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Ballantyne Weekly January 19 2011

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News from the Ballantyne Area

Ghengis Grill will open next to Skillet’s in Ballantyne Corners in the spring according to York Development, which is running the center. It’s the first Charlotte location of the Texas-based Mongolian Stir Fry concept.

Of Restaurants and Real Estate…mixed signals in the Ballantyne area.

When I started Ballantyne Magazine in 2000 and the Ballantyne area was fairly nascent, it was difficult to find a restaurant. A pizza restaurant opened in 2000 in Ballantyne Commons East. It was in the spot Big Daddy’s occupies. As soon as the pizza restaurant opened, it had to close…the business could not cope with all the business and had to re-staff and reorganize. Nice problem to have!

Fast forward 11 years and there aren’t many restaurants being overrun. The area is sending mixed signals when it comes to restaurants. The new breakfast and lunch spot, Skillets, is reporting big numbers and longstanding restaurants like Firebirds are also doing well. However, a tour of the area on Saturday shows lots of shuttered restaurants.

In Ballantyne Corporate Park alone, three freestanding restaurant buildings are vacant and have been vacant for several months. Eddie’s Place closed its Toringdon location and a prime restaurant spot in Ballantyne Village has also been empty for several months.

Big Daddy’s Burger Bar and Libretto’s in Ballantyne Commons East report excellent 2010 sales as did Newk’s in Blakeney.

Now to Real Estate Where there’s Some Optimism

David Huss of Allen Tate is optimistic about residential real estate in 2011. Prices will drop but sales will increase.

I spoke with David Huss of Allen Tate Realtors and a long-time residential real estate specialist in the Ballantyne area. I asked him to peer into his crystal ball for the upcoming year and especially to the all-important spring sales season. Here’s a quick Q and A.

Q: We’ve had some big companies move into the Ballantyne area. Are you seeing an impact?

A: Yes. I am and we are at Allen Tate. We were contracted to help people from Premier. We’re not creating jobs at the rate we were but people are still coming. Companies who are already here are expanding. The utility business is also exciting.

Q: We’ve seen house prices fall in the last several months. What’s likely to happen in 2011?

A: We work with a consultant who has been dead on in his predictions. Before he arrived. I’d have to take anti-depressants but he was always right. We heard him in December. He said, “I have good news.” He says prices will continue to decrease through first half of 2012 but sales will go up. Banks are going to open the foreclosure spicket. My activity starting in November has been really, really high. The phone is ringing. I think it’s going to be a good year. Prices will go down but I’ll sell more. We might see around a 5% price drop.

Q: What’s your advice to people who want to buy?

A: Don’t wait for the bottom. Now is a great time. Interest rates have to rise.

Q: What’s your advice to sellers?

A: Be ahead of the curve. I said it to five sellers today, “Make your price convincing. Price it for the bottom now.”

David Huss offers a free home valuation here.

Skillet's has been extremely popular in its first few weeks.

City Range closed over two years ago and remains vacant.

One of the many vacant restaurants in Ballantyne Corporate Park

Business News

Ballantyne area M&A firm Decision Point is looking forward to an upswing. “We anticipate a busy M&A market in 2011 as many companies with whom we have spoken have increased M&A budgets and new initiatives that are critical to their 2011 growth plan,” said the company. Go here for additional 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 VillageGo here.

Amoco has a good deal with BiLo

Amoco is running a promotion with BiLo…save money on gas. Go here for more information.


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.


Ballantyne Village click here.

Stonecrest click here.



The Ballantyne Breakfast Club will meet Saturday, January 27 at 9 p.m. City Council representative Warren Cooksey will attend and discuss property revaluations. For more information, go here.

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.


The Ballantyne Rotary Club is sponsoring this year’s Teacher’s Cup at Ardrey Kell High School March 11, 2011.

Ardrey Kell kicked off their registration for the inaugural Dance Marathon to benefit the Levine Children’s Hospital. The marathon will take place on Thursday, March 17th from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Student participants will be seeking support for their dancing to benefit The Levine Children’s Hospital. Business Sponsorships are available. For more information visit this website,  or contact Karen Stuart.


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.

Charter School

Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy. Go here.

The main Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Site is here.

New Business Registrations (Mecklenburg County).

Go here.

Upcoming events at the Morrison Family YMCA at Ballantyne.

January 21, and 24. Teacher Workday Camps.

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.

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.

Pineville United Methodist Church

Wants Women To Experience God through a 13-week Bible study by Henry Blackaby. Thursdays, January 13 through April 7. 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Register here or Sundays, January 16 though April 10, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Register here. For additional information, contact Director of Music Ministries Jane Shutt at 704/889-2022 or

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.

Charlotte Wills, Trusts, Estates and Business Law Firm 

Allen R. Starrett


Ballantyne attorney Allen R. Starrett helps families and business owners and delivers personal and prompt client service. Contact Allen at 704-887-4944 or You can also visit his website here. Allen’s office is located in the Hixon Building at 13850 Ballantyne Corporate Place.
You have been reading the January 19, 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…”

All photos by Danny Noonan.


Written by ballantyneweekly

January 19, 2011 at 10:50 pm

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