Business Beat: June 22

Art gallery opens in Matthews

The TAG, or Teena’s Art Gallery, is now open at 110 S. Ames St. in Matthews. Kara Lopp/MMHW photos

Local artists and art enthusiasts now have a haven in Matthews: The TAG, or Teena’s Art Gallery.

The shop at 110 S. Ames St., behind El Valle restaurant, is the pride and joy of owner and artist Teena McDonald. McDonald enjoys drawing and painting with watercolors herself, but welcomes local artists of any medium to sell their work through her shop on consignment. Most artwork ranges from $40 to $500 with McDonald offering a two-month payment plan for purchases of $400 or more. The shop includes custom printing and laser-engraving by Clyde Baumwell of Baumwell Digital Graphics and framing by Michael Heeg of Charlotte‘s Visual Attraction.

A grand opening celebration will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 28 and an art crawl featuring the gallery, Precious Restorations, The Blue Chameleon and Santé Restaurant is in the works for August. Visitors to the gallery beginning July 1 can register to win one of McDonald’s original paintings or a box of chocolate truffles. A free truffle is available to all visitors. Eventually, McDonald hopes to offer visitors wine and coffee to enjoy while browsing the collection.

Fifteen artists hailing from Matthews, Indian Trail and Charlotte already have placed their work in the shop including Kevin E. Brown of the Matthews Artists Guild, Carol Pighin, Randy Leibowitz Dean, Martha Harrington and Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly freelance photographer Eric Casaburro.

McDonald, who has been working for months to transform the former Domino’s Pizza location, is eager to welcome visitors.

“This is just a dream of mine,” she said. “I think the art in your home should reflect your personality and I want to help people pick out pieces that suit them.”
The TAG is open Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, call 704-844-0956 or visit

Massage Envy-Spa opens

Matthews is now home to a Massage Envy location.

Owner Gordon Thornton of Belmont will open the spa Friday, June 22 at 2233 Matthews Township Pkwy. in the Sycamore Commons shopping center. He also owns a location in Rock Hill, which opened in December, and is looking for property to open a spa in Gastonia.

The business provides massage therapy and facials and is offering a $49 one-hour introductory massage and a $59 introductory facial. The Matthews location will offer facials and various types of massage therapy services in 60-, 90- and 120-minute sessions with the option to add hot stones or aromatherapy. The shop has 10 treatment rooms, two relaxation rooms where customers can relax before their session and two “oasis” rooms where customers can relax after their session. Monthly plans are available.

“We’re excited to be in the area and bring professional, affordable and convenient therapeutic massages and facials to the area,” Thornton said. “So many people have massage as an integral part of their health and wellness program, and we’re happy to offer affordable and convenient services for the community.”

The business has hired 15 people and is still looking for more licensed massage therapists to fill part-time and full-time positions. To apply, visit

Massage Envy-Spa is open Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, call 704-846-3689 (ENVY).

Red Lobster opening June 25

By Monday, June 25, Matthews will be home to a Red Lobster restaurant.

Employee training was in full swing this week at 9801 Independence Pointe Pkwy. to open a new location for the national restaurant chain.

The company hired about 180 people in part- and full-time positions, company spokeswoman Heidi Schauer said.

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 3-acre 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 features the chain’s new New England-inspired Bar Harbor design. The Pineville store was recently remodeled to fit the new motif.

For more information, call 704-708-4439.

Wendy’s starts construction

Matthews could be home to a new Wendy’s location by mid-September, according to Quint Graham, president of the Carolina Restaurant Group, which owns the property and 51 other Wendy’s locations.

Grading work started this week to prep for the new building at 11145 E. Independence Blvd. The company has hired Atlanta-based Venture Construction for the rebuild. Venture built most local Wendy’s locations, including Mint Hill’s location, Graham said. A September 2011 electrical fire damaged the restaurant and the building was torn down in February.

The day of the fire, a Matthews Police officer spotted flames coming from the roof of the building at about 9 p.m. The officer reported the fire and got all the employees out of the building. There were no customers inside and no one was injured. The fire started near an exhaust fan on the roof, according to the Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal’s Office.

The Matthews location, which opened in 1984, employed about 30 people. The company has moved all employees to work at other area Wendy’s locations until the Matthews store is rebuilt.

Herff Jones to close Monroe Road plant

Yearbook manufacturer Herff Jones will close its plant off Monroe Road near Matthews by the end of the year, according to news reports.

The location employs 130 people. The Indianapolis-based company has four other yearbook production plants in the United States. A company spokeswoman told news partner WBTV that some employees might be able to relocate with the company. Employees were told of the decision Monday, June 18.

A.C. Moore offers free kids’ crafts

Through Aug. 15, A.C. Moore will offer free craft projects for children ages 4 and older.

The craft sessions are available from 1 to 3 p.m. There is no craft day Wednesday, July 4. A.C. Moore has a location in Matthews at 1834 Matthews Township Pkwy.
Planned crafts include:

Wednesday, June 27: Make personalized cards for U.S. military veterans and active troops receiving treatment at V.A. hospitals. Help us hit our goal of making 10,000 cards for veterans.
Wednesday, July 11: Make-your-own visor with foam stickers and markers
Wednesday, July 18: Cookie decorating
Wednesday, July 25: Duck tape Olympic medal
Wednesday, Aug. 1: Decorate frame with stickers
Wednesday, Aug. 8: Bracelet-making
Wednesday, Aug. 15: Decorate pencil box for back-to-school

For more information, call 704-814-4305.

Dinner to benefit Second Harvest

Matthews-based Harris Teeter is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and some of the area’s top chefs to raise awareness for local hunger during the Chef’s Best – Fresh off the Farm dinner.

In its 23rd year, the July 27 event at the Charlotte Convention Center will feature gourmet food and entertainment designed to raise money for the food bank’s Community Food Rescue program. The program allows the bank to gather and distribute perishable foods such as produce, dairy, and bakery items that might otherwise be thrown away and give them to those in need.

Dinner tickets are $100 and available online at

This year’s dinner will feature food from local chefs, Chef Gene Briggs of Blue Restaurant & Bar; Chef Tom Condron of The Liberty; Chef Bruce Moffett of Barringtons Restaurant; and Chef Joe Kindred of Rooster’s Wood-Fired Kitchen. Chefs will create a four-course menu using local produce items available in Harris Teeter stores. The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Charlotte is hosting the reception prior to dinner, and Biltmore Winery, Shelton Vineyards and E&J Gallo Winery also are participating, according to a news release.

Bojangles’ raises $188K for Muscular Dystrophy Association

Bojangles’ announced this week the company raised $188,860 for the Charlotte chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association during its annual golf tournament. And the Leon Levine Foundation will match the funds under a “challenge” arrangement with Carolinas Medical Center’s Levine Children’s Hospital.

The 13th annual Bojangles’ Golf Classic raises funds in support of pediatric Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy research at the McColl-Lockwood Laboratory at CMC, according to a news release.

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