Ballantyne Weekly

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Ballantyne Weekly December 22, 2010

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Scott Martin, Publisher, Ballantyne Weekly

Welcome and thank you for clicking through!

Welcome to the new Ballantyne Weekly.

A note about Ballantyne Weekly. I started this weekly email three years ago this month. It was time for some changes. In the ‘new’ Ballantyne Weekly, you’ll find…

News from the area just as before. Plus…

Links to local jobs.
Non-profit information.
Scott’s list…deals, classifieds, and other information from subscribers.

And a lot more coming soon.

What would you like to see in the new Ballantyne Weekly? Leave a comment below.

For the remainder of December, Ballantyne Weekly will include paid advertisements. Beginning January 5, Ballantyne Weekly will be free of paid display advertisements and will be subscription-based. For information about saving $100 through ‘early bird’ subscription, go here now.

No new Sun City for at least three years…according to local sources, Del Webb, developer of Sun City Carolina Lakes just south of Ballantyne in Lancaster County, was seriously considering an additional development near Andrew Jackson State Park between Ballantyne and Lancaster. It would have been “Sun City Lite” without the same level of amenities. Initial sales went extremely well at Sun City Carolina Lakes and reached approximately 2,000 units; there’s capacity for approximately 3,500 units.

Del Webb also seriously considered a site in Lincoln County just west of the southern portion of Lake Norman but could not reach an agreement with Lincoln County officials about a site. Sources indicate it may take up to three years to complete sales at Sun City Carolina Lakes.
No good news for home prices in the Ballantyne area but it could be worse.

There are pockets of resistance but home prices continue to decline in the Ballantyne area, according to one real estate professional who stated the decline is significantly worse along the NC 49 corridor in south west Charlotte.


The aroma outside (and inside) Cast Iron Waffles is enticing.

Enjoyed an excellent breakfast with local attorney Allen Starrett at a relatively new spot, Cast Iron Waffles, in Cedar Walk just east of 521 off Ardrey Kell. (Website here). The lovely server promised me a “mind blowing” waffle and it was certainly excellent. It’s a relatively small eatery but extremely cozy and the aroma is enticing. Good coffee plus a good range of tea. Great to spend some time with Allen who specializes in wills, trusts, and estates plus corporate law.

Is this a mind-blowing waffle?



The restaurant suffered an electrical fire three weeks ago. “We are very fortunate the fire occurred after the restaurant was closed and no one was injured,” says Michael Stephan, managing partner. The company continued to pay its employees while the restaurant was closed. For additional information, go here now.

Betsy Mapes, owner of Dilworth Coffee in Ballantyne, is making the business available for sale. Call (704) 369-5120.


The “Active Adults” group meets at Elon Recreation Center to play cards (Bridge, Pinochle, Canasta and Poker) 4 times per week. Bridge lessons are also available for new players to experts. Visit or call the Elon Recreation Center or call Paul Mitchell at (704) 246-7774 for more info.



Guliani's in Blakeney for Diamonds and More.

Guliani’s Fine Jewelry wishes you a holiday season that sparkles! The most wanted gift by women are diamonds and Guliani’s Fine Jewelry has them. The owners of Guliani’s travel to India where 92% of the world’s diamonds are cut and they hand pick the finest selection. They are a family owned jewelry boutique without any markups, just competitive everyday pricing and great finance options. Stop in today and let them show you how to add sparkle to your life! Guliani’s Fine Jewelry in The Shoppes at Blakeney. (Rea Road & Ardrey Kell). Call  (704) 542-2980. Find them on Facebook here.

South County Regional Library

Events at the South County Regional Library over the next two weeks. Go here.

Holiday Faith Services

Children's Tableau at South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church.

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church

Friday, December 24. Gathering Around the Manger, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Mecklenburg Hall. Christmas Eve service for families with children (second grade and younger). Christmas Eve Communion Service, 3, 5, 7, and 10 p.m., Sanctuary. Traditional Christmas Eve service, including communion. Music offered at all four services by Chancel Choir, Adult Handbell Choir, vocal and instrumental soloists, and Leigh Marsh, violinist.

Pineville United Methodist Church. Go here for Christmas Eve and Christmas services.

For Harrison United Methodist Church, go here.

Note: I based this partial list on information these churches provided directly to me.


Ballantyne Village click here.

Stonecrest click here.

Beginning January 5, Ballantyne Weekly becomes a subscription publication. Special low pricing and benefits available for early-bird subscribers. Click here now for more information.

Upcoming events at the Morrison Family YMCA at Ballantyne.

December 31 to January 1. Lock-in: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Ages 5-10. Parents can enjoy a night to themselves while children enjoy a fun night at the YMCA. January 8th. Parent’s Night Out 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy a night out while children are safe at the Morrison Family YMCA. $15/YMCA members and $20/non-members. Registration required.

Mexican cooking classes. January 11th. 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Registration required.

January 17, 21, and 24. Teacher Workday Camps.

January 15. Middle School Madness.

February 1. YMCA Member program registrations begins for Preschool, Spring Programs and Summer Camp. Registration for Non-Members begins February 15th.

For the Morrison Family YMCA at Ballantyne website, go here now.

Worthy Endeavors

Kiwanis Club of Ballantyne meets weekly, noon – 1 p.m., except for second Wednesdays, when meetings are at 6:30 p.m.; lunch meeting at City Tavern at Stonecrest, 7282 E. Rea Road; evening meeting location varies; contact Peter Rieke at (704) 575-1993.

The Meck South Rotary Club meets every Friday at TPC Piper Glen at 7:30 a.m.

Ballantyne Rotary Club meets every Friday at lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at TPC Piper Glen.

Subaru South Blvd, 9201 South Blvd – across from the Lynx light rail station near I-485 is a collection point all year long for Classroom Central.

Stay at the Staybridge Suites Ballantyne and receive a $25 Gas Card with a paid package reservation. Ranked #1 overall for Guest Satisfaction and Quality Assurance. Mention Ballantyne Weekly when you reserve. Call (704) 248-5000.


Book now for Global’s New Year’s Eve dinner. Two seatings. Go here now.


Google Just Changed Everything…are you ready? I just organized exclusive access to a webinar hosted by Will Swayne a Google SEO/PPC expert and what he reveals will astonish you. There’s a rare window of opportunity to take advantage of these local search changes. To sign up, go here now.

Holiday Season Shipping

Come to UPS Store in Blakeney and Ballantyne Commons East for all your holiday shipping needs and get a certificate with a retail value worth $100. Items include 50 free black and white copies, three months of mailbox services, $3 off UPS shipping, and 10 free color copies. Go to the store for more details. Or call the UPS Store Blakeney at 704-943-1350 or Ballantyne 704-759-9601.

Rent a Mailbox at the UPS Store in Blakeney, Ballantyne Commons East, or Weddington for a year and get the first three months for no charge.

The UPS Store is your partner for small business. Customers can save time and money by using a ‘one stop location’ to get multiple services. Services, in addition to copying, binding, and shipping, include notary, finger printing, passport photos, mailbox rental, and more.

Holiday Parties

Enlightening your taste buds at Nirvana. Still time for a holiday party.


Planning your company Holiday Party? Tight Budget? Call CAFÉ NIRVANA at (704) 752-3556. Great Value and Great Food. Come try the elaborate daily lunch buffet or the A la Carte Dinner.

Olde Lancaster Town Center. 15025 Old Lancaster Hwy (Corner of Providence Road West and Old Lancaster Hwy). For Nirvana’s website, go here. To book immediately, email here or call 704-315-8899.

Gift Cards 20% off.


Jobs in 28277 and environs from…

Monster click here.

Career Builder click here.

Home of the Week


David Huss. Homes in the Ballantyne area and beyond.

Local Realtor David Huss has a new home listed. It’s the Home of the Week. David also has an updated blog here.

Faith News

Come to Pineville United Methodist Church and find Love at the Crossroads. Located at one of the area’s major geographical crossroads for more than 130 years, the church believes it’s called to meet and help people who find themselves at a crossroads in their lives. The church offers services at 9 a.m. and 11a.m. on Sundays and programs for everyone in your family. Visit us near the intersection of Pineville-Matthews Road (Highway 51) and South Polk Street (South Boulevard). For the website, go here.

Dogs/Cats for Adoption News

The PAWS in The Panhandle Rescue & Adoption Group Thrift Store is now open in the Zimmer Business Park on Marvin Road in Indian Land Directions: Turn onto Marvin Road directly in front of Aldi on Highway 521. In 7 tenths of a mile, turn left into Zimmer Business Park and follow road straight into the Park until you come to building 7 on your left. The facility is located at the end of building 7 in warehouse #737. Donations can be dropped off at the store or call (803) 371-0897 for pick-up. All donations are tax-deductible. Purchases help PAWS reach its goal of building a true “no-kill” shelter in Indian Land.

Beginning January 5, Ballantyne Weekly becomes a subscription publication. Special low pricing and benefits available for early-bird subscribers. Click here now for more information.

Facebook Links

Join the Ballantyne Center for Dentistry Facebook page here. Ballantyne Center for Dentistry regularly provides offers and discounts through its page.

Wills, Trusts, Estates, and Business Law

Allen Starrett.

If you are a parent, have you named guardians to care for your children if you die unexpectedly? If your estate exceeds $1M, are you ready for the return of the estate tax in 2011? If you are starting or running a business, have you considered the value of working with an attorney who can advise on best legal practices?

Ballantyne attorney Allen R. Starrett helps families and business owners with these and other legal matters and delivers personal and prompt client service. Call 704-887-4944. You can also visit his website here. Allen’s office is located in the Hixon Building at 13850 Ballantyne Corporate Place.


BCCI will make your cabling life extremely easy. Owner Britt Alion specializes in printer/copier and PC cabling for small businesses and corporations. Britt also installs  lobby monitors, projectors and screens. Alion has completed work for medical offices, credit unions, corporations with conference/training rooms, and more.  Call for a free estimate (704) 502-7202

Tile Cleaning and Restoration

Mr. Grout will enhance the beauty of your home or business, clean your tile, and help to keep your home clean – wherever you have tile (bathroom, kitchen, patio, etc.). Services include: cleaning, sealing (clear or color), joint repair, caulk replacement, tile replacement, damaged wall repair, and complete re-grout of showers, tub surrounds, kitchen or bathroom vanity counter topsandback splashes. Angie’s List Super Service Award and an A-Better Business Bureau rating in 2009. Our highest achievement comes from the words of our customers…

“My shower now looks like it did when I first purchased my house new. The replacement grout matches the color of the surrounding tile grout perfectly. Tom is very conscientiousandprofessional in his approach and won’t leave until you are satisfied with his work.” – Robert, South Charlotte

Call (704) 543-7775 now.

Mr. Grout –Your Grout, Ceramic Tile & Natural Stone Restorer


Note: Scott’s List will provide a list of services, offers, and items for sale. For the month of December, it’s available to all. Beginning January 5, it will be available to Ballantyne Weekly subscribers. For early-bird subscription information, go here now.


Publisher’s Note…some items feature sponsored links for which advertisers have paid an advertising fee.

You have been reading the December 22, 2010 edition of Ballantyne Weekly. If you have news leads, ideas, or feedback, leave a comment below.

© Scott Martin Creative Services, Inc. 2010
Important note to other news outlets. Material in this email is originally sourced. If you quote or mention a news item, you MUST cite“…as published in Ballantyne Weekly…”


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