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New class from PARC: Tai Chi on the beach

Instructor Joe Higgins

Instructor Joe Higgins

Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture (PARC) will offer two sets of classes in May and June in the ancient practice of tai chi, taught by certified instructor Joe Higgins. The spring session includes a new offering: Saturday morning classes on the beach at Jetton Park. Read the full story


Posted in Downtown and old Cornelius, Health & Fitness, Jetton Cove, Jetton Village, Lake NormanComments (0)

After tests confirm problems, DOT to repair Jetton Road

Patches are commonplace on Jetton Road, where recent tests have confirmed problems with the road's subsurface. (David Boraks/

Patches are commonplace on Jetton Road, where recent tests have confirmed problems with the road’s subsurface. (David Boraks/


road work bugFor the past few years, crumbling pavement on Jetton Road has been a headache for drivers to and from Peninsula neighborhood, not to mention for local officials. Finally, a fix is coming: Work could begin as early as June to reconstruct a 2-mile stretch of the road, from West Catawba Avenue to John Connor Road.

Town Manager Anthony Roberts told commissioners Monday about the proposed agreement, which calls for the NC Department of Transportation to make major repairs on the road, which then would become a town-maintained street. Read the full story


Posted in Cornelius, Jetton Cove, Jetton Village, Peninsula, Town Hall, Traffic alerts, Transportation, West Catawba AvenueComments (0)

Photos of the Day: Icy morning

Spring arrives Thursday, but you couldn't tell Tuesday at Peninsula Yacht Club in Cornelius, where icy trees and docks made it a bad day for sailing. (David Boraks/

Spring arrives Thursday at 12:57pm, but you couldn’t tell Tuesday morning at Peninsula Yacht Club in Cornelius, where icy trees and docks made it a bad day for sailing. See another photo below. (David Boraks/

See more photos from Tuesday morning’s freezing rain and ice on

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Posted in Cornelius, Jetton Cove, Lake Norman, Peninsula, Photo of the DayComments (0)

Sit a while, and meet Tony Vo of Waterbean Coffee

Tony Vo invites locals to come in and try his coffee (Robin Gibson/

Waterbean Coffee owner Tony Vo (Robin Gibson/

life in cornelius bugBy ROBIN GIBSON

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Cornelius resident Tony Vo is taking on another in a venture combining a love of coffee and cars. He recently opened Waterbean Coffee in the Peninsula Village shopping center on the corner of Jetton Rd and Catawba Ave.

I sat down with him recently to find out more about the concept, how the business came to fruition, and why he works so hard to support his family, which includes a wife and two year old daughter, Alexandria, nicknamed Alexa for short.

Waterbean2My first question had to do with its logo. Polished and professional, I assumed it was an unfamiliar brand expanding to Lake Norman. I was impressed to learn it wasn’t, and that the coffee shop, as well as its cool logo, were the brainchild of owner/entrepreneur Tony Vo.

The name is a nod to all of the water surrounding Cornelius, and the fact that you need it plus the bean to make coffee, he said.

“I’m taking a huge risk, but in life you have to do that sometimes. I have a lot of people counting on me,” said Vo. A peek into his past reveals previous challenges along with a passion for hard work.

A native of Vietnam, Vo came to the United States as a child with his grandfather, a former POW who fought for the US allies in the Vietnam War. When his grandfather was released he was able to move here with his unmarried children and took guardianship over his grandson, Tony. Vo’s parents made the gut-wrenching decision to let their minor child (and oldest son) go, wanting a better life for him, knowing his opportunities here would be infinitely better than any they could provide for him at home. So, Vo left his parents and arrived in this country at the age of 8, not knowing any English, to live the “American Dream.”

A black and white motif carried out on the ceiling and chairs is visually interesting and hints at his obsession with cars (Robin Gibson/

A black and white checker motif on the ceiling and chairs hints at Vo’s obsession with cars
(Robin Gibson/

He feels a tremendous sense of gratitude toward his grandfather, who has since passed away. Careful not to squander those opportunities, he excelled in school and rushed to graduate college in 3 years.”I wanted to be able to start working right away,” he said.

Armed with a computer engineering degree from University of North Carolina at Charlotte, he landed a job with the federal government in Washington, D.C. However, when he learned he could work from home and relocate anywhere, he returned to the area he had grown to love and now resides with his wife and daughter in the Weatherstone neighborhood, north of Washam Potts Rd.

The rest of his family, including his parents and two younger brothers, are still in Vietnam. He sends money regularly to supplement their income. His goal is to build the brand, franchise it, and bring his brothers here to run it. As he quickly explains, “I can always continue to send them money, but if I teach them how to work for it they can learn to support themselves.”

With a sleek, modern interior, checkerboard ceiling, and state-of-the-art equipment, Waterbean Coffee aims to deliver quality coffee, espresso and teas comparable to what one might expect in Europe. Vo spared no expense when it came to outifitting the space, which can also operate as a restaurant should he decide to do limited cooking. A lunch menu is planned and while he isn’t ready to prep the food himself, he’s actively looking for a local vendor to provide sandwiches and deli items. He’s also working on an alcohol permit, which will allow him to serve wine, a decision that bodes well for this location given its large outdoor patio and proximity to Catawba Ave. Throw in live music and it’s a bona fide nightlife and happy hour spot.

For now, Vo’s concentrating on coffee. Want something that’s not on the menu? Just ask for it. “We can make everything Starbucks makes, only better,” he said.

According to Vo, he's the first to introduce the top of the line UNIC Stella di Caffe espresso and cappucino machine to North Carolina (Robin Gibson/

Vo claimes he’s the first to introduce the UNIC Stella di Caffe machine to coffee lovers in North Carolina (Robin Gibson/

How does one go from computer engineering to coffee barista? With a crash course in Texas. Vo traveled there, immersed himself in the coffee culture, learning everything he needed to know to run a top notch coffee related business. One lesson he took to heart was the importance of good water. As a result, he installed a separate water filtration system at Waterbean Coffee strictly for coffee beverages, something he says is uncommon in the industry, noting that most places are apt to have one water source for everything. He showed off the system while also pointing to a UNIC Stella di Caffe espresso and cappuccino machine that he believes is the only one in use in the state. While I can’t verify this claim, it’s impossible to overlook his enthusiasm for perfection. And, I can vouch for the quality of the espresso and macchiato. I tried them both and they were delicious.

While coffee takes center stage, his love of cars is evident in the decor. He plans to schedule car themed events in hopes of attracting the “coffee and cars” meetup crowd he had sought out and enjoyed while living in DC. Appealing to other car enthusiasts is a primary goal, as is actively recruiting study groups from nearby Davidson College, and professionals who want space to work and/or meet clients. He’s even willing to reserve an area depending on one’s needs, describing how easy it would be to secure a section for someone’s specific use.

A shelf with branded merchandise completes the interior, all of which is currently for sale and will be available online just in time for the holidays. I joked that if he lost his federal job and this venture failed, he had a future in marketing. He shared with me the makings of the logo from hand drawn sketches he had saved, laughed, and agreed.

Waterbean Coffee Macchiato (Robin Gibson/

Waterbean Coffee Macchiato (Robin Gibson/

“I’ve worked hard all my life” Vo said.


Tony Vo and Waterbean Coffee will host the shop’s first early morning car show, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16.  As you may have guessed, coffee will be served.

Waterbean is at 19420 Jetton Road. Hours are 6am-9pm Monday through Saturday, and 9am-6pm Sunday. Phone (828) 305-9999


Send news about Cornelius people and happenings to Robin Gibson at Her column appears Tuesdays on




Posted in Around Cornelius, Business, Cornelius, Cornelius People, Jetton Cove, Jetton Village, Peninsula, West Catawba AvenueComments Off

Photos of the Day: Open house at Station 2

Firefighter Ryan Baker shows a resident how to use a fire extinguisher on a grease fire.  (Terry Rafferty/

Firefighter Ryan Baker shows a resident how to use a fire extinguisher on a grease fire. More photos below. (Terry Rafferty/

Cornelius firefighters showed off Station 2 at 19230 Charles Towne Lane, off Jetton Road, during an open house on Saturday Oct 12.

As a crowd of residents toured the station, climbed on trucks and checked out the equipment, firefighters served hot dogs and popcorn. Besides tours, firefighters also offered fire extinguisher demonstration and passed along important fire safety knowledge.

More photos below. Read the full story


Posted in Cornelius, Jetton Cove, Jetton Village, Life in Cornelius, Peninsula, Photo of the Day, Public safetyComments Off

Sprinkles Bakery & Cafe opens at Jetton Village

Maria Orozco has opened Sprinkles at Jetton Village. (David Boraks/

Maria Orozco has opened Sprinkles at Jetton Village. (David Boraks/

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Sprinkles Bakery & Cafe at Jetton Village is throwing some doughnuts into the cupcake action in town.  In a commercial district known for turnover, owners Maria Orozco and husband Julian Morales hope to make Sprinkles a permanent fixture.

Sprinkles is a perfect fit for the space, which formerly housed another bakery, The Bakers Joint. Business is fickle, however, and competition stiff, with SweetCakes and Maddy’s Fatty’s Cupcakes literally within a mile of the newcomer.

In fact, Sprinkles doesn’t even sell cupcakes.  Read the full story


Posted in Around Cornelius, Cornelius, food, Jetton Cove, Jetton Village, Life in Cornelius, Peninsula, West Catawba AvenueComments Off

Road races, triathlon to affect Cornelius traffic Sat. and Sun.

Traffic in Cornelius will be affected by three athletic events this weekend – the Be the Match 5K at Jetton Park on Saturday, the Lung Strong 15K at Jetton Village Sunday and the Carolina Half-Ironman Triathlon at Bailey Road Park Sunday. Drivers should watch for traffic in the Jetton Road area both Saturday and Sunday mornings, and on Bailey Road Sunday. Read the full story


Posted in Bailey Road, Bailey's Glen, Cabarrus County, Concord, Cornelius, Cornelius neighborhoods, Davidson, Health & Fitness, Jetton Cove, Jetton Village, Peninsula, Public safety, Traffic alertsComments Off

Jetton Cove neighbors mark the Fourth

Every July 4 residents in the Jetton Cove neighborhood gather for a July 4th celebration at the fire house on Charles Towne Lane. About 100 people turned up for this year’s event, which include tours of the fire station around 10:30am and a brief ceremony at 11am, emceed by resident Shellie Bailey.

Veterans from American Legion Post 86 presented the colors, and vocalist Tatyana Staton, a 2013 W.A. Hough High School graduate, sang a beautiful National Anthem. The ceremony also recognized military veterans in the crowd, and Bailey gave each a gift to thank them for their service.


They had neighborhood fireworks in Half Moon Bay, off West Catawba. Check out Rob Cutman’s video of the scene shot from his photo-drone – a small hovering helicopter.

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