Friday, October 31, 2008

Elliott Davis, LLC, Names Chief Marketing Officer

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 31, 2008 – Elliott Davis, LLC, one of the
largest accounting and business advisory firms in the Southeast,
recently named Denise Reis as chief marketing officer. She will
report directly to Rick Davis, managing shareholder of the firm.

As chief marketing officer, Reis will lead firmwide targeted growth
initiatives focused on increasing the firm's industry go-to-market
strategy and enabling its client servers to continue offering
unparalleled products and services to current and new clients. She is
responsible for setting direction and applying best practices to
marketing and business development programs across the firm's 10
offices in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. In
addition, she will play a significant role in the recruiting process,
working closely with the firm's chief human resources officer in the
development of campaigns and programs to attract and retain
professionals for the firm.

Reis has more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience,
including 10 years spent marketing accounting, tax and consulting
services to emerging and middle market companies in a variety of
industries. Her specializations include marketing and sales, research
and strategy, and corporate communications.

Prior to joining Elliott Davis in September 2008, Reis served as
marketing director for the Carolinas Practice of RSM McGladrey, and
marketing manager for the South Market Circle of Arthur Andersen.

"Our new marketing leadership and structure will allow clients and
prospective clients greater access to our full-range of services and
depth of industry knowledge, and reflects our commitment to serving
clients' business needs," said Rick Davis, managing shareholder.
"Denise's experience and business development knowledge will provide
new insight. We are excited to welcome her to the Firmwide Operations

Reis earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's
degree in public administration from Florida International University
in Miami, Fla. She is a member of the American Marketing
Association's national and Charlotte, N.C. chapters. Reis is based in
the firm's Charlotte, N.C. office.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Photo attached.
Since 1925, Elliott Davis has been the accounting and business
advisory firm that helps emerging and middle market clients
continually improve their financial management. Today, Elliott Davis
is one of the largest accounting and business advisory firms in the
Southeast, and among the top five companies awarded as "2007 Best
Places to Work in South Carolina." Elliott Davis has 50 shareholders
and 400 employees in 10 offices throughout four Southeastern states.
Elliott Davis' affiliates include Elliott Davis Capital Partners, LLC,
a regional investment banking firm; Elliott Davis Technology
Solutions, LLC, a leading full-service network integration and
security provider; Elliott Davis Wealth Management Services, LLC,
which helps individuals achieve personal financial goals by providing
planning, investment, insurance and brokerage services.
The firm is a member of The Leading Edge Alliance, an international
professional association of independently-owned accounting and
consulting firms based in the U.S., and is strategically aligned with
LEA Europe and LEA Asia Pacific, a worldwide network of 300 offices in
80 countries around the globe.
For more information about Elliott Davis and its services, visit

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Charlotte-based Organica Deluxe Signifies New Standard For Eco-Friendly Luxury Gifts

CHARLOTTE, NC, October 29 - Organica Deluxe (
has opened its virtual doors and is committed to setting the standard
for eco-friendly luxury gifts. The online boutique features
gorgeously green gifts and products exquisitely packaged in a
responsible manner promoting a sustainable economy. Although in its
infancy, this unique company has already attracted the attention of
celebrities and the NY fashion industry, most notably as Purveyor of
Flowers for the Organic and Fair-made Sustainable Fashion Exhibition
at NYC Fashion Week in September '08.

Organica Deluxe gift boxes contain eco-friendly products including
organic food and wine, Veriflora flowers, organic spa from France and
organic baby items. The gift boxes range from $35-$410 and the site
makes it easy for eco-savvy shoppers to find the perfect gift,
categorizing by Occasion, Price, Recipient and Item.

Equal care and attention is placed on product packaging. Organica
Deluxe utilizes the unusual practice of single box delivery for most
of their gift packages, serving to reduce paper consumption by more
than 50% and eliminating thousands of pounds of additional landfill
waste every year.

The beautiful aqua boxes contain tissue wrapping paper made from 75%
post consumer recycled paper and completely biodegradable cornstarch
peanuts. Organica Deluxe also purchases carbon credits to help offset
the transportation of each gift sent.

Beyond the company's core principles of sustainability, fair trade and
support of eco-oriented product production, the Organica Deluxe team
links support for an important cause to one of their gift boxes,
donating a percentage of proceeds on all sales of that package to a
chosen charity.

Organica Deluxe Corporate Gift program has the perfect eco-friendly
luxury gift for all corporate needs including holiday and will create
a custom package tailored to meet each client's specifications.

"We created Organica Deluxe to meet the needs of the consumer who
enjoys the finer things in life but also wants to lead an eco-friendly
lifestyle," said Jane Hunter, co-founder and president of Organica
Deluxe. "Our gifts have care built into every component and we are
deeply committed to fulfilling our mission of providing gifts that
support natural sustainability while also offering an uncompromising
sense of aesthetics."

For more product details visit Additional
product information is available at or
1-800-272-0546. Product samples and high-resolution images available
upon request.

Organica Deluxe is an online eco-friendly luxury boutique serving
customers throughout the continental United States and is committed to
delivering the finest products in the most responsible and attractive
manner. Founded in 2008, just one Organica Deluxe gift box supports up
to 15 eco-friendly businesses across various industries including
organic farmers, artisans and manufacturers.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Lawrimore Communications Creates Dynamic Website For Gaston County Economic Development

Lawrimore Communications Creates Dynamic Website

For Gaston County Economic Development

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A dynamic new website,, has been
created for the Gaston County Economic Development Commission (EDC) by
Charlotte marketing agency Lawrimore Communications Inc.

"We asked for a new website with a fresh corporate look, and that's
what we got," said EDC Executive Director Donny Hicks. "There is a
full-screen flash movie on the home page, dozens of high-quality
photos, a search function across the top, an online database of
available properties, and many other state-of-the-art features. We are
very pleased."

"We designed the site to have a look and feel similar to the websites
of some of America's leading corporations, as well as to meet the
needs of site selection consultants, whom we interviewed for enhanced
understanding of what they are looking for," said Lawrimore president
Buck Lawrimore. "We feel this website gives a deeper understanding and
more positive impression of economic development opportunities and
resources in Gaston County than anything we've done before."

The Gaston County EDC is one of the Carolinas' leading economic
development teams, with a full-time staff of seven and responsibility
for personally developing two high-quality business parks, Gastonia
Technology Park adjacent to Gaston College off Highway 321, and The
Summit At Court Drive adjacent to the Gaston Memorial Hospital
complex. In addition the Commission recruits new business prospects to
the county and helps existing businesses expand.

Lawrimore Communications is the Charlotte Region's most experienced
economic development marketing agency, having served most of the
counties and numerous cities in the Charlotte Regional Partnership for
over 20 years. The firm also serves small to mid-sized businesses,
manufacturers and other government organizations. More information is
available at

[Media Contact: Buck Lawrimore, 704-332-4344, Buck (at)]

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Charlotte Condominiums Win "Community of Distinction" Award

Latta Pavilion Condominiums Win
"Community of Distinction" Award

CHARLOTTE, NC - The North Carolina Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) has selected the Condominiums at Latta Pavilion Owners Association, Inc., as the State's 2008 "Community of Distinction," in the category of small townhome/condo.

The CAI cited Latta's achievements in five areas as the basis for its decision, including the Association's (1) successful resolution and settlement with the community's developer, (2) ongoing capital improvements, (3) continuous service improvements, (4) sound fiscal condition, and (5) excellent communications and community unity.

"We are pleased to receive this award, as it recognizes our efforts to manage the Association in a professional manner," said Association president Larry Tilson. "By working as a team, we have managed to overcome a number of construction-based issues in an amiable manner with the community's developer, continued to improve the physical property and services to residents, and maintained a high level of communication with our members. We have also managed our finances in a fiscally conservative manner, aided by the fact that we have two CPAs on our Board.

"We believe Latta Pavilion is a great place to live," Tilson added. "Its prime location in Dilworth allows easy pedestrian access to a wide variety of shops, restaurants, entertainment, recreation and health care resources. It is also minutes from uptown, SouthPark and the growing midtown area."


(Media Contact: Buck Lawrimore, 704-332-4344,
Email: Buck (at)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

131 MAIN Adds Wine Bar And Private Dining Room To East Boulevard Charlotte Restaurant

131 MAIN Adds Wine Bar And Private Dining Room

To East Boulevard Charlotte Restaurant

For Immediate Release

CHARLOTTE, NC – A new wine bar and private dining room have been added to 131 MAIN's restaurant at 1315 East Blvd., Charlotte. 

"The wine bar is designed to emulate an authentic Napa Valley wine bar," said 131 MAIN CEO Joe Douglas. "It's very warm, comfortable, with a lot of stained wood, exposed brick and a '50s-style broken tile floor. The bar top is made of hammered copper. We're installing authentic wine barrel heads from Napa Valley, and have special Wine Keeper units to preserve and serve wine by the glass."

The wine bar has bar-height seating and tables, as well as couches and chairs in a living-room type setting. It's designed to seat 50 comfortably. Hours are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays, and until midnight on weekends.

"We felt that there was a void in the Dilworth-Myers Park area for a nice wine bar like this," Douglas explained. "We believe it's a great amenity for the community, where many upscale professionals and couples live, as well as for Latta Pavilion, the mixed-use development where it's located. It's also a complement to 131 MAIN and will provide additional traffic."

The wine bar stocks an eclectic mix of about 36 different wines from noted wineries around the world, which may be purchased in small glasses, larger glasses, and bottles, as well as flights. A flight is a series of similar red or white wines that allow the customer to experience the different tastes and flavors.

"Our menu was chosen to complement the wines, and vice versa," said COO Mike Vaughn. "We did a lot of research on pairing them, and our servers and bartenders will be able to guide guests toward good combinations. With our menu items priced in the $6 to $13 range, a guest can enjoy a light meal or dessert with several wines for a very pleasant yet affordable experience." 

Simultaneously 131 MAIN has also completed and opened a private dining room adjacent to the main restaurant space. "We can now offer our guests a nice private dining room that accommodates up to 36 people seated," Douglas said. "It's fully audiovisual-capable, including wireless Internet access, for business meetings or presentations. Guests can order off the regular menu or have special meals prepared with sufficient advance notice."

For more information, visit or call 704-896-9007.

Media Contact: Lawrimore Inc., or 704-332-4344