Retail Notes

N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis of Cornelius will give the keynote address at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala on Thursday at the Havana Social Club and Ballroom.

Reservations: 704-892-1922.

Andre Christine Gallery held its grand opening Friday and Saturday at 148 Ervin Road, Mooresville.

Owner Lynne Gingras features 15 artists and a sculpture garden, including changing exhibits in original glass, wood, metal, sculpture and traditional fine arts.

Details: 704-664-1164;;

The Small Business Center at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will offer a course titled "Starting a Business From Concept to Launch" 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays Feb. 15 through April 12 at the college's building on the North Carolina Research Campus building in Kannapolis.

Fee is $65. To register call 704-216-3512.

Karp Financial Strategies in Mooresville collected about 400 pounds of food and raised $250 in cash donations for the Mooresville/Lake Norman Christian Mission and the Mooresville Soup Kitchen at the company's annual Karp Kares Holiday Party in December.

About 40 people attended the event at the company's newly renovated, 103-year-old office near downtown Mooresville.

The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce seeks residents interested in working with the business community in and around Mooresville-Lake Norman by joining its Ambassador Program.

For $35 per person or $45 for a couple, the program is a chance to remain active in the community, stay up to date on news in and around town, work with industry leaders, town and county officials and celebrities and develop trusting relationships.

For details call Sylvia Spury 704-664-3898. Download an application at

The Signal Hill Mall Merchants Association is hosting a "4-H Spell Well" spelling activity for Iredell County students in first through sixth grades Feb. 19 at the mall, 1611 E. Broad St., Statesville.

Participation is limited to the first 30 children per age group to register. Iredell County 4-H is sponsoring the event.

Registration and other details: 704-873-0507;