Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly June 28, 2019

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Best Boarding Service: Camp Bow Wow Camp Bow Wow offers pooch parents peace of mind. They can watch their fur babies interact with the staff and their fourlegged friends in play areas inside and outside thanks to webcams. Not only can you take that vacation knowing your pets will be cared for, but you can also send them to camp for half-days. 8635 Crown Crescent Court, Charlotte Best Veterinarian: Matthews Animal Clinic Matthews Animal Clinic has been serving and growing with the community since 1968. The clinic offers surgeries, dental procedures, lab work, microchipping and wellness checks. Boarding and grooming are also available. People rave about the clinic's caring staff, which includes multiple veterinarians. 10600 Monroe Road, Matthews Best Dog Trainer: Charlotte Canine Academy Have a dog that wrecks the house and doesn't listen to a word you say? Then take them to an experienced dog trainer like Charlotte Canine Academy. Julie Carty launched the business in 2010. The academy has a program in which dogs can stay with the trainer until training is complete. 4806 Spicewood Drive, Charlotte Best Groomer: Pet Paradise Pet Paradise is a luxury pet resort that offers a clean space for pets to stay and a fun place for them to play. There's even a dog boneshaped pool. Grooming is one of the amenities offered at the resort. Pets can get go-home baths before checking out. 10714 Independence Pointe Pkwy., Matthews

Recognizing the best in our region The friendly staff at Camp Bow Wow will make sure your pets are cared for while you are away at work or on vacation. Charisma Howard/A Brew & You

Best Pet Store: Woof 'N Hoof The family-owned shop in Mint Hill beat out several prominent chain stores. The store collaborates with rescues to hold adoption events, as well as participates in community events like Mint Hill Madness. Woof 'N Hoof has been around since 1997. 7710 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill

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his week's edition recognizes winners of our Best of the Weekly readers’ choice awards. Some winners have built a reputation for selling quality products or reliable service. Others have appealed to their clients for votes. Either way, winners have demonstrated how they connect with customers in ways that surpass others in their industries. Congratulations, winners! We launched this year's contest May 3 by posting ballots in our print and online editions. Readers had until May 31 to vote for their favorites in more than 90 categories, such as Best Bar, Best Barbecue, Best Bank and Best Bookstore. The newsroom tallied thousands of votes. The sales staff alerted companies of their victories. We've followed the same process since 2016, but we added a reception this year to recognize winners. We invited winners from all three of our weekly newspapers to a reception June 18 at The Portrait Gallery Restaurant and Bar in Matthews. Winners got see VICK, Page 2A

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INTRODUCING Hard hitting, factual, in depth video reports on the inner workings of Matthews government. Find out how it happened, who was involved, the fines, the payments, the remedy. Full documentation with site plans, construction costs, audio recordings and much more.


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to network, sample some food and drink, and receive plaques detailing the achievement. It wasn't until Publisher Adrian Garson recognized each winner in attendance with a plaque that the whole Best of the Weekly concept finally felt real to me. I'm already

excited to get started planning next year's campaign. I realize the instant people learn of the winners, I'll get email from people mad because they didn't win an award. They'll say it's not fair or that they wished they would have known about the Best of the Weekly. The only response I can say to that is that I wish they read or paid attention to our publications. Again, congratulations to the winners!

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Matthews Mayor Paul Bailey (right) and Bill Helms, president of the Matthews Human Services Council, present Karla Ennis with the Nancy Glenn Community Servant Award during the Matthews Board of Commissioners meeting on June 24. Paul Nielsen/ MMHW photo

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AUTOMOTIVE Best Auto Repair: Matthew's Service & Repair The certified technicians at Matthew's Service & Repair tackle preventative maintenance, oil changes and tire rotation, as well as repairs to engines, transmissions, emissions and a slew of other services. The company held a grand reopening at its existing location in May. 3496 Gribble Road, Matthews Best Car Wash: Sam's Xpress Car Wash Sam's Xpress Car Wash continues to grow at a rapid clip with locations in Matthews (10701 Monroe Road) and Mint Hill (9238 Lawyers Road). Exterior washes, clearcoat

protectant and touch-free dryer come with all packages, but top washes include the works. Sam's offers unlimited top washes for a low monthly fee. Multiple locations Best Auto Dealer: Liberty Buick GMC Scott McCorkle's Liberty Buick GMC is where you'll find the latest cars from Buick and GMC, such as the Encore, Enclave, Envision, Lacrosse, Regal, Sierra, Terrain, Yukon and the Acadia. The lot has pre-owned cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as a service team. 9028 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews

BEAUTY Best Day Spa: Jon'Ric International Whether you're new or a regular to the spa scene, Jon'Ric International offers a wide range of services. Massages can be enhanced by salt rooms or black granite stones. There's also threading, waxing, chemical peels, Botox and luxury facials with stem cells and caviar. 2935 Matthews-Weddington Road, Matthews Best Hair Salon: Monte Bella Salon There's a mantra at Monte Bella Salon that goes like this: “Going beyond expectations is where wonderful begins.” Whether the customer comes in looking for a balayage, bob, ombré or trim, the stylists will take care of you. Services include cuts, styling, treatment, color, extensions and waxing. 10610 Independence Pointe Pkwy., Matthews Best Nail Salon: Nail 3 Wendy and Andy Nguyen own Nail 3 Spa & Skin Care, which is conveniently located in downtown Matthews by the library. The salon is spacious and serves

Jon’Ric International has more than 30 years of experience in the upscale spa space. The company continues to grow through franchising. Photo via Facebook/Jon’Ric International

a steady flow of clients. A variety of manicures and pedicures are available, as are facials, waxing and eyelash extensions. 130 Matthews Station St., Matthews Best Stylist: Laura King/ Monte Bella Salon It's fitting that the readers'

choice for best stylist comes from the same team that won best hair salon. Laura King not only comes to the table with a great education, having been trained by Carmen Cutrona, but she also pursues training to stay on top of cutting and coloring trends.

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EDUCATION Best Day Care: Carmel Baptist Wee School Carmel Baptist Wee School has been winning readers' choice awards from Charlotte Media Group since 2016. Wee stands for Weekday Early Education. The caring staff takes in children from six weeks old until they start kindergarten, instilling principles that help develop the whole child. 1145 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews Best Private School: Carmel Christian School The 2018-19 school year has served as a milestone for Carmel Christian School. This marked the 25th anniversary of the school, which evolved from the Carmel Wee School. Since its initial class of 29 kindergarten students, Carmel has grown into a K-12 college prep school serving 1,000 students each day. 1145 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews

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SPORTS&FITNESS Best Dance Studio: Showcase Dance Centre Showcase Dance Centre offers a variety of weekly classes, including jazz, tap, acrobatics, hip hop and ballet. The studio also holds auditions for a competitive dance team, which has brought home regional and national awards. 8109 Fairview Road, Mint Hill

Best Tutoring Center: Carmel Christian School Pathways Students at Carmel Christian School are fortunate enough to have a program like Pathways that provides additional resources for children with learning differences, language barriers or tutoring needs. Kristi Scallin serves as program director. 1145 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews

Carmel Christian School and Carmel Baptist Wee School offer opportunities for youth to grow physically, mentally and spiritually. MMHW file photos

Best Golf Course: Pine Lake Country Club Pine Lake Country Club features a rural golf course with five lakes and many trees. Organizations like the Matthews Chamber of Commerce, Bright Blessings and Joe Maus Foundation hold golf tournaments on the 18-hole, par-72 course. 5504 Lebanon Road, Mint Hill Best Park: Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park The Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park includes six tennis courts, four handball courts, two beach volleyball courts, two soccer fields, a softball field, a nine-hole disc golf course, a children's playground, a bike path and a natural trail. The 50-acre park opened in 1997. 8850 Fairview Road, Mint Hill see SPORTS, Page 5A

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Best Sporting Goods Store: Academy Sports + Outdoors Academy Sports + Outdoors not only has clothes and shoes, but also fitness, outdoors and fishing equipment. There's also fan apparel. The store has been known to welcome professional athletes, such as Alonzo Mourning, for meet-and-greets and partner with the likes of Roman

Harper and Steve Smith to give away supplies to youth. 2314 Matthews Township Pkwy., Matthews Best Gym: Curves-Mint Hill/ Matthews A repeat winner, Curves offers a 30-minute total body workout for women in a supportive environment. The circuit includes strength training, cardio and stretching. 3555 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Matthews Curves keeps women of all ages in shape without a complicated program. MMHW file photo

Barbara Taylor (left), director of the Matthews Heritage Museum, accepts the award for Best Local Museum from Publisher Adrian Garson. Charisma Howard/A Brew & You

ENTERTAINMENT&ARTS Best Historical Site: Reid House The Matthews Historical Foundation owns and operates this historic site, which has been winning readers' choice awards through the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly since 2016. Built in 1890, the renovated space is ideal for fundraisers, wedding events, anniversaries and other celebrations. 134 W. John St., Matthews Best Live Music Venue: Stooges Pub & Grub Stooges is a great place to eat, drink and play pool, but it stands out as a music venue

with live performances every Friday and Saturday. You'll see the likes of Bending Fate, Right Turn Clyde, Action Jaxxon, Porter Blue, Cloud 9 and Union Jax rocking the Stooge. The pub hosts benefits, like Concert for Life, for good causes. 13230 Albemarle Road, Mint Hill Best Local Museum: Matthews Heritage Museum History comes alive through the panels and displays at the Matthews Heritage Museum, which celebrated its sixth anniversary this month. Museum Director Barbara Tay-

lor recently opened its latest exhibit, “Tank Town: A Good Place to Live.” The exhibit explores the area settled by former slaves and freedmen after the Civil War. 232 N. Trade St., Matthews

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Best Art Gallery: Mint Hill Arts Mint Hill Arts displays monthly shows with many opportunities for the greater community to get involved. The nonprofit also hosts classes and monthly demonstrations by talented artists. Members have additional opportunities to show off their work at a second gallery at Mint Hill Town Hall. 11205 Lawyers Road, Mint Hill Best Community Theater: Spotlight Performing Arts Academy Angela Gordon Mills founded Spotlight Performing Arts Academy to give youth an opportunity to feel like stars. Youth can take music instruction and acting classes. The company also holds auditions for community performances. Upcoming shows include “Legally Blonde The Musical,” “Peter Pan Jr.,” “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” and

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Page 6A • Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly • June 28, 2019 Best Bar: Dunwellz Dunwellz Custom Kitchen and Pour House heads into summer with a lot of momentum. The bar won Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly's inaugural Munch Madness competition last month, celebrated its seventh anniversary on June 13 and just won the newspaper's Best Bar category. Food, drinks and service are key to these milestones. 7110 Brighton Park Drive, Mint Hill Best Happy Hour: Seaboard Brewing The taproom and wine bar's concept consists of a theme that pays homage to the region's railroad roots, sparking conversation. The seating inside creates multiple vibes, which combined with the prospect of live music or trivia later in the evening, may convince patrons to stay longer. 213 N. Trade St., Matthews


Best Wine Bar: Black Chicken Wine Cellar Black Chicken Wine Cellar recently celebrated an expansion that allows the market to showcase more bottles. You can find eight beers on tap, 12 by-the-glass wine selections as well as cheese and charcuterie boards. Black Chicken stirs things up with wine tastings. 131 Matthews Station St., Matthews Best Sports Bar: Kristopher's Sports Bar & Restaurant Kristopher's Sports Bar & Restaurant has all the ingredients for a great sports bar – food, drink and televisions. Watch the game on dozens of TVs while munching on wings with your favorite beverage. The bar also has a popular bike night. 250 N. Trade St., Matthews

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Above: The team at Dunwellz Custom Kitchen and Pour House keeps winning awards, including Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly’s inaugural Munch Madness competition and the Best of the Weekly category for Best Bar. Charisma Howard/A Brew & You

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Best Coffee Shop: Brakeman's Coffee & Supply Whether you're into lattes, cappuccinos or just black coffee, you'll find a good drink at Brakeman's Coffee & Supply. Everything about the shop is carefully considered, from the concept to the brews. The coffee house recently rolled out a summer seasonal menu

Best Brewery: Seaboard Brewing The Matthews brewery creates brands, such as Dry Irish Stout, El Dorado Orchard, Silver Meteor, Sunland Orange Honey Wheat and Tidewater Red, as well as spreads them throughout restaurants and bars across the Charlotte region. The taproom serves wine and other brewers' beers, too. 213 N. Trade St., Matthews

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FOOD&DINING Best Date Night: The Portrait Gallery Restaurant & Bar The Portrait Gallery Restaurant & Bar offers several layers that make for a fresh date. The Matthews restaurant showcases artwork throughout the 100-year-old building, creating fun conversational pieces. The menu has creative small plates and crafted cocktails. Wine and whiskey pairings, as well as late-night specials, add spice to the night. 118 E. Charles St., Matthews

Below: Alistair Williams accepts the award for Best Date Night on behalf of The Portrait Gallery Restaurant & Bar from Publisher Adrian Garson. Charisma Howard/A Brew & You

Best Bakery: Daphne's Bakery Daphne's Bakery specializes in baking delectable and delicious treats from scratch. Whether you're into cookies, cupcakes, macarons, muffins, pies or daffydoodles, this Mint Hill bakery will make your mouth water. Gluten- and sugar-free options are available, too. Daphne's can accommodate custom cake orders, ranging from baby's first birthday to retirement. 7609 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill Best Barbecue: Mint Hill Rock Store BBQ The staff at Mint Hill Rock Store BBQ has proven to be rock stars the way they put perfectly cooked pork on a plate. It's smoked overnight with hickory and cherry wood and then hand-pulled. Customers can then squirt one of the Mint Hill restaurant's signature sauces on it. 7032 Brighton Park Drive, Mint Hill Best Breakfast: Stacks Kitchen The motto at Stacks Kitchen's is “good food & plenty of it.” The Matthews diner boasts a breakfast menu loaded with bendicts, skillets, omelets, French toast, pancakes, waffles and sandwiches. Gobble 'em up from 6 a.m to 3 p.m. Grits, livermush and corned beef hash are available, too. 11100 Monroe Road, Matthews

Best Caterer: The Southern Gourmet The Southern Gourmet can not only dish out Salisbury Steaks with Mushroom Gravy and Smokehouse Pulled Pork BBQ, but it also offers the flexibility to also garnish Classic Lemon Chicken Piccata with Capers and White Wine. The Charlotte caterer can accommodate various themes, including luaus, Tuscan holidays and park picnics. 9101 Monroe Road, Charlotte Best Asian Food: Ming Fu Ming Fu Chinese & Sushi has been serving the Matthews community since 2012. Customers can build entrees around chicken, pork, beef, shrimp and scallops or choose from more than a dozen chef's specialties. They can also order from a lengthy list of sushi entrees and specialty rolls. 115 W. John St., Matthews Best Burger Joint: Mooyah Burgers Fries and Shakes With more than two dozen toppings, customers can make their burgers as messy as they want. On the other end of the spectrum, Mooyah Burgers Fries and Shakes launched a series of Lifestyle Burgers that include The Paleo and The Keto, which include iceberg lettuce instead of buns, avocado and tomato. 2233 Matthews Township Pkwy., Matthews Best Wings: Kristopher's Sports Bar & Restaurant The menu at Kristopher's Sports Bar & Restaurant has many options, but the buffalo wings have many fans. Gnaw on flavors such as ranch, honey mustard, hot honey, garlic hot, teriyaki and Jamaican jerk while you watch TV or enjoy a beer. 250 N. Trade St., Matthews Best Ice Cream: Dairy Queen Dairy Queen serves your traditional cones and sundaes, as well as banana splits and novelties. But its series of Blizzard options allow you to carry ice cream blended with Reese's, Oreo or S'mores in a cup. Flavors include brownie dough, summer berry cheesecake and turtle pecan cluster. 1819 Matthews Township Pkwy., Matthews Best Italian: Mario's Italian Restaurant Italian food is more than pizza, though Mario's Italian Restaurant has plenty of it. There's Filet Mignon Milanese, Salmon Piccata and Veal Scallopini. The Matthews restaurant has been rolling out small plates on Friday nights with Bacon Wrapped Lamb

Lollypop or Bourbon St. Mac + Cheese. 2945 Matthews-Weddington Road, Matthews Best Lunch Spot: Big Guy’s Pizza Don't have the time or the appetite to eat an entire pizza? No sweat. Grab some pizza by the slice or get a salad, calzone, stromboli or some wings. These affordable, fast and filling options won't weigh you down for the rest of the day. 6914 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill Best Mexican: Azteca Azteca Family Mexican Restaurant has four locations in the Charlotte region, with the Matthews one getting love from readers. Here, you'll find authentic Mexican cuisine with dishes like the Camarones Mexicanos, Arroz Con Pollo and Steak Torero. They also have lunch specials and American dishes. 9709 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews Above: Chefs at Mario’s Italian Restaurant can elevate most traditional Italian dishes. MMHW file photo

Best Pizzeria: Big Guy's Pizza They don't call Big Guy's Pizza the “Home of the Big Slice” for nothing. Customers can order the 28-inch Big Guy pizza, which can feed eight to 10 people. Pizzas include Philly Cheese Steak, Cheeseburger, White Manhattan, Gluten-Free, and Grandma, a rectangular flatbread with tomatoes, basil, garlic and cheese. 6914 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill

Left: Barry Steiger, marketing manager for Mario’s Italian Restaurant, is involved in the community, serving as president of the Rotary Club of Matthews. Charisma Howard/A Brew & You

Best Sandwich Shop: Jimmy John's Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches has built a large following for making sandwiches fresh and fast. Locations in Matthews, Mint Hill and Galleria Boulevard are no exception. Customers can devour classic subs or favorites like the Beach Club (with turkey, provolone and avocado) or the Ultimate Porker (with ham and bacon). Multiple locations Best Seafood: Captain Steve's Captain Steve's Family Seafood Restaurant specializes in Southern-style food. Fried platters come with coleslaw, hushpuppies and other comforting sides. Choose from fried Alaskan whitefish, catfish, flounder, oysters, perch, scallops, shrimp, tilapia and others. Fish platters can be broiled or grilled, too. 8517 Monroe Road, Charlotte Best Steakhouse: Texas Roadhouse Texas Roadhouse has a hearty selection

of hand-cut steaks, ranging from the Road Kill (10-ounce chop steak smothered with onions, mushrooms and jack cheese) to the 23-ounce Porterhouse T-Bone. Other cuts include sirloin, filet, rib eye, prime rib and New York Strip. Customers can also order Steak Kabob or Filet Medallions.

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Best Bookstore: A Pennyworth's A Pennyworth's is where you can pick up the latest adventures of The Amazing Spider-Man, Batman, Captain Marvel and Deadpool. The comic book store offers a subscription service, where you can pick up multiple titles with a discount. You can also find graphic novels and toys related to your favorite heroes. 11025 Monroe Road, Matthews

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Best Bridal Salon: Dar-Lynn's Bridal & Formal Wear Plenty of women have said yes to the dress at Dar-Lynn's Bridal & Formal Wear, a store that dates back more than 30 years. The family-owned shop redesigned the look inside last month to make brides feel more comfortable finding the perfect dress. They can accommodate women with curves, too. 12605 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews

Best Jewelry Store: Kings Jewelry You don't have to be engaged to treat yourself to designer brands. Kings Jewelry has bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pendants and rings to suit your style. Steve and Suat Pamukci owns this gem in the Matthews Festival Shopping Center. The shop can make repairs, engravings and appraisals. 1819 Matthews Township Pkwy., Matthews

Best Children's Store: Once Upon a Child Once Upon a Child is a children's resale franchise with 15 locations in North Carolina, including Matthews. You can buy and sell gently used clothes here for boys, girls and babies. They also have shoes, toys and games. 9623 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews Best Cigar Store: 105 Cigar Co. Located in downtown Matthews, 105 Cigar Co. specializes in selling premium cigars for people to enjoy in a laid-back, comfortable environment. Customers can find discounts on individual and boxes of high-end cigars. The shop supports veterans, offering discounts to members of the Hooks-Orr American Legion Post #235. 217 N. Trade St., Matthews Best Antiques: Antique Alley The Antique Alley has been around since 1991. The shop has sold pieces that have appeared as props on Showtime's “Homeland” and the Mel Gibson movie “The Patriot,” as well as local plays. The shop is worth following on Facebook or Instagram, because it posts pictures of unique finds.

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Charlotte region recognize Chef Jackie Chen's visually stunning and delicious creations. There's a wide variety of fish to try, including crab, eel, octopus, sea urchin, squid and tuna. The Charlotte Roll is made of spicy tuna with avocado and smelt roe on top. 1717 Sardis Road N., Charlotte

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Best Mattress Store: The Original Mattress Factory The Original Mattress Factory conveys value to customers. Because the brand makes its own mattresses, customers aren't hit with hidden fees from a middle man. Therefore, clients can sleep at night not only from a comfortable mattress, but also because they weren't swindled. 10046 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews

Best Toy Store: Lakeshore Learning This isn't a traditional toy store, but a shop specializing in materials for early childhood and elementary education classrooms. Teachers can find classroom decorations and furniture, as well as products that inspire children in the arts, math, language, science and social studies. 10005 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews

Best Music Store: Hardy Boys Records Hardy Boys Records is located upstairs inside the Homestyles Gallery & Specialty Shops. It specializes in music records. The store partners with Mint Hill Roasting, spinning records and entertaining patrons during Vinyl Nights. 11237 Lawyers Road, Mint Hill

Best Women’s Boutique: Sardis Marketplace Sardis Marketplace offers more than home décor. You can also find a great selection of women's clothing, jewelry and accessories. You may even find vintage looks and wedding dresses. 2328 Crown Centre Drive, Charlotte

Best Consignment Store: Sardis Marketplace More than 60 vendors have merchandise within Sardis Marketplace's 20,000-squarefoot store. The roster has been known to be very diverse, including Hollywood Collectibles, Rethunk Junk, Steampunk Station and The Bible Project. The store provides a great environment for vendors with multiple checkouts, cameras and quality control. 2328 Crown Centre Drive, Charlotte

HEALTH Best Doctor: Dr. Deena Castellion Dr. Deena Castellion specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. She works at Novant Health Bradford Clinic Ob-Gyn, which has locations in Matthews and Ballantyne. Castellion attended see HEALTH, Page 4B

Best Service: Kabab-Je Rotisserie & Grille Kabab-Je Rotisserie & Grille has been serving Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine, such as Lahem Meshwi and Kafta Kish Kash, for six years now. Customers rave about the service provided by staff as well as the attention to detail given by management. 2233 Matthews Township Pkwy., Matthews Best Food Truck: The Herban Legend Walking up to The Herban Legend during Matthews Food Truck Fridays is like taking a culinary trip around the world. On any given day, customers may be able to order an Asian Pork Pretzel, Fried Green Tomato Grilled Cheese, San Jose Shrimp Wrap or Shawarma. 131 E. John St., Matthews Best Cupcake: Baked Well Elle Peters opened her Matthews bakery, Baked Well, last year. While readers gave her kudos for cupcakes, they specialize in custom-made cakes and other pastries. Her Instagram is worth following if you love looking at creative cake creations. 10915 Monroe Road, Matthews

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medical school and completed her residency at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. 1450 Matthews Township Pkwy., Matthews Best Assisted Living: Carrington Place Carrington Place Rehabilitation & Living Center celebrated its 25th anniversary last month. Carrington Place’s staff helps residents with daily tasks, such as bathing, dressing and taking medication. Residents have access to social and recreational programming, scheduled transportation and concierge service. 600 Fullwood Lane, Matthews Best Eye Care Provider: Metrolina Eye Associates Metrolina Eye Associates has six locations in the region, including one in Matthews. Its team can take care of cataracts, droopy eyelids or puffy bags, dry eyes, glaucoma and macular degeneration, as well as LASIK surgery. They also specialize in pediatric eye care. 4101 Campus Ridge Road, Matthews Best Hospital: Novant Health Matthews Novant Health Matthews Medical Center has become a key contributor to the community since opening in August 1994. One of its most recent additions has been the Women’s Center, which houses many of the maternity care services, including labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum, in one place. 1500 Matthews Township Pkwy., Matthews Best Massage Therapy: Fire & Ice Therapeutic Massage Ashley Dwyer, a Mint Hill native, owns Fire & Ice Therapeutic Massage. The company offers several types of massage, including couples, deep tissue, hot stone, neuromuscular, orthopedic, pregnancy, sports and Swedish. Enhance them with aromatherapy, cupping and

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sugar foot scrub. Dwyer also leads workshops, such as Massage for the Modern Woman and Thunderstorm Therapy. 4732 Lebanon Road, Mint Hill Best Dentist: Mint Hill Dentistry The team of John Burd, Taso Roupas, David Sullivan, Earle Sullivan and AJ Tremont provide preventative, cosmetic, restorative and surgical solutions to ensure bright and healthy smiles. They’ve got techniques that remove fear or anxiety of getting your teeth examined. 5833 Phyliss Lane, Mint Hill Best Dermatologist: Charlotte Dermatology Charlotte Dermatology, a brand that dates back to 1939, has five locations serving the region, including Matthews and the newly opened Waverly office. Its team offers services ranging from cosmetic procedures to surgery to treat skin cancer. 1238 Mann Drive, Matthews Best Pediatrician: Novant Health Matthews Children’s Clinic Novant Health Matthews Children’s Clinic works with children from the time they’re born through adolescence. It’s where you can get them immunizations and physicals. It has flu and weekend clinics, too. 1401 Matthews Township Pkwy., Matthews

Best Urgent Care: Carolinas HealthCare Care – Matthews Atrium Health relies on urgent cares throughout the region to relax demand in its emergency rooms. Atrium Health’s website shows the wait times at each of its clinics. The Matthews clinic operates 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 332 N. Trade St., Matthews Best Weight Loss Facility: Carolinas Natural Health Center Carolinas Natural Health Center is not a weight-loss clinic, but a holistic health provider that focuses on wellness. The office creates health programs that reduce the need to be put on diabetes medication. It also focuses on digestive health, autoimmune disease, mental health and women’s health. 1114 Sam Newell Road, Matthews Best Chiropractor: Pro Active Chiropractic PA Pro Active Chiropractic celebrated 16 years of helping clients with joint pain in February. Michael Guerriero and Jeremiah Morgan provide traditional chiropractic care, as well as Active Release Techniques and Total Body Modification treatment methods at the downtown Matthews practice. 300 E. John St., Matthews

Best Custom Home Builder: Chelsea Building Group Chelsea Building Group is creating communities like Kale Mills, The Bridge at Sharon View and ReAlta, dubbed Charlotte's first solar community. The residential home builder will guide clients through the custom home process, which it describes on its website as land, ideation, architecture, interior design, build and orientation. 131 Matthews Station St., Matthews Best Attorney: Laura Budd/ Weaver & Budd Law Laura Budd specializes in civil litigation, estate planning, family law and construction contracts. In addition to being active in the community, Budd and others at Weaver & Budd Law have answered readers' questions in the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly column “The Fine Print.” 10550 Independence Point Pkwy., Matthews Best Bank: BB&T BB&T, which has agreed to merge with SunTrust and become

Truist, has built a strong reputation in the Matthews-Mint Hill area. Part of that is a result of access. Branches are in Matthews (Matthews Township Parkway and Plantation Estates Drive), Mint Hill (Lawyers Road) and Charlotte (Albemarle Road and (Sardis Road North). Various locations Best Cleaning Service: Maid Brigade Why do people do business with Maid Brigade? The company lists five reasons on its website. They are affordable, consistent and reliable, screened and trained, provide customer service and use green cleaning techniques. They offer one-time and regular cleaning, as well as deep cleaning. 1014 Industrial Drive, Matthews Best Dry Cleaner: Preslar Dry Cleaning Preslar Dry Cleaning is located smack dab in the middle of downtown Matthews, allowing see PROFESSIONAL, Page 5B

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STIP NO: I-5507 The North Carolina Department of Transportation and Turnpike Authority will hold a pre-construction open house public meeting to display and explain design features of the I-5507 project. Thursday, June 27 Noon to 7 p.m. Endhaven Elementary School 6815 Endhaven Lane Charlotte, NC 28277 The project will add one express lane in each direction on I-485 between I-77 and U.S. 74 (Independence Boulevard), providing travel time reliability and improving traffic flows on this critical transportation corridor. This project will also add one general purpose lane in each direction between Rea Road and Providence Road, and a new interchange at Weddington Road. In coordination with other projects in south/southeastern Mecklenburg County, this project would serve as part of a larger network of express lanes offering drivers the option of more reliable travel times. Updated information regarding noise walls will be available at another public meeting later this year. Representatives from the design and construction team will be available in an informal, open house-style setting to provide information and answer questions regarding upcoming construction. Citizens may attend at any time between noon and 7 p.m. There will be no formal presentation. Project maps and other information can be found online at:

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for convenience for people who live, work or play in that busy area. 110 Matthews Station St., Matthews Best Mortgage Company: Fairway Independent Mortgage Collectively, Fairway Independent Mortgage branches funded more than $26.5 billion in loans last year. Fairway has two branches in Matthews: 3021 Senna Drive and 110 Matthews Station St. You can apply for fixed and adjustable rate mortgages, as well as refinance or take on a reverse mortgage. Various locations Best Real Estate Agent: Connie Massetti Connie Massetti is a broker and Realtor in Allen Tate Realtors' Matthews/Mint Hill office. Since moving from Long Island to Matthews in 2005, Massetti had been involved in the Matthews Chamber of Commerce and the Matthews Police Department’s citizen volunteers program. 101 E. Matthews St., Matthews Best Real Estate Company: Allen Tate Realtors Around 40 Realtors are available through the Matthews-Mint Hill office of Allen Tate Realtors. Dating back to 1957, Allen Tate is one of the nation's top performing real estate companies. 101 E. Matthews St., Matthews

Best Florist: Silvia's Floral Design Silvia's Floral Design offers many solutions for weddings, including flowers for bridal bouquets, corsages, ceremonies, receptions and even cakes. You can also wear them in your hair or on your arm. The company also has ideas for many other types of occasions. Who says there has to be an occasion? Matthews (704-661-9406) Best Funeral Home: McEwen Funeral Home McEwen Funeral Home has served the region for more than 90 years. Its Mint Hill chapel carries on that tradition of a caring staff working with families to create respectful funerals and memorial services for loved ones. 7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill Best Photographer: Abbe McCracken Abbe McCracken is a photographer who specializes in capturing family portraits and what she describes as “joyful children's photography.” McCracken takes advantage of the beautiful scenery throughout the region to capture natural moments shared among loved ones. Matthews (404-550-0812) Best Insurance Agent: Larry Picone/Picone Insurance Agency Larry Picone has been in the insurance industry for more than 30 years. He started Picone Insurance Agency in 2001. Picone assists people with their home, auto, business and life insurance needs. 3320 Siskey Pkwy., Matthews

HOME IMPROVEMENT Best Flooring Store: M&M Hardwood Flooring An easy way to refresh any space in your home is to install new flooring or carpet. M&M Hardwood Flooring specializes in hardwood, carpet, porcelain and ceramic tile, and other finishes. The family-owned company showcases its work on Facebook. 136 E. Charles St., Matthews Best Heating and Cooling Service: McClintock Heating & Cooling McClintock Heating & Cooling compares the relationship homeowners should have with their HVAC companies to relationships they have with doctors. Rob and Kim McClintock employ certified and licensed specialists that are well-trained and can install, repair and service various air conditioning and heating units and systems.

1253 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Matthews Best Landscaping Company: Barnhardt Landscaping & Design Barnhardt Landscaping & Design specializes in designing landscapes that transform bland yards into outdoor spaces you’ll want to spend more time in. The company, which has been around 22 years, can take on projects involving planting, decks, outdoor fireplaces and ponds. Matthews (704-321-1600) Best General Contractor: TruGuard TruGuard is all about keeping the elements out of your home, specializing in roofing, windows, siding, gutters and exterior doors.

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MATTHEWS – McClintock Heating & Cooling owners Rob and Kim McClintock know the heating and air business as well as anyone. Rob has more than 30 years experience while Kim handles accounting, marketing and public awareness. Through that work, Kim knows her industry doesn’t always get a great reputation with customers, and that’s why she and her husband invest so much back into her company. “We have a great team,” Kim said. “Rob and I spend a lot of time finding people in our area who want to work in our industry and training them. We invest a lot in our team, and we invest a lot in their training as far as the technicians going for advanced training, working on customer service skills or teaching someone new the basics of HVAC.” Most of their install employees have been with the company for a number of years, including Brian, the installation manager who has been with the company since 2002.

Two summers ago, a high school student came in looking for summer work. The McClintocks took him in, taught him the basics and have him back this summer and maybe for a full-time hire after high school. It’s that kind of family feel that separates McClintock and allows them to provide excellent heating, cooling and electrical needs to their customers. Many of the technicians have been with the company for years. They don’t earn commission or extra compensation for selling new units, and that’s something that puts customers at ease. “Do the right thing is kind of our unofficial motto,” Kim said. “Our technicians are not sales people. They get paid to fix things, not to sell replacements. We have sales people to do that. I think that makes people really comfortable with our technicians because they’re there to try to help them and are there in their best interest.” McClintock offers free estimates and online appointment scheduling or preventative maintenance checks that will save time and money in the long run. Call 704-321-5207 or learn more about McClintock at https://www.mcclintockh

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Best Hardware Store: Renfrow Hardware Readers bypassed those big-box hardware stores to recognize Renfrow Hardware & General Merchandise, which has been a cornerstone of historic downtown Matthews since 1900. Not only can you find unique tools, but you can also get your tools sharpened or repaired. 188 N. Trade St., Matthews

Best Pest Control: Pest Tech Pros Whether you're getting tired of sharing your home or office with insects, termites or rodents, Pest Tech Pros can Best Interior Design: Stage It! Charlotte help. The company stands out due to Stage-It! Charlotte can transform blah its free residential and commercial inrooms to va-va vooms with its staff of spections and quotes, as well as the use accredited staging professionals. The TheyNew York Times Syndication Sales Corporation 620Best Eighth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10018of Eco-friendly products. Plumber: Precision Plumbing make homes more desirable to potential For Information Call: 1-800-972-3550 Since starting Precision July Plumbing in 7130 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, buyers through its staging techniques, as For Release Wednesday, 18, 2018 well as redesign and renovate homes to 1981, Charlie Brown has built a lead- Mint Hill

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PART TIME NEWSPAPER DRIVERS NEEDED - Candidates must have a clean driving record, proof of auto insurance and be able to lift 50-75 lbs. Additionally, the ideal candidate can work Thursday, Friday, or both and can make a long-term commitment to grow their workload and earnings. Must be able to pass DMV background check. For more information, please contact:

Software Engineers: Responsible for developing or testing comp. sw apps, systems or services. Jobs_SDE IT_SDE Support Engineers / Support Escalation Engineers: Install, configure, support & troubleshoot issues. Jobs_Support_Eng Premier Field Engineer: Provide tech. support to enterprise customers, partners, internal staff or others on mission critical issues. Travel required up to 75%.​ https://jobs-microsoft. job Multiple positions available. To view detailed job descriptions and minimum requirements, and to apply, visit the website address listed. EOE.

FOR RENT House For Lease: Newly painted 3bed.1.5 bath home on cul-de-sac in Mint Hill. New washer/ dryer, stove, microwave, commodes/vanities, vinyl in kitchen/bath, and HVAC. Yard maintenance included, 2 year minimum lease, $1100 per month. Call Patty 704-846-8453.

NOW HIRING Delivery Drivers! For our Union County Routes. Weekly Routes Available. Contact us at for details.

EDUCATION & INSTRUCTION AIRLINE MECHANIC TRAINING – Get FAA Technician certification. Approved for military benefits. Financial Aid if qualified. Job placement assistance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance (866)724-5403

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