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Restaurant owner enjoys giving back

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David Heafner is not only a restaurant owner, but someone who enjoys giving back to the community. In February, The Homeplace Restaurant owner donated some of his sales profits to the American Red Cross to aid earthquake victims in Haiti. Local churches, staff and others volunteered their time to help…

Sugar Daddy’s offers online sweepstakes

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Caroline Brown has opened Sugar Daddy’s Internet Sweepstakes in Lincolnton. Formerly the owner of Lotsa Beach Bingo, Brown said she learned that Internet sweepstakes was becoming more popular than bingo. She opened Sugar Daddy’s earlier this month. “The bingo players have moved into the sweepstakes portion of it,” Brown said.…

Massage therapist relocates business to her Vale home

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Massage therapist Teresa Crabtree’s decision to move her business has actually benefited the customers. After being in downtown Lincolnton for six years, Crabtree moved her business, TLC Massage Therapy, to her home in Vale. Now, she thinks her massages are even better. Business had slowed down, mostly from clients losing…

Gastroenterology Associates expands into Lincoln

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Gastroenterology Associates has brought its talents and skills to Lincolnton. The specialty practice provides advanced evaluation of diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, pancreas, biliary system and liver. Patients can be seen by appointment and with or without a referral. Most health insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare, are…

DQ, OJ coming to town

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Lincolnton will soon have two new restaurants in one location. Kangaroo Express, affiliated with The Pantry, is adding a Dairy Queen and Orange Julius, which are scheduled to open March 24. The Pantry, which is based in Sanford, has more than 1,650 locations in 11 states, but converted more than…

Dagwood’s stacks up healthy options

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Carol and John Miller wanted to open a restaurant with healthier options, but not stray away from something the community loved. The couple recently opened Dagwood’s in the former I Can’t Believe it’s Yogurt space in Lincolnton. The eatery offers healthy subs, pastas and soups, along with hand-dipped frozen yogurt…

Lane reclaims lead in Iron Station

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A familiar face is back at Al Lane Motorsports. Al Lane, who originally opened the business 33 years ago, has returned. He took ownership of the Iron Station business earlier this month. Last year, Lane sold the business, but the arrangement did not work out, and he decided to repurchase…

Kaplan opens Sweet Melodies in Denver

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Glenna Kaplan used to make homemade candy with her father as a child. Now, she has turned that hobby into a business with her daughter, Meggan. The duo has opened Sweet Melodies, an old-fashioned candy shop with specialty coffees, fruit smoothies and music accessories. “We have been tossing around having…

Spantek celebrates move to Lincolnton

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Spantek, a certified metal manufacturer, kicked off its move to Lincolnton with a ribbon-cutting ceremony organized by the Lincoln Economic Development Association. The event was last Monday at the facility, located in the former RSI Marble building off North General’s Boulevard. Headquartered in Hopkins, Minn., Spantek designs and manufactures custom-sized…

Gigi’s gains space with relocation

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Gigi’s Consignments has moved to a new space, but still remains in downtown Lincolnton. The number of consignors has grown from 250 to 800 since Ashley “Gigi” Essary took ownership of the store two years ago. Consignors hail from Lincolnton and nearby areas, such as Cherryville and Vale. “It’s almost…