Freedom offers boating without ownership

CORNELIUS – The Freedom Boat Club, which offers boat rentals, held its recent ribbon-cutting with Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce representatives. Owner Jeff Weir said the many benefits derived from living beside or near the lake is the fun of being on the lake, especially in the spring, summer and fall. As he put it, "call up, show up and when you're done, walk away." Freedom Boat Club is located at 17505 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius, and available by phone at 704-659-1294.

Chamber celebrates with local businesses next week

CORNELIUS – The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will help celebrate events with two Cornelius busnesses next week.

They will be on hand for the ribbon-cutting for McMillan Construction Co. from 8-9 a.m. June 5. The company is located at 17830 Statesville Road.

Chamber representatives will help Sangam Indian Cuisine celebrate the opening of their networking and banquet center from 5:30-7 p.m. June 6. The restaurant is at 20910 Torrence Chapel Road.

Credit union hosts open house next week

DAVIDSON – Allegacy Federal Credit Union is having a ribbon-cutting and grand opening at their Davidson Financial Center from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 4. Allegacy offers high-yield checking, low-interest loans, free online banking and members-only discounts.

The facility is located at 735 Ingersoll-Rand Road.

For information about Allegacy FCU, visit or call 800-782-4670.

Jobs workshop details social media benefits

CORNELIUS – A free Job Assistance Workshop is held the second Tuesday of each month at Community in Christ Lutheran Church with human resources professionals and speakers specializing in training, hiring and recruiting. The workshop is aimed at those who are underemployed, unemployed or in a career transition. The June 11 session will feature a workshop on how to use social media in the job search. To attend, send a note to or call the church at 704-892-0120.

Unique furniture store opens in Cornelius

CORNELIUS – The third Dutchmans Casual Living Store has opened in the Jetton Village retail center.

The stores are owned by designer Stephanie Nieuwendijk Bramble. She opened the first store in Highlands. The second store opened in St. Simons Island, Ga.

The Cornelius store, located at 19441 Old Jetton Road, features wood furniture from her family-owned Bramble Co., which also does lamp screen printing and sells wholesale products around the world.

The store is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. For information, call 704-896-0007.

Family opens third Marco’s Pizza location

HUNTERSVILLE – Andy Hunter has followed in his father’s footsteps and opened the family’s third Marco’s Pizza location.

Mike Hunter, who also owns a Subway franchise, and Andy are hoping to open five more Marco’s Pizza locations in the Charlotte area and have as many as 20 locations in the next three years throughout Charlotte and Columbia and upstate South Carolina.

The newest Marco’s location is at 13024 Eastfield Road, Huntersville.

Business award winners headline Chamber presentation

CORNELIUS  Sharon Simpson, publisher of CURRENTS Magazine, will join Ronnie Caldwell of Innovative Pest Management as featured panelists for “Best Business Practices” pesentation June 11 at the Lake Norman Chamber.

CURRENTS and Innovative Pest Management received the two two Small Business of the Year awards during the Chamber's annual banquet. Also cited as outstanding small businesses were Sweet Dreams Mattress and Furniture, Deborah Young Studios, Rural Hill, The Range at Lake Norman, Ferrucci’s Old Tyme Italian Market and LKN Savings.

Representatives of some of these companies will be represented at the June 11 event, which begins at 8:30 a.m., to provide management and marketing tips.

Guests who aren't members of the chamber are asked to RSVP at 704-892-1922 to attend the event.