Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly Business Briefs August 2

The White Stag opens
The newest gift shop in downtown Matthews can be classified as a local business supporting other local businesses.
Amy Bell opened The White Stag last month as a place for artisans in the Carolinas to display and sell their handmade creations. She lives in Belmont with her husband, Aaron, and children, Owen, 3, and Elliot, 1.
Inside the shop at 100 W. John St., suite E, visitors will find handmade jewelry, children’s toys, baby blankets, wall art, furniture, soaps, lotions, pottery, purses and more. There’s also a collection of vintage clothing and tote bags made from repurposed vintage textiles like embroidered doilies and napkins.
The Matthews Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, Aug. 6 from noon to 1 p.m.
Air Force veterans, the Bells moved to the area from St. Louis in January when Aaron took a position as an air traffic controller at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Amy, who left a career as a lab technologist, said the move pushed her to try something different.
She scoured local craft shows and the website for artists in the Carolinas willing to sell their artwork from her shop.
“It’s really just about showing people the quality of handmade goods that we have here locally,” Amy said. “I want to be part of the community and support the community.”
The White Stag is open Wednesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, visit Local artists interested in having their work in the shop should email

Pizza in 5 minutes? Yes!
The first North Carolina location of Pie Five Pizza is now open in Matthews.
Mint Hill resident Josh Keaton and Mike Understein, of Wesley Chapel, are co-owners of the restaurant at 1915 Matthews Township Pkwy., in the Matthews Festival shopping center. The shop boasts custom-made personal pizzas ready in about five minutes and is a franchise of a Dallas-based company.
In fact, that’s where Understein – a veteran restaurateur who brought Panera Bread to North Carolina – sampled his first Pie Five about a year ago.
“I loved it. I thought ‘what a neat little concept,’” he said. “It’s really good pizza and it’s quick.” Understein called Keaton, who he had worked with at Panera, and the rest is history.
Keaton is a trained chef who has always dreamed of owning his own restaurant. Pizza dough and dessert pizzas are made onsite daily and the restaurant uses a conveyor-belt oven that cooks between 575 and 590 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pie Five customers can choose from any signature pizza or create their own for one price: $6.79. Adding a side salad, which comes in a pizza crust bowl, and drink is an additional $3.49. Cheese pizzas are $5.49 each and children’s pizzas are $3.49. Dessert pizzas, including turtle brownie, ultimate brownie and chocolate chip cookie, are $1.59 a slice or $9.99 for a whole pie.
Keaton and Understein say they hope to open at least five other Pie Five locations in the area, including one in south Charlotte.
The Matthews location employs about 25 people, including students from Butler High School and Central Piedmont Community College.
The restaurant, which includes an outdoor patio facing Matthews Township Parkway, is open Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
For more information, call 704-846-0422 or find them on Facebook at

Sankey’s Taproom & Grille opens
Matthews’ Custom Home Pubs has a new venture: Sankey’s Taproom & Grille.
Geoffrey Goss and Andy Tritten are co-owners of the new business at 11416 E. Independence Blvd., suite L, located next to Custom Home Pubs.
The business motto is simple, Tritten said, “Local food, local beer. We keep it simple.” Customers may recognize Tritten from his more than 20 years of experience opening restaurants and tending bar throughout the area.
The shop offers beer from North Carolina-based breweries, including Charlotte’s own NoDa Brewing Company and Triple C Brewing Company. Local breweries on tap at the shop provided artwork inside the business, which also serves lunch and dinner. The eatery employs 10 people, including several from the recently shuttered Hops Grill and Brewery in Matthews.
The menu includes salads ranging from $4.99 to $7.99 and sandwiches, including cheese steak, burgers, roast beef and egg salad platters ranging from $6.99 to $9.99. A children’s menu is available with entrees at $4.99.
Sankey’s is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
For more information, call 704-847-0464 or visit

SKINergy now open
Charlotte native Chrystine Boyd is welcoming clients at her new SKINergy studio inside Mosaics Salon, 9215 Monroe Road, suite 100, near
Certified in medical aesthetics, Boyd has been in the aesthetics industry since 2003, including the last six years at the Ballantyne Hotel. Boyd specializes in Brazilian wax and chemical peels and is PCA certified. Also a certified natural health professional, Boyd also offers facials, hair removal and tinting services.
Facials range from $60 to $110 and hair removal ranges from $12 to $70.
“I love making people feel special and feel good,” Boyd said. “It’s a change you can see.”
Skinergy is open Monday to Saturday by appointment only. To celebrate the grand opening, Boyd is offering 25 percent off a teen facial or a free eyebrow wax with the purchase of any other service (excluding the teen facial), through the end of August.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 704-412-1207 or visit

PetSmart moving to Windsor Square
Matthews’ PetSmart is moving across the street into the Windsor Square Shopping Center, said Lauren Burford, director of marketing with Windsor Square property owner Sterling Organization.
Construction on the new 19,033-square-foot space was in full swing this week. The new store is planning a November 2 opening, PetSmart spokesman Jeff Davis said.

9Round sets new hours
9Round Matthews, 929 Park Center Drive, suite 102, has new hours.
The kickboxing fitness studio is open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.; Friday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information, call 980-253-3613 or email

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