Mint Hill’s Dilworth Coffee now bakery
The owner of the Dilworth Coffee location in Mint Hill has sold the business to a Charlotte-based bakery.
The shop at 3565 Matthews-Mint Hill Road is now home to Nova’s Bakery. Dilworth franchise owner Colleen Ogrodnick, who opened the shop seven years ago, said though selling the established business was always in the plans, it’s hard to leave her loyal customers. The sale doesn’t affect Dilworth’s Matthews location, which is independently owned.
“I really appreciate the support of my customers for helping me fulfill a dream,” she said. “They were as much a part of Dilworth as I was.”
Nova’s, which also has locations on Charlotte’s Central Avenue and South Boulevard, offers homemade bread, scones, croissants, muffins, bagels, cookies, cakes, pies and more. Single-serving items range from 95 cents to $2.99 each and breads range from $2.15 to $9.65.
Nova’s sells Dilworth Coffee, Ogrodnick said, and most of her staff will work for the bakery.
“What my staff and I started for the community will continue and grow under Nova’s leadership, dedication to great products and customer service,” Ogrodnick said on the café’s Facebook page. “I know it sounds corny, but I truly believe in my heart that this was meant to be. I thank all of you for everything.”
For more information, call 704-845-2495.
Charleston chain coming to Matthews
By mid-August, Matthews will be home to Manny’s Mediterranean Café.
The Charleston, S.C.-based restaurant announced plans this week to open its first Charlotte-area franchise in The Piazza at Bellasera, 2925 Senna Drive, off Matthews-Mint Hill Road. Franchise owners Stephanie Cripe and her son, Thomas, and daughter in-law, Rena, expect to open within about six weeks, company owner Michael Stavrinakis said. The family lives in Monroe, he said, and expects to hire at least 15 people, most in full-time positions.
The company is excited about its entry into the Charlotte market, Stavrinakis said. Manny’s offers Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on Greek specialties and stone-baked pizzas.
“It’s such a big, broad demographic for us, and it’s close to Charleston. We just think it’s a perfect fit,” Stavrinakis said of the Matthews shop.
For more information or to apply for a job, visit www.mannysgrills.com.
Dunwellz marks first anniversary
Mint Hill’s Dunwellz Custom Kitchen and Pour House will celebrate its first anniversary Saturday, July 6, with a wing-eating contest, dunk tank for charity and more.
Festivities, which run from 11 a.m. to midnight, will include the eatery’s first annual wing-eating contest at about 8:30 p.m. where the winner will receive free wings for a year and their name added to a trophy. A dunk tank will give customers the chance to raise money for The Sand Box, a local nonprofit that helps kids with cancer and life-altering illnesses. Live music begins at 6 p.m.
The eatery at 7110 Brighton Park Drive, suite 405, also will offer a low country boil with shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes, drink specials and more.
For more information or to register for the wing-eating contest, call 704-545-1505.
Providence Produce adds herb garden
Customers at Providence Produce’s Mint Hill market can now snip their own herbs.
The produce stand off Matthews-Mint Hill Road near the Lawyers Road intersection recently added a “pick-your-own” herb garden as part of renovations to the local business. The Mint Hill stand is in its fifth season, owner David White said. White, 31, was recently named among the “Top 40 under 40: Young and Smart Leaders on the Rise” in the industry’s Produce Business Magazine.
In the herb garden, customers will find favorites like mint and sage and the company is excited to provide a chance for customers to “customize” their shopping, White said.
The stand also recently removed gravel in exchange for a paved shopping area, added additional ice bins for produce and replaced umbrellas.
“Overall, I think the stand looks a lot better off than it did a year ago,” White said.
The Mint Hill location is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, call 704-545-9888.
Bead Boutique closing
A staple in Matthews’ Windsor Square shopping center since 2009 is closing.
Bead Boutique, also home to Sage Jewelry Arts, is in the midst of a going-out-of-business sale with beading supplies and handmade jewelry at least 50 percent off.
Business owner Amanda Carroll said she’s dropping storefront overhead in exchange for an online business focused on a different customer base. The 11-year-old company is located at 1820 Windsor Square
“In the store, we were trying to target everybody from the jewelry lover to the jewelry hobbyist to the jewelry designer. That’s a lot of stock to keep,” Carroll said. “Online, as far as supplies, we’ll be targeting the designer customer or customer who needs to buy in bulk because they don’t have a storefront but they still need to get supplies at a reasonable price because they are turning around and selling it.”
Carroll’s new online shop will include handmade creations from her own jewelry line: Carroll Designs.
“We know most of our customers by name, so that part’s hard,” she said.
The shop is open Monday from noon to 7 p.m., Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The liquidation sale will continue for a few more weeks until everything is sold, Carroll said. All store fixtures are for sale.
For more information, call 704-845-2848.