Dr. G cuts the ribbon

CORNELIUS – Dr. G’s Weightloss and Wellness opened its doors recently with a ribbon cutting.

Eric Brown and Craig Rosato started their business partnership when Brown tried the regimen himself and lost 24 pounds in 65 days. He shared it with Rosato, and they went into business.

The consultation and qualification meeting is free. Dr. G’s is located at 19906 C North Cove Road in the Jetton Village Shopping Center.

Details: 704-987-3747.


Food drive organizers seek 8,000 items to help soup kitchen

HUNTERSVILLE – Ballas Chiropractic invites the community to spend the day sampling music, local food trucks, activities for children and medical screenings at its second annual Lake Norman’s Food Drive and Wellness Outreach Expo on Nov. 2.

The expo celebrates the health and well-being of the community by bringing together nonprofits, businesses and schools that contribute to families and children.

Families can also donate non-perishable food items at the collection tent. Those who donate at least $15 of food items can enter to win prizes from participating Lake Norman businesses.

Last year, the food drive donated more than 2,000 items to The Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen in Huntersville. This year, the goal is set at 6,000 to 8,000 items to be distributed among food banks in Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson.

The expo takes place rain or shine 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatics Center, 11725 Verhoeff Drive.

Details: pr.ballaschiro@gmail.com


Town promotes Ingram, adds to staff

DAVIDSON – The Town of Davidson hired two new employees and promoted Stephen Ingram from detective to sergeant in the Davidson Police Department.

Ingram started with the department on April 1, 1997, as an officer and became the detective in October 2002. Some of Ingram’s most memorable cases include closing the missing person/homicide case of a Davidson resident and the serial motor vehicle break-ins by a Cornelius resident, Chief Jeanne Miller said.

Additionally, the town hired Jesse Bouk as the operations supervisor in the public works department and Stuart Wine as the planner/geographic information systems analyst in the planning department.

A graduate of N.C. Sate, Bouk has a background in turf and landscape management and operations.

Wine’s position is newly created to enhance mapping and development. He graduated from the University of Memphis with a bachelor’s degree in geography and is a master’s degree candidate in geography at UNC Charlotte. This summer he completed an internship with the Davidson Lands Conservancy.


Aquesta reports third quarter profits

CORNELIUS – Aquesta Bank announced a $94,000 increase in third-quarter profits from 2012 in a statement released Oct. 17.

The bank had a net income of $409,000 in September, compared with $315,000 for 2012.

Net interest income for the third quarter increased to $2 million from $1.7 million for the same period in 2012. Net income for the nine months ending Sept. 30 was $1.1 million versus $765,000 in 2012.

Aquesta's total assets increased to $225.5 million Sept. 30 compared to $205.1 million Dec. 31, 2012, a 13 percent increase.

Aquesta has branches in Cornelius, Davidson and two locations in Mooresville. The bank plans to expand to Huntersville on Sam Fur Road near Marshalls, beginning early November.


Nelson joins Tastefully Simple

HUNTERSVILLE – Stacie Nelson has joined Tastefully Simple Inc. as a consultant for the national direct sales company.

Consultants offer food samples at home taste-testing parties, along with ideas for everyday meals, recipes and serving suggestions. All products are open-and-enjoy or can be prepared by adding only one or two ingredients.

“In today's world, ‘staying in’ has become the new ‘going out!’ You don’t have to leave home to enjoy wonderful food, fun and laughter with your  family and friends,” said Jill Blashack Strahan, Tastefully Simple Inc. founder and CEO. “That’s why we’re proud to offer great experiences, easy-to-prepare products and an exciting business opportunity for people who are looking for something more.”

Details: stacien1@gmail.com or www.tastefullysimple.com


Snap Fitness opens new fitness program

DAVIDSON – Snap Fitness announces the grand opening of Intensity, a new group fitness program that blends functional movements with high intensity workouts.

Functional training incorporates multiple planes of motion simultaneously, more closely mimicking the way the body moves naturally. A certified personal trainer leads a class of six or less, using kettlebells, suspension training, medicine balls, ropes, plyometric boxes and bodyweight.

Trainers track results through body measurements, mobility screening and FitRanx, a ranking system that determines a client’s overall fitness level for their age bracket, much like the belt system in martial arts.

Classes are offered multiple times a day, and clients also have 24-hour access to the Snap Fitness gym, located in the Renaissance Square Shopping Center on the corner of N.C. 73 and Poplar Tent Road.

Details: 704-439-4543 or www.snapintensity.com


Chamber hosts ribbon cuttings

CORNELIUS – The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will help area businesses celebrate openings and milestone with ribbon cutting ceremonies in November.

Ribbon cuttings are as follows:

• Nov. 2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Kar Kare & Lube of Lake Norman, 18724 Statesville Road, Cornelius.

• Nov. 6, 8-9 a.m., Brightway Insurance, 9832 Gilead Road, Huntersville.

• Nov. 13, 8-9 a.m., FastFit Boxing, 19911 North Cove Road, Cornelius.

• Nov. 13, 5-7 p.m. Homewood Suites by Hilton, 125 Harbour Place Drive, Davidson.

• Nov. 20, noon-1 p.m., Buscemi’s Party Shoppe Pizza, 18059 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius.

Details: www.lakenormanchamber.org or 704-892-1922.