Polish sausage, anyone?
Matthews is now home to a Polish restaurant serving the country’s most well-known dishes. Polish sausage is, of course, on the menu.
Newlyweds Michel and Agata Przyk opened Taste of Europe about a month ago after a recent move to Pineville from Myrtle Beach, S.C. The couple, who met in Myrtle Beach, are natives of Poland, and both share a dream of introducing area residents to Polish culture and “the delicious food that we were raised to appreciate,” according to their website.
Together, the couple have decades of experience in the restaurant industry. Michel has worked as a chef both in Poland and on a popular American cruise line, and Agata grew up helping her parents run their own restaurant in Poland. She has a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance and a master’s degree in business administration. He’s also a professional ice skater.
“We noticed that they didn’t have any Polish restaurants in this area,” Agata said. “So far, people seem to enjoy it. Everything on the menu is very Polish.”
That menu includes entrees like a Polish sausage sandwich, an assortment of pierogis, stuffed cabbage, Polish stew and potato pancakes. For dessert, customers will find crepes filled with Nutella or strawberry jam. The restaurant at 10915 Monroe Road is open for lunch and dinner. Prices range from $3.50 to $8.95.
For more information, visit http://tasteofeuropecharlotte.com or call 704-708-8495.
Hav-a-Seat solves seating dilemmas
If you’re looking for new furniture to sit on, Hav-a-Seat is ready to help.
Owner Dave Hayes, who also owns the Matthews location of Consignment First, recently opened the shop at 1233 Matthews-Mint Hill Road. Unlike his other Matthews store, Hav-a-Seat doesn’t accept consignments. The furniture inside is new – either pulled from North Carolina showrooms or hand-crafted by furniture makers across the state, including High Point, Hayes said.
The shop also offers paintings and other large art pieces – most made by local artists – but the focus is on anything you can sit on: chairs, sofas, benches, stools, etc.
“Everybody can use a chair,” Hayes said, adding he’s been mulling on the idea for this shop for a while. “It just seems like every time I mentioned it, people seemed to smile and say ‘That’s kind of neat.’ This will not be the place you buy your dining room set. Here, you have to say ‘I’m looking for that one piece.’”
Hayes likes to say the shop offers “spares, pairs and sets.”
He’s also looking to partner with local artists who can provide “large” pieces of artwork including paintings and sculptures to sell inside the store.
Hav-a-Seat is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, or to inquire about artist opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-218-0330.
Massage Heights hosts charity fundraiser
Customers who book a massage or facial at Massage Heights in Matthews on Tuesday, July 16, will be helping the company raise money for the American Cancer Society.
The business at 1915 Matthews Township Pkwy., suite 1200, will donate $10 from each of these services on that day to the nonprofit, according to a news release. The location has set a $2,000 fundraising goal.
For more information or to book a session, call 704-771-1148.
Free women’s self defense seminar
Scott Shields Martial Arts Academy, 1115 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, will host a free women’s self defense seminar Saturday, July 13, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Participants will learn how to stay safe and protect themselves and their loved ones in a worst case scenario. The free seminar is open to women ages 13 and older, but advanced registration is required.
For more information or to register, call 704-573-3830.