News Briefs: June 27 to July 3

Sharon Academy 06-23-14Sharon Academy open after remodeling 

The Sharon Academy child care center opened this week after more than a year of planning, rezoning, permitting and construction.

The center, at 5301 Sharon Road, welcomed its first family on Monday, June 23.

“We wanted this school to be a place where parents are completely comfortable leaving their precious children and a place where the children will enjoy learning while having fun,” center owner, Debbie Crutchfield, said.

The facility formerly was a day care, but had to be rezoned by Charlotte City Council before it could reopen as the new Sharon Academy. Part of the rezoning agreement moved parking from the front of the building so Charlotte Department of Transportation can eventually straighten the section of Sharon Road at Sharon Academy.

Find more information about the center at

Next Ballantyne Brews is Tuesday

The “Un-Official Ballantyne Corporate Park Social Hour” will take place Tuesday, July 1, at Vine American Kitchen, 13735 Conlan Circle.

The Ballantyne Brews networking group meets the first and third Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Find more information at

Naturalist to discuss owls, hawks at local event

The Lower Providence Community House will host local naturalist Taylor Piephoff next month.

The event will take place July 27, a Sunday, at 3 p.m. Piephoff, a bird expert, will discuss the nesting habits of owls and hawks in the Charlotte area, as well as take questions about backyard birds, according to a news release.

Cost to attend is $10, with proceeds benefiting the preservation and restoration of the Lower Providence Community House log cabin.

The meeting will take place at 9735 Community House Road. Find more information at

Local company takes part in charity tournament

Ballantyne company Remi was recently a platinum sponsor at the 2 Live Beyond Charity Golf Tournament in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The event, held June 13 and 14, supported the Reggie Sanders Foundation Dream Within You Campaign and Africa New Life Ministries, according to a news release. Reggie Sanders, a former MLB player, and André Davis, a former NFL player, attended the event.

“It was exciting to be part of the first annual 2 Live Beyond Celebrity Golf Tournament,” Remi president Brent Howison said in the release. “It gave regular guys the opportunity to play golf with sports legends while supporting two profound charities.”

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Club professional earns certification

Chris White, an assistant golf professional at the Golf Club at Ballantyne, recently completed a course in club fitting and is now a certified club fitter.

White has worked with the club for 10 years and joins Stan Roach as the club’s certified club fitters, according to a news release.

“Chris’s club fitting certification will enable us to provide better service to our guests,” Ballantyne golf director Woody Allen said in the release. “We are pleased that we now have two certified club fitters on the staff.”

The club is located at 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. Find more information at

1890 Blow Dry Bar opens in Ballantyne Village

People can now get their hair washed and blow-dried “in a style that’s designed to last a few days,” at the new 1890 Blow Dry Bar in Ballantyne Village.

“We’d come back from our travels to bigger cities, see the blow dry bars that were there and talk about how great the concept would work in Charlotte,” JP Conklin said of the new business in a news release. Conklin owns the location with Sarah Nelson Garcia. “We decided that Ballantyne Village would be the perfect spot for our blow dry bar location.”

The studio is located at 14825 Ballantyne Village Way, and open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Find more information at

Reminder: USA Weekend no longer running in Weekly

This week will mark the final time USA Weekend is included in South Charlotte Weekly, as USA Weekend has decided to change its “marketing and distribution operations,” according to a letter sent to the paper’s parent company, Carolina Weekly Newspaper Group. Find more information on USA Weekend at

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