Business briefs for Oct. 24

October 22, 2013 

Arts Council hires Mary Lynn Norton

The Arts Council of York County has hired Mary Lynn Norton as artistic director and facilities manager at the Center for the Arts and the Community Performance Center.

Norton recently retired from the Culture and Heritage Museums after more than 31 years. During her tenure, she curated more than 300 art exhibitions and received the Southeastern Museum Association’s Curator Award for Excellence in 2003; S.C. Federation of Museums Award of Achievement in 1994; and S.C. Museum Art Educator of the Year in 1997.

Norton authored text and a biographical sketch for Harry N. Abrams publications – “Vernon Grant’s Santa Claus and Vernon Grant’s Mother Goose.” In 2002, she became site director for the McCelvey Center and its Lowry Family Theater.

She administered the upgrade of the theater’s sound, light and digital renovations and executed the theater’s programs. Norton has organized festivals and craft fairs, and has juried arts exhibitions in the region.

For more information on Arts Council events, call 803-328-2787.

Mellow Mushroom coming to Rock Hill

Mellow Mushroom has acquired the former Harry and Jean’s restaurant in Manchester Village.

The franchise owner purchased the vacant restaurant for $975,000, according to broker NAI Avant of Columbia.

The pizzeria is expected to open in the spring, according to NAI Avant.

Harry and Jean’s closed in May 2010 after a nine-year run. Owner Ralph Mercanto cited sagging sales because of the economy.

The location, off Dave Lyle Boulevard, is adjacent to Moe’s Southwest Grill, Cold Stone Creamery and Fuel Pizza Cafe.

K.C. Campbell, a manager at Moe’s Southwest Grill, said the opening of the Mellow Mushroom may affect her business initially, but not in the long run. She said it may bring her more customers.

Mellow Mushroom is the latest franchise restaurant to locate along the Dave Lyle corridor. Other recent additions are Five Guys Burger and Fries, Buffalo Wild Wings, Newk’s Eatery, all on Dave Lyle Boulevard near the Rock Hill Galleria.

This is the fourth Mellow Mushroom restaurant in the Charlotte region. The company also has several locations in South Carolina, including Columbia and Spartanburg.

Workshop offered for home buyers

A free workshop for first-time homebuyers will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Rock Hill Housing and Neighborhood Services office on Johnston Street.

“Home-Buying Made Easy” is sponsored by Family Trust Federal Credit Union and The Housing Development Corp. of Rock Hill. Kim Gillette, a Family Trust mortgage loan originator, will explain how to qualify for a mortgage, the types of loans, the differences between fixed and adjustable rates and how to apply. Handouts will be provided.

Participants will learn about the Housing Development Corp.’s First-Time Homebuyer’s Program, which provides education, and down payment and closing cost assistance to eligible first-time homebuyers

The workshop is part of Family Trust’s “Know Your Dough,” a series of money-management workshops offered free throughout York County.

Register in advance at or call James Sheedy at 326-2187.

Business workshop offered at Winthrop

A workshop on “How to Start A Small Business” will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 12 in room 208 of the College of Business (Thurmond Building) at Winthrop University.

The workshop includes business basics, developing a business plan, anticipated expense and projected income, and allows for questions.

Cost is $25; materials provided. Sign up at

Clover Vet taking pet food donations

Clover Vet will accept donations of pet food during November. These items will be transported to area assistance programs and distribution distributed during the holiday season.

Assistance programs supply food and other items to more than 20,000 people in Western York County, but one overlooked item is pet food and supplies can be overlooked.

Donations will be accepted at the Clover Vet location, 1565 Hwy 557, Clover.

For more information, call Clover Vet at 803-222-7381 or Billy Bolin at 803-417-3145.

Siopa on Main plans holiday market

Siopa On Main in downtown Clover is hosting a Holiday Market event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays from Oct. 19 to Dec. 21 at the shop, 112 S. Main St.

The organizers are looking for vendors of arts, hand crafted items, home decor and home-based businesses to participate. For details, contact Mary Goforth at 704-813-2882 or Andrea Meglii at 704-648-7600 or go to and complete the contact form.

Inman Farms to host Christmas event

Christmas in the Country hosted by The Market at Inman Farms, will be Saturday, Nov. 30 at the historic peach packing shed. The event will offer handmade gifts and items from local growers.

There is no fee to register, but space will be limited. Vendors will have the option of doing a trunk show, tailgate display or setting up a booth in the field.

Oct. 26 is the deadline to register. For details on the events, email, call 803-207-6682 or visit

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