Lake Norman & Mooresville

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Wal-Mart celebrates remodeling

The Wal-Mart Supercenter off I-77 Exit 36 held a grand reopening ceremony earlier this month after a 10-month remodeling. The store remained open during the work.

Interior design updates include low shelving, directional signs and new paint colors. The store expanded its electronics selection and grouped items together in its housewares department, including bedding and home décor.

Firm specializes in synthetic grass

ForeverLawn, a company that specializes in synthetic grass, has opened in Talbert Point Business Park.

The firm sells varieties of landscape turf, including one with life-like polyethylene blades and tan (dead grass) thatch. Specialty artificial turf products include one designed for dogs, another for playgrounds and one for golf practice areas.

Owners are Dave and Laurie Trotter and Andrew Balser. The firm is at 207-B Byers Creek Road, across from NASCAR Technical Institute; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, by appointment evenings and Saturdays; 704-746-3597;

Engraving, awards business moves to Mooresville

Classic Engraving and Awards Inc. has relocated from Charlotte to Mooresville.

The company has sold awards for 15 years, including promotional products, plaques, engraved plates, trophies, laminated plaques, bronze plaques, acrylic items, ribbons, mugs, pens and other specialty items. Owner/artist Rick Toney has worked in the industry for 20 years.

The firm is at 411 Robinson Road, off N.C. 150 before Big Daddy's Seafood Restaurant; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, by appointment weekends; 704-662-7070 (phone and fax); classic;

Artisans to be featured at event Saturday

Garden Grove, 16008 Old Statesville Road (N.C. 115), will feature various artisans and a traditional Irish music band at “A Day and a Night of Old World Arts” 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. Rain date is Sept. 27.

The free event will feature demonstrations by professional stone carvers Dean Reganess, who is based at Garden Grove, Joseph Allgeier of New York and potter Al Tillis of Mooresville. Also appearing will be potter Amy Hunt of Concord, steelsmith Steve Barringer of Mooresville, woodcarver/oil painter John Hobson of Huntersville and other artists.

An all-day silent auction will include local art and signed sports memorabilia, including a football signed by Carolina Panther Steve Smith and a jersey signed by New York Jet Brett Favre.

All proceeds will go to Hindsfeet Farm, a Huntersville nonprofit serving persons living with brain injury. Auction items will be accepted through Friday.

The upstate New York acoustic band Jarred@the Hooley will provide the music. Wine and cheese will be served.

Garden Grove is a garden center that specializes in landscape design and stone sales and installation.

Details: 704-875-1802.

Avalilly's owner to be honored

Emily Haggart, owner of the Avalilly's and Fresh clothing boutiques, will receive a “Mover & Shaker” award by Business Leader magazine at the Westin Charlotte on Sept. 29. The awards honor up-and-coming business leaders in the Charlotte area. Avalilly's is at 21341 Catawba Ave. in Cornelius; Fresh is in Charlotte.; 704-987-0037.

Joe Marusak