EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Springtime brings food, bikes, jobs to the region

Apr. 06, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Michael Yarborough, of the Yarborough’s Ice Cream family who have provided Lee County residents with ice cream for generations, is now branching out from serving only local folks.

His new company, Michael’s Best, will provide ice cream to Lowes’ Foods stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. He just finished up the first round last week and said he’s not sure exactly when his ice cream will hit the shelves locally, but that it will be soon.

People won’t find boring old flavors, though, which Yarborough said have been covered well by other companies. His flavors include Banana Pudding, Butter Pecan and more.

In other news...

• Two new businesses are getting up and going in the Tramway area. Dairy Queen will be opening next to the BP station at Pendergrass Road, and Sanford Autobrokers has opened at 1803 Keller Andrews Road. They can be reached at (919) 708-5443 or (919) 342-5545.

• In Pittsboro, at the Chatham Mills center at 480 Hillsborough St., a new bicycle shop has just started up. Pittsboro Bicycles will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday through Saturday, according to its Facebook page, and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. It’s closed on Mondays and Wednesdays.

• In downtown Sanford, Wing Time Cafe closed earlier this week. Before shutting down the Facebook page, the owners sent out one final post: “We appreciate all of the love and support that we have received from our customers and staff, and we look forward to reopening one day.”

• Riley’s Ranch, a Cameron farm that supplies some area stores and restaurants, has now become the only Moore County farm with Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) certification for chicken, beef and pork. The certification “lets consumers know that these animals were raised in accordance with the highest animal welfare standards in the U.S., using sustainable agriculture methods on an independent family farm,” according to an AWA press release.

• Need a new job? Head to the Triangle on Wednesday and you might walk away with one of the more than 1,000 job openings — from marketing to human resources, IT and more — which will be detailed at two technology industry fairs. From 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. you can visit the McKimmon Center at N.C. State, 1101 Gorman St. in Raleigh. Companies are advertising 1,000 jobs. Later, head to The Big Tent at 158 W Main St. in Durham, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., for a companies advertising 100 jobs. Registration is required but free for both events; sign up for the Raleigh one at nctechnology.org and the Durham one at bigtop.it/events.

• Business fluctuations: In the last week, three new corporations formed in Lee County — Build-UR-Dress, Gross Land Company and Lizzy’s Embroidery — and three withdrew or received administrative warnings, including Carolina Microguard, Cooper, Cooper and Littiken, and Static Control Holdings.

Have business news? Contact Will Doran at wdoran@sanfordherald.com or (919) 718-1217.