Business Notes

BUSINESS NOTES

October 12, 2003

Belk to celebrate renovations with activities Wednesday

Belk Department Store in TownMall of Westminster will hold a grand reopening this week to celebrate a storewide renovation and expanded merchandise offerings.

The $1 million renovation of the 75,000-square-foot store features the latest in retail design, floor layout, lighting and product presentation. New lighting and the removal of sight barriers should make it easier to find and see the various departments and merchandise.

Expanded departments include women's clothing, accessories, lingerie and sleepwear, and men's sportswear.

The reopening is scheduled Wednesday.

Activities will include appearances by Belkie Bear, the Chick-Fil-A cow and McGruff the Crime Dog. Mrs. Carroll County, Amber Hodgkins, will hand out pink ribbons for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Catoctin Aires Majorette Corps will present an exhibition and the Belk Finishing Touches students will model junior fashions throughout the store.

Free refreshments will be provided.

For a schedule of activities: 410-848-1200.

Sears reopening events set Saturday at TownMall

Sears in TownMall of Westminster will hold a reopening Saturday to launch the store's makeover, featuring enlarged appliance and home fashions departments.

One of four regional stores to be redecorated, the Westminster Sears also will include a self-service shoe section and Lands End merchandise. The store has 51,300 square feet of sales space and 125 associates.

The store will give away $10 gift cards to the first 100 shoppers entering the store from the inside mall doors. Drawings for shopping sprees will be held, and the KidCare photo identification program will be at the store from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Finksburg pharmacy plans grand opening tomorrow

The Finksburg EPIC Pharmacy will hold a grand opening tomorrow, starting at 9 a.m. with a ribbon cutting.

Specials, giveaways and a raffle for a 4-foot, stuffed panda bear will be featured.

Dixie Leikach is the owner and a registered pharmacist.

The store is in the Route 140 Tower Center at 2025 Suffolk Road.

Information: 410-526-1055.

State agency to offer help on insurance issues Friday

The Maryland Insurance Administration wants to help consumers with insurance concerns.

A representative from the administration will be at the state comptroller's office in Westminster from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at 532 Baltimore Blvd., Suite 306.

Citizens with questions about their insurance coverage or who need help in filing a complaint against their insurance company can be assisted by the Maryland Insurance Administration.

Appointments are not required.

Information: 800-492-6116.

Scrapbook, rubber stamp classes are scheduled

The Second Floor Scrapbook Store and Rubber Stamp store in Carrolltown Center is offering fall classes in both crafts.

Classes, which will continue through the end of next month, range from beginner programs to advanced techniques in rubber stamping and scrapbooking.

Fees vary according to class. For a schedule of classes and other details: 410-549-9855.

9 businesses participating in multiple sclerosis event

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is holding its Bar and Restaurant Challenge through this month, and nine Carroll County establishments are participating.

Participants hold activities to raise money for the MS Society to fight the crippling disease that attacks the central nervous system. Fund-raisers include:

A golf tournament at 1 p.m. Saturday at Glade Valley Golf Club in Walkersville. Registration is $77 a person and $308 for a foursome. The sponsor, Olive Leaf Cafe in Mount Airy, also will hold a bachelor/bachelorette auction at 9 p.m. Oct. 24.

Information: 410-795-0700.

A pumpkin-carving contest from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 19. The cost is $5 for a pumpkin, slice of pizza and soda. Prizes will be awarded. Genova's in Hampstead is the sponsor.

A golf tournament at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Renditions Golf Course in Davidsonville. Registration is $125. Chophouse Pub and Restaurant in Eldersburg is the sponsor.

Information: 410-549-2003.

Other participating restaurants include Johanssons Dining House and Maggie's in Westminster; Greenmount Station in Hampstead; E.W. Beck's in Sykesville; and E.A. Poe's and Salerno's in Eldersburg.

Information: 410-527-1770.

Credit counseling service offers help with debts

The Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Maryland and Delaware has an office in Owings Mills that serves Carroll County residents who need debt counseling.

New laws went into effect Oct. 1 to help protect residents from unscrupulous debt-management practices.

The laws requires that all organizations offering consumer debt counseling be licensed and have signed agreements with clients that limit the fees that may be charged for services.

Information: 800-642-2227.

Martial arts school receives recognition

Tristar Martial Arts of Eldersburg has been honored by the U.S. Martial Arts Association at its convention in Washington.

The school was recognized for being one of the top 10 schools in the martial arts industry. Owners Debbie and Keith Thompson also were given an award for outstanding support and service to the industry.

Debbie Thompson was a speaker at the convention, discussing the effects and benefits of the martial arts for all ages. Keith Thompson led several seminars on raising the standards of the industry and helping schools provide top professional service and instructors.

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