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Revving it out of the recession (access required)

Trent Haston grew up in Charlotte, but On the Level bets he picked up some of his business savvy from a tried-and-true driving maneuver straight from twisting back roads of the Blue Ridges. That’s how Haston not only survived the housing bust but beat it, too, growing his Charlotte-based Andrew Roby General Contractor business into the Roby Family of Companies.

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Small building could be the start of big things for downtown Huntersville (access required)

Small building could be the start of big things for downtown Huntersville <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

It’s only a 17-unit building on a 0.64 acre lot, but it would add apartments to this fast-growing and rental-scarce suburb when multifamily vacancy rates are at historic lows. And it might even help revive the town of Huntersville’s desire for a denser and more mixed-use downtown at and around Old Statesville and Gilead roads.

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On The Level: Hoss Hinson – yes, the name is real. So is he. (access required)

On The Level: Hoss Hinson – yes, the name is real. So is he. <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Hoss Hinson is a cool name, and the guy who has it has the cool to back it up, too. The wrap-around-sunglasses-sporting, pickup-truck-driving, beard-wearing, hard-hatted and safety-vested vice president of the Monroe-based Godfrey Construction Co. showed up at East Mecklenburg High School taking swigs through a straw in a Big Gulp cup full of Mountain Dew.

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