Car dealership teams with blood center

CORNELIUS – Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is teaming up with the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas for the Fifth Annual Pints for Pounds community blood drive.

For every blood donation, the Community Blood Center will donate seven pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.

The blood drive will be held 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 23 at Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, 20700 Torrence Chapel Road. Walk in or schedule an appointment.

Details: Theresa or Tyrii, 704-896-3800.


Davidson Village Inn celebrates 20 years

DAVIDSON – The Davidson Village Inn celebrates 20 years of hosting hometown visitors, families and notable guests.

Innkeepers Gordon and Rebecca Clark recall scrambling to accommodate its first business group that booked rooms for its year-end sales meeting.

“We opened with a tight budget, an extremely small staff and a 1-year-old child,” Rebecca said. “We sometimes look back and wonder how we survived those times, but we are so thankful for the support we’ve had from our great community throughout the years.”

They developed a love for hosting local and international guests with their own unique combination of old world charm and hometown hospitality.

The inn has welcomed the likes of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Oscar Arias, Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson, 1960s Harvard professor Timothy Leary and musician John Mayer.

The 18-room European-style inn offers a deluxe continental breakfast buffet and afternoon tea. Innkeeper Gordon offers tours of the town for guests in the inn’s pedicab.

The inn is offering special promotions and giveaways in honor of its 20th anniversary.

Details: or 800-892-0796.


Brooks opens new real estate agency

HUNTERSVILLE – Realtor and broker Susan Brooks recently opened a new real estate agency, Brookside Exclusives.

Brookside Exclusives offers real estate services for buyers and sellers, property management services and home staging services.

Prior to forming Brookside Exclusives, Brooks worked with Jack and Kathy Ziegler at Team Ziegler Luxury Real Estate.

“We want to make the home buying and selling process as stress-free as possible,” she said. “The key is to listen closely to each client, fully understand exactly what they are looking for and keep them informed at every step.”

Susan also explained that Brookside Exclusives will donate 5 percent of proceeds from each real estate transaction directly to a charity of the client’s choice.

Properties listed by Brookside Exclusives range from charming town homes to luxury lakefront dwellings.

Details: or 704-905-7214.


Plinker Arms joins firearms production

CORNELIUS – Plinker Arms LLC, maker of firearms magazines, accessories and parts, is now in the firearms production business.

Plinker Arms has unveiled its new AR-15 .22LR rifles with a MIL-SPEC, multi-caliber AR-15 lower.

The rifles allow enthusiasts an industry first – to rack, tap and bang a .22LR on a MIL-SPEC AR-15 lower without any modifications to the lower receiver.

Three rifle versions are available, including the standard AR-15 .22LR model, a M4 .22LR rifle and a Bull Barrel .22LR.

Details: or 704-895-6645.


Workshop addresses ‘retirementology’

CORNELIUS – Matthew Weaver, financial advisor with Allegancy Credit Union, will host an educational workshop, titled “Retirementology: Rethinking the American Dream in a new economy.”

Weaver will discuss the factors affecting retirement and steps to take to help accomplish goals.

The workshop will be held 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, 19900 W. Catawba Ave.

Details: or 336-774-8165. 


Spine surgeon joins Carolina Neurosurgery offices

CHARLOTTE – Fellowship-trained neurosurgeon and Charlotte native Matthew McGirt recently joined the growing team of neurosurgeons at Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates.

He is seeing patients at the Huntersville and Charlotte offices of the practice. The Huntersville office is at 9735 Kincey Ave.

McGirt performs minimally invasive and reconstructive spine surgery.

“It is great to be back in the city where I grew up and be part of a neurosurgical group that is setting the standard for comprehensive spinal care,” McGirt said. “It is an honor to join the distinguished team of neurosurgeons, physiatrists and physical therapists at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates.”