Lake Wylie Friends n Business meeting April 16 at different location

April 13, 2014 

Belmont gift store marks move

Five businesses joined to host a Montcross Area Chamber Chamber Network After Work reception April 1 following the grand opening of Surprise Me gift shop.

Surprise Me gift shop owner Poochie Dotson is celebrating its third anniversary and relocation to larger space at 140 N. Main St.

For more information on Surprise Me, call 704-825-1116.

Friends in Business meeting moved

The Lake Wylie Friends in Business will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, 5220 Crowders Cove Road.

The group meets at 8 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Cafe 49, 4516 Charlotte Hwy., and 11:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month usually at All Saints Catholic Church, 530 S.C. 274.

New members and visitors welcome. Visit

Allen Tate named in top 10

Allen Tate Co. ranks No. 7 among the country’s largest independently owned, nonfranchised brokers, and No. 10 among all brokers, based on closed transactions sides for 2013, according to the REAL Trends 500 report.

The annual report, which ranks the country’s top 500 real estate firms, is produced by REAL Trends, the nation’s leading publisher of trends and analysis of the residential real estate brokerage industry.

Allen Tate Company closed 20,083 transaction sides in 2013 to earn the rankings.

Visit for more information.

Charlotte airport ranks in top 10

Last year, Charlotte Douglas experienced the largest passenger growth among top 10 airports in the country, according to 2013 preliminary rankings by Airports Council International.

CLT welcomed 43,457,471 million travelers in 2013. It was a 5.4 percent jump from 41,228,372 million passengers in 2012.

The increase maintained CLT’s eighth nationwide and 23rd worldwide passenger traffic rankings.

Charlotte Douglas also held its positions as sixth nationwide and seventh worldwide in operations. Last year, CLT oversaw 557,948 aircraft movements, an 1.1 percent bump from 2012, which had 552,093 landings and departures.

Airport officials attribute the gain to added flights by airlines who serve CLT. US Airways began nonstop service to Sao Paulo, Brazil, in June 2013, and Southwest Airlines launched service in April 2013.

Additional flights are scheduled to start this year. US Airways will introduce international nonstop seasonal service from Charlotte Douglas to Barcelona, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; Manchester, England and Brussels, Belgium later this spring. The airline also will begin regional twice-daily, nonstop service to Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport and Tulsa International Airport in July at CLT.

CLT offered nonstop service to 146 destinations and averaged 714 daily departures and landings in 2013.

Lake Wylie chamber announces events

Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce announces the following events:

• Appreciation Luncheon and Fashion Show will be held noon to 1:30 p.m. April 23 at River Hills Country Club.

• Business After Hours, 5:30-7 p.m. April 24, Long Cove Marina. Come by boat or car.

Farmers market seeks vendors

The Market at Inman Farms is accepting vendor registrations for the second season to start May 10.

The market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through mid-October.

Vendors must meet homegrown and handmade product criteria. Vendor space is free, but limited. Vendors wanted include those selling local produce; fermented, pickled and staple foods that meet guideline standards; flowers, plants and herbs; soaps, candles and pottery; and other artisan and agriculture items. Nonprofits, Scouts and church groups are invited to participate with fundraisers.

In addition to the weekly Saturday market, there will be a Mid Week Market offered for a trial time from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays in May.

For more information or to register, call 803-207-6682 or visit

Vendors wanted for Clover market

The Clover Farmer’s Market is looking for local vendors.

The market will be behind Clover Community Center, 120 Bethel St., and open 4-8 p.m. Tuesdays beginning May 6 through fall, weather permitting.

The mission of the Clover Farmer’s Market is to provide a venue where local farmers, high quality crafters and artisans come together to provide fresh, healthy produce and related products directly to the consumer. The market is meant to promote nutritious food choices and to foster social opportunities between the farmer’s and the community.

The town business license fee is included in the annual fee of $40. For more information or to request a registration form, email

Family Trust offers free document shredding

Family Trust Federal Credit Union and Cintas Document Management will provide free document shredding for the public from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 26 as part of Earth Day Birthday at the Museum of York County on Mount Gallant Road.

Shredding will be provided for personal and business documents in trucks located at Mount Gallant Elementary School. Staples, rubber bands, folders, paper clips, etc., do not need to be removed before shredding. Destroyed documents will go directly to a paper recycling plant.

Properly destroying confidential documents can protect individuals against identity theft, which occurs to an estimated nine million Americans each year, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

Earth Day Birthday will feature activities, games, a 4-H petting zoo, educational exhibits and an eco-marketplace. Pony rides and food will be available for purchase.

Burris earns TMP certification

Sonja Burris, communications manager for the Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau earned certification as a Travel Marketing Professional after completing the three-year program of the Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College.

Burris was one of 57 new TMPs recognized at the STS spring meeting March 25 in Lexington, Ky. STS Marketing College started in 1992, and 804 people have earned TMP certification.

Course topics include special events marketing, media relations, tourism advertising, vacation research, crisis management, branding and community/rural tourism. After the classroom work, students also must complete a project that relates to their employment.

Chamber marks salon event

The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting April 4 for Living Art Salon and Spa at 1510 Onyx Ridge Road, suite 105 .

There are five hair stylist, including owner Melissa Bennett Gray. The spa now offers nail and massage services, in addition to esthetic.

For info, call the chamber at 803-324-7500.

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