Retail Notes

The Cabarrus Arts Council will host a wine-and-cheese reception and forum for downtown Concord businesses 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Galleries, 65 Union St. S.

The Cabarrus Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Concord Downtown Development Corp. will lead a discussion on marketing historic downtown Concord to the surrounding community and visitors to Cabarrus County.

Details: 704-784-4208.

Life is good Genuine Neighborhood Shoppe at Birkdale opened recently at 16835 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Suite C, Huntersville.

The store sells apparel and accessories featuring positive messages and fun images.

Details: 704-237-4815.

Mooresville-based RE/MAX at the Lake and RE/MAX Executive Realty of Charlotte merged their Lake Norman offices Jan. 1.

The new alliance operates as RE/MAX Executive at the Lake and will continue to manage offices in both Mooresville and Cornelius.

RE/MAX Executive at the Lake brings together four veteran broker/owners, 20 certified distressed property experts and about 60 real estate agents.

Massage Envy of Mooresville recently changed its name to Massage Envy Spa with the addition of facials and waxings. Its therapeutic facials are performed by licensed estheticians using Murad products.

Details: 704-664-3090;

Jennifer Campbell is the new marketing coordinator for Concord Speedway, replacing Dwight Davies, who retired.

Campbell, a Fayetteville native, graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College and spent two seasons at Fayetteville Motorsports Park and eight seasons as marketing manager with the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series. For the past two years, she has been director of sponsorship and marketing for Mikey Kile Racing.

Campbell lives in Concord with her husband, Jamie, and their three children.

The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Lake Norman hosted a ribbon cutting and open house last week for its new bariatrics suite. 131 Medical Park Road, Suite 303;

The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce will host a free Computer Basics workshop from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday at the chamber office, 149 E. Iredell Ave.

Tim Grier, owner of CET Computer Repair and Training, will lead the class.

Reservations: 704-664-3898;

Various Cornelius businesses donated to the Cornelius/Lake Norman Lions Club's food drive over the holidays to benefit the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry at the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson.

The businesses were Carolina Art Garden/Just Baked Cupcakes & Coffee, Lake Norman Auto and Tire Center, Piedmont Bank, The Shop Around the Corner, Edward Jones, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, The Charlotte Observer's Lake Norman office and Lake Norman Realty.