Retail Notes

Lake Norman

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius will discuss the new N.C. Capital Access Program, a lending program for small businesses, 8-10 a.m. Friday.

Several local banks participate in the program and are expected to be part of Friday's session, along with State Rep. Rodney Moore, D-Wilmington, and Tom Wall, associate director of N.C. Access Program.

Admission is free. Details: 704-892-1922.

Owner Wendi Bergstrom recently opened Grand Central Academy of Performing Arts in the Jetton Village retail center in Cornelius.

Bergstrom is a nationally recognized choreographer in the elite divisions of dance competition. As dance team director of the Lionville School of Dance in Pennsylvania, the native New Yorker led her troupe to "top studio" honors in May.

At Grand Central Academy of Performing Arts, music and costume selection are age appropriate. Classes start with ages 18 to 36 months. Leveled classes begin at age 7, and skill level moves students up.

"Teen Mix" is a 90-minute class for teens 13 and older to begin their dance education, including ballet, tap and jazz. Adult classes begin in September and October. Dance team auditions will be on Sept. 10.


Huntersville -based Yah's Best Products has its fresh salsas and other products in the Earth Fare store that opened Aug. 3 in Huntersville.

Yah's is owned and operated by the mother-daughter team of Suzanne McCord-Crawford of Huntersville and Paige Crawford Key of Apex, both graduates of North Mecklenburg High School.

Their products also include dips, dressings, hummus, seasonings, butters, jams, vegetable soup, sweet pickles, pickled okra and chowchow.

Details: and on Facebook.

Owner Jena Elder recently opened Huntersville-based Jena's Place for Paws LLC, which provides private pet boarding, day care, taxi service, home-sitting and grooming in the Lake Norman area and Charlotte.

Elder worked for a local veterinarian until she left recently to pursue her dream of owning her own business and working with animals. She also volunteers with the nonprofit Friends of the Animals.

Reservations or details: 704-875-3827;

Barbara Zerfoss of Huntersville, Allen Davico of Lake Norman and Brent Lilley and Sally Sutherland of Mooresville graduated recently from Allen Tate Realtors' Winner's Edge real estate training program.

The Compass Real Estate Group, a Huntersville-based real estate and property management firm, recently launched a new website,

Brett Zabek joined the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 15 as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Zabek's duties will include business development, strategic financial planning and creating a capital resource management program.

Zabek earned his bachelor's degree from Concordia University with a double major in business administration and exercise science.

He has worked in such industries as consumer packaging, technology, defense and aerospace, and advertising. In 2009, he earned his master's of business administration in management from Wake Forest University.

K9-BootCamp and Carolinas Veterinary Care Clinic will celebrate AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Sept. 24 at the clinic, 10110 Northcross Center Court, Suite 100, Huntersville.

Activities will include free Canine Good Citizen Testing, free doggie ice cream for the first 25 dogs, $5 nail trims, vendors, dog rescue organizations, obedience games and dog training advice.