Thursday, February 23, 2017

Weekly Village Update - 2/23/17

Chamber Events & News

National Entrepreneurship Week, February 20-24

Entrepreneur Spotlight:
Zak Ammar, Vixster Waste & Recycle
The number of diverse skill sets required to be a successful entrepreneur is astounding. We celebrate all entrepreneurs and thank you for creating local economies for us all to live, work, and thrive within!

Today we want to introduce you to Zak Ammar of Vixster Waste & Recycle. Zak is a member and  young entrepreneur with a really innovative idea. Read our blog to find out more!

Public Policy Event
Political Redistricting for
Fair Elections
Monday, February 27th at 10 am
LaQuinta Inn
165 Hwy 105 Extension, Boone

A very timely and important topic!
This program will look at the way North Carolina could find an alternative to our current redistricting process. It is about the congressional redistricting simulation that Tom Ross, eight retired justices and judges developed along with the Sanford School at Duke. This program describes how and why they developed the redistricting, explaining why they chose a nonpartisan method and how they think it might benefit the state of North Carolina. 
Speakers: NC House Representative Jonathan Jordan and Judge Ed Gregory.
Call the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 828.295.7851 to RSVP or click the RSVP button to send an email.
Program is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Real Estate Report
Local Realtors® started 2017 with inventory at its lowest level in more than three years, as interest in the market remained strong through the winter months.
According to the High Country Multiple Listing Service (MLS), Realtors® sold 101 homes worth $27.62 million in January. The median sold price, the midpoint at which half of all homes sold above or below, was $225,000, the highest one-month mark since last October.

NCDOL Warns Employers of
Poster Scam
The NC Department of Labor is urging businesses across the state to be on the lookout for suspicious correspondence, after the department recently received multiple reports of persons using scare tactics or threatening language in an attempt to sell labor law posters to employers.

Member Events & News

ROCK SOLID, a series highlighting our members who have been in business in the Blowing Rock area for 20+ years:

Hanna's Oriental Rugs and Gifts
Officially operating since 1919! Hanna’s, located at 1123 Main Street, has been a family owned business for 98 years – the longest of any Blowing Rock business. Thamena Hanna’s father-in-law arrived in the area to sell rugs and wares in 1917 prior to purchasing their present location.  Hanna’s carries antique and new Oriental and Persian style rugs as well as collectibles from Lladro, Hummel,  Dresden and Swarovski. Antique tapestries and linens are also available. Stop in for that exceptional piece. This cornerstone Blowing Rock business has earned its reputation as one of the most knowledgeable and passionate merchants in the region, confirmed by nearly a century of loyal service to their customers.

The Coves Mountain River Club
This gated community enjoys five miles of river frontage along the Johns River connecting to Wilson Creek. Amenities include: 
  • Round Mountain Ranch, a full service equestrian center
  • 39 miles of horse, biking and hiking trails
  • 2 community gardens
  • 4 community parks
  • 4 cascading waterfalls
  • Stunning mountaintop two-story lodge with infinity-view saline swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center and well-appointed entertainment area

Miniature Landscape Painting
Thursday, February 23rd at 5 pm
Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

Join artist Rachael VanDyke to create your own miniature landscape painting on a square, smooth wood cradle. Registration required.

Locals Night at Green Park Inn
In an effort to give back to the local community, the Green Park Inn is now offering Local’s Night.

All food in both the Chestnut Grille and Divide Tavern will be 20% off every Sunday!

Turchin Center 
Two New Exhibitions Open March 3rd
“Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition” Over 900 entries were submitted and the jury panel selected 48 finalist images. Visitors are invited to participate in the People’s Choice Award selection.

“Pieces of the Puzzle: Community Outreach“
The Turchin Center’s arts and education outreach programs connect the university arts resources to a diverse audience of students, arts patrons, teachers and learners. 

Table Rock Food Tours Offers
15% Off Blowing Rock Tours 
Table Rock Food Tours has extended 15% OFF any Blowing Rock tour booked in February or March!
The next tour is Saturday, March 4th at noon. Tours run every other Saturday. Visit the website for more information and reservations. 
 Use code Blowingrock to save 15%!

Community Events & News

UNITE WNC Tech Summit
Design Our Digital Future
March 31st - April 1st
US Cellular Center, Asheville

Share. Learn. Dream. Act.

Ever wonder what WNC will look like in 10 years? Will there be enough tech jobs for you to grow your career or enough tech workers to grow your company? Attend and participate in UNITE WNC tech summit. We need your voice and experience to help shape where we are headed.

Chamber Information & Meetings

Upcoming Meetings:

Board of Directors: Wed, March 1st at 8 am
Blowing Rock Young Professionals Meetup: Monday, March 13th at 5:30 pm, Blowing Rock Ale House
Business Before Hours: Wednesday, March 15th at 8:30 am, Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
Business Support & Membership Committee: Thursday, March 16th at 9 am
Business After Hours: Tuesday, March 21st at 5:30 pm, Blowing Rock Medical Park/PLUS Urgent Care

All meetings are held in the Chamber Boardroom unless otherwise noted.

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