In fiscal 2011, which ended June 30, downtown Concord saw a net gain of nine new businesses, 64 new jobs and at least $1.3 million invested by the private sector in building renovations.
The nonprofit Concord Downtown Development Corp. recently reported those year-end statistics to the N.C. Main Street Program.
The new businesses included four restaurants.
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Sweetest Beginnings, which provides custom wedding invitations, birthday announcements, party invites, holiday cards, gifts and thank you cards, opened recently at 37 Union St. S., Suite D, Concord.
Owner Susan McRae shares the space with Huneycutt Photography, Delectable Designs (cakes) and Just Pretty Parties (party styling).
Rowan Regional Medical Center in Salisbury and Hanes Brands of Winston-Salem recently became the first major corporate sponsors of the N.C. Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Other sponsors are the city of Kannapolis, Castle & Cooke, First Community Bank, Curb Family Foundation, Curb Records and the Holiday Inn Express-Concord.
This year's ceremony will be Oct. 13 at the David H. Murdock Core Lab Building in Kannapolis.
Jennifer Garber is the new senior account supervisor in charge of public relations at Walker Marketing in Concord.
Garber will lead the agency's newly awarded Astellas Pharmaceutical account, among others.
For about a decade, Garber has counseled physician practices and managed numerous publicity and education campaigns for health-related nonprofit organizations, including the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Geriatrics Society and the International Society for Stem Cell Research.
She also has assisted pharmaceutical companies, including Watson Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline and Baxter Healthcare, in navigating marketing efforts involving clinical trials, the FDA approval process and the launch of new products and services.
Garber earned a bachelor's degree in communication science from the University of Connecticut. She is a member of the Charlotte and national chapters of the Public Relations Society of America and is involved in various charitable causes, including the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.
On Wednesday, Lake Norman Bridal opened its Lake Norman Wedding Pavilion overlooking the lake at 637 Williamson Road, Suite 102, beside Vinnie's Sardine Grill & Raw Bar.
It's an all-natural ceremony site with stones and fountains. It can accommodate up to 100 guests for outdoor services.
Details: 704-360-2393; www.lakenormanweddingpavilion.com.
The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will host a free seminar, "Marketing Across Cultures," from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Havana Social Club, 17105 Kenton Drive, Cornelius.
Speakers will be Chia-Li Chien, CEO of Value Growth Institute and a faculty member of the American Management Association, who was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan; and Julio Colmenares, president and CEO of CGR Creative.
Details: 704-892-1922; www.lakenormanchamber.org.
M.D. Laser Studio is sponsoring "Beauty Supporting Beasts," a beauty-themed charitable event to support adoption programs and provide veterinary care for homeless and rescued animals.
The open house and silent auction will be 2-7 p.m. Wednesday at M.D. Laser Studio, 538 Williamson Road, Mooresville.
Botox and Dysport will be available at a discount during the event, as well as Feather Hair Extensions by celebrity hair stylist Dodie Le Fevre. Her handmade jewelry and original artwork will be featured, as will clothing and styling by FiFi's Fine Resale.
Part of the proceeds from sales at the event will go to Forever Home Canine Rescue and Paws and Claws Feline Rescue.
Register for the event by calling 704-664-4247 or visiting www.mdlaserstudio.com or M.D. Laser Studio on Facebook.
Fantastic Sams hair salon opened recently in the Mooresville Town Square retail center at Brawley School and Williamson roads.
The full-service family salon offers haircuts for men, women and children, as well as perms, colors and hair removal. No appointments are necessary.
126 Mooresville Commons Way, Suite D; 704-660-1223.
32 Flavors Boutique opened recently in The Shoppes at Birkdale Crossing behind Hickory Tavern.
The boutique features what it calls fun, unique and affordable jewelry, art and gifts. It also offers jewelry-making classes twice a month.
32 Flavors Boutique: 704-896-3232; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays; www.32flavorsboutique
.com; and on Facebook.
Southern Oncology Specialists in Huntersville recently surpassed the 1,000-patient milestone, Dr. William Mitchell, who heads the practice, announced Aug. 3.
The practice is at 10030 Gilead Road, Suite 344, in the Physicians Plaza behind Presbyterian Hospital-Huntersville.
Karen Shore, president/CEO of the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce, has been designated as a certified chamber executive by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, based in Alexandria, Va.
Shore is among 13 chamber executives who will earn the designation during the ACCE annual convention in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of the Institute of Organization Management at Colorado College.
Owner Nikki Goss recently opened The Perfect Find resale boutique at 1236 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville. It's in the 115 Plaza building, three doors down from Blue Dog Grooming.
Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays; 704-995-4186.
Psychiatric nurse practitioner Barb Furman Hall recently joined the Mooresville and Lincolnton offices of New Directions Counseling Services.
Hall serves children, adolescents and families with emotional and mental health issues. Her physician supervisor is Dr. Rigardy Munoz, a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist who works in the Hickory office of New Directions.
Hall grew up in North Carolina. She attended college and graduate school and began practicing in Colorado. She returned home about 10 years ago. For about 14 years, she has treated children and adults who have ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and general mood and thought disorders.
Offices are at 132 Joe V. Knox Ave., Suite 104, Mooresville (704-230-0965), and 1200 N. Flint St., Lincolnton (704-735-0255).