Monday, September 1, 2014

Ballantyne Village opens new local marketplace

Ballantyne Village is opening a new market featuring local food and artisans. Called 3H Market, for homegrown, homemade and handmade, the market will be open twice a week, on Tuesday and Saturday.

Here's what Ballantyne Village has to say about the new market: "3H Market is here every Tuesday and Saturday, and it features homemade, homegrown and handmade items from local vendors. You'll find everything from local produce to grass-fed beef to candles and chocolates. It's located between Burger 21 and Abraham Joseph Fine Jewelers. Visit with us often as the selection and variety will change each week."

Friday, August 29, 2014

Pizza-in-a-cone headed to Charlotte

If you hear "pizza-in-a-cone" and think "That's what I've been missing," then I have good news for you: Kono Pizza is planning to come to Charlotte.

Kono bills itself as a brand new way to eat pizza, one that's both healthier and more convenient for hungry, time-starved diners. Here's what it looks like:

Here's the company's description of its product: "Served in a cone and filled with fresh, quality ingredients, with its dough and sauce imported straight from Italy, Kono Pizza offers consumers a healthier, on-the-go alternative to one of their favorite foods. Featuring a thinner crust and low-moisture cheese, Kono Pizza cones are only 250-280 calories each, compared to 450 calories in the average traditional pizza slice."

So far, there's only one Kono Pizza location open in the U.S., in New Jersey. The company has 130 locations, mostly in Europe.

In Charlotte, franchisees Carl and Gayle Adams have signed an agreement to bring three Kono locations to the area. Kono also plans to open in Raleigh.

"After decades of devouring countless slices of triangle or square-cut pizza, Charlotte consumers are about to experience a progressive new way to enjoy their favorite Italian dish," said Gayle Adams, in a statement. "We're excited to introduce Charlotte to a healthier and portable alternative to traditional pizza – the pizza cone."

Stay tuned for more information on the pizza cone's debut in Charlotte.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ike Behar opens Charlotte store

Upscale menswear company Ike Behar has opened a boutique in the Phillips Place shopping center, the company said.

This is the company's first store in Charlotte, and fourth boutique nationwide. Ike Behar also has stores in Charleston, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

"We chose Phillips Place because we believe it is the best place for us to reach the Ike Behar man," said Alan Behar, of Ike Behar, in a statement. "During the past few years, we have begun to expand our product line beyond shirts and ties, striving to create a complete lifestyle brand for the modern gentleman. With its collection of fine shops and some of the best dining in Charlotte, we knew our store had to be at Phillips Place."

The company sells dress shirts, suits, ties, sportswear and accessories for men.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lettuce Carry grocery delivery service shuts down

Lettuce Carry, a local online grocery delivery service started two years ago, has shut down, the company said on its website.

I first wrote about Lettuce Carry shortly after they started delivering groceries to people throughout the region from their Pineville warehouse. The premise was simple: For a minimum order of $25, you could buy your groceries online and have them dropped off at your front door the next day, for no extra charge.

"With a very heavy heart, Lettuce Carry is saddened to announce that we will be closing our doors," Lettuce Carry wrote on its Facebook page. "We can not express how appreciative and thankful we are for every single delivery we've made in the last two and half years, the customers we have met and the loyalty we have received. We truly thank each and every one of you for supporting us in our dream - The Lettuce Carry Team."

The company has sold off its remaining inventory. Lettuce Carry could not be reached by phone Tuesday.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Walmart hiring 190 for new supermarkets

Walmart is hiring 190 local workers for two more planned Neighborhood Markets in Kings Mountain and Gastonia, as the mega-retailer continues pushing into the grocery market.

Exact opening dates haven't been set, but the company is planning to open both stores in the winter. Workers hired by Walmart will start working in October to prep the stores for their grand openings. Temporary hiring centers have been set up at 546 E. Garrison Blvd. in Gastonia and 502 W. Kings St in Kings Mountain.
Walmart has been opening more Neighborhood Markets, which are much smaller than a SuperCenter and about the size of a traditional supermarket, to compete more directly with grocers.

In Charlotte, the company has one Neighborhood Market and is planning to open more in Charlotte, Pineville, Concord, Rock Hill and other nearby locations, adding a potentially major new competitor to the region's low-cost grocery market.

Antique and design store opens in Mooresville

A Mooresville mill has been repurposed into a new store, Main St. Antiques and Design Gallery.

Michael Bay restored what had been the Burlington Industries mill. The building now serves as home to vendors selling antiques, jewelry and other vintage goods.

Here's what the company has to say about the new antique mall.

"The structure's beautiful wood ceiling beams and brick walls provide a memorable setting for a wide range of antiques, collectibles and home decor items. 

Main St. Antiques is an antiques mall featuring booths from local vendors whose merchandise changes regularly, so there will always be different pieces to see. Vendor Judith McCubbin, who has bought and sold antiques for two decades, includes painted and cottage-style furniture, vintage chairs, antique night tables, and "shabby chic" items in her booth. Other vendors offer jewelry, antique and artistic clothing, glass, and unusual home accent pieces. "We want Main St. Antiques to be a really fun place to shop," McCubbin says.

Hours are 10 am - 6 pm Monday through Saturday, and 1 - 5 pm Sunday. Main St. Antiques is located next to its sister store, Merinos Home Furnishings, giving shoppers the opportunity to browse through hundreds of thousands of square feet of furnishings on the same visit.

Interested in selling antiques as much as buying them? Main St. Antiques has booth space available for sellers of antiques, collectibles, jewelry and other items. Artists can rent space to display and sell their works. Booth space starts at $72 per month, and booths may be rented month to month. Main St. Antiques can also provide staff to assist shoppers with their purchases from your booth when you can't be there. For details, call
704-746-3636 or email"

Michael Bay in front of the antique mall

Monday, August 25, 2014

Vera Bradley opening outlet store in Concord Mills

Vera Bradley is opening an outlet store in Concord Mills this fall, the paisley-heavy designer's first outlet location in the state.

Here's the mall's description of the new store: "Providing new fabrics and styles each season for more than 20 years, Vera Bradley creates colorful and feminine quilted cotton luggage, handbags and accessories to fit each woman’s personality and style. The iconic fashionable products will be available at affordable prices at Vera Bradley Outlet, which will be located in Concord Mills’ Neighborhood 2 near Guess Factory Store."

Vera Bradley operates one store in Charlotte, at SouthPark mall, but the designer's goods are sold at other department and accessory stores, as well as online.