Business Notes: Jan. 22

January 20, 2014 

Business doings

Greenscape Inc. of Holly Springs acquired the Weed Man franchise of Raleigh.

SearStone, a continuing care retirement community in Cary, celebrated its grand opening on Jan. 16. Gov. Pat McCrory gave the keynote speech.

The Garden Hut will host free gardening classes in January and February at 1004 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina. For more information, go to

Triangle Restaurant Week with participating restaurants in Cary will continue through Sunday, Jan. 26. Lunch costs $15, and dinner costs $20 or $30. For details, go to

Whisk, a kitchen supply store, will host “Under the Tuscan Sun” author Frances Mayes from 6:15-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at 316 Colonades Way, Suite 214, Cary. For details, go to

Samir Mohammadi and Mustafa Aberchane plan to reopen The Corner Tavern & Grill in Cary and Apex this month.

Sherman Dye plans to open 10 Tropical Smoothie Café restaurants over the next five years, and recently signed the lease for the first in Harrison Square Shopping Center in Cary.


The Cary Chamber of Commerce will meet for the state of the town address with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and the program at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Parkway. Mayor Harold Weinbrecht will speak. For details and registration, go to

The Morrisville Chamber of Commerce will meet for networking at Coffee and Connections from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at 260 Town Hall Drive, Suite A. The event is free for members, free for visitors’ first three meetings and $10 for non-members after that. For details, go to

The Morrisville Chamber of Commerce 23rd Annual Meeting will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Doubletree by Hilton, 4810 Page Creek Lane, Durham. The keynote speaker is Adrienne Cole. For details, go to

The Cary Chamber of Commerce invites small business owners to the ShopTalk Social with The News & Observer’s Shop Talk team from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at chamber offices, 307 N. Academy St. Registration is required at

The Cary Chamber of Commerce annual car raffle and auction will be from 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Prestonwood Country Club Grand Ballroom, 300 Prestonwood Parkway. Raffle tickets cost $100. For details, go to


Amy Bush and Ron Schwartz joined KW Commercial, a division of Keller Williams Realty Cary Market Center.

Dan Gregory is the new director of operations for Hummingbird Creative Group in Cary.

Jo-ann Olsovsky is the new board chair of Railinc of Cary. Fred Ehlers and Serge Leduc joined the board.

Patrice Thompson joined Railinc in Cary as a product support specialist. Matthew Gifford was promoted to senior software engineer, and Ariva Rajaraman was promoted to project manager.


Peak City Thrift of Apex will donate 50 percent of profits in the first quarter of 2014 to the Triangle Math and Science Academy of Cary. The money will be used for a new playground.

LORD Corporation’s headquarters in Cary raised more than $220,000 for the United Way of the Greater Triangle.

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