Giant Genie opens compounding lab
Matthews is now home to a pharmacy compounding lab specializing in the creation of custom medications for humans and pets.
Giant Genie Pharmacy, 1730 Matthews Township Pkwy., suite 1A , recently opened the lab to fill a gap in local compounding services. According to pharmacist and owner Bill Henning, the shop is the only pharmacy in Matthews to offer the service. Compounding is the creation or alteration of prescription medications that aren’t available commercially. The procedure is most often used for animals – including putting medication into treats or making a liquid version of a pill medication.
Whether the medicine’s for Fido or to treat fibromyalgia, Giant Genie’s newest employee, Betsy Stone, can make it. The certified pharmacy technician has been compounding medications for nine years and equates the process to following a recipe to create something new to a doctor’s specifications. Medications can be made as liquids, capsules or creams.
Henning said the company is excited to expand their services.
“We’ve had a lot of compounding requests and we’ve had to send the business elsewhere,” he said. “It’s another way to serve the community.”
Sears plans grand opening
Visitors to the Sears Appliance Showroom in Matthews on Saturday, May 19 will have a chance to win a $250 store gift card during the store’s grand opening. The first 10 customers that day also will receive a $25 store gift card.
The two-day grand opening event runs Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The event will include sales throughout the shop at 9721-A E. Independence Blvd., with an additional 10 percent off all purchases, including sale items. Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor and the Matthews Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 5:30 p.m. Child fingerprinting kits will be available Friday from the Matthews Police Department.
Live entertainment and free refreshments will be available both days, including cake donated by Costco; pizza donated by Papa John’s; and smoothies donated by Smoothie King.
The showroom opened in March as the fourth Sears showroom in North Carolina and one of only 70 of its kind nationwide. Recently opened locations in Huntersville and Charlotte’s Northlake community also will host grand opening ceremonies May 18 and 19.
The about 5,000-square-foot-store, near Leslie’s Swimming Pool Supplies, sells Sears brand Kenmore merchandise and 10 other national brands. Customers also can order other Sears appliances not on display and free shipping is offered on all purchases.
For more information, call the store at 704-443-0046.
Swiss Farms hosts NASCAR Day
Customers at Swiss Farms Friday, May 18, can enter to win tickets to an upcoming local NASCAR race.
The region’s first drive-through grocery store at 1431 Sardis Road North, near Matthews, is partnering with Coca-Cola to host NASCAR Day. The free event runs from noon to 6 p.m. and will include free refreshments.
For more information, visit www.swissfarmscharlotte.com.
Matthews hosts business summit May 18
Registrations are being accepted for Matthews’ fifth business summit Friday, May 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The free event includes lunch at no charge and will feature a presentation from Frank Warren, of Kimley-Horn & Associates, who will discuss regional demographics and real estate trends. The program will be held at Matthews Town Hall, 232 Matthews Station St.
To register, call 704-847-4411, ext. 224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jet’s Pizza hosts ‘Butler Nights’
Jet’s Pizza, 920 Park Center Drive in Matthews, will host “Butler Nights” from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 and 31.
The restaurant will donate a portion of the evening’s sale proceeds to Butler High School’s Parent Student Teacher Organization for those customers who mention Butler when ordering. The program is available for dine-in, take-out or delivery.
SAFE College Funding carnival to benefit nonprofit
SAFE College Funding, 1110 Sam Newell Road in Matthews, will host a carnival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19 to raise money for the nonprofit The Sandbox, which helps children battling cancer and other serious illnesses.
The event, dubbed SandBlast! 2012 will include an over-sized sandbox and inflatables for children, food, arts and crafts, vendors and live music. Admission is free and all donations and vendor fees will benefit The Sandbox.
A rain date has been set for Sunday, May 20 from noon to 4 p.m.
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Harris Teeter launches ‘Support Our Troops’
Through June 6, Harris Teeter customers can purchase $1, $3 or $5 donation cards to benefit the United Service Organizations, known as the USO, and the Wounded Warrior Project.
The project from the Matthews-based company is being dubbed as the Support Our Troops campaign and cards will be for sale at all Harris Teeter locations.
Money collected will be divided evenly between both nonprofit organizations.
Mint Hill’s Lowes Foods hosts pet adoption expo
Lowes Foods and Purina will partner for a pet adoption and fundraising event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at the Mint Hill store, 7036 Brighton Park Drive.
The event will include participation from several local animal rescues that will feature dogs and cats available for adoption. Giveaways will be available and a raffle will be held for various prizes, including the grand prize of a $300 go-cart.
Free refreshments will be available and Lowes Foods will offer discounts on Purina products, such as cat and dog food, treats and cat litter. A free bag of Purina food will be donated by Purina to every animal adopted during the event.
Raffle proceeds will benefit the local nonprofits participating in the event.
For more information, call the store at 704-573-5420.