BBQ coming to former Pure Taqueria site
By early June, the former Pure Taqueria location in downtown Matthews will be home to an Asheville-based barbecue restaurant.
Property owners have leased the building at 111 Matthews Station St. to Moe’s Original Barbecue, building co-owner Michael Ott said this week. Ott said while he’s never tasted the barbecue, the 10-year-old restaurant is “very well-received” in Asheville and has a “good track record.” The company has 21 locations in North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Colorado and Maine. The Matthews location is one of four coming soon, according to the restaurant’s website, with plans underway to also open a store in Hendersonville.
Restaurant owners are already remodeling inside the building’s kitchen. Ott said.
“I’m looking forward to it. I’m excited for them,” he said.
Pure Taqueria closed in January after more than two years in business. The Mexican restaurant “just didn’t get the volume” it needed to survive, Ott said previously. Ott and his business partner James Hipp bought the property from the Town of Matthews in 2009 for $175,000. Then a vacant lot, the land was the source of controversy and prompted an upset bid from developer Garry Smith of Matthews’ BrookeChase Properties. Smith proposed a three-story building with condos above retail space – similar to one section of his under-construction Matthews Gateway development nearby.
For more information about Moe’s, visit www.moesoriginalbbq.com.
DSW opens in Matthews
Columbus, Ohio-based DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse now boasts a location in Matthews.
The store expected to welcome customers to its Windsor Square location,10015 E. Independence Blvd., Thursday, April 18, according to a news release.
The business offers casual, athletic and dress shoes for children and adults. DSW also has a location in
Charlotte at Morrocroft Village, 3900 Colony Road.
For more information about DSW, visit www.dsw.com.
Matthews planner nets award
Geoff Kemble, a certified financial planner with Matthews’ Prudential North Carolina office, was recently named a member of the Prudential Agency Distribution President’s Council, according to a news release.
The program, established in 2011, recognizes the prestigious achievement of top-performing financial professionals, according to the release.
Kemble, of Charlotte, owns Kemble Financial, a privately operated business that opened in May 2000, only two days after the birth of his sixth child. For a 10th consecutive year he has qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table, the premier association of financial professionals. Kemble serves on the board of the Siskey YMCA in Matthews and is a member at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Charlotte.
For more information, call 704-849-7288 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Kemble’s office is located at 2501 Plantation Center Drive, suite A, in Matthews.
Local business gets national nod
Carolina Trade Exchange was recently selected for membership into the National Association of Trade Exchanges.
The business at 7504 E. Independence Blvd., suite 100, near Matthews, is a locally owned and operated business-to-business trade exchange. The company is the only trade exchange in the region to carry the designation and the only trade exchange to ever be selected from the region, according to company owner John Kucera.
For more information, call 704-927-4684 or visit www.carolinatradeexchange.com.
AAA gives cash for batteries
Through April 30, motorists can receive $5 for every vehicle or marine battery they bring in to any AAA Car Care Center or approved auto repair shop.
The AAA Carolinas’ Great Battery Roundup, held in conjunction with Earth Day on April 22, is a used battery collection and recycling program that is available to the general public, as well as AAA members.
In the past three years, AAA Carolinas Mobile Battery Service has collected and recycled more than 150,000 batteries. AAA started this service to aid the environment and prevent potential improper installation of batteries by individuals, according to a news release.
Nationwide, AAA collects and now recycles more than 1 million batteries each year. AAA has been engaged in the program since 2001.
AAA has a Car Care Center in Matthews at 10928 E. Independence Blvd.
Jersey Mikes raises $84K for charity
The region’s 25 Jersey Mike’s Subs locations – including the shop in Matthews – raised a total of $84,703 for Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids last month during the company’s third annual “Month of Giving,” according to a news release. The Charlotte-based nonprofit flies local children with special needs or terminal illnesses, and their families, to Disney World.
Nationwide the restaurant raised an unprecedented $1.7 million for 86 different charities, according to the release.
During the month of March, customers were invited to make a donation to a local designated charity partner. The campaign culminated in Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving” on Wednesday, March 27, a day-long nationwide event when 100 percent of the day’s sales were donated to each local charity partner. The
charity recipients included hospitals, youth organizations, food banks and more.
For a list of the amount raised in each market, visit www.jerseymikes.com/mog.