Dream house offers jewelry, apparel
Area ladies now have a new shopping option: Dream House Boutique.
Tiffany Claiborne recently opened the shop at 11205 Lawyers Road, suite J, in the Mint Hill Plaza after nearly three years of success with her website, www.dreamhouseboutique.com. The shop offers jewelry, scarves, purses, shoes and clothing for women.
Claiborne is an operations coordinator with Verizon Wireless but her passion is accessories. Someday, she hopes to make Dream House, where she likes to say she offers “celebrity fashions for less,” her full-time job.
“I absolutely love accessories. I feel like accessories just add that extra pop to your outfit,” she said. “I feel like there is something in here for everyone. I want customers to feel like this is the place you come for accessory needs.”
Earrings range from $7 to $15; necklaces are $18 to $35; clutch bags and purses are $24 to $50 and clothing ranges from $18 to $65. Clearance items are available for bargain hunters and through the end of December, the shop will offer a $10 gift card for every purchase of $50 or more and free gift bags.
The shop is open 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, call 704-962-4053 or visit www.dreamhouseboutique.com.
Matthews home to Helicopter Hobbies
Area residents who have an interest in remote-controlled helicopters and other hobbyist favorites have a new friend at Helicopter Hobbies in Matthews.
Jude Charles-Pierre, of Weddington, recently opened the shop at 10931 E. Independence Blvd. to give area enthusiasts and newcomers to the hobby a place to gather, buy parts and get advice for building and flying the devices. Charles-Pierre served in the U.S. Army as a chef from 1990 to 2001 but said he’s been flying mini-helicopters for 30 years. He’s also a licensed pilot.
The shop is an extension of his online business of three years, www.helicopterhobbies.com. He also offers remote-controlled cars and drones and can repair and build custom products, too.
“I hope to have something for everyone,” he said. Customers will “find a friendly person who is very knowledgeable.”
The shop is open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.
For more information, call 704-847-3543 or visit www.helicopterhobbies.com.
Irene’s Café opens Dec. 14
Mint Hill will soon have a new place to enjoy savory sweets: Irene’s Café.
The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Dec. 14 for the new business at 11211 Lawyers Road. Free samples from the shop will be served.
Shop owner is Matthews resident Kidane Sayfou who will offer handmade chocolates, pastries and coffee and specialty coffee drinks. The business is named in honor of his mother, Irene Buyle, a native of Belgium. One of nine children, Sayfou grew up in Belgium and got into the restaurant business with his father, a chef from Ethiopia.
He wants his Mint Hill shop to be “like a home kitchen. It’s the feel of everyone gathering around the kitchen table and talking.”
“I don’t want to compete with Daphne’s (Simply Southern Bakery),” he said. “I want to cater to the American palette but add a touch of the European.”
After the ribbon-cutting, the shop will be open Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tilted Kilt now open
The Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery is now open in Matthews.
Owners describe the restaurant, 1625 Windsor Square Drive in the former Bob Evans location, as an “upscale Hooters” where waitresses wear short, mock kilts and Irish fare is on the menu.
The Matthews restaurant is the franchise’s second area location with another restaurant in Steele Creek. Chris Fatale, director of operations, said the business has had “a very, very warm reception” since it opened last month. The business has about 100 employees.
The menu includes the Irish-inspired Olde Dublin Irish Stew, $8.99; The Kilt Club, $9.99; The Scottish Cheesesteak, $8.99, Danny Boy’s Shepherd’s Pie, $9.99 and Gaelic Chicken, $11.99. The 17th of every month is “Saint Practice Day” where corned beef and cabbage are served in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day March 17. The bar, with 24 beers on tap, is a central focus of the restaurant, which also offers professional sports on TV including NBA basketball, NFL football and UFC fights.
The eatery is open Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
For more information, call 704-845-2211.