Company offers pizza, wings for the sweet tooth

CORNELIUS – The Chocolate Pizza Company opened its first North Carolina store this month, and celebrated with a Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting.

Michelle Street owns the store and her 12-year-old daughter, Olivia, assists with the cash register.

The store’s name comes from its selection of chocolate-centered treats packaged in pizza boxes. The company also serves its specialty “Peanut Butter Wings,” rippled potato chips covered in peanut butter and dipped in chocolate.

Street can personalize just about any of its selections.

The Marcellus, N.Y.-based company has grown since 2010 to Shelton, Conn.; Cincinnati, Ohio, and now Cornelius, at 17111 Kenton Drive, Suite 101B.


Realty offices collects toys for tots 

CORNELIUS – Lake Norman Realty is collecting new, unwrapped toys for its 17th annual drive to support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation.

The toys go to local underprivileged children.

“Together we can make a beautiful Christmas for hundreds of children in our community,” said Abigail Jennings, president of Lake Norman Realty.

Lake Norman Realty’s five offices in Cornelius, Davidson, Denver, Mooresville and Statesville are collecting toys until Dec. 11. Monetary donations will also be accepted. 

The Cornelius office is at 20117 W. Catawba Ave. The Davidson office is at 310 S. Main St.

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Mayor proclaims benefits of massage 

DAVIDSON – Mayor John Woods has endorsed the therapeutic effects of massage.

Woods signed a proclamation celebrating National Massage Therapy Week starting Oct. 21 and presented it alongside Sheila Alexander, a N.C. licensed massage therapist.

Alexander created a massage and spa program for the residents of The Pines, a continuing care retirement community and teaches massage therapists how to integrate massage and spa therapies with seniors to promote health and quality of life.


Davis joins real estate firm 

CORNELIUS – Sperry Van Ness Commercial Real Estate Advisors has welcomed Dave Davis to its office, following his recent move back to the area from Washington, D.C.

Davis graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in urban and regional planning and a minor in history. He worked as senior manager of planning and travel of the American Diabetes Association in Alexandria, Va.

He moved back to Charlotte in July to pursue a career in commercial real estate.

Sperry Van Ness Commercial Real Estate Advisors provides sales, leasing, tenant representation, asset and property management, corporate services, consultation and auction services.

Details: 704-892-5653.


Total Stockroom gets space

CORNELIUS – Sperry Van Ness Commercial Real Estate Advisors announced recently that Total Stockroom LLC has leased property at 11142 Treynorth Drive.

Total Stockroom LLC distributes fine intimate clothing.

Tadd Holzen, advisor, represented the tenant in the transaction. 


Maddy’s Fatty’s Cupcakes slices ribbon

CORNELIUS – In celebration of its expansion just a year and a half in business, Maddy’s Fatty’s Cupcakes hosted a Business Before Hours event at its shop, 19905 W. Catawba Ave.

Owners Madeline Baucum and Enza Friedman continue to broaden their selection of cupcakes, cookies, cakes, pastries and pies, as well as gluten-free and vegan delights.

The bakery also provides catering and birthday parties.

Details: 704-439-0996.


Insurance firm opens on Gilead Road

HUNTERSVILLE – The Brightway Insurance Company, Apostle Agency recently celebrated its opening with a Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at its new office, 9832 Gilead Road, Suite D105.

The agency provides auto, home, business and life insurance. Owners Peter Apostle and his son, Dimitri, bring 44 years of insurance experience to their business.

The Brightway Company is a locally owned and operated agency that is also planning to open another location in the Ballantyne area in January.

Detail: 704-280-0090. 


Berkshire Hathaway releases latest real estate report

HUNTERSVILLE – The number of houses sold in October decreased by 2 percent from last year, with median sales just over $230,000, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty reported.

The report showed that houses spent an average 98 days on the market, an 18 percent decrease from 2012.  Active listings have dropped from 2 percent in 2012 and 6 percent from September.