Happy Fourth of July, Mint Hill


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As we celebrate the anniversary of our country’s independence this week, The Lofts at 7714 also celebrates the independence of small business ownership and entrepreneurship.

This retrofitted 1945 building, originally used as Mint Hill’s only textile mill, is now home to eight small to medium-sized businesses, which are all owned and/or operated by local Mint Hill residents.

Stop by The Lofts at 7714 and see what these small businesses have to offer you.

Street-front businesses (accessible from the front parking lot):

Retail businesses located inside (accessible from the back parking lot):

Other businesses located inside (accessible from the back parking lot):

  • Rick Rorie Photography and Design in Suites F and H
  • McLeod Associates Architect in Suite G
  • Summit Environmental in Suites J and K

Directions to The Lofts at 7714

The Lofts at 7714 is located in the heart of Mint Hill’s business center on Highway 51. Visit us at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road. Parking is available in the front lot, along the side by the Woof n Hoof (please parallel park to the right for traffic to flow through on the left) and in the back lot.



June Happenings at The Lofts at 7714

Dec 25, 2011 - March 9, 2012 369In the past, this historic building hummed with textile and manufacturing machinery. Today, it hums with a variety of activities for the residents of Mint Hill and surrounding areas.

Built in 1945, the building now known as The Lofts at 7714 was and is Mint Hill’s only mill property, and it is now home to a vibrant tenant community of local small businesses.

Browse and Shop at The Lofts at 7714

Clay setAt the street-front level, peruse the work of the local clay artists of Pottery 51. This non-profit cooperative of artists has unique finds for your home decor or gift giving needs on display in its gallery, which is open when the flag is flying.

Or stop in Bull Moose Guns, which specializes in rare and antique firearms and military memorabilia, including WWI and WWII-era items. Bull Moose Guns is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

1489084904622Drive around to the rear entrance of The Lofts at 7714 to stop into Vintage on the Hill. This shop sells a variety of home decor items in addition to offering furniture refinishing services and custom-built pieces. Vintage on the Hill is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Take a Class at The Lofts at 7714

IMGP7585_DxOLooking for a great place to try or return to a yoga practice. Mint Hill Yoga offers a variety of classes, including gentle yoga and curvy yoga.

Or if music instruction is on your mind, check out Spotlight Performing Arts Academy. They offer 30- and 60-minute private lessons in piano, voice, guitar, bass, percussion, banjo, mandolin, brass, woodwinds, and strings.

Vintage on the Hill offers furniture painting classes. Call 704-808-0227 for more information. In addition, Rick Rorie Photography is hoping to begin offering photography classes in the near future. And finally, Bull Moose Guns offers a Concealed Carry Course. This summer, there are three classes available: June 10, July 8, or August 5.

Find a Summer Camp at The Lofts at 7714

Spotlight Performing Arts Academy is offering seven summer camps this year. Choose from the Summer Stock series, which includes Into the Woods, Jr.; Aladdan, Jr.; Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr.; and Disney’s Cinderella, Kids. The school also offers Into the Spotlight, Find Your Voice, and Broadway Bootcamp.

The first camps start the week of June 18, and all camps are filling up fast. Click here for more information and to register for summer camps at Spotlight Performing Arts Academy.

Audition for Sweeney Todd at The Lofts at 7714

On Monday, June 18 and Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m., students aged 14 through 18 are welcome to audition for Spotlight Performing Arts Academy’s summer production – Sweeney Todd School Edition 24 Hour Project. The show will be performed for the public on Saturday, August 11 at 8 p.m.



Another Local Small Business Owner Renews with The Lofts at 7714

Dec 25, 2011 - March 9, 2012 369JMMT Partnership, the owner of The Lofts at 7714, is excited to announce that another local small business tenant has re-signed his lease. Rick Rorie will continue to rent the 500-square foot Suite H for his architectural drafting service, Rick Rorie Design Assistance, and the 375-square foot Suite F as his Rick Rorie Photography studio through May 31, 2019.

Rick moved into Suite H last May and added Suite F to his total rented space one month later. He is representative of the majority of tenants in this retrofitted commercial property, once the home of Mint Hill’s only textile mill: He lives in Mint Hill and chooses to conduct his small business here as well.

Since its establishment in 2011, The Lofts at 7714 has been a small business incubator in the town of Mint Hill, providing local residents with affordable space to start or continue their entrepreneurial dreams.

The Lofts at 7714 Tenant Community

The Lofts at 7714 is currently fully leased as follows:

JMMT Partnership maintains a waiting list for those interested in receiving first notice of spaces coming available in The Lofts at 7714 in the near future. Email Mary Crotty at marycrottywriting@gmail.com to join this waiting list.

The Wizard of Oz Is Showing in Mint Hill this Weekend


Spotlight Performing Arts Voted 2017’s Most Loved Acting Studio

Spotlight Performing Arts Academy presents The Wizard of Oz this weekend. Don’t miss your chance to see this classic performed live in the Charlotte community.  Get your tickets now to save $2 and ensure your seat for this perennial favorite. As the anchor tenant in The Lofts at 7714, Spotlight Performing Arts is Mint Hill’s premiere performance-based music and theatre academy.


The Wizard of Oz Showtimes and Ticket Prices

Looking for something to do this weekend around Charlotte?

Catch one of five performances of The Wizard of Oz at Spotlight Performing Arts Academy:

  • Friday March 23 at 7 pm
  • Saturday March 24 at 2 pm and 7 pm
  • Sunday March 25 at 2 pm and 7 pm
  • Advance tickets are $8 (purchase online)
  • Tickets at the door are $10

Broadway Revue Auditions Coming Up

Are you interested in getting into the act?

Spotlight Performing Arts Academy will hold auditions for its Broadway Revue on Monday, March 26 and Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. for students age 13 to 20. The show, which will be performed on May 18 and 19, will feature pieces from some of Broadway’s most popular shows, including Hamilton, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, The Lion King, and much more.

For more information on participating, visit Spotlight Performing Arts’ auditions page.

Summer Camp Discounts Available Through March 31

Trying to find a unique summer camp for your child?

Treat them to something different this year. Spotlight Performing Arts Academy offers a variety of performance-based summer camps for kids ages 6 through 19. And if you register by March 31, you’ll receive 10% off the camp’s tuition.

Register your child for a summer camp at Spotlight Performing Arts Academy here.

Directions and Parking

Spotlight Performing Arts Academy is located in Suite B (center, street-front door) of The Lofts at 7714, the retrofitted mill property at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in downtown Mint Hill. Parking is available in the front lot, along the side by the Woof n Hoof (please parallel park to the right for traffic to move through on the left) and in the back lot.

Mint Hill Yoga’s Spring Craft Fair Set for May 5, 2018


If you missed Mint Hill Yoga’s October Craft Fair last year, here is your second chance. On Saturday, May 5 from 12 to 4 p.m., Mint Hill Yoga will host a spring Craft Fair, featuring unique and handmade items from local artists and creatives.

Give Your Mom a Gift as Unique as She Is

Scheduled the weekend before Mother’s Day, this fair will give attendees an opportunity to find truly one-of-a-kind gifts for the moms, mothers-in-law, and moms-to-be in their lives. Expect to find hand-knit items, pottery, and other spectacular finds, not available anywhere else.

And don’t forget the upcoming graduates. Forego the boring, typical gifts in favor of something that truly expresses your congratulations, such as a hand-knit blanket to warm up a dorm room or first apartment.

Free Admittance and Parking

Mint Hill Yoga, which offers 10 different yoga classes per week, is located in The Lofts at 7714. This retrofitted mill property is right on Highway 51 (Matthews-Mint Hill Road) in downtown Mint Hill, between Woof n Hoof and Evans Auto Repair.

Admittance and parking for the Mint Hill Yoga Craft Fair are free to the public. Visitors should enter the driveway beside Woof n Hoof and drive through to the back to park in the rear lot. Enter through the door marked Suites E-H.

Vendors Welcome, Please Register

Mint Hill Yoga welcomes local vendors interested in participating in this Craft Fair. The cost is $35 per space. Contact Mint Hill Yoga owner Bettie Shea at minthillyoga@gmail.com for more information or visit http://www.minthillyoga.com to register and reserve your space for the Craft Fair.

Mint Hill Yoga Set to Stay in The Lofts at 7714 for a Seventh Year


Mint Hill Yoga’s studio space in The Lofts at 7714

In 2012, Bettie Alston Shea approached JMMT Partnership about renting out part of the then-empty Suite B (now occupied by Spotlight Performing Arts Academy) for a few hours on occasional Sundays to conduct yoga classes.


She was testing the Mint Hill market to see if her dream of opening a yoga studio in her hometown was feasible. The success of those classes gave her the confidence to dive into small business ownership. In September 2012, Mint Hill Yoga officially opened in the 250-square foot Suite G in The Lofts at 7714.


Mint Hill Yoga’s first studio space in The Lofts at 7714


Within two years, Bettie’s business had grown so much that she needed a bigger space. The yoga studio, whose motto is Yoga for Every Body, moved into the 685-square foot Suite E in 2014. Bettie transformed the prior office space into the serene and welcoming studio it still calls home today.

JMMT Partnership, the owner of The Lofts at 7714, is pleased to announce that Mint Hill Yoga will stay in Suite E for another year, as it has renewed its lease through March 31, 2019.

“Bettie takes such good care of her students, many of whom are recovering from illnesses or are struggling with the burdens of aging. In addition, she is a true caretaker of this historic property. We are so grateful for her presence in the building and the sense of community that she brings to it,” said Mary Crotty, managing partner for JMMT Partnership, about the lease renewal.

Mint Hill Yoga’s six-year tenancy in The Lofts at 7714, which is only surpassed by Pottery 51’s, has coincided with major changes in this retrofitted mill property, including the transition from a septic system to connection to the county sewer line.

For more information about Mint Hill Yoga, including its yoga class schedule, testimonials, and Bettie’s Blog, visit http://www.minthillyoga.com.

This Month at Vintage On The Hill

1489084904622Don’t miss out on the exciting events occurring at Vintage On The Hill over the next 30 days. Located in Suite I of The Lofts at 7714, Vintage on the Hill sells custom refinished and repurposed furniture, home goods, and more. They also provide custom repair and restoration services to bring new life to your favorite pieces. Or they can create a custom build just for you.

Calendar of Upcoming Events at Vintage On The Hill

  • Saturday, February 17th – SPRING OPEN HOUSE: Come visit the showroom, browse the latest products, and enjoy refreshments from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 24th – PORCH SALE: Come take advantage of some amazing deals as Vintage On The Hill consolidates its Midland shop into this Mint Hill location. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 24th – FINISHES CLASS FROM 10 A.M. TO 2 P.M.: Call 704-808-0227 today to reserve your spot in this Finishes painting class hosted by Vintage On The Hill.
  • Monday, February 26th – LADIES NIGHT: Drop by the shop from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to enjoy refreshments, door prizes, and more.
  • Saturday, March 10th – “PAINT A PIECE” CLASS FROM 10 A.M. TO 2 P.M.: Bring your own piece (24″ x 24″ x 24″) and learn how to use the shop’s Farmhouse Paint to turn it into a fabulous new item for your home. Call 704-808-0227 to reserve your spot for this class.

Directions and Parking

Vintage On The Hill is located in The Lofts at 7714, the retrofitted mill property at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in downtown Mint Hill. It is easily accessible from Highway 51 and I-485.

Visitors can parallel park along the side of the building by Woof n Hoof or in the back lot. Vintage On The Hill is located in Suite I, which has its own private entrance accessible from the back parking lot.

McLeod Associates Architect Signs on for Another Year in The Lofts at 7714

JMMT Partnership, the owner of The Lofts at 7714, is pleased to announce that McLeod Associates Architect has renewed its lease for another year in this retrofitted mill property located at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in downtown Mint Hill.

The firm began upfitting the 250 square foot-Suite G to meet its needs last April and moved in during the month of May. Their new lease secures Suite G for them through April 2019.

Like the majority of the small business tenants in The Lofts at 7714, owner Max McLeod is a resident of Mint Hill. He is also a board member of Pottery 51, the co-op of local clay artists located in The Lofts at 7714’s Suite C.

McLeod Associates Architect has been providing architectural design services for churches, schools, and other organizations in the Charlotte area for over four decades. They join the rest of The Lofts at 7714’s tenants in calling this circa 1945 building their commercial home.

The Tenants of The Lofts at 7714

The Lofts at 7714 is currently at full occupancy, however, we do maintain a waiting list for prospective tenants. To join that list and receive first notification of openings in The Lofts at 7714, email Mary Crotty at marycrottywriting@gmail.com.


Summer Camp Specials Now Available at Spotlight Performing Arts Academy

It is never too early to start planning your children’s summer activities. In just 131 days, elementary through high school-aged students in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools will be celebrating their last day of the 2017-2018 school year. Registering now for summer camps will ensure your children get a spot at their favorite camps, give you piece of mind, and, if it is with Spotlight Performing Arts Academy, save you money.

Now through March 1, 2018, Spotlight Performing Arts Academy, located in The Lofts at 7714 in downtown Mint Hill, is running an early bird summer camp special–10% off the camp or camps of your choice.

With seven camps scheduled between the weeks of June 18th and August 6th that are structured for students aged 6 through 19, there is something for every aspiring actor, singer, and songwriter at Spotlight.

To register for these camps at Spotlight Performing Arts Academy, go to http://www.spotlightacademyonline.com/summer-camps.html:

  • June 18 – 22:In the Spotlight” Kids Edition Camp for ages 6 through 10
  • June 18 – 22: Find Your Songwriting Camp for ages 10 through 19
  • June 25 – 29: Summer Stock “Into the Woods, Jr.” for ages 9 through 18
  • July 9 – 13: Summer Stock “Aladdin, Jr.” for ages 9 through 18
  • July 16 – 20: Broadway Boot Camp for ages 12 through 19
  • July 23 – 27: Summer Stock “Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr.” for ages 8 through 16
  • August 6 – 10: Summer Stock “Disney’s Cinderella, Kids” for ages 7 through 14

Spotlight Performing Arts Academy is Mint Hill’s premier performing arts school, featuring individual and group classes in voice, theater, and musical instrument; staging several major theater productions for the community each year; and offering summer camps. Located just five minutes from I-485, it is convenient to the entire Charlotte area.

The Lofts at 7714 is a retrofitted mill property located at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in downtown Mint Hill. Parking for visitors to Spotlight Performing Arts Academy is available in the front lot, along the side driveway by Woof n Hoof (please parallel park to the right for traffic to flow through on the left) and in the back lot.

The Lofts at 7714 to Remain the Home of Pottery 51 through 2020

Clay setJMMT Partnership, the owner of The Lofts at 7714, is pleased to announce that long-time tenant, Pottery 51, has renewed its lease for another three years.

The non-profit pottery co-op, consisting of Mint Hill potters and clay artists, has resided in this former mill property at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road for over a decade. There current location in the building in Suite C, one of three street-front spaces, includes a gallery that is open to the public, studio work space for over a dozen artists, and its own kiln.

For more information about Pottery 51 visit their website at http://www.pottery51.org.