New owner, name for bird shop
There’s a new bird-focused shop in Matthews that area residents will find familiar.
Staff at Backyard Birds, formerly known as Backyard Wild, are eager to introduce customers to the new name and new owner, Charlotte resident Laurie Horne. The Matthews Festival shop at 1819 Matthews Township Pkwy., suite 800, offers everything bird: seed, feeders, houses, baths, bird-themed gifts and more.
Horne found solace at the shop last year after being let go from Belk after 21 years as a cosmetic buyer. She started working at the shop when the current owners asked if she’d be interested in buying the company. She took the leap in February and is glad she did.
A self-described animal lover, Horne – who grew up in Alaska – said her favorite part of the job is swapping wildlife stories with customers.
“People love their squirrels and their birds and they love to talk about it,” she said. “We’re all on the same page. We all love feeding the birds.”
Horne said long-time customers won’t see drastic changes. The store was founded in 1996 by the late Roger
“There’s been a change in ownership, but there’s not really a change,” she said. “I want that same neighborhood feeling where you go in and you know everybody.”
The shop continues to offer a seed card program where customers get a stamp for every $5 they spend on seed and when the card is full will receive $10 off their next seed purchase. Horne also has launched an email newsletter.
For more information, call
704-841-9453 or visit www.thebirdfoodstore.com.
Kohl’s hosts car seat checks
Kohl’s will welcome officials from Safe Kids Charlotte Mecklenburg Friday, May 31, for a free child safety event.
Certified technicians will inspect child car seats from 2 to 4 p.m. in the parking lot at 9617 E. Independence Blvd., in Matthews. Participants should bring their vehicle, child and safety seat to verify it’s installed and being used
Grapes hosts nonprofit fundraiser
Sycamore Commons’ Grapes Wine Bar will host a Jazz ’n June event Sunday, June 2, to raise money for the nonprofit Matthews Historical Foundation.
The 6 to 9 p.m. event at 2233 Matthews Township Pkwy. will include live music and a full buffet catered by Southern Gourmet. Cost to attend is $40 person, which includes one glass of wine.
For more information or to buy tickets, go to Grapes Wine Bar or Southern Gourmet, 9101 Monroe Road, in
For more information, call 704-846-6693.
‘Skate For Oklahoma’ June 2
Indian Trail’s Extreme Ice Center will host a fundraiser Sunday, June 2 to raise money for tornado victims in Moore,
From 2 to about 4:30 p.m. the rink at 4705 Indian Trail-Fairview Road will host “Skate for Oklahoma,” an event held in conjunction with the American Red Cross to raise money for tornado victims. A candlelight vigil for the children lost from Briarwood Elementary and Plaza Towers Elementary also will be
For more information, call 704-882-1830.
Free donut on National Donut Day
The convenience store chain Kangaroo Express will offer customers a free donut June 7 in honor of National Donut
Customers can stop by between 7 and 9 a.m. on June 7, a Friday, to get their free donut, while supplies last.
National Donut Day celebrates The Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies and home-cooked meals, including donuts, for soldiers during World War I, according to a news release from the
Kangaroo Express has a location in Matthews at 100 E. John St. and nearby at 7208 E. Independence Blvd. There’s a store near Mint Hill at 8910 Albemarle Road.
For a list of all area locations, visit www.kangarooexpress.com