Dance studio, online store open for business in area

Published 6:02 pm Monday, August 9, 2010

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Saturday, July 31 at The Dancers Extension in Saluda.

The Dancers Extension encourages healthy and balanced lifestyles through the art of dance. The new studio space features a Marley sprung floor, safety mirrors, sturdy barres and a piano for live accompaniment. &bsp;

Director Sonya Monts brings nearly 30 years of experience in the fine art of dance to the community.&bsp; Classes offered include preschool ballet and creative movement; childrens ballet, pointe, jazz and contemporary; and adult ballet and Zumba fitness. &bsp;

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For more information, please contact the studio at 749-9398 or visit the website at &bsp;

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Bountiful Buys, an Earth-friendly business encouraging consumers to reuse, reduce and recycle, has been launched out of Columbus. The local online business features high-end, gently used clothing, jewelry, gift items and books.

The business was launched with the idea that shoppers want to enjoy high quality items while participating in saving the planets resources. The name Bountiful Buys grew out of the business objective to offer good values on an abundance of items, both new and reused. To visit go to

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Mimosa Inn has been selected for the 2010 Best of Tryon Award in the Bed & Breakfast Inns category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA Best of Local Business Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2010 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

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Rachel Box, owner of the Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio on Trade Street in Tryon, will hold a grand opening Sept. 3 for her newly redesigned store. We are thrilled to bring the new faceof Merle Norman to Tryon, said Box.

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Clayton Homes Sales Centers numbers for the first half of 2010 are in and the companys sales are up 22 percent from this time last year. According to The New York Times, nationally, manufactured homes made up nearly a quarter of all new homes sold for less than $200,000 in 2009. Manufactured homes are a major factor in the affordable-housing sector.

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Jean Sitton, R.N., BC, BSN, MHS, of Pardee Hospitals case management department, will present How to Create Your Own Personal Health Record at the Pardee Health Education Center on Friday, Aug. 20, from 1:30 until 3 p.m.&bsp; Registration for this free presentation is required by calling 1-866-790-WELL (9355).

A personal health record, or PHR, is typically a health record that is initiated and maintained by an individual. An ideal PHR provides a complete and accurate summary of the health and medical history of an individual by gathering data from many sources and making this information accessible at all times, according to Sitton.

The presentation will examine several options for PHRs, including written and electronic choices, and provide attendees with the tools and knowledge they need to develop their own potentially life-saving personal health record, said Sitton.