Monday, December 31, 2018

Ribbon Cutting at We're Good Sports

Three months ago, Dan and Laurel Roberts took over ownership of We're Good Sports on Main Street. In this time, they have brought in several new product lines and refreshed the store, so they decided it was time to celebrate with the public! On the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 28th, Main Street and its shops were bustling with the post-holiday crowd as Dan, Laurel, Chamber staff, board members and town dignitaries cut the ceremonial ribbon.

Join us in wishing the Roberts continued success with providing a robust and popular selection of college and professional sports team gifts!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Weekly Village Update 12.27.18

Commerce Communications
New Year's Eve Edition

As 2018 comes to an end we want to take a moment to reflect on the past year and be thankful for the support of our Chamber members, community, neighbors & friends.

Chamber Events & News

Ribbon Cutting
TOMORROW! December 28th at 4:30 pm
We're Good Sports is under new ownership! Please join us for a ribbon cutting celebration and help us welcome Dan Roberts to Main Street!

Polar Plunge Early Registration
Deadline: January 4th
The Polar Plunge in Chetola Lake is one of the highlights of WinterFest. It's free to watch as a spectator and $35 to TAKE THE PLUNGE into the lake. Proceeds benefit local charities.

There are perks for pre-registering! Plungers who register by January 4, 2019 will receive a commemorative long-sleeved t-shirt in their chosen size and will be entered into a drawing for a complimentary massage at the Spa at Chetola Resort on the day of the plunge! Plunge begins promptly at 10 am on January 26th.

If you are interested, or if you know of someone who might be interested in this program, please click the button below for more details or to download and print an application.

If you have additional questions, please call Charles Hardin at the Chamber at 828.295.7851.

Now Taking Applications for Blowing Rock Leadership Challenge!
The Blowing Rock Leadership Challenge is an innovative leadership development program produced and sponsored by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. This program is designed to meet our community’s future needs for the active participation of informed and educated leaders. The goal of the program is to identify potential leaders and provide them with the community information and encouragement needed to spur local action and involvement. Graduates are challenged to apply their talents throughout the community by becoming a part of local organizations, including public boards, nonprofit groups, civic organizations, helping agencies and of course, the Chamber.

Blowing Rock Leadership Challenge was started in 2007 and has an alumni group of almost 80. In addition to the Challenge held every other year, the alumni group is also responsible for the production of the Blowing Rock Candidates’ Forum for municipal elections in the fall. This program is an excellent opportunity for people to meet many community leaders, to get connected to the community and to learn how things work.

The deadline for applications is February 1st.

Art in the Park 2019
Artist Application Due January 15th
Artists! If you want to participate in the 2019 Art in the Park season (any of the 6 shows: May 25, June 15, July 13, August 10, September 7, October 5) you must complete your application by January 15th! Applications are only being taken via Zapp.

Spectrum Reach
Spectrum Reach is the marketing platform of choice. Television is alive and thriving. Spectrum Reach is committed to helping you reach your perfect customer with innovations that empower you to digitally plan and monitor your success in real-time. We make sure you do more than keep up in the advertising space. Our clients are always one step ahead. It's time to stop doing business as usual and start doing business as exceptional. Call Spectrum Reach at 828.266.2433.

Member Events & News

Job Opportunity
LifeStore Insurance has an opening for a Commercial Lines Account Manager at their Boone location. The Commercial Lines Account Manager will work with Account Executives to market, acquire and advise new and existing clients.

New Year's Eve Dinner
December 31st
Join Green Park Inn for New Year's Eve! Enjoy a 5 course dinner, live band, dancing and champagne toast at midnight. Seating begins at 8:30 pm. Reservations required; call 828.414.9230.

New Year's Eve Dinner
December 31st
Join Timberlake's Restaurant at Chetola Resort for a four-course prix fixe dinner on New Year's Eve. Call 828.295.5505 for reservations.

New Year's Eve Extravaganza
December 31st
Join App Ski Mountain for New Year’s Eve and ring in 2019 in style! Fireworks, torchlight skiing and more! Moonlight ice skating from 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm. Festive restaurant specials available from 9 pm to midnight.

New Year's Eve Celebration
December 31st
Join Sugar Mountain for a New Year’s Eve celebration mountain style! The general public is invited free of charge to an alpine torch light parade at 11:45 pm and the fireworks show at midnight. Reservations are required for the indoor festivities taking place from 9:00 pm until 1:00 am featuring live music by The Rockabilly’s. Call 828-898-4521 x261.

Community Events & News

Town of Blowing Rock Seeks Applicants for Various Boards
Are you interested in the future of your community and have extra time to volunteer? Would you like to serve on one of Blowing Rock’s municipal boards?

The Blowing Rock Town Council will soon consider appointments to the Planning Board, the Board of Adjustment, the Tourism Development Authority, the Alcohol Beverage Control Board and the Blowing Rock Appearance Advisory Commission. Each of these boards has an essential role in preserving and protecting the quality and character of our community. Read More

Chamber Information and Meetings

Ribbon Cutting: Friday, December 28th at 4:30 pm, We're Good Sports
Executive Board Meeting: Thursday, January 3rd at 8 am
Board of Directors Meeting: Wednesday, January 9th at 8 am
High Country Economic Kickoff Breakfast: Thursday, January 24th at 7:30 am, Appalachian Ski Mtn

All meetings are held in the Chamber Boardroom unless otherwise noted

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Weekly Village Update 12.13.18

Commerce Communications

Be "in the know" with Chamber news, local happenings & more!

Chamber Events & News

Our Membership Committee will compile all nominations and send the ballot of finalists to Chamber members for popular vote to determine the final winners. Winners will be announced at our Awards Luncheon on February 12th at Meadowbrook Inn!
2018 Chamber Award Nominations
Deadline: Tomorrow, December 14th
Help select our 2018 Chamber Award Winners. Tell us, "who" is the best in the following categories and be sure to include a description of why your nominee should win the award:

·     Commercial Renovation 
·     New Construction
·     Outstanding Business Service
·     Best Customer Service
·     Service to Community
·     Jerry Burns Ambassadorial Award
·     Business of the Year

Local Holiday Gift Guide
Still need to pick up some holiday gifts? Check out our gift guide updated with new offers! Give back locally while giving to others this holiday season... shop local!

WinterFest 2019
Volunteer Opportunities & Ice Sculptures
Can you lend a hand during WinterFest weekend? There are a few volunteer opportunities available. Please email Sarah, or call 828.295.7851 for details.

Did you miss the deadline to reserve an ice sculpture for the Ice Stroll? There's room for a few more, but your reservation must be submitted no later than tomorrow, December 14th! Check your email or contact Sarah for more info.

Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
Winter storms can be anything. It could be a moderate snow over a few hours. Winter storms could be sleet, freezing rain, icing or dangerously low temperatures that sometimes go along with strong winds. One of the main concerns is that a winter storm can knock out heat, power and communications services to your home or office. When these services are out, they could be out for days at a time.

It is important to be prepared for winter weather. Click here for tips before, during and after a winter storm.

PARTNERS! Canines hopes to end the euthanasia of adoptable dogs and puppies in NC! Intake numbers of dogs and puppies in rural southern shelters are extremely high. Many times puppies and highly adoptable dogs are being euthanized due to lack of space. We hope to help shelters change their intake policies, promote spay/neuter in communities and find ways to rescue the majority of adoptable dogs and puppies in high kill shelters.

For more information, call 828.434.0620, visit the website. or follow them on Facebook.

Come see PARTNERS! Canines High Country K-9 Keg Pull at Blowing Rock WinterFest on January 26th.
Registration begins at 11:30 am and races begin at 1 pm.

Member Events & News

TAC Talk: Country Music Pioneers of Southern Appalachia: G.B. Grayson and Henry Whitter
TONIGHT, December 13th at 6 pm
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum welcomes music historian Josh Beckworth who will speak on one of the most influential musical duos in the history of traditional music in Country Music Pioneers of Southern Appalachia: G.B. Grayson and Henry Whitter. Their lives and music, which were strongly tied to Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee and Ashe and Watauga counties, provide a fascinating insight into life in the Appalachian Mountains at the turn of the 20th century.

Santa at the Rock
December 15th & 22nd, 1 - 3 pm
Come see Santa at The Blowing Rock! He'll be waiting for children by the fire from 1 - 3 pm on Saturdays until Christmas! No admission required to visit with Santa; admission needed for entry to attraction.

Ski with Santa
December 24th, 1 - 4 pm
App Ski Mountain will host a very special guest on Christmas Eve: Santa! Spot him on the slopes from 1 - 4pm.

Chamber Information and Meetings

Board of Directors Meeting: Wednesday, January 9th at 8 am
High Country Economic Kickoff Breakfast: Thursday, January 24th at 7:30 am, Appalachian Ski Mtn

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