At the end of each calendar year, Carol Buie-Jackson and her husband, Jay Jackson, talk about their goals for the next year.
For 2011? Carol told Jay, "I want to open a bird store."
In early May, the longtime nature enthusiasts opened Bird House on the Greenway at Shops at Piper Glen across from the Four Mile Creek Greenway in South Charlotte. Customers are greeted at the door by a set of unique handmade birdhouses, and from there the space is filled with everything a birdwatcher and naturist could need.
Carol has long been a gardener, and she married into a family of birders whose yards are filled with bird feeders and who take their binoculars on vacation to bird watch.
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"It's a passion for them," said Carol.
Now, she said, it's her passion as well.
Carol had been thinking for a while about leaving behind her career in corporate America and weekly travel to do something "that more closely matched our values that we were more passionate about," she said.
She's lived out her concern for wildlife for years, turning her backyard into a certified wildlife habitat and serving as vice president of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. She is a Habitat Steward with the National Wildlife Federation, a Master Composter with Mecklenburg County and founder of HAWK (Habitat And Wildlife Keepers).
Bird House on the Greenway has gotten a warm reception from customers.
"They have been very enthusiastic," Carol said. "Many people have said, 'We're so happy your here.'"
The store caters to beginning and skilled birdwatchers. Carol carries a variety of quality birdseed, bird baths, bird feeders and birdhouses. She also has amphibian abodes, composting supplies and binoculars.
The store is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. The store is at 6416 B-9 Rea Road, and more information is online at www.GreenwayBirdHouse.com.
Cornerstone Financial Partners Inc. has added two employees.
Emily Riggs, who recently graduated from UNC Charlotte, is an administrative assistant, and Andrew Putnam joined as a client service associate after spending two years in the commercial real estate industry.
The firm is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and expects the recent expansion to increase services and improve communications with clients. The company's website is www.Cornerstone-sai.com.
Longtime Charlotte resident Kathy Landgraff has joined Fort Mill's Springfield neighborhood as a sales associate.
She has more than 18 years of experience in residential real estate sales focusing on new construction, including two years of selling luxury condominiums in SouthPark.
Springfield is a 640-acre community next to the Anne Springs Close Greenway and Springfield Golf Club.