Friday, October 9, 2020

Weekly Village Update 10.8.20


Chamber News
Blowing Rock Farmers Market
The Blowing Rock Farmers Market has been extended to Thursday, October 15th!

Enjoy a few more weeks of fresh flowers, bread, local meat, goat cheese, eggs, and more!

This week The Mustard Seed Market will be at the market with Pumpkins!
Voting in Blowing Rock
Early voting will take place in Town Hall October 15th - 31st from 8:00am to 7:30pm

Election Day voting will take place on November 3rd at Blowing Rock Elementary from 6:30am to 7:30pm.
Get Ready for Holiday Shopping with Google
Google has launched a mini-site with Holiday Shopping Tools & Resources.

The tool kit is full of ways to help promote online shopping and in person.

Google’s Local Opportunity Finder is designed for small businesses looking to attract customers to a physical location.

Learn more about how to utilize your business profile on Google at our next Grow with Google Seminar on October 6th at 1pm. Register online here.
Chamber PPE Discount
  • Touchless, infrared thermometers have been reduced another 37% with Chamber member discount prices ranging from $26.99 - $44.99 (depending on how many you order).
  • Starting prices for 2oz sanitizer (gel or liquid) has been reduced 57% to $1.13 - $1.35 a bottle with member discount.
  • 3-ply mask starting price has been reduced by an additional 13%, now $0.37-$0.54 per mask with member discount.
  • A gallon of liquid or gel sanitizer has been reduced 12%, now $26.96-$33.75 per gallon ($.21 per oz), with member discount.
  • KN95 starting prices have been reduced 9.7%, now $2.25 - $2.84 per mask with member discount.

**New Products Now Available**
  • Face Shields
  • Alcohol Wipes

RETOOLNC Grant Program
Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) are vital to the community and economy in North Carolina. These businesses are at-risk of permanent closure as a result of COVID-19. The RETOOLNC program will help address the challenges that certified NC HUBs and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms are facing as they work to recover from the pandemic.

Funded at $12 million, the HUB Small Business Impact Grant Program (RETOOLNC) will be administered by the Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB Office) in partnership with the Carolina Small Business Development Fund (CSBDF) and the North Carolina Institute for Minority Economic Development (the Institute).

Initiative Capital, a program of The Institute, will service businesses that start with A-K. Businesses beginning with L-Z will be serviced by Carolina Small Business Development Fund.
Chamber Health Insurance Discount
Aetna Funding Advantage (AFA) makes it easy for members of any Chamber of Commerce in 26 western North Carolina counties to save money on their benefits with up to 25% savings on monthly costs vs an ACA plan**. And now, these businesses can save on average, an additional 2% on monthly costs through Chamber Health Insurance for Western North Carolina.

To submit your news to our weekly newsletter, email by Wednesday.

Our newsletter reaches over 1,000 member contacts each Thursday!
Upcoming Activities & Meetings

Member News
4 Forty Four Properties
Exciting Announcement from 4 Forty Four:

Created out of the desire to provide client services from the point of pre-purchase to a fully finished home, we’re now providing land and property acquisition services alongside our Custom Building, Consulting and Interior Design services. With over 30 years of experience in the home-building industry, you can trust our team to think through the details of your land and facilitate the entire custom building process start-to-finish.

Whether you’re looking for a mountain top view, a quiet escape on the New River, or a conveniently located cottage, 4 Forty Four Properties can help you find the perfect property for your dream home.

To learn more, visit
Hellbender Bed & Beverage is open!
Join the Chamber in celebrating the opening of Hellbender Bed &Beverage on Wednesday, October 14th at 4pm for ribbon cutting!

They are open Tuesday- Saturday 12-8 for bar service. The menu features southern classics including fried bologna to wings, cocktails and more!
New Hours at First Citizens Bank
The Blowing Rock Branch has new hours of operation starting immediately.

Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm
Closed 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Drive Thru
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 5:00pm
Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Webinar
You're invited to the next Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Insider’s Report webinar at 11 a.m., Tuesday, October 13.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most biodiverse of all the national parks with a tremendous variety of life. Every autumn when our mountains glow, the world pauses and takes notice. Fall is a short, magical time to enjoy the splendor of our biodiversity. That time is now.
During this 30-minute Zoom session with Parkway Ridge District Interpreter Peter Hamel, you'll find out what goes into our spectacular autumn views, how past events shaped our forests, and how our decisions today shape its future.

Watauga Humane Society Fundraiser
After 10+ years and thousands of dogs, our floors and kennels have all seen better days. The floors are in need of sealing and repair. As you can imagine, 10 years of wear and tear, cleaning chemicals and thousands of dogs using the kennels has taken a toll. 
The kennels themselves are deteriorating and our state inspector has warned that they will soon fail inspection. Due to their design, the kennels now in use are very difficult to sanitize and are unsafe for dogs in some circumstances. After much discussion, research and planning, the WHS Board of Directors has approved a design that will better protect our dogs from injury and unsanitary conditions. The new kennel design includes a “fear free” feature that lessens the amount of distraction the dogs receive in the kennels and will reduce their stress.
The estimated cost for this project is approximately $147,000 to resurface the floors and upgrade our doggie quarters. 

DeWoolfson Sale
DeWoolfson Fall Feather Sale
October 10-24

Receive an extra 20% off on Dewoolfson down pillows and comforters in 5 weights. Sale available in store or online at
Caldwell Hospice Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is breast cancer awareness month, and Caldwell Hospice wants to remind women to be tested! The American Cancer Society recommends that all women over the age of 40 get an annual mammogram and a clinical physical exam. For more information about breast cancer, visit the American Cancer Society’s website. If you or someone you love is fighting breast cancer, our non-hospice palliative medicine services provide an extra layer of support by focusing on easing symptoms of the disease and side effects of treatment. Learn more about resources available to you at 1.844.MY.JOURNEY or
Oasis Virtual 5K
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month - Oasis is hosting a virtual 5k fundraiser to raise money and awareness.

When: Any time between October 18-24 (Domestic Violence Awareness Month Week of Action)
Where: Wherever you are!
How: Walk, run, hike, bike, however it feels best for your body! Complete the entire 5k at once or spread it out. This event is virtual, so there will be no winners. No one will monitor your progress--do what feels right to you. 
Cost: A suggested donation of $25, but anything counts!

October Events at Mystery Hill
Mystery Hill is celebrating Halloween all month long:

  • Oct 9 – Mountain Myths Workshop – 10 am to 2 pm
  • Oct 16 – Herbalism Workshop – 10 am to 2 pm
  • Oct 23 – Candle Making Workshop – 10 am to 2 pm
  • Oct 31 – Spooky Storytelling – 10 am to 2 pm

Learn more about these events and register online here.
Octoberfest at Sugar Mountain
There are lots of reasons for you to grab your beer stein, put on your Lederhosen or your Dirndl and head to Sugar Mountain Resort Saturday & Sunday, October 10 & 11, 2020. The Harbour Towne Fest Band will provide a festive Bavarian atmosphere to Sugar’s 30th annual Oktoberfest celebration. Admission, parking and shuttle service are free. Rain, shine or snow the festival will go on! For additional information please call 828-898-4521.
WYN Festival of Trees
Thursday, December 3rd

Like everything, Festival of Trees has been reimagined this year! WYN is kickin' it old-school with a fun & festive TELETHON (with modern twists)!  It's sure to delight with local holiday entertainment, contests to enter, and a HUGE raffle that will knock your socks off!!! Not to worry: Decorated trees will still be on display in various locations around the area (available for viewing and online auction), along with gifts for under the tree. Stay tuned for more information coming soon, and mark your calendar NOW! In support of Western Youth Network.
Spectrum Reach Webinar
Wednesday, October 14th

Rebuild My Town
Hosted by Chip and Joanne Gaines of the Magnolia Network

We'd love to see you!
The Chamber Team is glad to see our businesses re-opening! Email Regina to let us know you're open and we will stop by for a socially distance visit.
More events and updates can be found on our online calendar.

To submit your news to our weekly newsletter, email by Wednesday.

Our newsletter reaches over 1,000 member contacts each Thursday!
Thank you to our 2020 Chamber Partners!

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