The Village Foundation of Blowing Rock recently announced that the Rock United Relief Fund has exceeded $107,094 in donations and that it has received and reviewed 44 grant requests from small businesses in Blowing Rock. The specially formed Grants Review Committee (Tim Hilton, chair, Charlie Sellers, J B Lawrence, Carol Dabbs and Tim Gupton) has approved, to date, grant requests totaling $97,250. Tim Hilton, speaking for the Grants Review Committee, stated that “this process has been both a humbling experience and a true joy to be able to help so many local businesses”.
Blowing Rock Farmers Market Cancelled Today Due To Flash Flood Warnings
The Blowing Rock Farmers Market will begin next Thursday, May 28th, from 3pm-6pm on Park Ave. The Farmers Market will be every Thursday till September 24th.
The Blowing Rock Farmers Market will include familiar vendors including Summer Fresh Flower Farm, Blue Goat Dairy, as well as new vendors this year, BFR Beef and B & L Farms Produce.
Phase 2 will begin tomorrow at 5:00 pm. This means restrictions on some businesses are being eased and the "Stay at Home" Order will be lifted. However, the State of North Carolina is still promoting "Safer at Home."
What does this mean?
Retail remains at 50% occupancy in the store
Restaurants will be allowed to open for dine-in service at 50% occupancy
Hair Salons will be allowed to open at 50% occupancy
Self Quarantine and Short Term Rental Restrictions to be Lifted at Phase 2
On May 19 the Watauga County Commissioners voted unanimously to modify its original plan to align with the governor's phases, allowing short-term rentals to resume at the beginning of Phase 2, instead of two weeks in, and to lift the 14-day quarantine order at the same time. This would include local campgrounds.
Short-term rentals will operate at 50 percent of occupancy capacity or 50 percent of available rental units; short-term rentals can operate at 100 percent capacity at the start of the statewide Phase 3.
Count On Me NC
“Count on Me NC” initiative the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA), along with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS), the North Carolina Tourism Bureau (VisitNC), and the North Carolina State University, just launched.
“Count on Me NC” is a program specifically created to provide customers reassurance that participating restaurants, lodgings and businesses have implemented and are practicing the highest sanitation and safety measures. Training and certification are free. For more information, please visit: countonme.org
High Country Press turned 15 years old on May 5, and they used the occasion to hold a fundraising drive for their publications. Like everyone else in business, they have missed out on nearly 3 months of loss revenue this spring while their printed publications have been put on hold as our state and local counties had to shut down in our fight against the pandemic.
They turned to their readers for donations to carry them through this unprecedented time as they wait for a chance to fire up their printing presses again.
Donated Supplies, like N95 respirator masks, can be dropped-off at the front entrance of Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital in Linville or the security checkpoint at Watauga Medical Center in Boone.
If you have any questions, or to receive a gift receipt for your donation, please contact: Brian Whitfield at email@example.com or