Business Beat: May 25

Rita’s closing

Rita’s, 605 Galleria Blvd., suite 140, near Matthews will close permanently at 6 p.m. Monday, May 28. MMHW file photo

Monday, May 28 will be customers’ last chance to buy Rita’s Italian ice before the shop near Matthews closes for good.

In an e-mail to customers, owner John McClendon said the business at 1605 Galleria Blvd., suite 140, in Charlotte, will close at 6 p.m. Monday because it couldn’t reach an agreement with property owners. The property is managed by Levine Properties in Charlotte. The shop opened in March 2009.

“Due to a lot of external factors we were not able to reach an agreement with the landlord to work through our differences so we will be forced to vacate this property,” McClendon said in the e-mail. “I truly am grateful for some of the great relationships we have established over the last 3-plus years. This is a very tough time for all of us, so your positive thoughts and prayers are graciously requested.”

McClendon could not be reached for comment by press time.

Caribou Coffee closed

The Caribou Coffee location in the Matthews Festival shopping center has closed.

A sign on the door at 1909 Matthews Township Pkwy. said the shop closed April 29 and directed customers to the 1920 Sardis Road North store in Charlotte. The windows are covered and someone wrote a farewell message in chalk on the side of the building: “Bye bou, we will miss you.”

Massage Envy now hiring

Massage Envy is hiring sales associates, managers and licensed massage therapists and estheticians for its new location coming this summer to Matthews’ Sycamore Commons off Matthews Township Parkway.

The business, which could open by the end of June, plans to hire at least 20 people full-time, owner Gordon Thornton said.

To apply, visit

Amor Brazilian steakhouse opens

Amor de Brazil Steakhouse welcomed its first customers last week.

The restaurant, at 2225 Matthews Township Pkwy., suite C, in the Sycamore Commons shopping center, features all-you-can-eat meats and a Brazilian salad buffet for $29.99. The buffet, which includes shrimp, mussels, salmon, potato salad and more can be purchased alone for $24.95 per person, restaurant manager Filipe Monteiro said. The spot used to be home to Phil & Tony’s restaurant.

The eatery is open Monday to Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. and Sunday noon to 9 p.m.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 704-841-1241.

Tea room opening in Mint Hill

Beginning Tuesday, May 29 there will be a new breed of business in the Matthews-Mint Hill area: a tea room.

Trained chefs and tea lovers Alys Herrick and Carla Schmidt, of Matthews, are opening the Tealightful Tea Room, 7201 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, in Mint Hill, in the 1930s house shared with Angel’s Rest Day Spa.

The business will serve lunch Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., including soups, salads, quiche and desserts, and tea also will be served at 4 p.m. each day. The shop will specialize in private parties and can seat up to 40 people.

That’s how Schmidt launched the business almost two years ago, bringing tea parties to people’s homes, churches and more. But she’s been looking for a location for more than a year.

“A lot of people would call and say ‘We want a party, but we don’t have a location to host it in. Do you?’” Schmidt said. “We love Mint Hill and Matthews and are excited to bring this to the community. This is something that most people have never seen before.”

The shop is split into three, themed rooms and real China is used for each tea service. The business also will sell locally-made purses, tea cozies, jewelry and more. Organic and fair trade teas, of course, also will be for sale. Schmidt even has her own tea brand.

For more information, call 704-241-3800 or visit

McVenience opens in Matthews

There’s a new place to buy the basics in Matthews: McVenience Discount Beverage.

The convenience store at 305 W. John St. opened last week and is the second location for owners George and Sue Francis. The Matthews couple operates a convenience store with a partner off Milton Road in Charlotte.

The shop boasts a wine room and will soon stock cigars, lottery tickets and offer cappuccino and coffee. Snacks, bread, milk, toiletries and other household items are also available.

The store is open Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. to midnight and Sunday noon to midnight.

For more information, call 704-845-0861.

Carolina Adventure opens studio

An area fitness company known for its outdoor boot camps now has a bricks-and-mortar location in Matthews.

Carolina Adventure Boot Camp recently opened a fitness studio at 640 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, suite E. The studio, which is open only for camps or personal training sessions, will help the five-year-old business continue to grow, co-owner Maria Rogers said. Until recently, the camps were for ladies-only. While the business still offers that format, co-ed sessions are now offered.

“Having a location helps things. We can add more camps and we’re not limited to weather,” she said. “We want to reach those folks who don’t think they can do what we know they can. We encourage you to do your best and meet those fitness goals.”

Camps range from $59 to $159. Free trial boot camp sessions are available.

For more information, visit or call 704-451-4885.

Matthews Internal Medicine to add second office

Beginning June 8, Matthews Internal Medicine doctors also will begin treating patients in a Monroe office.

The medical practice is opening its second office at 1663 Campus Park Drive, suite A, in Monroe and will see patients there every Friday from 8 a.m. to noon, adding hours according to patient demand, Practice Manager Sandy Glaspell said.

The practice at 101 E. Matthews St., auite 200, in Matthews opened in January 2011 and is home to Dr. Eugene Sangmuah, Dr. Greg Busse and Dr. Eliza Sangmuah.

For more information, call 704-246-3936.

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