BALLANTYNE BIZ BASH A BLAST
About 1,000 people braved temperatures that hovered in the mid-90s recently for a chance to press flesh (and grill some, too) at the Ballantyne Business Bash, an annual signature networking event for the Charlotte Chamber's Ballantyne Chapter. Ballantyne Business Center's Kim Weihs stepped into the shade to explain the center's office space options to Paperless Digital Solutions? John Williams and Sanjay Patel.
But it was the aroma of marinated beef tips grilling nearby that really caught our attention. The Meathouse?s tong-wielding Shawn Merrill and assistant Brittani Klouse were among more than 15 food vendors handing out tasty treats as a jaunty Traveling Wilburys? tune blared in the background. Others included Farley's Pizzeria, Firebirds, Marble Slab Creamery, and Newk?s Express Caf . Events like the Ballantyne Bash offer a showcase for local business, Shawn tells us. ?It's real grassroots marketing.?