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Author: Travis Silvas

Windwalker Open Mic Nights heads to the Frontier Days Saloon

Fresh off its three-year anniversary, Windwalker Underground Gallery’s popular Open Mic Night will make its first appearance at Frontier Days. The event, which is open to people of all ages, and abilities, will take center stage at the Frontier Days Saloon on Thursday, Sept. 6, from 7 to 10 p.m. Windwalker’s Open Mic Night has grown in popularity each year, gaining notoriety throughout the community. Typically held in the gallery at 125 S. Cochran Avenue every Friday night, Open Mic Night hit the road this summer, offering community members the chance to show of their skills at various locations throughout the community. “This year the board of directors voted to take the show on the road one Friday a month throughout the summer months with the goal to showcase cool spaces in our downtown while partnering with other unique organizations,” said Kalli Dempsey, Windwalker board treasurer. “We were all excited at the idea of collaborating, and sharing the concept of Open Mic with a larger audience.” Open Mic Night has partnered with with the Spinsanity Flow Festival, Charlotte Celebrates, Art of Charlotte, and the Congregational Church, each time reaching new people who had never even heard of Windwalker before, Dempsey said. “We have found out that no matter where we take this event it always has the ‘Windwalker energy,’ which shows new people who we are while also making...

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Bellevue Antique Tractor Show Committee donates to local organizations

Stan Bryner couldn’t be more overwhelmed by the support sponsors showed the 15th Annual Bellevue Antique Tractor Show. Bryner, who serves as the committee chair, was able to make four separate donations Wednesday, Aug. 22 on behalf of the committee. The Village of Bellevue, Bellevue Fire Department, Bellevue First Baptist Church and Bellevue Historical Society each received a $300 donation. “Our sponsors were real good to us this year,” Bryner said. Sponsorships cover the full cost of the event, which is held each August in Bellevue free of charge to spectators and participants. This year, more than 90 tractors...

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Downtown storefront a big step forward for PAE Plumbing

Family means everything to Charlotte business owner Tim Comer. His wife and three children have been the driving force behind decisions that have allowed PAE Plumbing to flourish since opening the business five years ago. Even the business name itself reflects the love he has for his children, Patrick, Anna, and Ella. When the opportunity to open a storefront in downtown Charlotte presented itself. Tim and wife, Natasha, knew it was the best decision for their family and the future of their business. “This is a big stepping stone,” Tim said from his new location at 119 S. Cochran Avenue in downtown Charlotte. “It’s nice to have everything in one location for our crews and out of my garage.” Tim and Natasha built the business from their Charlotte home, providing quality plumbing service locally. Now with six full-time crews servicing customers throughout the greater-Charlotte area. “We’re excited to have a spot in town,” Tim said. “I like the idea of having a place people can stop in and talk with us.” Tim said part of having a downtown location is the opportunity for a small showroom, which will allow the business to eventually add retail sales in the future. He said the plan is to set up small showcases that demonstrate the plumbing systems in a kitchen and bathroom. He said that all plumbing supplies his crews use on...

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Insty-Prints Downtown award-winning service extends to hometown

Since opening Insty-Prints Downtown Lansing in November of 1984, Mike and Annette Bruce have been committed to not only assisting their customers, but also being active members of their community. Though their business is based in Lansing, the Bruces often find a way to lend a hand in their hometown of Charlotte. Mike and Annette and their daughter, Jennifer, have been taking care of customers throughout the greater Lansing area for the last 34 years. They and their family give back, not only through their service at Insty-Prints Downtown, but also through their actions in the community. Annette, who manages the bookkeeping, is an active volunteer with the women’s auxiliary and The Gift basket at Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital. Jennifer Berkompas manages the store in addition to raising two sons. Mike has served on the Charlotte Public Schools Board of Education for 24 years. He is a member of the Charlotte Optimist Club, and sits on the Relevant Academy of Eaton County Board of Directors and the Charlotte Public Schools Education Foundation. All are active members of First Congregational Church in Charlotte. Insty-Prints is a family operated, full service printing and copying business. Insty-Prints Downtown, a franchise business, specializes in offset printing, digital color and black and white copying, complete design and typesetting. They offer other services as well, including laminating, faxing, blue print copying, posters and banners....

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Charlotte Brewing Company expands with outdoor seating

Somehow, Charlotte Brewing Company continues to be one of the city’s best-kept secrets. That’s about to change. Better known as Eaton Pub & Grille, Charlotte Brewing Company recently opened an outdoor patio or “beer garden,” providing an additional 40 seats to the already popular Charlotte restaurant. The stamped concrete patio is the first phase in a plan that will bring open-air dining to Cochran Avenue. The plan is to provide live music on warm evenings, and eventually overflow seating for popular DJ Trivia nights, which are held every Monday and Wednesday night at Charlotte Brewing Company. “I’m really trying to make this a destination location in this community,” said Terry Davis, owner of Charlotte Brewing Company. “The patio is always full, so it’s definitely popular.” Davis said the popularity will really take off once the second phase of the patio project is complete in 2019. The Davis family, which owns Eaton Place and Eaton Pub and Grille purchased the former Paul’s Gun Shop more than a year ago. Working with Mark Hughes, owner of Jerry’s Barber Shop, the barber shop was moved to the former gun shop location, making room for the Brewing Company’s expansion. Once fully constructed, the former barber shop location will feature glass garage-style doors that will be able to open to Cochran Avenue on the east end, and the patio on the west end. “I’m...

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