is the manager of of LKN Beer Garden

131 MAIN opens pop-up beer garden

Oct 3. By Dave Yochum. Capitalizing on the growth industry that is craft beer, 131 MAIN has opened a pop-up beer garden across Bailey Road next to the Cowboy restaurant. Restaurateur Joe Douglas says the seasonal operation will include beers from Primal, Triple C, Catawba and Birdsong among others. The 3,750 square foot LKN Beer […]

Airport earns international business aircraft standard

Concord-Padgett Regional Airport has landed an international certification for best practices in business aviation ground handlers, including safety management. Concord is only the second fixed-based operator in North Carolina to achieve top honors from the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling. The airport undertook the certification process in 2017, focusing on upgrading equipment, updating the Safety […]

Allen Tate acquires Triad firm

Oct. 1. Allen Tate has acquired Realty One, a Winston-Salem firm, for an undisclosed amount. Charlotte-based Allen Tate will take over eight Realty One branch offices in the Triad region, including three in Winston-Salem. Allen Tate, with 47 offices, is the Carolinas’ leading real estate company, with 21,190 closed transactions and $5.75 billion in closed […]

Book Review: The China-U.S. Trade War

Lawrence Lau, a longtime professor of economics, sees no winners in the US–China trade war. Yet his study of the tit-for-tat battle between Washington and Beijing isn’t a political screed. Instead, Lau serves up a clear-eyed analysis of the geopolitical underpinnings of the trade dispute. He even calculates how much a full-scale trade war would […]

Duke doubling NCRC office space as MURDOCK Study hits 10 year mark

The Duke University Clinical & Translational Science Institute will double its research space to10,000 square feet at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. It’s the home base of the MURDOCK Study, for Measurement to Understand the Reclassification of Disease Of Cabarrus and Kannapolis, which got under way in earnest in 2009. People from 20 […]


Regional economic outlook remains bright

By Dave Yochum. Despite devastating hurricanes and uncertainty around international trade, the regional economy appears to be going strong as we approach the final quarter of 2019. The Charlotte region—home to a growing array of financial and technology firms—is driving much of the state’s growth, which is increasingly concentrated in professional and business services, financial […]

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Home builders do good, tackle labor issues at same time

Charlotte-based Rebuilding Opportunities in Construction (ROC) has partnered with the Lake Norman Home Builders Association, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and Goodwill to bring construction technology training to at-risk high school students. ROC students start the program in their junior year and receive skills training in advanced carpentry, electrical and HVAC, as well […]

Mooresville downtown: Urban settings like this are hot commodities in commercial, residential real estate

Mooresville mixed-use project takes aim at Millennials

By Dave Vieser.  Downtown Mooresville is experiencing a major comeback. Stores that were vacant have new tenants, and more business have their sights set on the “authentic” business district that already has elements of place-making, multiple uses and an utter lack of sterile, dehumanized space. An $18 million apartment and commercial building is planned on […]