Retail Notes


Mudslingers Pottery and Glass Studio, 3 Union St. South, Concord, is preparing 200 handmade bowls for the first annual Souper Mudfest benefit 2-5 p.m. Nov. 12 in downtown Concord.

Buy a bowl for $15 on the day of the event and then visit participating downtown merchants and restaurants for a sampling of homemade soup.

The soup voted favorite soup of the day will be crowned Souper Mudfest Champion of 2012.

Net proceeds from the sale of bowls will benefit the nonprofit Concord Downtown Development Corp. Bowls can be reserved by paying in advance. Call 704-784-4208.

Pearlagh Massage opened recently at Transformations, A Skin Care Center, 42 Union St. South, Suite G, Concord.

Massage therapist Maggie Connelly offers deep tissue and other massage.

Details. 704-609-6317. Lake Norman

Mooresville-based blueharbor bank on Oct. 28 reported net income of $207,576 for the third quarter of 2011, compared with net income of $68,688 for the third quarter of 2010.

The bank said the increase was driven by improved net interest margin through the bank's continued efforts to decrease its cost of liabilities. Offsetting the increases were property valuation write-downs in the third quarter on some bank-owned foreclosed properties.

"We continue to focus on the things we can control, like operating expenses and cost of liabilities," President and CEO Jim Marshall said in a statement. "For year to date 2011 compared to 2010, we experienced a decline of 2.7 percent in total interest and fee income while conversely, we have seen an 8.0 percent increase in net interest income driven by our lower interest expense on liabilities."

The bank said it anticipates further volatility in its local and state economies. Commercial real estate values continue to be affected by the foreclosure and short-sale prices, which often become the comparable sales prices used by appraisers to set market valuations, the bank said.

Dr. Steven Melonakos held the grand opening of his dental practice, Plantation Dental, on Thursday at 130 Plantation Ridge Drive, Suite 201, in Mooresville's Morrison Plantation development.

A graduate of UNC Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, Melonakos (pronounced "mel-oh-NAH-kos") and his wife, Janet, are new to Mooresville and are about to welcome their first child.

Melonakos provides comprehensive general dental care, including; fillings, crowns and bridges, whitening, partials and dentures, extractions, root canals and emergency visits.

Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays; 704-660-5800;

JJ Wade & Associates of Davidson recently became the exclusive member for the Carolinas of TechAssure, an international trade association of private insurance and risk advisers who work with clients in technological and other emerging fields and the venture capital firms that back them.


Home Instead Senior Care has teamed up with nonprofit agencies and retailers to sponsor Be a Santa to a Senior, a program that collects, wraps and delivers gifts to lonely and needy seniors in Iredell County.

The program started Thursday and continues until Dec. 17. Details: Joe Marusak