Parents watching their children skate and play hockey at Extreme Ice Center must frequently divide their attention.
One eye stays on the child on the ice, the other on the youngster running around the facility.
To alleviate that problem, Shaun McCorry and his wife Catherine recently opened StayNPlay at the center, offering pay-by-the-hour childcare.
The childcare service is free to members of Extreme Ice's fitness center while they work out. StayNPlay is for ages 1-12, and toddlers must be walking. It's the second such facility for the couple.
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"This is also an opportunity for us to provide more for our hockey, figure skating, and ice families," said Brandy Mills, Extreme Ice marketing and public relations director. "Our Learn to Skate classes start for kids as young as 3, so if Mom has her hands full while she's trying to get one off to class and get one to stop crying, StayNPlay makes perfect sense."
Parents can pay for childcare per hour or by packages of hours at a reduced rate. StayNPlay also offers afterschool care where children skate, do homework and play around the rink, Mills said.
The McCorrys opened their first StayNPlay in Bonterra Village in the fall of 2009, but the business soon outgrew the location and moved to Sun Valley Commons, Shaun McCorry said.
They began discussion with Extreme Ice around the holidays and opened the second location last week.
McCorry said they received good responses from families and have found some Sun Valley customers are now using the Extreme Ice StayNPlay because it's closer to their home.
"We wanted to provide something to our community that relieves an issue many working parents face, at a convenient location with a trusted service, so StayNPlay was a great partner in helping us offer that," Mills said.
Extreme Ice Center is at 4705 Indian Trail Fairview Road in Indian Trail. Details: www.staynplaykids.com.
New office opens
Stillwater Plastic Surgery has opened a second office at 1520 East Fourth St. in by the Elizabeth and Myers Park neighborhoods.
The office is in a building constructed in the 1920s and was once occupied by Louis Asbury, an architect who designed Charlotte landmarks such as the Dunhill Hotel and Myers Park United Methodist Church. Over the years, several doctors have used the house as an office.
"When I first saw the building, I was so impressed with the external and internal style and attention to detail that the designers used in building it," said Peter Capizzi, founder and owner of Stillwater Plastic Surgery. "We had heard that there had been doctors here before, so we thought that was a nice tie-in for us to see patients here."
Stillwater Plastic Surgery, which was founded in 2003, also has an office in Birkdale Village in Huntersville.
Capizzi has expertise in breast augmentation, breast implant concerns and body contouring. Details: www.stilwatterplasticsurgery.com.