Race City Escapes opens, Ivy Citizens plans Charlotte fashion show

From Race City Escape’s Facebook page.
From Race City Escape’s Facebook page.

Some local happenings on the small-business scene:

A new escape room, called Race City Escapes, has opened in Mooresville.

It’s owned and operated by Steve and Edie Enyeart. Steve Enyeart explains the experience in an email:

“You are put in a room with other people, up to 10, and you have to do various tasks such as search around to find clues, solve many types of puzzles, and basically challenge your mind in order to escape within the time limit of 60 minutes. That is the standard version of an escape room, but we offer another mystery-type experience as well where the team in the room is a detective agency looking for the missing star performer kidnapped from a 1920s speakeasy.”

That room is called Harmonic Haze. There’s also a Race Ruse room: “Players are part of a pit crew that has been locked in the garage by a rival driver trying to prevent them from making it to the championship race on time. They will have sixty minutes to solve a series of puzzles the diabolical driver has left behind in order to find the key and make it to the race on time.”

Race City Escapes is at 149-C Rolling Hill Road, Mooresville. See more at or call 828-461-1534.

Thrive GPO in startup competition

Fort Mill, S.C.-based Thrive GPO is at Sup-X: The Startup Expo in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, this week. Fifty startups from 28 North American cities are competing for $50,000.

Thrive GPO describes itself on its website as a group purchasing organization that focuses on the needs of nonprofit organizations and provides members with access to commonly purchased goods and services at a significant discount.

Red carpet event for Ivy Citizens

Charlotte-based Ivy Citizens, which describes itself as an Athleisure clothing brand “committed to changing the narrative surrounding girls in the commercial market,” is planning a red-carpet event March 1 to showcase its Spring 2016 collection. It will be at The Urban Garden, which adjoins the Ritz-Carlton, at 150 N. College St. For ticket information, go to

Founders of the line are Amanda Laird Cherry, a South African fashion designer, and educator and entrepreneur Lisa Thompson. Breanna Yde of Nickelodeon’s “School of Rock” is scheduled to give a music performance, and film director Jared Hogan will premier an Ivy Citizens commercial spot featuring local athletes.

Get your dessert fix on March 20

Tickets are on sale now for the 2016 Sweet Tooth Festival, the annual showcase of local bakeries, sweet shops and home-based businesses “in manners of sweets.” The fifth-annual drop-in event happens March 20, 2-4 p.m. at Omni Charlotte Hotel in Uptown. For information, go to