Lake Wylie Friends in Business meets Dec. 4

November 29, 2013 

Friends in Business meeting Wednesday

The Lake Wylie Friends in Business will hold its breakfast meeting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Cafe 49, 4516 Charlotte Highway, Clover.

The Lake Wylie Friends in Business is a local business networking group and is currently seeking new members. Visit for more information.

Downtown York businesses host open house

The York Downtown Business Association will host its second Christmas in downtown York event from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.

Shops in the downtown area will be open, and some will be offering refreshments, special deals or giveaways.

“It’s pretty much left up to the individual merchant or business what they want to do to attract customers,” said Ronnie Bailes, owner of The Men’s Shop on Congress Street.

The event, intended to showcase downtown businesses, will include carolers, a visit from Santa Claus and other attractions, he said.

Greenhouse holiday open house this weekend

New Hope Greenhouses hosts a Christmas Open House, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2703 Beaty Road, Gastonia, N.C.

Visit with Santa in the Christmas Shop. There will be local crafts for sale and refreshments.

Go to for more information.

Lake Wylie community tops for senior living, an online resource for families searching for senior care and housing, last week introduced a rating system for evaluating senior living communities. The company’s proprietary methodology incorporates public state inspection data, ratings from local experts, and reviews from residents and their families, which is then turned into an internal rating. Based on these ratings, the top rated communities in each metropolitan area receive the Best Senior Living Awards badge of recognition.

Lake Wylie – A Senior Lifestyle Community earned a Top Rated Best Senior Living Award. The top honor in Charlotte was awarded to Brighton Gardens of Charlotte, a Sunrise Senior Living community. spent over nine months gathering data. The company recruited over 200 local experts and gathered state inspection reports from 40 states across the country.

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Siopa on Main holds weekly holiday market

Siopa On Main in downtown Clover is hosting a Holiday Market event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 21 at the shop, 112 S. Main St.

The organizers are looking for vendors of arts, handcrafted items, home decor and home-based businesses to participate. For information, call 704-813-2882 or 704-648-7600, or go to and complete the contact form.

Blood center names new leader

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas announces hiring Col. John McCain as its chief operations officer.

McCain joins the CBCC team from Alabama, where he served as commander of the Ira C. Eaker Center for Professional Development at Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base. He brings more than 30 years operational, strategic and international experience leading complex programs and teams of professionals to his new role at CBCC.

Before working at the Eaker Center, McCain served as commander of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the Maxwell AFB, where he led 900 personnel in 144 geographically separated units across 47 states and Puerto Rico. He also served as director of staff at Air University and spent three years as deputy undersecretary of the Air Force International Affairs in the Pentagon.

McCain has a master of strategic studies from Air University, a master of business administration in aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a bachelor of science in administration management from Clemson University.

For more information, visit

Join Gaston networking program

The Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Prospects Pipeline meets at 4 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the chamber office, 601 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, N.C.

Each participant has an allotted time to talk about their business and its value.

Register to attend online at

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