We are honored to host Ribbon
Cuttings for the following new businesses that we are welcoming to town
with much excitement!
June 12th at 4 pm:
Grilled Cheese Cafe in SouthMarke! Not only offering fancy, delicious
grilled cheeses, but also delivers downtown! This ribbon cutting
will offer wine & appetizers!
June 14th at 3 pm:
El Rincon at 870 Main Street in Blowing Rock. Additionally, El
Rinconopens for business today! Leticia
Ruiz worked alongside Betty at Southern Comforts for many years, and has
invested her life savings into opening her own restaurant in that space.
She will be serving Mexican & American food. See the menu here. We are honored to support
June 19th at 9:30 am:
Village Thrift at 8332 Valley Blvd, Blowing Rock. This wonderful
addition to our community will benefit the Blowing Rock Women's Club's
scholarship program. Save money, find great treasures, and give back!
June 23rd at 3 pm:
Horton Hotel & Rooftop Bar at 611 W King Street in Boone with Boone Chamber. Will
offer a memorable rooftop champagne toast to the first 50 registrants to
sign up to attend!
June 24th at 4 pm:
Funky Tulip at 1127 Main Street (previously Sister Act) in Blowing
Rock. Owned by Lisa Ireland of Tazmaraz!
More details to follow with each
Pictured above: Gaines, Susan
& Laurel Kiker, Zak Ammar, Hailey, Sheryl & Tom Gocke, Robert Smith
Pictured above: Winners Laurel
Kiker and Haley Gocke
8th Grade Students
Receive Funding for their Start-Up Businesses!
This year the Blowing Rock
Chamber of Commerce partnered with Blowing Rock School to offer an “Intro
to Entrepreneurship” class to 8thgrade students.
Students spent the year coming up with a business plan, a budget, marketing
their business, and pitching their idea to a panel of “sharks” that would
ultimately decide which student businesses would receive real funding to
actually start their business. Precision Printing donated business cards to
all of the entrepreneurship students.
Hailey Gocke and Laurel Kiker
received funding for their new businesses. Hailey's business, “Rose’s
Art Boxes” will go to hospitals and nursing home patients as a way
to entertain and pass the time during those often long and arduous hospital
stays. Hailey is going to begin building art boxes to distribute to
hospital patients and hopefully develop it further as a non-profit. Laurel's
business, “Iced Up” will focus on baking cupcakes and other
baked goods, available for delivery locally. Laurel spent the entire
school year experimenting at home with her icing, to the benefit and
sometimes not, of her family's tastebuds.
The class was spearheaded by Zak
Ammar, Blowing Rock Chamber Board Member and owner of Vixster Waste
Services. Zak is a graduate of App State’s MBA program and was the winner
of the 2016 Business Pitch Day hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship,
making him a great leader for the class. Zak co-led the class with Blowing
Rock School’s Digital Learning Coach, Robert Smith. Special thanks to
not only Zak and Robert, but also to App State's Erik Schlenker, Blowing
Rock's Chamber of Commerce's Tim Hilton, Jim McDowell, Loni Miller, and
Charles Hardin for guidance.
New Member: High
High Country Happenings is a
service committed to bringing people together in the high country through
exciting, unique and exclusive events. Signing up for a monthly
membership skips the hassle of dating apps and matchmaking sites. Come
meet new friends, or something more, in a no pressure environment.
Round Up for the
Middle Fork Greenway! A message from Wendy Patoprsty
The Middle Fork Greenway is a
legacy community project that will benefit the High Country for generations
to come. Please join the growing number of businesses (135 and counting)
supporting this community asset during the 2019 Round Up for the Greenway.
Thank you to the 111 local
businesses that raised $113,000 during the last year’s Round Up! Those
funds leveraged over $1 million in grants for the next two phases of
from Tweetsie Railroad to Niley Cook Road, will begin in 2019
from Shoppes on the Parkway to the Foley Center, will begin in 2020
You can help keep the momentum
going and demonstrate your commitment to our High Country community by
participating in the 2019 Round Up for the Greenway in July. There are many
ways to participate, including asking customers to round up their bill,
adding a small donation to transactions, giving a one-time donation, adding
a fee to online sales, the way you donate can be custom to fit your
By participating in the Round Up
for the Greenway your business will receive personalized social media
advertising, as well as acknowledgement on the Middle Fork Greenway
website, in the Blue Ridge Conservancy annual report, and on promotional
materials for the Round Up. Thanks to support from Precision Printing,
promotional materials will be provided to you.
Please contact Wendy Patoprsty
before June 14thto explore ways
your business can be a part of this campaign and ensure that your business
gets listed as a Middle Fork Greenway partner this summer. (828) 264-2511
Land Trust Day,
June 1 is Land
Trust Day at the Mast Store where you can visit with volunteers and
representatives from the Blue Ridge Conservancy (Valle Crucis locations)
and the New River Conservancy (Boone). They will be ready to share news
about their recent work -- like the progress on the Middle Fork Greenway
and the additions to the New River State Park -- and how you can help. At
the end of the day, Mast Store is donating 20% of the day's sales to
support their efforts to benefit all of us.
All money raised goes to
scholarships to benefit local students.
Blowing Rock Women's Club will
have a rummage sale at the American Legion Building on Wallingford Street.
Sale dates and times:
30th: 2 -5 pm
31st: 8 am - 4 pm
1st: 8 am - 2 pm
Great variety of items offered -
clothing, home goods, sporting equipment, books, decor, and more!
The installation of the
large-scale kinetic sculpture by renowned sculptor,Mike Roig will occur on
June 3rd at 11:00-12:30 on Main Street at Chetola. This marks the beginning
of the inaugural cultural event, The Sculpture Walk on Chetola Lake August
9-11 from 10am-10pm.
Woodworks & Alair Homes High Country to Host Open House on Saturday,
Blowing Rock Woodworks and Alair
Homes High Country are hosting an open house event on Saturday, June 8th,
12 - 5pm. It is a free event and open to the public, free food and light
refreshments. Food trucks and local beer vendors will also be present. More info