Lake Days

There’s something therapeutic about days spent on the lake. Lazily floating with the mountains surrounding you and the sun reflecting off the water is truly good for the soul. We’re blessed to have Lake Hiwassee, Lake Appalachia, and Cherokee Lake right here in our county, not to mention more than 100,000 acres of Forest Service Land.

We have 3 marinas on Lake Hiwassee that offer slip rentals, both long and short term, as well as:

  • Pontoon Boat Rentals
  • Paddle Board Rentals
  • Kayak Rentals
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Pedal Boat Rentals
  • Fishing/ Power Boat Rentals
  • Boat Ramp
  • Gasoline
  • Bait, Boating Supplies, Snacks, and Drinks

So if you own a boat, or simply want to rent for a day, you can live your best life right here where NC begins! So tell us, what’s your favorite thing about a lake day?

Heritage Partners Along the River Walk

The Heritage Partners is an active organization throughout our community and best know for their work on the Murphy River Walk. It’s only fitting that we take in the natural beauty of our community during this last month of Summer.

We’ll see you Thursday August 15th from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Pavilion near the Rock Gym and Murphy Health & Fitness. Click here to watch our WKRK Wednesday Facebook Live video with Elo-ly and Corey Bailey of Heritage Partners as they share details about this Networking event.

Congratulations to our Door Prize Winners at last month’s AfterHours! Elo-ly Bailey, Barbara Hughes, and Corey Bailey were the lucky table at Bojangles’ in Murphy!

We celebrated the first anniversary of Bojangles’ in Murphy with a Ribbon Cutting and AfterHours networking event Thursday July 18th. Bojangles’ provided true Southern hospitality and an impressive spread, including their new pimento cheese that wowed all in attendance. Pictures center with scissors are owner, Crystal and general manager, Kristi. Holding the ribbon at the left is marketing director, Regina and on the right, catering manager, Ronda. For information and catering, contact Bojangles’ at 828-516-2105 and visit their location at 1563 Andrews Road in Murphy.

Joining us were WKRKMcNabb PropertiesCherokee ScoutREACHCherokee County Arts CouncilCherokee County Master GardenersFriends of Harshaw Chapel, Miller Well Drilling, America’s Homeplace, Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital, AirMedcare Network, and Appalachian Land.

Many thanks to our Chamber Ambassadors: Elo-Ly & Corey Bailey, Barbara Hughes, Tim Radford, and Sherry Palmer. We’ll see you Thursday August 15th with Heritage Partners!

Leading Ladies & A Plate Full O’ Blues

The Peacock Performing Arts Center is a community favorite in the far western counties of North Carolina. Providing a venue for musicians, aspiring actors, and all who appreciate the arts, this community theater has a steady lineup that always entertains.

The month of August offers a little comic relief with the Leading Ladies performance August 9-11; 16-18 and the legendary Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues concert on August 24th.

The Peacock has quite the calendar with four productions in the Theatrical Season, year-round Main Stage Events, and the Song Writer Showcase concert series from April through September. With such an intimate venue, there truly is no bad seat. The talent that takes the stage is always amazing and the camps that are offered to foster a love of the arts in our community is priceless.

For more photos & info about Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues, click here.

Get your tickets for one of these performances and remember… experiences such as this make great gifts. So what will it be, theatre… concert… or both? Let us know your favorite and we’ll see you at the Peacock!

Lunch at Red Brick Deli

We typically have a Party of 3, but on this day, we traded in Sherry for two kids. My girls are big fans of the owners and staff at Red Brick Deli. Bram and Wendy always greet us with a friendly neighborhood welcome and they happen to have some of the most amazing dessert in Cherokee County. When you fall in love with Red Brick, no worries, they’re conveniently located between the Mountain Lakes Board of Realtors and McNabb Properties. They can find you a home near the deliciousness!

Back to what’s important, the food. My girls ordered a ham and cheese sandwich from the kids menu. They recommend that you ask to have it pressed so the cheese melts just enough and it’s almost like a grilled ham and cheese. While one of my daughters had chips, everyone else went with the ever-popular potato salad and a pickle. (Take Ronda’s advice and ask for the pickle. You’re welcome.)

If you have a gluten sensitivity, the gluten-free wrap at Red Brick Deli is the best I’ve tried. Way better than a lot of the dry GF cardboard you find at other places. I enjoyed the Cuban on the gluten-free wrap… well, half of it. I needed to save room for dessert. Meanwhile, Ronda went for the Bulldog. A word to the wise, if a local restaurant has a sandwich that is named after the local mascot, they mean business. Piled high with hot corned beef, pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing, you better bring your appetite.

Now onto my personal favorite, dessert. Always save room for dessert at Red Brick Deli. Always. The kids menu comes with a brownie, but there is also a brownie sundae, piled high with whipped cream and perfect for sharing. They’re well-known for Key lime pie, but let me tell you, that chocolate cake my daughter ordered may be my new fav. So much chocolate! My middle daughter is a die-hard cheesecake fan, so naturally that was her dessert of choice.

Basically, whatever you order, it’s going to be amazing. You may leave with a to-go container, but you won’t leave hungry. So plan a lunch date and enjoy some Red Brick Deli. They’re open Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 – 3:00 and Wendy and Bram will happily welcome you for a delicious lunch and some of the best service you can find in Downtown Murphy.

Two-For-One Special!

Our July Ambassador is the best two-for-one… Elo-ly Bailey is always out and about with her husband, Corey, volunteering with Cherokee County Master Gardeners, Arts Council, Heritage Partners, and our Chamber of Commerce. Logging 1,000 volunteer hours in just the Master Gardeners alone, they have also served on the Friends of Murphy Library and Valley River Humane Society.

We are beyond grateful to have Elo-ly and Corey supporting this community that they have called home for the past 15 years. With the experience from their career in Claims and Risk Management, they have been an asset to the boards on which they serve. While they love to be a part of our community with such diverse interests, they moved to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren in Marietta. We honestly don’t know how they keep up with it all, but we’re so grateful!

In their free time, Elo-ly and Corey enjoy the quiet beauty around their house. Sharing their 5 acres with deer, turkeys, wood ducks, fish, 8 cats, and 1 dog certainly helps them recharge to go right back out and serve in this beautiful mountain community.

If you haven’t met the Baileys yet, we would love to introduce you at our August 15th AfterHours with Heritage Partners on the Murphy River Walk. They’re always fun to chat with, so grab a glass of wine and they can tell you about some great ways to experience the whole county: from the rivers to the mountains, the fun of small town shopping, and some delicious local restaurants. Just remember to let us know… what’s your favorite way to enjoy Cherokee County?

For location details check out the Facebook event!

Are you Ready?

As I was researching what to blog about in the area of Economic Development for Cherokee County I was served an epiphany by a member who just stepped into the office to talk. A recent new business venture was struggling. Why? Several reasons but first and foremost lack of experience and lack of a solid business plan. Hence the question to aspiring businesses…..

Are you ready?

Of course the main purpose of this blog segment is to keep you, the reader, up to date on business ventures and opportunities happening in Cherokee County. But the thought that was provoked by my visitor was “How many business ventures start and fail making no more than a tiny ripple in our local economy but perhaps financially devastating the business owner?” Part of our mission at the Chamber is to promote established and new businesses and there have been more the a few times we referred potential business projects to Kathryn Jenkins at the Small Business Center (SBC) at Tri-County Community College before signing those businesses up for a Chamber Membership. Because unfortunately a “Great Idea” does not guarantee success.

So again, are you ready? If you are planning a new venture or even expanding a current business check out the valuable resources that are available right here and most are at no cost. Upcoming free classes at the SBC include Start Up Assistance and Marketing tips just to name a couple. Go to the link below and sign up. (Even if you think you are ready)

Small Business Center

Goldhagen Glass

People are always impressed by the number of artists living in and around Cherokee County. From live music at local establishments to our very own Goldhagen Art Glass Studio, we’re an experience that simply can’t be replicated.

While you can find David Goldhagen’s art glass in places like New York and Philadelphia, it’s all created in his studio right here in Hayesville, North Carolina. To watch this process is truly amazing…

David Goldhagen presenting the process of his Art Glass at the Folk School. Visit his own studio just up the road in Hayesville, North Carolina.

You can schedule a time to tour his studio and watch from the viewing balcony as he creates, just give him a call to schedule a tour. BUT… I highly recommend his Hot Summer Nights concert series. Get to know locals and visitors as you enjoy live music and truly experience David’s time-honored techniques as he produces bold, vibrant sculptures along the shores of Lake Chatuge.

You’ll definitely want to take home a souvenir so be sure to explore the Goldhagen Gallery during your visit. David’s sculptures, fused glass, ornaments, platters, and all of his creations make a truly one-of-a-kind gift that is sure to be a conversation piece. If you’re traveling, no worries! Goldhagen Art Glass Studio will happily ship your items for you.

August 10th – Troy Underwood
August 31st – Monica Spears
September 28th – Wyatt Espalin