Ballantyne Weekly

News from the Ballantyne Area

Ballantyne Weekly January 5, 2011

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Welcome and thank you for clicking through!

Welcome to the New Ballantyne Weekly

Scott Martin, publisher, Ballantyne Weekly


A note about Ballantyne Weekly. I started this weekly email three years ago. It was time for some changes (apart from the photo…I look just like I did 11 years ago). In the ‘new’ Ballantyne Weekly, you’ll find…

News from the area just as before. Plus…

Links to local jobs.

Non-profit information.

School news and links.

Deals from supermarkets.

Full list of shopping, golf, and restaurants. (Coming January 9, 2011).

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

Beginning January 9, 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. Through the ‘early bird’ plan, Ballantyne Weekly will be only 78 cents a week. This promotion lasts until Sunday, January 9.

Thank you to the area residents who have already signed up.

Ballantyne weekly covers the entire Ballantyne area including Blakeney, Toringdon, parts of Pineville, Indian Land, Sun City, Piper Glen, Stonecrest, and parts of NC51.

News from the Ballantyne Area

What are the top stories/issues for 2011?

Here are the stories that most interest me for the upcoming year. These will have a major impact on the area.

  1. Home prices…will they continue to decrease in the Ballantyne area?
  2. Tax revaluations. How will these affect the area?
  3. Ballantyne Village. Retail properties in the Ballantyne area are in flux…it’s not just Ballantyne Village. Other commercial properties are under major pressure.
  4. The economy…especially small businesses.
  5. Impact of major corporate moves in Ballantyne Corporate Park. When will these help the local economy? Or will they?
  6. School budget cuts. I thought we had an education lottery to help schools so they would not have to lay off teachers. What will happen in the summer?
  7. I-485. The state can find money to keep cash flush companies stay in the area but they can’t find money to add lanes and intersections to I-485.
  8. Commercial property in general. We went through the residential problems. In late 2011 and in 2012, commercial properties will be under additional stress.
  9. The library and parks. We’ve got a great local library and some good parks. What will happen to these if there are more budget cuts due to the revaluation?

I’ll be following all of these very closely in the next few weeks.

BJ’s is closing some stores but the Pineville store will remain open.

The Remi Group Promotes COO to President. Dan Schuster, CEO of The Remi Group, LLC, announced today the promotion of Brent Howison to the role of President. Brent Howison will replace Ron Calhoun, who is leaving The Remi Group. The company provides equipment maintenance management programs. For more information, go here.

Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney is opening a new office in Waxhaw under the name Carolinas Dental Center. The phone number is (704) 243-1122.

The Charlotte Children’s Choir will perform at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church on Park Road on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Click here for more information.


Jobs in 28277 and environs from…

Monster. Click here.
Career Builder. Click here.

I am looking for motivated individuals who want to generate additional income. I’m also looking for local non-profit groups who want to generate funds for their organization. Call me at (704) 517-0241 or leave a comment below with your contact information.

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church has a job seekers group that meets on the last Monday of each month. The next meeting is Monday, January 31, at 7 p.m. For additional information, go here.


Lowes FoodsGo here.

Harris Teeter (Ballantyne Commons East). Go here.

Trader Joe’sGo here.

Earth FareGo here.

Ballantyne Village. Go here.


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


Queen’s Feast Restaurant Week will take place again January 21-30. Participating restaurants in the Ballantyne area will include: 131 Main – Blakeney; Cantina 1511 – Stonecrest; Gallery Restaurant; Global; Maestro’s Bar & Bistro; Mickey & Mooch – Arboretum; Passion8 Bistro; Rudy’s Italian Restaurant; Tria Terra; Trio. For more information go here.

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.

South County Regional Library

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


Ballantyne area schools are in the Southwest Zone of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. For the area superintendent, go here.

School Board member Kaye McGarry has a website and blog here. She welcomes comments on her blog.

Elementary Schools

Ballantyne Elementary. Click here.

Hawk Ridge. Click here.

Elon Park Elementary. Click here.

Pineville Elementary School. Click here.
Polo Ridge Elementary. Click here.

Indian Land. Click here.

Middle Schools

Community House. Click here.

Jay M. Robinson. Click here.

Indian Land. Click here.

High Schools

Ardrey Kell. Go here.

Providence. Go here.

South Mecklenburg. Go here.

Indian Land. Click here.


St. Matthew. Go here.

Charlotte Catholic High School. Go here.

Charlotte Preparatory School. Go here.

Admissions Open House January 11, 9:30 a.m.

Charter School

Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy. Go here.

The main Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Site is here.

Police Activity (near Ballantyne Hotel). Go here.

New Business Registrations (Mecklenburg County). Go here.


Ballantyne Village click here.

Stonecrest click here.

Beginning January 10, 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.

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

Red Cross Blood Drive at South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church. Saturday, January 22 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The church is located at 8601 Bryant Farms Road. To make an appointment, call Gayle Ireland at (704) 451-4706.

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.


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.

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 9, 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.


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 9, it will be available to Ballantyne Weekly subscribers. For early-bird subscription information, go here now.

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.


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

You have been reading the January 5, 2011 edition of Ballantyne Weekly. If you have news leads, ideas, or feedback, leave a comment below.

© Scott Martin Creative Services, Inc. 2011
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…”


Written by ballantyneweekly

January 6, 2011 at 12:18 am

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  1. Scott,
    I am responding to your posting about working with non-profits.
    I work with Patriot Charities (local raising funds for wounded military and their families in Carolinas) and Charlotte Wine & Food (raising funds locally since 1989 that stay LOCAL–over 3.2 million–for local charities. How can you help me?
    Will you still be accepting news releases?

    Debbie Williams

    January 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm

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