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THE LOCAL BUZZ: Charlotte’s newest sweet spots
People, places and things that have the Queen City talking…
 
Published Wednesday, February 5, 2014
by Michaela L. Duckett

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Valerie Carrothers, owner of Jaz-Jan The Sweet Joint, serving guests samples of her delicious baked goodies at the bakery's grand opening celebration.

Charlotte’s newest bakery, Jaz-Jan The Sweet Joint, celebrated its grand opening Jan. 18 at its new location on Arsley Town Center Blvd.

In addition to prizes, raffles and price specials, guests were also treated to a live music performance by Jaz-Jan’s own Sweet Joint Jazz band. They indulged an array of baked goodies made with recipes handed down through the years along with new innovative gourmet cupcakes created by owner Valerie Carrothers.

“My goal is to bring the taste back when Mom used to cook cakes and cookies at home back in the old days,” Carrothers said. “Those were the best deserts, and that’s what I strive for when I’m in my kitchen. If you’ve had that Mom only can make Pound Cake, well that is what Jaz-Jan the Sweet Joint is all about.”

In addition to a vast assortment of gourmet cupcakes, cakes and cookies, Jaz-Jan also offers locally produced Tony’s Ice Cream and hand selected coffees to complement the delectable desserts.

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In Huntersville, Nothing Bundt Cakes will begin spreading wholesome goodness when the bakery opens this month at 8830 Lindholm Drive, Suite 110 in Birkdale Village. Grand opening festivities planned for the week of Feb. 17 include a ribbon cutting with the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Feb. 19 at 8 a.m. and a community arts project Feb. 21.

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Charlotte philanthropists Herb and Felicia Gray will be recognized as the 2014 king and queen of the Crown Jewels Links Chapter's Mardi Gras Gala being held Feb. 15 at the Westin Hotel Charlotte. 

The Grays are being recognized for their service and commitment to the Charlotte community.

The annual semi-formal gala raises funds for scholarships and educational advancement, as well as national and international community outreach programs. It is a festive dinner dance celebration where guests wear Mardi Gras masks and beads. Visit crownjewelslinksinc.org or contact Felicia Hall Allen at (704) 968-1987 for more information.

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Charlotte’s graduate chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. – the Delta Zeta chapter – is providing interview attire for the unemployed or underemployed. In conjunction with its 79th anniversary, the sorority opened a property earlier this year, located at 4248 Beatties Ford Road, where job seekers can receive interview attire (men and women) free of charge.

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