Peninsula Bistro reopens with new features

CORNELIUS – Peninsula Bistro recently reopened after a renovation.

The restaurant, located at 19906 North Cove Road, is under the management of Sam Marshall. Peninsula Bistro is using the same chef and menu while adding live music and food deliveries.

An outdoor patio is also under construction.

For reservations or delivery requests, call 704-987-2299.


AdvantaClean celebrates franchising, longevity

HUNTERSVILLE – AdvantaClean celebrated its 20th anniversary and fifth year in franchising during the company’s annual convention Feb. 19-21.

The convention included a vendor expo, entertainment and 16 hours of continuing education and training classes.

CEO Jeff Dudan described the convention as a family reunion, considering more than 90 percent of franchisees attend with their staffs.

AdvantaClean provides services that make homes and buildings clean, safe, healthy and energy efficient. The company, which operates in 160 territories across the country, is expanding into international markets in late 2014.


Business plan competition rewards sustainability

DAVIDSON – Davidson College invited 130 schools in the men’s and women’s NCAA Tournaments to compete in The Next Play, a new venture capital competition that combines sustainability and sports. 

Teams of one-to-four members will present business plans concerning sustainability and sports to judges – just as if they were making a pitch for venture capital.

Some of the pitches expected to be submitted concern wind energy, turf grass management, childhood obesity and bicycles stimulating economic growth.

Winners share $35,000 in prize money and in-kind support. Duke Energy, Ingersoll Rand and Project for Innovation in Energy and Sustainability are providing the prizes.

Nine schools accepted the challenge: UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, Wisconsin, Memphis, Idaho, Texas, Arizona State, Purdue and Oklahoma State.

Meal breaks will feature remarks from business leaders. Davidson students benefit by attending a networking reception with judges and program administrators.

The event takes place April 10-12 at Davidson College.


Ambassadors bring value to Visit Lake Norman operations

CORNELIUS – Visit Lake Norman recognizes its 22 ambassadors for staffing its visitor center, answering phones and handling a variety of visitor-related inquiries in honor of National Volunteer Week, April 6-12.

Ambassadors contributed 4,731 hours in fiscal year 2013, a cost savings of $104,744.34.

“We make a living by what we choose to do but, we make a life by what we give. Those who give are our ambassadors,” said Executive Director Sally Ashworth, who thanked ambassadors for their dedication. ”A gift of time is truly priceless.”

Ten ambassadors have been volunteering for at least five years. Kathy Bowman has volunteered for nine.

“Most of the visitors are very grateful for the information and they all say what a beautiful visitor center and wealth of information we have,” Bowman said. “I love what I do here and we work as a team. It feels good to be able to help visitors and assure them of what a nice area Lake Norman is.”

Those interested in volunteering for Visit Lake Norman may contact Cyndi Bartley at or 704-987-3300.


Aquesta announces formation of bank-holding company

CORNELIUS – Aquesta Financial Holdings Inc recently became the new bank holding company for Aquesta Bank and affiliates.

Shareholders will soon receive instructions to convert their current Aquesta Bank paper stock certificates into Aquesta Financial Holdings Inc. shares.

“We are pleased that this important structural change was approved by the Federal Reserve and is commencing with no interruption to the activities of Aquesta Bank or Aquesta Insurance Services,” said Jim Engel, CEO and president of Aquesta Bank.


Zoning request withdrawn for enterprise enter  

HUNTERSVILLE – One More Neighborhood Inc. won’t be building a non-profit commercial center with an auto repair shop, thrift store, café and office buildings off 0.88 acres at Cimmaron and McCoy roads.

Executive Director Earl Runcan withdrew a rezoning request due to restrictions of the property and extensive petitions against the project. The public hearing was scheduled for April 7.

What would have been known as the Huntington Green Enterprise Center would have created 12-15 jobs for residents in the Huntington Green area, according to Runcan.


Villages at Skybrook subdivision clears sketch plan vote

HUNTERSVILLE – A 14-home addition to the Villages at Skybrook, a subdivision along the Huntersville/Concord jurisdictional boundary, is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Commissioners unanimously approved the Laureldale LLC-developed subdivision’s sketch plan April 7.

The board had deferred its vote in the March 17 meeting due to concerns about water quality and open space, but there was no discussion needed to push through the project on April 7.

The subdivision is at the east side of Poplar Tent Road.