The owner and customers of <strong>Gabi’s Coffee Shoppe</strong> in Cornelius pulled together to help a local family, collecting money and other needed household items for Grady Garris and his four daughters, who are struggling after the Dec. 1 death of Lauren Weich. Also in this column, Smart Deco Home Furnishings and Consignment, in the Kenton Place shopping center near Lowe’s Foods, will close this Friday after about five months in business. And, tickets are available for the Lake Norman Chamber Awards Gala Jan. 19 at the Havana Banquet and Ballroom.
GABI’S HELPS GARRIS FAMILY
The owner and customers of Gabi’s Coffee Shoppe lent a helping hand over the holidays to a family in need. The coffee shop helped raise $1,500 for Grady Garris and his four daughters, who are struggling after the Dec. 1 death of Lauren Weich.
Owner Gabi Alberdi said her customers pulled together to donate money as well as needed items, from clothing to household needs. Cornelius police adopted the family at Christmas, and provided gifts. And students at local schools collected gift cards.
Gabi’s is in the Food Lion shopping plaza, at Catawba Avenue and N.C. 115. Its address is 19915 Jane Crump Lane.
SMART DECO CLOSES FRI.
Smart Deco Home Furnishings and Consignment will close its doors Friday after almost five months in business.
Owners Ben and Viive Ralston opened the store, in Kenton Place near Lowes Food, in August. Their collection of merchandise included new furniture, accessories, rugs and lighting as well as carefully-selected consignment items and original artwork by Lake Norman-area artists.
“The customers that we’ve had in the area have been fantastic,” Mr. Ralston said. But at the end of the day, the store didn’t get enough business to keep it going.
The Ralstons chose to combine new and consignment items, all from local manufacturers and owners, because it is a realistic, eco-friendly business model that’s accessible to people shopping at all price points, they told CorneliusNews.net in August. But, “the American furniture industry is struggling,” Mr. Ralston said, as local furniture manufacturers are dealing with competition from overseas. And, in these tough times, “Their plans and ours just don’t match up,” Mr. Ralston said.
N.C. CHAMBER PRESIDENT TO SPEAK AT LKN CHAMBER AWARDS GALA JAN.19
North Carolina Chamber President and CEO Lew Ebert is the keynote speaker for the Lake Norman Chamber Awards Gala, that will be held at the Havana Banquet and Ballroom Thursday, Jan. 19.
At the event, the Chamber will recognize the Business Person of the Year and the Duke Energy Citizen of the Year.
WANT TO GO?
Call the Chamber at 704-892-1922 to reserve your seat or download and fax back the registration form. Individual tickets are $65.
The Havana Banquet and Ballroom is located at 8325 Copely Drive in Cornelius, off West Catawba Avenue in the old Palace Theater.