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Food trucks return to SouthPark next week

SouthPark Eats Alternative is bringing back Food Truck Wednesdays at Fairview Plaza starting March 11.
SouthPark Eats Alternative is bringing back Food Truck Wednesdays at Fairview Plaza starting March 11. DEBORAH TRIPLETT

SouthPark Eats Alternative is bringing back Food Truck Wednesdays at Fairview Plaza starting March 11.

The kickoff event runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featured trucks include Tin Kitchen, Papi Queso, Master Bacon, Ooowee BBQ, Maki Taco and Cupcake Delirium, according to Tabitha Flythe with American Asset Corp., who promotes the event.

Fairview Plaza, at 5970 Fairview Road, has free parking for guests. Check out www.sea-nc.com for more information.

▪ A Charlotte-area provider of signs, logos and graphics earned top honors after growing sales higher than any other business in its global franchise.

Ben and Betsy Knight, owners of FASTSIGNS of Matthews-Ballantyne, last month received the Sales Achievement Award, which recognizes the center in the U.S. with the highest percentage of growth in sales, at the 2015 FASTSIGNS International Convention in Dallas.

The company increased its sales volume by more than 154 percent between Oct. 1, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2014, according to a news release.

The FASTSIGNS of Matthews-Ballantyne, on 12206 Copper Way, is a locally owned franchise.

Raising those sales numbers took extending the company’s reach to target large customers, buying new equipment to offer better products, bolstering marketing efforts with Facebook and LinkedIn, and benefiting from FASTSIGNS International Inc.’s TV advertisements, said Ben Knight.

The Knights own two other FASTSIGNS in the Charlotte-metro area, one on South Tryon Street and another in Rock Hill.

FASTSIGNS International Inc. has more than 570 independently owned franchised centers in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Mexico, the Caribbean, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Australia. At the Dallas convention, 94 of those franchisees were recognized for generating sales in excess of $1 million.

▪ Serenity Now Massage & Bodywork in Lake Norman debuted its expanded space last week during a reopening celebration.

The new location, 18147 W. Catawba Ave. in Cornelius, includes six therapy rooms and allows for more services, owner and general manager Danielle Ratliff said in a statement.

“In 2012, we had three therapists. In 2015, we now have 10,” she said. The business is open seven days a week; for hours and more information, go to http://www.serenitynowcornelius.com/.

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