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Ballantyne Weekly February 2 2011

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News from the Ballantyne Area

Outlook mixed for ‘secondary’ retail market in the Ballantyne area.
What’s the outlook for power centers and smaller ‘strip center’ retail in the Ballantyne area? Life hasn’t been easy for malls and power centers, even with deep pocketed tenants. However, the outlook for strip centers and neighborhood centers is extremely mixed, according to local retail expert.
These centers are especially important because the stores provide restaurant variety plus other services that bigger centers don’t offer. These centers also provide opportunities for entrepreneurs to open and run businesses.
A representative from Fort Mill-based real estate center that’s active in the area, Kuester Properties, told me in 2009 they may have to shut their doors. However, they are still open and would not return calls. Many centers are having to reduce rents dramatically and offer significant concessions like free rent. However, many people who have lost jobs are opening businesses and are getting into the retail business. 

As always in the real estate business, location is paramount. Those projects in excellent locations are having an easier time while those built in marginal locations will continue to struggle.
Rezoning approved. City Council recently approved a rezoning petition for property on Ballantyne Commons Parkway at the site of a failed town home development. More details here.The 6.5 acres is on the north side of Ballantyne Commons Parkway between Annalexa Lane and Providence Promendade Drive North. 

South of the Border. Local residents are worried about Lancaster County’s decision to switch a building waste landfill to a sanitary landfill as reported in Lancaster News. The landfill is in the lower portion of the county but local residents are not happy about the way County Commissioners made the deal. Read the story here.
Restaurant Week a Success

Bruce Hensley, who runs Queen’s Feast, better know as Charlotte Restaurant Week, was pleased with turnout, not only in Charlotte, but throughout Charlotte. The official website got 195,000 hits in 30 days. “It was difficult to compare to 2010 because we lost three days to weather, but many restaurants had record weeks,” said Hensley. The next restaurant week is July 15-24.


Jobs in 28277 and environs from…

Monster. Click here.

Career Builder. Click here.

Want to be in business for yourself but not by yourself? How about being in business with a company that has a solid 16 year history and a revolutionary product that is changing the face of communication? Contact Valerie Ganther, independent ACN representative through her website 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.


Guliani’s Fine Jewelry in The Shoppes at Blakeney is providing the opportunity to get top quality jewelry at cost or near cost through their latest monthly event…PRICE YOUR OWN SPARKLE! Debuting February 12, the store will showcase 5 Valentine’s Day gifts including a 2 carat round brilliant cut diamond studs and a diamond bracelet. Cost price will be listed. Then name your own price. Items can be viewed beginning February 8. Bidding begins promptly at 4pm on February 12. Guliani’s Fine Jewelry in the Shoppes At Blakeney, 9816 Rea Road Suite B, Charlotte, NC 28277. Their site is here. Their phone number is 704-542-2980.

Save the date for National Spa Week April 11-17. Thousands of spas and wellness facilities will offer high-priced, exclusive services normally costing anywhere from $100 all the way up to $500, for just $50 each. More on local spas participating soon.

Lowes FoodsGo here.

Harris Teeter (Ballantyne Commons East). Go here.

Trader Joe’sGo here.

Earth FareGo here.

Ballantyne Village. Go here.

Aldi. Go here.

Harper’s has Wagyu beef back on its menu. The super rich meat, with its extensive marbling and delicious taste was an immediate hit with customers. It’s available at the Pineville location in Carolina Place Mall as well as other Harper’s locations. For Harper’s at Carolina Place, call (704) 541-5255. Click here for more information.

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 “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.

Go here.

Upcoming events at the Morrison Family YMCA at Ballantyne this February.

February 4. Lunch and Learn: Be Heart Smart at 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 pm. No charge.

February 5. Parent/Child Dinner Dance at 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy a night out with the family of dinner and dancing. $35/Family/YMCA Mbrs. $45/Family/Non-members. Registration is required.

Cholesterol Screenings are now available by appointment!  Cost is $25. Contact our Registered Nurse at 704-716-4640 to make your appointment today!

February 5. Concussion Education Seminar 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Carolinas Rehabilitation will answer questions about concussions. Free to the community.

February 5. Kids in the Kitchen. Afterschool Snacks 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Hands-on class teaches children recipes and snacks they can make themselves. Registration required.

February 5. Health Fair 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. hosted by Carolinas Healthcare System and MORRISON FAMILY YMCA. CHS experts on site to answer medical questions.

February 8. Heart Healthy Cooking at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Recipes and samples provided. Registration required.

February 10. Take a trip to India. 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Learn great recipes and how to prepare authentic Indian cuisine. Registration required.

February 12. Sweetheart Meal 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This parent/child class teaches how to make a great Valentine’s meal! Registration required.

February 15. 30 minute meals 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Learn to make quick family meals. Recipes and samples provided. Registration required.

February 16. Ask the Physician at 5:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m. Barnett Family Medicine will be onsite to answer any general medical questions. Free to the community.
February 17. Nutrition 101 at 11:00 a.m. Sign up at Member Services desk for FREE class to learn basics of healthy eating.

February 17. Jersey Mike’s YNight at 5:00 p.m. to close. Eat at Jersey Mike’s and a portion of the proceeds benefit our Annual Giving Campaign.

February 18. Teen Movie Night 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friends, movie, concessions and FUN! $2/YMCA member, $3/non-member. Registration required.

February 19. Middle School Madness 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 6th-8th graders. Saturday night out with friends enjoying music, dancing, contests, video games, and much more.

February 22. Ask the Dietitian 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registered Dietitian will be onsite to answer any questions about nutrition. Free.

February 22. Trader Joe’s Tour at 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Take a tour with our Registered Dietician and learn how to read the food labels and get ideas for healthy meals. Free. Registration required.

February 23. “Women’s Health Issues” presentation 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. CMC-Pineville Urology Specialist onsite to answer questions. Free.

February 23. Grocery Tour at Earth Fare 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Register for this free class with our Registered Dietician to learn how to shop for Gluten Free foods at local Earth Fare grocery store.

February 24. Heartwarming Soups 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Take a break from the cold and learn great recipes for healthy soups. Recipes and samples provided. Registration required.

February 26. Cake Decorating 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This class will focus on simple cake decorating skills for beginners. Registration is required.

February 26. Teen Dodgeball Tournament at 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Ages 13-18. You can register as an individual or as a team of five. Registration is required.

February 28. Chiropractic Clinic 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Carolina Sports Chiropractic will be onsite offering advice on performance enhancement and injury prevention.

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.

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 February 2, 2011 edition of Ballantyne Weekly. If you have news leads, ideas, or feedback, leave a comment below.

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February 2, 2011 at 11:51 pm

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