Stacks Kitchen coming to Matthews
A Waxhaw favorite will soon open a second location in Matthews.
As early as mid-April, Stacks Kitchen will open in Matthews’ Hillside Plaza at 11100 Monroe Road, suite A, in the former home of Charlotte Hibachi Grill & Buffet. The eatery will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week and serves breakfast all day. The restaurant, which has been open for three years in Waxhaw, bakes its own bread and desserts, makes smoothies, milkshakes and fresh-squeezed orange juice.
The restaurant is the pride and joy of relatives George and Tina Hatzinikitas and George and Nicole Gagis. The restaurant expects to hire about 20 people in part and full-time positions.
“We just wanted to be in this community,” George Hatzinikitas said of the move to Matthews. “You still have that small-town feel.”
For more information, including a complete menu, visit http://stackskitchen.com.
Swiss Farms closing
The region’s first drive-thru grocery store has closed.
Swiss Farms opened in March 2012 at 1431 Sardis Road N., near Matthews. Owner Mike Lang, of Weddington, bought a franchise of the Pennsylvania-based company and was the first to open a Swiss Farms location in the Carolinas. He planned to open as many as 12 stores in the area in coming years, with Lake Norman targeted as the next location.
Frank Spaide, franchise operations manager of Swiss Farms, confirmed the closure this week but said he couldn’t comment on future locations by Lang. Lang didn’t return messages by press time.
Built in the shape of a barn, red silo included, the 1,380-square-foot store employed 20 people.
Dunwellz donates to Queen’s Grant
Mint Hill’s Dunwellz Custom Kitchen and Pour House recently donated $231.86 to Queen’s Grant Community School after a fundraising dinner night.
The restaurant at 7110 Brighton Park Drive, suite 405, in the Mint Hill Pavilion shopping center, donated 20 percent of all sales from those who mentioned they were dining for Queen’s Grant, co-owner Jimmy Toler said.
For more information about hosting a fundraising night at the restaurant, call 704-545-1505.
Matthews welcomes thincVault
The Matthews Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new small business at 608 Matthews-Mint Hill Road whose goal is to help other small businesses.
The daughter of small business owners, thincVault founder Katherine Van Hemel left Bank of America in 2011 to become an entrepreneur of her own. Van Hemel is a business strategist with an undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s in business administration from New York University.
“I was seeing for sale and for lease signs all over the place and I felt like there was a lot of talk about supporting small businesses, but no action,” she said. “I’m the kind of person that when I see a problem, I need to jump in and solve it. I strongly believe we’re going to make a difference in small to moderate-sized businesses in Matthews and the surrounding area.”
Van Hemel has six employees and three other professionals who work as consultants. The business offers strategic consulting, profitability analysis, marketing services and more for local businesses.
The business, Van Hemel said, is more than just a business advising or consulting group.
“We would like to free (business owners) up so they can do what they love to do,” she said. “We’re really on a mission to do just that.”
For more information, call 704-321-0122 or email email@example.com.