Summer Art Around Town

School may be out…but The MAC Summer Art Program is in! Throughout July, art classes are offered to kids in downtown Murphy. An exhibition featuring these young artists and their work will be Friday August 2, 5:00-8:00 pm during the Murphy Art Walk.

Student Art Exhibit Saturday August 2nd, 5:00-8:00pm in Murphy

The kids aren’t the only ones to enjoy art, the Valley River Arts Guild hosts a variety of classes for adults at The MAC throughout the year. From guitar lessons to watercolor, the opportunities to express yourself creatively are endless. Just across the street at Trudy’s Creations, you can also enjoy acrylic pouring classes or purchase one of many handcrafted designs. If you’re looking for a unique conversation piece for your home or that one-of-a-kind gift, be sure to explore our locally owned shops at the August 2nd Art Walk.

Black & White Market is a picker’s dream come true with vintage and locally crafted pieces that are unique to Murphy. Just a few doors down you’ll find impressive wooden creations, local photography, jewelry, and pottery at Gallery 26. Around the corner, Marketplace Antiques and Lotsa Memories Antiques & More have an eclectic mix of collectibles and vintage finds.

You’ll find local art for sale on the walls of Bistro 29, Daily Grind and Wine, and The BakeShop… not to mention all the artists set up at Rumors Clothing, Curiosity Shop, Simply Sweet Baby Boutique, and Serenity Mountain Gift Shop. So put a reminder in your calendar for First Friday Art Walk and enjoy this amazing community’s creativity on display for the Murphy Art Walk. We’ll see you August 2nd from 5:00-8:00 pm!

Business Cards & Bojangles’

Each month Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce hosts an AfterHours networking event. Bojangles’ will be our host on July 18th in Murphy from 5:00 – 7:00pm. We invite our members, local businesses, and entrepreneurs to join us! We offer door prizes and select our Member of the Month and Ambassador of the Month from those in attendance. Be sure to bring your business cards and stay a while!

Congratulations to our Door Prize Winners!
Brad Bruce of Olde Town Brokers: Valley River RV Resort two-night stay
John Reynolds of Valley River Humane Society: Mike Lalone Pottery

Thursday, June 13th Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce AfterHours at Valley River RV Resort in Murphy. Many thanks to our hosts: Jean-Marie Harrison – Resort General Manager, Billy Harrison – Operations Manager, Loren Snyder and Ron & Judy Schweitzer.

Joining us were Murphy Mayor Rick Ramsey, Murphy Town Council Gail Walker Stansell, WKRKMcNabb PropertiesThe Whole StoreCherokee ScoutValley River Humane SocietyREACHCherokee County Arts CouncilOlde Town Brokers, Bear Creek Adventures Mini Golf and Gem Mining Co., Gaines Concealed CarryCherokee County Master Gardeners, and Chamber Ambassadors: Sherry Palmer, Cory Bailey, and Elo-ly Bailey.

Congrats to our Member of the Month: Dr. George Gaines of Gaines Concealed Carry and Ambassador of the Month: Elo-ly Harris of Cherokee County Arts Council & Cherokee County Master Gardeners!

Join us for your chance to be our Member or Ambassador of the Month!

Movers and Shakers

Economic development is alive and well in Cherokee County thanks to folks like….

Paul Worley; Director of Economic And Workforce Development at Tri-County Community College Center for Applied Technology

Aaron Patton; Director of Customized Training at Tri-County Community College Center of Applied Technology.

Kathryn Jenkins; Director of Small Business Center at Tri-County Community College.

Paul and Aaron concentrate much of their efforts on assisting in the expansion of established businesses and fostering new business growth in the region. Kathryn is the go-to person for business planning, marketing strategies, training, small business loan preparation and sound advice. The SBC offers a wide array of classes to the public that are free of charge and aimed to provide a foundation for entrepreneurs both large and small. 

After meeting with Paul, Aaron, and Kathryn areas for needed growth were outlined as housing, expanded broadband, and continued workforce development. Opportunities are plentiful in an area that has as 20% base in manufacturing, a major medical center, tourism, and a variety of healthy income opportunities from major employers such as: Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel, Murphy Electric Power Board, Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital, The Cable Company, Snap-on, IOI and MOOG, Inc.


Dinner for Three

Our first segment of “Party of Three” is dedicated to Murphy’s Chophouse and the nationally renowned chef/owner, Chef James Reaux. As recent winner of our Forks and Corks – Local Savor event for “Best Food” by popular vote this promised a culinary experience for our crew. I mean, if so many folks voted for them what better place to start? 

Arriving on time for our reservation we were pleasantly greeted at the door and shown to our table immediately. Our server, Karen, arrived promptly sharing the specials and offering advice on menu items. Of course we ordered right away as we were starving; calamari and salads all around. Now we were down to serious business…the entrees. I jumped in and ordered the Surf and Turf. How could I not with Karen promising perfection? I went for the Filet Mignon and lobster.  Ronda followed suit with her selection of a mid-rare Ribeye finished with a Port wine reduction paired with succulent scallops. Becca did not hesitate to double down with a Filet Mignon topped with baby Bella mushrooms and a sweet potato. What can I say, we girls like our steak. This was paired with an excellent 2017 Gascon Malbec which complimented the beef superbly. 

The timing of the food was perfect. Courses arrived to the table just when we were finishing the previous dish. Deliciousness all around. I would like to say we enjoyed stimulating and thought provoking conversation, but we couldn’t stop eating long enough for that to happen. In the end, “to- go” boxes were delivered because no one was willing to leave even a bite behind. We’ll be sure to save room for dessert next time! See you next month at Red Brick Deli.

For the Five

Chick-fil-A may be located in Blairsville, Georgia but they’re great neighbors that reach out in their community and the surrounding counties: Cherokee, Clay, Towns, and Fannin. They truly are “For the Five!” You’ll see their sandwiches at the concession stand at local ball games, in community schools, and they even treated all 80 of our golfers to a complimentary lunch at our Chamber Golf Classic at Mountain Harbour Golf Club.

When you visit Chick-fil-A in Blairsville, you’ll be impressed by the ever-efficient drive-thru, seasonal milk shakes, friendly service, and you’ll always get exactly what you ordered. If you can’t make it to Blairsville, no worries! They cater and you know your guests will be happy to “eat mor chikin” at your event. Stop by to see them at Forks and Corks – Local Savor for a taste of that infamous chicken and chat about all they offer For the Five!

Wine Tastings & Craft Beer

The Murphy Co. has an impressive assortment of wine, craft beer, and cigars right in downtown Murphy on the four lane. This new business has expanded quickly with a new tasting room where you can enjoy their casual atmosphere and a glass of wine. Each week you can get tickets to their wine tasting where you can often meet the winemaker and learn more about the vineyard and winemaking process. Be sure to get your tickets early though, they’ve been selling out quickly!

When you’re there, be sure to peruse the cigar humidor and know that they can probably order your favorite if you don’t see it in stock. If craft beer is your thing, you can choose from a variety of North Carolina and regional beers. Watch our chat on WKRK with owner, Matthew White to learn more about all the great things happening at The Murphy Co. and be sure to get a taste at Forks and Corks – Local Savor Thursday June 6th at The Hackney Warehouse!

A Taste of Brooklyn in the Mountains

There’s no need to go to New York to get a taste of the city. Sal’s Brooklyn Pizza offers made to order deck oven baked Brooklyn style NY pizza right here in Murphy. He doesn’t just stop at pizza though, he has a full menu including calzones with all fresh ingredients and just the right amount of cheese!

After a day on the lake or at the pool, you can skip the kitchen and enjoy this family-owned business on the four lane in Murphy. They’re open Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, and we recommend their Wednesday Special. All Summer long, you can enjoy spaghetti or penne pasta, meatballs, and garlic bread for just $6.99 all day. They’ll be serving up a few samples of their offerings at Forks & Corks – Local Savor June 6th at The Hackney Warehouse. Stop by for a taste!