Retail Notes

Van Buren Consignment will celebrate its grand opening 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

The store, Lake Norman's newest home furnishings and accessories consignment shop, is beside Big Daddy's Seafood on N.C. 150 in Mooresville.

Shop owners Shawn Graham, a local real estate agent with Lake Norman Realty, and Dianne Cowart, a veteran staging and interior design consultant, opened in December 2010 in Winston-Salem in what they called a charming 78-year-old home. They quickly outgrew the space and decided to move the shop "home" to Lake Norman, where they both live.

The shop specializes in gently used items, including furniture and "one-of-a-kind" treasures, they said. Inventory changes weekly. Van Buren also features the work of local artists and welcomes new consignors and artistic talent.

Van Buren Consignment is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays.

Details: 704-664-1285;;

Steele Rubber Products, 6180 N.C. 150 E., Denver, has been named the "Official Weatherstrip of the Great Race 2011."

The race is a time, speed and endurance rally for classic and antique race cars. The race begins June 11 in Chattanooga, Tenn., and will finish June 17 in Bennington, Vt.

Steele Rubber Products has produced rubber parts for classic American vehicles for about 50 years.

Details: 704-483-9343;

Film Products Inc. of Statesville recently received the second annual TharpeRobbins Award for Excellence for Vendor Partnership.

Out of hundreds of TharpeRobbins vendors, 21 received the award for superior quality and service.

Film Products Inc. provides packaging and industrial products.

Details: 704-880-5154;

Jeffrey Karp of Karp Financial Strategies in Mooresville qualified recently for the "Court of the Table" of the Million Dollar Round Table.

That status places Karp among the top professionals in the global life insurance and financial services industry. Karp is a 13-year member of the Million Dollar Round Table.

Details: 704-658-1929;

Cornelius-based Aquesta Bank teamed up with the nonprofit Cookies for Kids Cancer on a community bake sale last week to raise money for pediatric cancer research.