Steele Creek business expands pet service into Lake Wylie

February 1, 2014 

Pet care service grows

More For Your Pet is expanding into the Lake Wylie area.

The 8-year-old company, founded by Lynne Moore of Steele Creek, employs eight pet sitters, all trained in pet CPR, first aid and wellness care. The company provides services in Fort Mill, Tega Cay and Rock Hill.

“We also bring in mail and packages, adjust lighting and blinds, water plants and provide services for the client and pets to minimize stress, keep their pets happy and secure in their own familiar environments,” Moore said.

Moore also provides dog training. She is a member of Professional Pet Sitters International and Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

For more information, call 704-587-7182 or visit

Pope selected for Leadership in Law Award

Thomas E. “Tommy” Pope, a partner at Elrod Pope Law Firm, has been chosen as a 2014 recipient of the South Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s Leadership in Law Award.

Pope is one of 30 South Carolina attorneys being recognized for achieving success in their law practice, making notable contributions to society and having an impact on the legal industry as a whole. They will be honored at a dinner March 13 in Charleston, where one will be named as Top Lawyer of the Year.

Before joining Elrod Pope Law Firm in 2008, Pope served as 16th Circuit Solicitor since 1993 where he became nationally known for his successful prosecution of Susan Smith in Union County for the 1995 drowning deaths of her two children. Today, he is frequently called upon by various national and international media outlets to provide legal commentary on cases involving parents who kill their children. Pope is a partner at Elrod Pope along with Jack Leader, David Benson and Harold Staley and associate attorneys, Drew Creech and Garrett Johnson. He is currently in his second term as a member of the S.C. House of Representatives for District 47.

Elrod Pope Law Firm serves clients with wrongful death, personal injury, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice and social security disability matters. Offices are in Rock Hill at 212 E. Black St. and by appointment at 264 Latitude Lane, suite 102, Lake Wylie.

Swerve Salon opens in Belmont

Swerve Salon and Rejuvenation Studio celebrated opening in Belmont with a Montcross Area Chamber ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 27 at 1105 Spruce St. in the Sterling Professional Park, off Park Street.

Another salon is at 520 S. New Hope Road in Gastonia.

Swerve is a full-service salon and spa with services including massage therapy, HydraFacialMDequipment and Gaston County’s only Beauty Angel red-light therapy bed.

For more information, call 704-829-8001 or visit

Aaron’s celebrates grand opening in Belmont

One of the largest Aaron’s facilities in the area is open in Belmont and celebrated recently with a grand opening weekend, kicked off by a Montcross Area Chamber ribbon-cutting.

The 7,500-square-foot Belmont Aaron’s is in the Abbey Plaza Shopping Center at 625 Park St. Aaron’s, a national leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of residential and office furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, has more than 1,800 company-operated and franchised stores in 48 states and Canada.

Aaron’s Belmont store is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 704-829-8023 or visit

Piedmont Family Practice opens in Fort Mill

The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting for Piedmont Family Practice at Baxter Village at 4 p.m. Feb. 4, at 502 Sixth Baxter Crossing, suite A.

Drs. Pratik and Saumya Mehta are a husband-and-wife team who live and work in Baxter Village. They met while completing family medicine residency.

Same-day or next-day appointments are available. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 803-835-2088 or visit

Regional Chamber awards event Thursday

The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its annual meeting and awards program on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Events At Manchester.

The event will include a business program featuring remarks from the organization’s leadership and a review of the chamber’s 2013 accomplishments and 2014 goals. Several awards will be presented to area outstanding business and community leaders.

For more information, visit

Improve credit class Feb. 11

Family Trust Federal Credit Union will offer a free money management workshop series at its Clover and Fort Mill.

“Improve your credit score” will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Clover office, 1219 Highway 55 E.

Registration is available at or call 803-326-2187. Handouts will be provided.

Other Clover workshops: Home-Buying Made Easy, March 11; Growing Old is No Place for Sissies, April 7.

Speakers will include representatives from Family Trust’s Mortgage Service Center and Mitchell Payne of Warner, Payne and Black. Participants will be entered to win prizes at each workshop.

Buy local with mobile app

The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce announces a new buy-local partnership with Thanx Inc. to motivate people to support local businesses.

Thanx is a mobile application that connects businesses to customers and allows them to reward those customers with each return visit. Using the app, customers can flip through a list of all participating local merchants and track their progress toward available rewards. As new merchants join, customers will be alerted through their mobile device.

Each participating business will have access to a private merchant analytics dashboard through Thanx, which reveals insights and data on that individual business. York County retailers, restaurants and service providers can get started with Thanx by calling 803-324-7500.

Allen Tate Realtors raise $1.38M for education

For 16 years, Allen Tate has made a commitment to public education, raising more than $1.38 million to benefit public schools throughout the Carolinas.

In October, Allen Tate Realtors from across the Carolinas gathered for the company’s annual FUNday fundraisers, raising $125,000 for local education organizations and foundations. Since 1999, agents have come together each fall and “paid to play” and participate in events ranging from tennis, cornhole and raffles, to a cake walk, tailgate competition and silent auction.

In 2011, Allen Tate changed the FUNday format to two regional events – one in the Charlotte region and one in the Triad. This year, FUNday became three events – each as unique as the company’s Realtors and the local communities and clients they serve.

Allen Tate agents in the Charlotte and Upstate S.C. regions gathered Oct. 2 at the Springs Dairy Barn in Fort Mill for a traditional FUNday event, with outdoor activities and silent and live auctions. On Oct. 4, Allen Tate Triangle agents elected a day of service, helping renovate the Poe Center for Health Education in Raleigh, with companion events including a community garage sale to raise additional funds. Later that evening, Allen Tate Triad agents held a reception with a silent and live auction to raise money.

In total, more than 600 Allen Tate agents participated across the company.

Winthrop students to create art at credit union

Family Trust Federal Credit Union has commissioned five Winthrop University students to create art for its new headquarters to be constructed on White Street in downtown Rock Hill.

The six pieces will be in the lobby, a community room, an employee canteen and the board room. Pieces will reflect the history of Rock Hill, Family Trust’s ties to the textile industry, the credit union’s core values and service to the community. Materials include railroad ties, ceramics, steel and colored glass.

The 36,000-square-foot, three-story building returns the credit union’s headquarters to the area where it opened in 1957 in a stock room at Rock Hill Printing and Finishing Co. The $8 million project will include a full branch, an atrium, and a terrace for employees. Construction is expected to begin this spring in the heart of the Knowledge Park, an area that links the university to downtown and is being redeveloped for jobs, housing, food and retail.

For information, call 803-326-2127 or visit

Irish Pub near Tega Cay closes

McHales’s Irish Pub near Tega Cay closes its doors for good after 20 years.

Pub owners Brendan and Tracy Kuhlkin announced a couple of weeks ago they were closing the pub on Gold Hill Road. They will continue to operate the McHale’s on Main in Rock Hill. Brendan Kuhlkin said the property has been sold to a Charlotte developer who plans to build homes there.

McHales’s was scheduled to close after Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2.

Diane DeQuinzio of Tega Cay has been coming to the Fort Mill location three times a week for 14 years and plays darts every Wednesday.

“We’re sorry to see McHale’s go,” she said.

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.

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

Register to attend at

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