A look at some small-business happenings and announcements in the Charlotte area:
-Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa opened in SouthPark earlier this month. According to the company, spa founder Martin Senell recently resigned as director of oncology services at NorthEast Medical Center to pursue his dream of owning a small business. Because of his background working with cancer patients, Senell wanted to open a business that could provide help and healing. So in addition to regular spa services, Senell is also hiring massage therapists trained in oncology to help clients with cancer. Hand & Stone spa is located at 4310 Sharon Road X11. Visit the website here.
-Scott Kaufmann and Jennifer Willis announce their new business, Affero Cutting Boards, based in Matthews. Scott writes that his invention weds cutting boards and cutlery, using a magnet strip to keep the knives on the underside. He said his board was chosen along with six other new products to debut at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago earlier this year. Holiday prices start at $99.99. See more at AfferoCuttingBoards.com.
-Declaring that “even a furniture store can tailgate,” HGTV “Design Star” Will Smith will park his Interior Motives showroom truck outside the Carolina Panthers/Atlanta Falcons game Sunday. Look for the truck – loaded with furniture, holiday ornaments, accessories and tailgating food – at the corner of Morehead and Winnifred streets starting at 9 a.m. Visitors can also enter a drawing to win a $75 gift card to Interior Motives, located at 2425 South Blvd.
In 2007, Charlotte’s Will Smith was one of 11 contestants on HGTV’s “Design Star” competition, and made it to the final three.