Bridal market comes to Matthews
Exclusively You Bridal by Lisa Michelle is now open in Matthews. The three-year-old business moved from Mint Hill last week to anchor the new Charlotte Bridal Market at 10931 Independence Blvd.
So far, the market will also include Alterations by Christy, Fusion Photography, Simply Unique Designs, Austin’s Bakery and C’ Leb Entertainment.
The one-stop-shop bridal market concept is a dream becoming reality for Exclusively You owner Lisa Souder, of Mint Hill. Husband and local developer Steve Souder, of Souder Properties, bought the 22,000-square-foot foreclosed building and its 3 acres in July. The building was once home to the now defunct Creative Flooring.
“With this building, we planned (a bridal market) from the beginning,” Lisa Souder said. “We want to try and make (wedding planning) a little less stressful. With the price of gas so high, how great would it be to just take care of everything in one stop and not worry about it?”
Exclusively You now has about 4,000 square feet of space – more than double what the shop had in Mint Hill. The additional space has allowed the company to add lines for wedding and prom dresses and, for the first time, offer tuxedos for both prom and weddings.
Steve Souder already has secured other tenants for the two remaining storefronts: Mooresville-based Above Board Flooring and Paintball Central, which has a location near Matthews. Those businesses will begin moving in soon.
Inside the building, renovations are well underway for more bridal vendor space and for other businesses. Guided Hands Wellness Spa expects to move from 300 E. John St. in Matthews to the building next month.
For more information about the project, call 704-293-3666.
Brazilian steakhouse opens in Matthews
If you’re in the mood for Brazilian fare, there’s a new option in Matthews.
Miura Grill Express, 10915 Monroe Road, suite F, opened recently under the direction of co-owner Batista Costa, an experienced chef who left Uptown Charlotte’s Chima Brazilian Steakhouse to start a restaurant of his own.
With business partner Jose Salge and a chef also from Charlotte’s Chima, the restaurant hopes to provide a unique experience at reasonable prices.
The eatery offers a full dinner service with all-you-can-eat meats, salad bar, Brazilian sausage and other hot entrees for $28 per person. Lunch is also offered on Saturdays and Sundays for $18 per person. For dessert, customers will find traditional flan and passion fruit mousse. Fruit juices famous in Brazil and Brazilian coffee also are available.
Reservations are encouraged.
For more information or to make a reservation, call 704-844-0141.
Swiss Farms, 1431 Sardis Road North, is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week and features 800 items that range from milk, bread and eggs to packaged deli items, snacks, beverages and hot take-out meals made on site.
Owner Mike Lang, of Weddington, is a franchisee of the Pennsylvania-based company and is the first to open a Swiss Farms location in the Carolinas. He plans to open as many as 12 stores in the area in coming years, with Lake Norman targeted as the next location. Built in the shape of a barn, red silo included, the 1,380-square-foot store employs 20 people and welcomed its first customers last week. Swiss Farms, opened in 1968, will also soon have stores in Greensboro and Raleigh through other franchise owners.
Drive thru lanes on either side of the “barn,” accommodate up to four customers at a time where employees gather the groceries for you. Customers will find brands like Nature’s Own, Breyer’s, Kellogg’s, Nabisco, General Mills, Pepsi, Coca-Cola and more. Beer and wine are also available. Like traditional stores, Swiss Farms offers sales. Through April 1, customers will find Yoplait yogurt for 79 cents, Kraft Philadelphia cream cheese two for $3 and Doritos on sale for $2.29, among other sales.
Among the special features of the new store is a kitchen that prepares fresh hot meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dairy products at the store come from a farm in Asheville under the Sealtest name. Until April 1, gallons of milk are $3.99 and pints are $1.09 or $1.19 for chocolate milk. Swiss Farms branded ice cream and sweet teas are also available along with Pennsylvania favorite Tastykake desserts.
“We’re here to help moms cope with the time crunch that comes with growing families and demanding careers,” Lang said in a news release. “Our goal is to offer fast and friendly service with the feel of a neighborhood grocery store. Our vision is for Swiss Farms to be deeply ingrained in the community as a neighborhood store. We are reaching out to schools and neighborhood groups to get involved in community life.”
For more information, visit www.swissfarmscharlotte.com.
Free shredding, copies at Office Depot
Through April 16, Office Depot is offering customers 25 black and white, single-side copies and up to five pounds of free shredding to prepare for tax season, according to a news release from the company.
Office Depot has a location in Matthews at 10025 E. Independence Blvd. For more information, call 704-849-2879.
Autobell event raises cash for Red Cross
All area Autobell Car Wash locations will donate $1 from each sale of their Polyprocess wash packages to the Carolina Piedmont chapters of the American Red Cross on Saturday March 24 and Sunday, March 25, according to a news release from the company.
The fundraiser will benefit the humanitarian organization’s “Heroes” campaign, which is seeking to raise $300,000 during the month of March for disaster relief and preparedness in the 14-county region served by the Carolina Piedmont Red Cross chapters, according to the release.
During 2011, these 10 chapters assisted nearly 800 families affected by disasters such as house fires and tornados, in addition to training individuals in life-saving skills, connecting and assisting military family members, collecting blood, providing volunteers during emergencies, and educating communities on disaster preparedness.
Autobell has a location at 15020 Idlewild Road near the Matthews and Mint Hill town limits and 9112 Monroe Road near Matthews.
For more information and a complete list of locations, visit www.autobell.com.
Matthews businessman honored
John Keith, owner of Proforma Identity Pros in Matthews, recently received the Centurion, Highest Average Order Size and Largest Size Order awards at the 2012 Proforma Regional Meeting in Atlanta, Ga, according to a news release.
Part of a network of more than 750 independent offices nationwide, Keith’s Proforma offers graphic communications solutions through commercial printing services, promotional products and apparel, business documents and eCommerce solutions. Centurion awards are given to Proforma Owners who have increased their sales by $100,000 or more in 2011 compared to their 2010 sales, according to the release.
The Matthews office is located at 11610 Chestnut Hill Drive. For more information, call 704-845-8373 or e-mail email@example.com.