Retail Notes


Ellis Jewelers of Concord selected two winners May 27 in its month-long Future Jewelry Designer Contest.

Gracie Brown, a fourth-grader at Furr Elementary School, and Michelle Mills, a 10th-grader at Concord High, won the contest to design a piece of jewelry.

As the winners' prize, owner Dan Levinson of Ellis Jewelers presented the two pieces, custom-made from the students' designs.

Students were split into two age groups - grades 3-5 and grades 9-12 - and were asked to submit an original design for a ring or pendant to Ellis Jewelers. The team at the jeweler judged each design, choosing one for each age group. Jewelers at the store then hand-crafted the winning designs in gold, diamonds and other gemstones.

Walker Marketing of Concord recently earned a top honor from the national Web Health Awards for its VNA of Pennsylvania website.

The website received a bronze award from Web Health Awards, the leading web awards for the health-care industry. The Web Health Awards received more than 500 entries. VNA was the only managed care company to receive recognition for its website.

Jennifer Lawrence, owner of the Antique Market of Concord, 37 Union St. S., Suite A-2, changed the name of her business on Wednesday to Past and Presents.

Concord Downtown Development Corp. last week added a new tab to its website,

The tab is labeled "In the Businesses" and features ongoing promotions, events and sales at downtown businesses. The tab will be updated the end of each month for the next month.

Lake Norman

Autobell Car Wash Inc. recently opened a shop at 112 Plantation Ridge Drive in the Morrison Plantation development.

Devin Hepburn is the manager.

The shop is the Charlotte-based, family-owned and -operated chain's second location in Mooresville and fifth in the Lake Norman area.

Other lake-area Autobells are in Huntersville, Denver and Statesville. The company now has 62 locations in four states.

The Plantation Ridge Autobell is open 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays.

Owners Vincent and Laura Ketchie recently opened Christian Counselors of Mooresville, a private mental health practice at 222 Southside Ave., between Southside Baptist Church and the Moore Park baseball field.

The practice serves the entire Lake Norman region.

Details: 704-658-0238;

Tammi Murphy, client relations manager at Karp Financial Strategies in Mooresville, recently earned a specialist's degree through LPL Financial's AdminU Program.

The educational curriculum is designed to enhance client service, office management, leadership, operations and marketing. The specialist's degree is the first of three levels offered, each involving up to 15 hours of course work.

Mitchell Community College will host a seminar, "How to Make Your Small Business More Profitable," noon-3 p.m. Tuesday at its Mooresville campus, 219 N. Academy St.

The $15 cost includes lunch and materials. To register contact the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce, 704-664-3898, or

The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce will host Eco-Fest 2011 2-7 p.m. June 14 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville.

It will feature displays by green businesses. Admission will be free. Vendor spaces: 704-664-3898.

The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. and a Business After Hours 5-7 p.m. June 21 at Point Blank Range, an indoor firearms center at 743 River Highway (N.C. 150 West), Mooresville.