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Business Center offers services, snacks, games

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Freddie Smith has recently opened Lincoln’s Business Center, in Lincolnton. Customers can send and receive faxes, make copies and automatic teller machine (ATM) transactions. They can also use the computers to surf the Internet, check e-mail or play games. Snacks and beverages are available for customers too. To play the…

Symeon hopes Cafй brings people together

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Pete Symeon is hoping his new Lincolnton restaurant, City Cafй, becomes a place for families to gather. “The important thing is to establish my restaurant as a place people can come, be part of a family atmosphere, have quiet evening and have a really nice portioned meal,” he said. “I…

Backyard Buddies expands with move

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Backyard Buddies has moved to a new location, but still remains in Lincolnton. Owners Kathy and Jack Woodward opened the shop at 2426 E. Main St. in Lincolnton two years ago. “This is something I enjoy doing and it’s a fun business to get into,” Kathy Woodward said. More space…

Downtown salon expands business

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Despite the economy, Michelle Leotta, owner of Color Me Pretty says business couldn’t be better and she has the space to prove it. Color Me Pretty, a stylish boutique and hair salon in the heart of Lincolnton, recently expended to the space next door. “We have gotten such a great…

Economy pushes business move to Stanley

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Mark Woody is hoping his loyal customers will follow his business now that it has moved to Stanley. In 1991, Woody opened Under Water World, a pet store, in the Boger City area after graduating from North Gaston High School. He moved several times throughout the years, but remained in…

Former celebrity stylist running Lincolnton salon

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A hairstylist who once catered to celebrities has opened a salon in Lincolnton. Jackie Schenck has opened Supatra Salon & Spa, which offers full nail and hair services. A Stanley-area resident, Schenck has been a hairstylist for 14 years. She worked with Michael O’Rourke, founder and chairman of Sexy Hair…

Business owner focuses on work, life balance

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About 15 years ago, Sherre DeMao came to a conclusion. Balancing your work and personal life can sometimes be impossible. DeMao, founder and chief marketeer of SLD Unlimited Marketing/PR Inc., began offering workshops, “Me, Myself & Inc.,” to help business owners manage their business and their lives through goal assessment,…

Dancing studio, fulfillment of childhood dream

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At age eight, Kim Noles knew she wanted to open up her own dance studio. “I was a tomboy and I didn’t really want to try dance class, but my mom was putting my sister in the class and said, ‘Just go and try it with your sister. See what…

Merle Norman focuses on service

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Amy Brown has been using Merle Norman products ever since she started wearing makeup. It is one of the reasons the Catawba College graduate took ownership of Merle Norman Cosmetics, an independently owned and operated business that has been in the Lincolnton area for 44 years. Brown and her husband,…

Focusing on faith and family

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Donna Beal believe she’s been successful in business because she hasn’t made it the center of her life. “My career is important, but my main focus is on my family and serving the Lord,” she said. “And I think that’s what’s gotten me where I am in my career.” Beal…