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Business

  • Auto dealers in good standing

    Despite a slumping economy and a significant dip in vehicle sales nationwide, local automotive dealers say they are in good standing and are excited about what the next year may bring.

    Annette Gause, owner of H&H Chevrolet in Kershaw, said over the last year, she’s had to cut expenses at the dealership to offset the 20 percent decline in sales.

    However, sales are picking up and Gause believes the worst of the economic recession has passed. The dealership has not downsized at all and is at no risk to close, she said.

  • Technology helps pharmacy with efficiency

    It moves and packages pills in a way you may have never seen before.

    A job that takes a person several minutes has now been reduced to 30 seconds – thanks to a device known as an automatic dispensing system, or ADS.

    For about a year now, Mobley Drugs Inc. has been using an ADS made by the Raleigh, N.C.-based company Rx Medic. The computer-run machine can store more than 200 different medications and dispense them instantly to fill a prescription.

  • Mahaffey now locally owned again

    The scent of freshly baked cookies greets you as you walk through the doors of Mahaffey Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

    Those tasty treats are some of the small things Joe Wilson has introduced to make his business friendlier.

    Wilson is the new owner of Mahaffey Funeral Home, which is Lancaster County’s oldest continually operating funeral establishment. With his purchase in May, the business is now locally owned for the first time since the early 1990s.

  • High-rise landscaping

    A local company has played a role in helping reshape the residential landscape in Uptown Charlotte.

    Majestic Landscaping & Palms, based in Lancaster, was hired earlier this year to deliver and plant windmill palm trees on the rooftop terrace of The Garrison at Graham, a new six-floor loft-style housing development that offers its residents close views of the Charlotte skyline.

    Dennis Donahue, owner of Majestic Landscaping, said his business was contacted in July and did the job on Sept. 25, all in one day.

  • Two pediatricians join new Lancaster practice

    A new pediatrics practice in Lancaster marks the return of a Heath Springs native turned doctor.

    Lancaster Pediatrics opened in July with Dr. Katie Fine. She was joined by Dr. Darniya Powe Belton last month.

    Belton, 31, was born in Lancaster County and is a summa cum laude graduate of Johnson C. Smith University.

  • Bistro aims to be different

    Robert Starnes got his start as a chef at a car dealership of all places.

    Starnes, one of the three guys in Lancaster’s 3 Guys Bistro and Catering, said he created gourmet meals for customers at a Kia dealership in Gastonia, running a full-service restaurant there.

    “It was hysterical – people loved it,” Starnes said.

    He eventually contracted with Kia of Monroe and Greer and Toyota of Greer.

  • Dialysis center opens in Fort Lawn

    FORT LAWN –  Fresenius Medical Care Fort Lawn, an advanced dialysis clinic that will serve the area’s growing population of patients with chronic kidney disease, is now open.

  • Series offers vendors a chance to sell crafts, goods downtown

    Because of last year’s success, the Lancaster Street Market is coming to downtown for its second series of Saturday events.

    The street market gives vendors a chance to sell their handmade and handcrafted goods. Jewelry makers, bakers and craft workers are some of the artisans who participate in the market, which will be held on the first Saturday of each month.

    It will run from 10 and 4 p.m. those days on the green space at Main and Gay streets.

    The street market dates for 2009 are May 2, June 6, July 4, Aug. 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5.

  • Hear USA improving hearing

    INDIAN LAND – Listen up – Hear USA has moved into Southend Plaza to help local residents improve their hearing health.

    The audiology clinic was started in West Palm Beach, Fla., 20 years ago and now has 200 clinics nationwide.  

    HearUSA moved to the Carolinas recently, and the Indian Land office is its first new location. Other area offices are former audiology clinics that were bought by HearUSA.

    The business provides hearing screenings, as well as hearing aid fitting and maintenance services.

  • IL center offers tutoring, other educational services

    INDIAN LAND – Students of all ages have a new place to turn for help.

    One on One Learning Center in Southend Plaza in Indian Land offers tutoring, workshops and other educational services to children and adults.

    Fulfilling a longtime dream, owners Bobby and Becky Matthews started the center in July to offer K-12 language arts, math, science and social studies tutoring, as well as adult educational services, such as career guidance, GED preparation and continuing education.