Buffalo Jackson Trading Co. opens in Matthews
A four-year-old men’s online clothing and accessories company now has its own storefront in Matthews.
Owner Xan Hood calls the Buffalo Jackson Trading Co. style a “cross between a southern gentleman and the rugged west.” Hood grew up “dressing southern” in Tennessee and recently moved to Indian Trail from Colorado Springs, Colo. where men’s fashion takes a western turn.
The shop opened about a month ago at 100 W. John St., unit G. Customers will find men’s clothing, shoes, watches, ties, travel gear, laptop cases and more. The company designs most of its items and Hood uses manufacturers in America and Mexico.
Family brought Hood to the area and after his first drive through downtown Matthews he was ready to set-up shop, he said. Hood and his wife, Jayne, have two daughters, Kruzie, 3, and Saylor, 1.
“I just got the sense that this would be a great home,” Hood said. “Because I was selling online, I was never interacting with the customers. We thought that it was a space where we could share our products … and have a place for people to visit. We kind of see it like a destination shop.”
And so far, storefront sales have been “encouraging,” Hood said. “We really want to be a part of the community.”
The store is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, visit www.buffalojackson.com.
Dine out for charity
Four Matthews restaurants will participate in the 14th annual Dine Out For Kids Tuesday, June 18, to raise money for Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
Applebee’s, 9616 E. Independence Blvd., Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 3335 Siskey Pkwy., suite 400, and 1605 Galleria Blvd., suite 100 and McAlister’s Deli, 2217 Matthews Township Pkwy., all will donate a portion of the day’s gross sales to Communities In Schools. This year’s event features more than 75 restaurant locations, according to a news release.
Communities In Schools works with at-risk students empowering them to stay in school. CIS currently provides services to 6,800 students annually in 45 Charlotte-Mecklenburg public schools. Last year, 99 percent of students enrolled in the program stayed in school, according to the release.
For more information about Dine Out for Kids, including a full list of participating restaurants, visit www.cischarlotte.org.
Matthews Chamber hosts ribbon-cutting ceremonies
The Matthews Chamber of Commerce will host two ribbon-cutting ceremonies this week.
From 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, June 14, area residents are invited to attend a ceremony and grand opening celebration at FTF Fitness & Self Defense, formerly Charlotte Krav Maga, at 9219-135 Monroe Road, in Charlotte. Participants will be able to see the business’ newly-expanded space.
From 5 to 6 p.m.Tuesday, June 18, the chamber will host the ceremony and grand opening for Vintage Vixens Venue, 131 Matthews Station St., suite 1-E, in downtown Matthews. The consignment shop sells men’s and women’s clothing, jewelry, clothing, home décor and more.
Both events are free, but advanced registration is encouraged.
To register, visit www.matthewschamber.com or call 704-847-3649.
JCPenney helping Big Brothers Big Sisters
Through the end of June, JCPenney customers can support the volunteer-supported mentoring network Big Brothers Big Sisters by rounding-up purchases to the nearest dollar both in-store and online.
JCPenney also will donate $1 for every $50 gift card sold in June, up to $50,000, giving Big Brothers Big Sisters an opportunity to receive additional funding, according to a news release. The clothing brand Haggar also will support Big Brothers Big Sisters by running an in-store campaign in all JCPenney locations through June 30. For any pair of Haggar pants purchased, Haggar will donate $1 to Big Brothers Big Sisters, with a contribution of up to $50,000. Customers also will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a trip to the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend in Canton, Ohio, according to the release.
JCPenney has a location in Matthews at 10101 E. Independence Blvd. in the Windsor Square shopping center.
For more information, visit www.jcp.com.