Join us for UCity Small-Business Networking event on April 24

Join us for UCity Small-Business Networking event on April 24

Small-business leaders are invited to a breakfast networking event and brief talk on maintaining financial health, hosted by University City Partners. The monthly University City Small Business Networking event will take place 7:30-9 am April 24 at the Camino Community Center, 201 Stetson Drive. The morning will start with breakfast courtesy of UCP, informal networking and news of business developments in University City. At 8:25 am, a financial expert from Carolina Small Business will give a short presentation on “Maintaining the Financial Health of Your Business.” The program will end promptly at 9 am.   About Carolina Small Business Carolina Small Business is a statewide nonprofit founded in 1990 to help grow sustainable businesses that will make a significant economic impact in our communities. The group provides capital, business services and research to support startups and small businesses statewide. These services include one-on-one assistance and business coaching, plus educational webinars, seminars and training events conducted in partnership with universities, colleges, small businesses and other organizations. The group has offices in Charlotte at 227 W. 4th St., Suite 108. To learn more, visit carolinasmallbusiness.org or call the Charlotte office at 704-412-7031.   Event directions and questions For more information about the networking event, contact University City Partners Executive Director Darlene Heater at dheater@universitycitypartners.org. Directions: The Camino Community Center is at 201 Stetson Drive. From southbound North Tryon Street, turn right onto Stetson Drive at the Waffle House. The center is on the left. Click here for map...
Classic Graphics marks 35 years with growth

Classic Graphics marks 35 years with growth

Classic Graphics is marking its 35th anniversary in enviable style – with the installation of new technology at its Innovation Park headquarters and the recent addition of new space nearby. The company will have its anniversary celebration and open house on April 20 at the company’s facility at 8335 IBM Drive.   A leader in visual communications Founded in 1983 by David Pitts and Bill Gardner, Classic Graphics has grown to be a nationally recognized, award-winning visual communications company, ranked in the top 1% of the industry. The company moved into its current facility at Innovation Park in 2011 after acquiring another longtime Charlotte graphics company, Belk Printing Technologies. Now a subsidiary of Minneapolis-based Imagine! Print Solutions, Classic Graphics serves both national and international corporations.   Expansion announced in August 2017 Last August, Classic Graphics announced plans to expand press, finishing, and fulfillment capabilities at its University Research Park facility. The expansion includes press and finishing equipment additions, enhanced design services, and increased fulfillment capacity, offering a complete, in-market solution, production, and distribution footprint for the Southeast region. To make room for new equipment here, the company relocated its fulfillment department to a new facility in Concord.   More about Classic Graphics Classic Graphics provides an integration of technology, print and multiple distribution channels that enables a cohesive execution of marketing strategies. With ISO certifications in quality and security, Classic offers improved agility in the marketplace, increased productivity in the client environment and enhanced brand equity. Classic Graphics is a single-source solution for the nation’s top brands in delivering the right message to the right environment at precisely the...
Grand opening April 18 for Office Evolution Charlotte

Grand opening April 18 for Office Evolution Charlotte

Office Evolution Charlotte – offering 24/7 co-working space, private office space, virtual offices and business services – is officially open. The public is invited to attend the grand opening celebration and tour the facility, 5-8 pm April 18. (RSVP please) Located at 10926 David Taylor Drive, Suite 120 in University Research Park, the new 6,104-square-foot business center offers small businesses and entrepreneurs professional, on-demand office space – from co-working space and 25 private furnished offices to several conference rooms, business mailing and telephone answering services, and administrative support.   Special offer for employees of non-profits As part of its opening and to give back to the community, Office Evolution Charlotte has launched a free membership program for Charlotte-area non-profit employees. Each member will receive a “Shared Workspace” membership for up to one year (valued at nearly $1,200). The Shared Workspace membership provides unlimited access to the business lounge, business class WiFi, free coffee and tea, and assistance of a receptionist. “We are excited about our official opening being in University City and providing small-business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs on-demand office space and everything they need to successfully grow their business,” said Jason Ward, franchise owner of Office Evolution Charlotte. “We are equally excited about giving back to the community with our free non-profit membership program, which is ideal for members who normally work from home or a coffee shop but would benefit from a more professional work environment.” The first of several Office Evolution locations planned for the Charlotte market, this site at Two Resource Square occupies the first floor for easy access; features state-of-the art offices and co-working...
Chipotle opening in late March at Belgate

Chipotle opening in late March at Belgate

Chipotle Mexican Grill is expected to open on March 29 in Belgate’s growing restaurant cluster on University City Boulevard. Chipotle will be located at 6925 University City Blvd, near a store for AT&T authorized retailer Portables. They and four other businesses have leased space in two buildings near the IKEA store in Belgate. Mi Pueblo Mexican Grill is building a restaurant nearby. The two retail buildings are located on the east side of University City Boulevard just south of the I-85 Interchange. Starbucks and Portables have opened. Firehouse Subs, Firenza Pizza and Venice Nail Bar will also open here. Also nearby along University City Boulevard are Zaxby’s and Culver’s restaurants.   About Chipotle Founded in Denver in 1993, Chipotle now operates more than 2,400 restaurants, including one at 9335 N. Tryon St. across from UNC Charlotte. The restaurants offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads made from fresh, raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in an interactive style allowing people to select what want. Chipotle offers catering service and online ordering.   About Belgate The Belgate shopping center at I-85 and University City Boulevard features the only IKEA store between Atlanta and Washington, DC, plus dozens of stores and...
NC’s 1st Residential Youth Crisis Center opens in University City

NC’s 1st Residential Youth Crisis Center opens in University City

North Carolina’s first Youth Crisis Center opened recently in University City at 1810 Back Creek Dr. Operated by the non-profit group Monarch, the new center serves young people ages 6-17 who need urgent mental-health care around the clock in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. The facility is the first of its kind for youth and teens in North Carolina who experience a mental-health or substance-use crisis and need 24/7 triage, assessment and stabilization in a secure, nurturing in-patient setting. Located in the University East business park on East W.T. Harris Boulevard, the 16-bed Youth Crisis Center provides timely, age-appropriate mental-health care both during a time of mental-health crisis and beyond, Monarch says. Mecklenburg County youth in need of inpatient psychiatric assessment and treatment previously had been sent to Wake, Onslow or New Hanover counties because no such facility existed near Charlotte. “The need for a facility of this kind in Mecklenburg has been dire,” said Monarch President and CEO Dr. Peggy Terhune. “Monarch worked together with Cardinal Innovations to address this need because we’ve seen far too many families struggle once their child’s mental illness reaches a crisis point and they are simply no longer able to navigate everyday life.” Monarch’s Facility-Based Crisis center for children and adolescents is managed by Monarch’s newly appointed Vice President of Crisis Services, Teresa Gaskin.   About Monarch Monarch is a nonprofit organization that serves thousands of people statewide with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. Monarch’s roots go back to 1958, when a small group of Stanly County parents founded Arc of Stanly to help children and adults with...
New Belgate buildings to offer dining and more

New Belgate buildings to offer dining and more

Two retail buildings near IKEA in the Belgate shopping center will soon come to life with shops and restaurants. Chipotle Mexican Grill and AT&T authorized retailer Portables recently received building permits for their stores at 6925 University City Blvd. Four other businesses have leased space, and Mi Pueblo Mexican Grill has begun building nearby. The two retail buildings are located on the east side of University City Boulevard just south of the I-85 Interchange. Starbucks, Firehouse Subs, Firenza Pizza and Venice Nail Bar will also open here. One final 2,100-square-foot space remains available.   About Firenza Pizza Firenza Pizza is a new national chain with one Charlotte location near Northlake Mall. Firenza’s stone hearth-baked pizzas can be customized with nearly 40 toppings. Website.  Facebook.   About Mi Pueblo Mexican Grill Across the parking area and closer to IKEA, work started recently on a 9,000-square-foot building for Mi Pueblo Mexican Grill. The full-service restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner and also offer catering. Mi Pueblo bought the 1.6-acre parcel last November for $1.05 million and is spending about $2.3 million on the building. Mi Pueblo has restaurants in the Galleria in south Charlotte, Afton Ridge in Concord and six other locations statewide.  Website. ...