Retail Notes

Cabarrus County Concord

Concord-based advertising agency BD&H Marketing will assist Mooresville manufacturer Bestsweet Inc. in developing the company's brand position for Bee M.D. Organic Honey Throat Drops online and offline and expanding consumer engagement with the product's website,

In 2009, BD&H helped Bestsweet Inc. increase overall visitor traffic to the Bee M.D. website by at least 1,500 percent and search traffic at least 500percent, according to a news release.

"We have worked with this young brand to compete at the retail level with the Halls Naturals and Ricolas of the cough drop world, using a fraction of the budget," BD&H partner Alaine Bollinger said in announcing the agency's latest work with Bestsweet.

Bollinger said the agency developed and managed a successful You Tube video contest that drove consumers to the site and created awareness and excitement for the brand. BD&H also handles private labeling and branded packaging, as well as building multiple websites for Bestsweet.

Founded in 1983, BD&H serves such other clients as Windstream Communications, Coca-Cola, Sturm Foods, Freirich Foods and Niblock Homes.

Details: 704-786-7193;

The Kendle House, a boutique and design store, celebrated its grand opening May 19 at 18 Union St. N., across the street from Gifts & Gardens by Angela.

Details: 704-793-6734.

Iredell County Mooresville

The second annual Morrison Madness Street Fair will be from 2 to 7 p.m. June 12 on Joe Knox Avenue in Morrison Plantation.

The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber's Business Resource Group sponsors the free event to promote local businesses. There will be live music, a hot-air balloon, a fire truck, a race car, face painting, marching bands, a moon bounce and appearances by local NASCAR celebrities and former Carolina Panther Mike Minter. The Humane Society will promote animal adoptions.

Details: Kathy Holden, 704-909-7958, Don Simmons, 704-662-0946.

Windstream Corp. awarded one of four $25,000 Classroom Connections grants last week to Lake Norman Elementary School.

Windstream officials presented the award at a pep assembly at the school.

The company received about 120 applications from schools in its service area. Eligible schools applied online and submitted videos with their applications. Schools were judged on demonstrated need, creativity and enthusiasm.


Mecklenburg County Huntersville

Chia-Li Chien, owner of Chien Associates LLC at 13016 Eastfield Road, Suite 286, has written a book showing how businesses can grow in value, not just revenue.

Chien also is a columnist for

Her book, "Show Me the Money," is available at,, and other retailers.

Office Depot celebrated the opening of its first Huntersville store May 25 at 9530 Birkdale Crossing Drive.

During the ceremony, the Office Depot Foundation donated 100 children's backpacks and $100 each to the Secret Angel Project, Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen and Hope House Foundation.

The store is at Birkdale Crossing Drive and Sam Furr Road. 704-892-1665.

Rowan County Salisbury

Jim Kristoff, who has 30 years' experience in the auto dealership business, has joined Gerry Wood Auto Group as director of operations.

He is responsible for increasing market share and training and developing employees with a focus on customer service.

Gerry Wood Auto Group employs 90 people at Gerry Wood Honda, Gerry Wood Kia and Gerry Wood Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, all on Jake Alexander Boulevard near Interstate 85.

Kristoff was previously a partner in a Honda store in Tampa, Fla., and has worked in auto dealerships in Florida, Connecticut and New York.