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🎮 🚗 Former Video Game Developer Advances to Next Level with Family Business

What were your dreams as a kid? Astronaut, Pro Athlete, Car Dealer?

  • For Ward Childress, it was Video Game Developer. Unlike many who dream of careers that never quite pan out, he has definitely lived his dream…working on the creation of extremely popular video games while living in Albany, NY.

    Get to know this self-proclaimed introvert who Danced for the Arts, leads the Chamber, and is raising a family in his hometown. Former Video Game Developer Advances to Next Level with Family Business

    Farmer’s Market Season Is Here! 🌻 🍅 🥬 🍋 🌻 🍅 🥬 🍋


    Tipsy Hare Ciderworks is bringing a new Spring and Summer Farmer’s Market to Downtown Kannapolis every Saturday morning from April 15th through August 26th.

    The market will take place both inside and outside both Tipsy Hare and Old Armor Beer Co. and then continue up and down West Avenue.

    🍓 🥩 Market vendors will feature a mix of local fresh produce and meat as well as other local products. There will be plenty for you to see, taste and buy. The Shops on West Ave will also be participating.

    💍 Jeweler Brings Student Creations to Life in Annual Designer Contest


    Local students who love to draw, sketch, doodle, paint, draft, and design… Here’s your chance to bring one of your creations to life!

    Ellis Jewelers of Concord is bringing back the Future Jewelry Designers Contest for the 12th year running! Design your dream ring or pendant necklace, and Ellis Jewelers of Concord will turn it into a real piece of custom jewelry!

    👚💪👛 Local Entrepreneur Blazing Her Own Trail


    If you haven’t heard of at least one of Ashton Pollack’s businesses, you must still be in quarantine! This entrepreneur is literally everywhere and blazing a trail wherever she goes.

    An entrepreneur can be defined as someone who “takes on most of the risk and initiative for their new business and is often seen as a visionary or innovator.” Meet Ashton “Ash” Pollock, a female USMC veteran and entrepreneur whose vision and innovation have led to a portfolio of projects that clearly requires her Marine training to keep it all going.

    🍿 These Local Businesses Are Poppin’! 🍿


    January 19th is #NationalPopcornDay. This time-honored snack has a crunch we all love to enjoy, and its POPularity is only increasing with the introduction of new variations, flavors, and dedicated shops. To celebrate this fun day, pop into one of these local stores to grab this sweet or savory snack this week and tell them the Cabarrus Weekly sent you!

    📢 🛒 DOCO Market Brings New Culture to “Old” Town


    DOCO Market creates a space that celebrates the community and brings people together.

    The DOCO Market (Downtown Concord Market) will hold their second pop-up shopping experience on April 1st from 12-5pm at Nothing New Quality Threads which is located at Southern Strain Brewing Company’s Concord location at 165 Brumley Avenue. Nothing New is also hosting their first Friday Night Flea on Friday, March 31st from 3-9pm, featuring 10+ of the area’s top vintage and fashion vendors as well as a vast selection of $20 items that you already know and love!

      🎉 🥂 Dream Come True for West Ave’s Newest Business Owner


      Bronzed Beauty Lounge officially opened on West Ave in Downtown Kannapolis on Saturday, Feb 25th! This elevated salon provides luxury services including custom spray tans, facials, and lash extensions.

      • Gigi Palacios is the owner and is an expert spray tan artist, practicing for over 5 years and LOVING EVERY SECOND. She said, “Opening The Bronzed Beauty Lounge is such a dream come true.”

      ⚡🚘 You May Be More Ready for an Electric Vehicle Than You Realize

      Think owning an Electric Vehicle (EV) is just too complicated? Are you still holding out due to range anxiety?

      What many two-car families are choosing to do is keep one vehicle for that road trip to the beach while the other is reserved for local trips, easily less than a hundred miles a day – a perfect EV option! And what could be simpler than plugging in your car to charge overnight just like you do your cell phone?

      New Online Store Features First Responder-Inspired Clothing


      The Liberty & Co. online store was founded in 2022 by Haylee Shuping. Her husband, Concord Police Officer Jason Shuping, was tragically killed while serving in the line of duty on December 16, 2020. After her husband passed, she realized she needed to take greater precautions in protecting herself and obtained a concealed carry permit.

      Learn more about Haylee’s journey, all of her first responder-inspired clothing and accessories, and the impact she is having in the community supporting law enforcement officers. She is also offering a special promo code for Cabarrus Weekly subscribers.

      🎸 J.King Guitar Makes Retail Shop Dream a Reality


      Guitar consignment and repair store sees local entrepreneur fulfilling a dream in a historically musical space.

      When you walk past J.King Guitar on the way to the West Ave District retail shops or to a Cannon Ballers game, you can’t help but notice his wall of beautiful guitars. Whether you are looking to add a vintage guitar to your collection or buy your first one, you are sure to be impressed by his selection on consignment in his retail store.

      Down South on Main Is “Two Sweet” to Miss


      This winner of multiple Independent Tribune Best of Cabarrus County awards is helping make Downtown Mount Pleasant a must visit destination in Cabarrus County.

      The popular home décor shop, Down South on Main, is celebrating its two-year anniversary this weekend with a party you “donut want to miss!” Owner Melissa Lemmond and her employees (who are more like family) make this store a place that is warm, inviting, and full of laughter.

      💵 Want to Take Your Side Hustle to Market?


      The Retail Lab Pop Up Store in Downtown Concord Features Products from Graduates of the Retail Lab Boot Camp.

      🧼 Meet Nicole Fodeke, a Retail Lab graduate and small business owner of Be Handmade Natural Soaps, which are made in small batches using the cold process method. She has been gaining knowledge about branding and marketing, e-commerce, as well as point-of-sale, and inventory through the Retail Lab Boot Camp.

      🐱‍👓 Build Your Reading Library Locally in 2023


      The Cabarrus County independent bookstore scene is thriving! If you are still ordering your books online and having them delivered to your door, you are missing out on experiencing some of the coolest places in town.

      • Three Cabarrus County bookstores were included in the Greater Charlotte Book Crawl last year which saw a lot of new people experiencing these hidden gems, so let’s commit to buying our books locally in 2023.