Davidson Chocolate Co. and its business software partner Sage North America are teaming up Wednesday to celebrate small businesses and shopping locally in Davidson, with a chocolate and ice cream “happy hour,” a fundraiser, and a sign-waving photo op on the Davidson Village Green. Meanwhile, Aquesta Bank recently announced plans for its first branch in Huntersville. Next Level Readiness is expanding its product line at the Eden Street Market in Davidson. And the shops are moving around in South Main Square in Davidson.
CELEBRATING SMALL BUSINESS
Sue an John Elliott, the owners of Davidson Chocolate Co. at Davidson Commons, are working with their business and payments software partner Sage North America to celebrate small businesses on Wednesday, with a couple of events.
Sage is kicking off a national Small Business Salute bus tour here in Davidson. On Wednesday, July 10, at 9:30am, the town and Sage and Davidson Chocolate are inviting all local business owners and employees to meet on the Village Green for a sign-waving photo opportunity as part of Sage’s tour kickoff.
Sage, which provides payment processing software and services, is a Davidson Chocolate Co. supplier and customer. It’s lauching the cross-country tour “to learn about small business dreams, ambitions, and day-to-day challenges,” according to an announcement.
“We would like to get one large group photo that may be used in national publications,” organizers said this week. Come on out to the Green and join the fun.
Meanwhile, the Sage Listens Tour Bus will be at Davidson Chocolate Co. from 1:30-3pm on Wednesday, for an “ice cream social.” Visitors will get one chocolate truffle or scoop of ice cream, courtesy of Sage.
Additional sales also will go to a good cause: Davidson Chocolate will be donating 10 percent of the day’s sales to the local A Giving Spirit Foundation, which supports research into ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and provides financial assistance to mothers in the region who are suffering from debilitating diseases or other unforeseen health challenges.
The Sage and Davidson Chocolate events are also part of an effort to promote shopping locally.
NEXT LEVEL READINESS EXPANDS IN DAVIDSON
Next Level Readiness, which sells tactical, survival and readiness gear out of the Eden Street Market in Davidson, has added to its product line. Owner Andre Gagne says he has added boots from 5.11, Under Armour and Voodoo Tactical. They’ve also added more knives and tools, and a wider selection of T-shirt designs as part of their support for the Wounded Warrior Project. A portion of the proceeds goes directly to the the project, to help our injured veterans. The shop also sells custom-built Emergency Readiness kits. The shop, in the Eden Street Market, off Jackson Street in downtown Davidson, is open Thursday and Friday, noon – to 6pm, and Saturday, 8am – 4pm.
CHANGES AT SOUTH MAIN SQUARE
There’s been a bit of shuffling of shops at South Main Square in Davidson lately.
Consignment shop New 2 You this month moved into a bigger space next door to its old spot, facing the parking lot. Owner Ida Amaral founded New 2 You in 2010 and has built it into a thriving business.
Meanwhile, specialty beer store Davidson Beverage Co. also moved recently, from a space at the South Main Square Business Center into a more visible shop formerly occupied by Legacy Supply Co., which went out of business.
The beer shop’s former space has become a meeting space that South Main Square owner Kathleen Rose is calling Kaleidoscope. “It’s a big flexible space perfect for meetings, presentations, readings and private parties and receptions,” she said. The space can hold up to 100 people.
Find out more about South Main Square at http://www.southmainsquare.com/
AQUESTA EXPANDING TO HUNTERSVILLE
Aquesta Bank said this spring it was back in “growth mode” after an improvement in quarterly profits. Ghe Cornelius-based company recently announced plans to expand by building its long-awaited first branch in Huntersville.
The office will be in the NorthCross Village Shopping Center on N.C. 73, off I-77 Exit 25, near Panera Bread and Marshall’s. Construction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2014.
The bank says the branch will have an “innovative, high-tech community room” as well as offices for its insurance division and wealth management and commercial lending operations.
“Aquesta has long served the Huntersville market since the bank’s inception in 2006. Our customer base in Huntersville continues to grow so we decided it was time to build a branch there to make it more convenient for our customers,” President and CEO Jim Engel said in a press release.
Engels said the community room in the company’s Cornelius headquarters, on Jetton Road, has been in high demand from nonprofits, small businesses, and homeowners associations. “We felt providing free meeting space to customers and nonprofit / charities in our branches would be a small way we can give back to the communities that have been the source of Aquesta’s success.”
Besides its Cornelius headquarters, Aquesta also has banking offices in Davidson and Mooresville, and insurance offices in Cornelius, Concord (moving to Kannapolis – see below), Mooresville and Wilmington.
Meanwhile, Aquesta Insurance Services Inc. said Thursday it has relocated its office in Concord to a newly renovated space a mile away, in Earnhardt Plaza, Kannapolis. A grand opening is planned July 11 from 11am to 1pm, at 2610 Dale Earnhardt Road. Kannapolis Mayor Robert S. Misenheimer and Cabarrus Chamber representatives will be there for a ribbon cutting.
BANK OF GRANITE NOW PART OF COMMUNITYONE
ASHEBORO – CommunityOne Bank said June 10 it has completed the merger of its sister bank, Bank of Granite, into CommunityOne. The completion of the deal also brought termination of a 2010 “consent order” with the federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which had warned the bank about its capital levels. Now that the merger is complete, the bank is now considered “well capitalized,” CommunityOne said.
“We are excited that the merger is complete,” CEO Brian Simpson said in a press release. “This transaction was the last step in our goal to successfully integrate CommunityOne and Granite, and is critical to our return to profitability during the second half of the year.”
The two banks announced their merger in April 2011.
CommunityOne is the main subsidiary of FNB United Corp. Founded in 1907 in Asheboro, It’s the third largest community bank in North Carolina. With the deal, CommunityOne and former Bank of Granite customers now have an expanded network of 55 branches and 58 ATMs in central, southern and western North Carolina.
Branches in the Lake Norman area include one in Magnolia Plaza, off West Catawba Ave., Cornelius, and on Williamson Road in Mooresville.
ZIMMERMAN ADDS REHAB CENTER
Zimmerman Family Wellness has hired Erin Byrd as director of its new Strength and Rehab Center, which opened in the newly renovated offices on Catawba Avenue in Cornelius. Byrd has a B.S. in Exercise Science and M.S. in Kinesiology, with a focus on Biomechanics, from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She is also certified in personal training through the American College of Sports Medicine. She also publishes articles in the area of human movement and product testing. Zimmerman Family Wellness, founded by Dr. Matthew Zimmerman, offers chiropractic treatments and strength training techniques.
April 17, 2013, “Aquesta reports higher profit, announces 20% dividend”
April 27, 2011, “Bank of Granite, CommunityOne announce merger.”