Planet Ballroom opens
A 112-year-old building in downtown Matthews is now home to Planet Ballroom.
The two-story building at 189 N. Trade St. is the third dance studio location for the seven-year-old business, which closed a storefront in Stallings to move to Matthews for its “quaint downtown,” owner Thomas Malvasia said. He owns the business with his wife, Elizabeth. Both are professional dancers and purchased the historic building more than a year ago from the Matthews law firm Weaver, Bennett and Bland. They live in Ballantyne and also own studios near Lake Norman and Lake Wylie.
A grand opening celebration, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Matthews Chamber of Commerce, is planned for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7. The free community event will include ballroom dance exhibitions by Planet Ballroom professionals and food donated by neighboring Café 157.
Formerly DanceSport Carolina, the business launched as a competitive dance and dance fitness studio but responding to demand soon began offering classes for novices, Thomas said. They offer dance lessons in ballroom, Latin, swing, wedding dances and more. The business also hosts a dance party every Friday night for clients.
The business was the first to receive a grant of up to $5,000 from Matthews’ Facade Enhancement Grant program, available to businesses in the town’s downtown overlay district through the Economic Development Advisory Committee. The money was used, Thomas said, to revamp the store’s entrance and return the arch shape to windows on the second floor.
For more information, visit www.planetballroom.com. To RSVP for the grand opening, call 704-299-4003 or email email@example.com.
A consignment shop in downtown Matthews has closed.
Frogger’s, 116 W. John St., suite A, opened in December and sold handmade jewelry, home décor and more on consignment.
In May, Matthews Police seized four poker machines and a small amount of cash from the shop after receiving complaints about illegal gambling. Shop owner Janet Malone, 39, was cited for operating illegal gambling machines. She told Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly she didn’t know they were illegal.
Malone could not be reached for comment by press time.
Free donuts at Dunkin’, Krispy Kreme
Mark your calendar: Friday, June 1 is National Donut Day!
Local Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme locations are celebrating by offering free donuts to customers.
Dunkin’ Donuts will offer a free donut of any variety to customers who make a beverage purchase and Krispy Kreme will offer a free donut of any variety with no purchase necessary.
Dunkin’ Donuts has locations at 3114 Fincher Farm Road, suite 100 in Matthews and 7001 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, suite A, in Mint Hill. Krispy Kreme is located at 9301 E. Independence Blvd. in Matthews.
Lunch shares Matthews ‘State of the Town’
Matthews town leaders will be the guest speakers Wednesday, June 13 at the Matthews Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon to give the “State of the Town” address.
The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville-Matthews Road, and will feature lunch catered by Bonefish Grill. Cost is $15.
To register or for more information, visit www.matthewschamber.org.
Red Lobster opens June 25, now hiring
By June 25, Matthews will be home to a Red Lobster restaurant.
Work was in full swing this week to transform the former 3-acre site of Morningstar Mini Storage along Independence Pointe Parkway into a new location for the national restaurant chain.
The company expects to hire about 180 people in part- and full-time positions, company spokeswoman Heidi Schauer said. Applications are now being accepted online at www.redlobster.com/employment.
Matthews town commissioners approved a zoning change for the restaurant last year after a battle with a company official over the planned building materials. Commissioners required the building to be built of brick.
The eatery is part of the Orlando, Fla.-based Darden Restaurants, which also owns Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52. The property, which sits adjacent to the now shuttered Bob Evans restaurant, was the former corporate office for Morningstar. With a price tag of about $3 million, the 5,880-square-foot Red Lobster restaurant will feature the chain’s new New England-inspired Bar Harbor design. The Pineville store was recently remodeled to fit the new motif.
Hardee’s wants to expand locally
The Hardee’s fast-food restaurant is looking to open more area locations and is seeking people interested in becoming a franchisee.
The restaurant chain has 51 locations in the Charlotte region, but wants to open more than 35 new eateries in the next few years. The company will host an informational meeting June 7 from noon to 2 p.m. in Charlotte.
Advanced registration is required by visiting www.ckefranchise.com/success.
Veteran job expo June 7
Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, in Concord, will host the RecruitMilitary Expo Thursday, June 7 for area veterans and their spouses.
Job-seekers can meet with local and national employers including Academi, the Bennett-Hall Company, Chiquita Brands, Lash Group, Western-Southern Life and more. The expo will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by Academi and is organized by RecruitMilitary in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.