Monthly Recap & What’s in Store

Brenda McMillan (left), Tony Garshnick (right), Maureen Anders (middle.)  

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What Happened?

Ribbon Cuttings

January 29 –

A/R Workshop in Waxhaw opened its doors to the public February 1, but they opened their doors to the WBA on January 29 for a ribbon cutting ceremony.  Mayor Pro Tem Brenda McMillan and WBA VP Tony Garshnick spoke at the event.

Brenda McMillan (left), Tony Garshnick (right), Maureen Anders (middle.)

February 19 –

Siela Boutique first opened its doors to Waxhaw shoppers in November and they celebrated their successful opening with a ribbon cutting sponsored by the WBA on February 19.  Siela means “soul” in Lithuanian and the shop is committed to fair trade practices.  Their motto is “people, planet, purpose.”  Owners Kim Nelson and Alara Baltmiskis addressed their guests, along WBA VP Tony Garshnick and Waxhaw Mayor Steve Maher.

Pictured L to R: Siela Boutique owners Kim Nelson & Alara Baltmiskis, and Art Box owner, Kristin Mitchell.

WBA February Meeting

Town of Waxhaw Mayor Steve Maher joined the WBA to discuss town growth, economic development, transportation, code enforcement and more at the February 20, WBA meeting. Highlights included:

  • learning about a traffic light coming to Gray Byrum Rd and Rt 16 this year;
  • there is a plan for the Hall Family YMCA with advisory board expected to be in place by June 2019;
  • the town is gaining 40 additional parking spots downtown behind the Nivens Price building.

Maher added that the town’s financials are strong and 2019 is a pivotal year for the board to decide if Waxhaw is going to have an economic development plan for growth or if we want to be a bedroom community. He also hailed the town’s increased diversity in terms of population, vision and faith, which leads to a greater diversity of thought and more good ideas.

Thanks to Stacks for providing a delicious breakfast and coffee.  Thanks to table sponsors Dani Noto, Uptown Tea; Jody Hoffman, Re/Max Executive; Kel Hodel, Heartland Payment Systems.

Mayor Steve Maher

WBA Welcomes New Members:

Arnak Ivanov, LuLu Salon

Chris Tomala, Tomala Furniture

Dave Surack, Trax Stop & Shop

Kristin Mitchell, Art Box

Jeff Johnston, IntelliStar Technologies

Shannon Habenicht, Refresh

Kim Nelso & Alara Baltmiskis, Siela Boutique

George _____, Stacks Kitchen

Maureen Anders, A/R Workshop

Coming Up in March

WBA Meeting, March 20 at Waxhaw Woman’s Club, 7:30 a.m. til 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast sponsor will be Broome St Burgers.

March Speaker presented by SCORE

Speaker: Jason Collett

Topic: How can business owners plan for long-term expansion for business growth and, operationally, what steps do they need to pay attention to?

Bio: Jason is a Serial Entrepreneur, Business Executive, Author and Owner/Brewmaster of Rock Hill Brewing company. He is also an international keynote speaker delivering messages on leadership, change management, and business development.

Jason Collett
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