Retail Notes

Charlotte-based Carefree Carpets is expanding with the opening Jan. 4 of a Mooresville-Lake Norman location called Carefree Floors.

The new location will be at 584 Brawley School Road, Suite 104.

Carefree Floors will be run by George Garrison and Spencer Houston, who joined Carefree Carpets this year.

Garrison graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in chemistry, spent four years as an Army captain and then 33 years with Shaw Industries. He retired in January.

Houston graduated from the University of Texas with a finance degree and earned a business administration degree from the University of Chicago. He has spent most of his career in commercial banking.

Carefree Floors: 704-660-7614.

Huntersville CARQUEST hosted a ribbon cutting Dec. 17 on its new, larger store at 705 N. Old Statesville Road.

Owner Mitch Hampton and CARQUEST have been in Huntersville, behind town hall, since 1988.

"We knew long ago that we needed more space to serve our increasing customer base, and this location gave us the exposure and the room," Hampton said. "We look forward to being here another 22 years."

Details: 704-875-1110.

Having cultivated a real estate career for more than 20 years, Taffy Kilroe has turned her penchant for helping others to the field of health and wellness.

She recently opened Healing Technology in Mooresville, offering the LaserTouchOne device, which uses low-level laser and micro-current stimulation to relieve pain and assist the body in healing itself.

For details and a personal demonstration, call 704-576-7996 or visit

The reservation deadline is Wednesday to attend the Jan. 7 annual meeting of the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The program will be at 11:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord Resort & Spa and Concord Convention Center, followed by lunch.

Corporate tables are available for $750. Call Tina Anderson at 704-260-8126. Individual tickets are $55; to reserve them call 704-260-8106.

The annual legislative breakfast of the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce Jan. 21 will feature Jack Betts, Charlotte Observer associate editor, columnist and political blogger.

The breakfast will be at 7:45 a.m. at the old Cabarrus Bank building, 201 West Ave., Kannapolis.

Cost is $20 for chamber members and $30 for others.

Empire Towing of Mooresville recently donated 250 canned food items to the Mooresville Soup Kitchen through student Stephen Daspit's One Can One Person Big Difference food drive.


Walker Marketing has enhanced its technology capabilities with the hiring of new Executive Vice President Bridgette King, according to a company news release.

King has more than 20 years of experience in national and international publicity, marketing, promotions and sales. She has worked with senior-level executives at startup and established firms in many technology fields, including telecommunications, mobile technology, cloud computing, hardware and software development.

She has worked with clients throughout North Carolina and the U.S., including Netbytel and HotOffice Technologies, where she helped raise $35million in venture financing through her public relations efforts.

"I'm excited to showcase Walker Marketing's potential for technology clients," King said.

Walker Marketing also has created successful campaigns for clients in the senior care industry, such as Active Day Medical Adult Day Care and Liberty HomeCare & Hospice Services.

"The addition of Bridgette will help us expand our qualifications in another field with terrific growth potential," said Gary Walker, president and CEO of Walker Marketing in Concord.