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

Gaines Concealed Carry

Dr. George Gaines is the Owner of Gaines Concealed Carry and our July 2019 Member of the Month. Dr. Gaines is the lead instructor with a long list of credentials, licenses, and certifications from the Red Cross and the Academy for Advanced Homeland Security Training to the NRA and US Concealed Carry Association. Most important of all, he’s a member of our Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce.

George has been living here in North Carolina for just over a year, enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery. You’ll see him out and about at our Chamber AfterHours, meeting new folks. While he may be new to our community, he has been providing firearms training to students of all levels for over 6 years after his cousin Henry got him back into competitive shooting. He loves to teach others about gun safety, stressing that a gun is a tool that everyone must learn to use safely.

If you currently have your concealed carry permit and interested in becoming a USCCA Training Counselor, Dr. George offers this and additional training opportunities. If you get a chance, sit down and enjoy a slice of pizza and red wine as you chat about all that he offers at Gaines Concealed Carry and his past experiences in education. Better yet, join us at our AfterHours and get to know many of our members!

Authentic Italian

If you’re looking for authentic, Granieri’s Italian Restaurant is the place in Cherokee County. This family owned establishment is located on Main Street in the Andrews Valley where you can enjoy a delicious lunch on the patio or escape the summer heat indoors. Granieri’s offers New York style pizza delivery, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and catering. Whatever you choose, the portions and the service will satisfy you, bringing you back for more.

Join us at the 5th Annual Forks & Corks – Local Savor for a sampling of authentic Granieri’s Italian in the mountains of Cherokee County. Tickets are on sale now at Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce’s Welcome Center. Visit us Monday – Friday, 9:00-5:00, and Saturday, 10:00-3:00.

Pinterest-Worthy Talent at Trudy’s Creations

We all know those people that can create anything with a sewing machine or paint brush. We also know those people that have a “Pinterest Fails” board that need a little supervision with a hot glue gun or pair of scissors. I’m not going to lie, I struggle sewing a straight line, but this is not the case for Trudy McFerrin. She offers classes to those who may have potential, but for all of us who lack the time or God-given talent to create, she has a boutique full of adorable handcrafted goods in downtown Murphy!

We celebrated the grand opening of Trudy’s Creations in downtown Murphy with a ribbon cutting on Tuesday May 14th. Owner and creator, Trudy McFerrin is pictured with the scissors and joined by Debbie Louder, Phyllis Miller, holding the ribbon on the left, and on the right, Laura Williams. Many thanks to Curiosity Shop, Creative Designs, Cherokee County Arts Council, Autumn Ridge Home Watch and Concierge, Cliff Melton Tractor Services, McNabb Properties, State Farm Insurance-Steven Aft Agency, Cruise Planners, Land & Cruise Experts, Cherokee County Master Gardeners, and Chamber Ambassadors: Sherry Palmer, Ninna Curtis, Debbie Bruce, and Corey Bailey for welcoming this new business to our community. Visit Trudy’s Creations at 46 Valley River Avenue to see her impressive selection of handcrafted items and class offerings.

Potato Salad & That Key Lime Pie!

Red Brick Deli is known as the “Home of the Overstuffed Sandwich” in downtown Murphy where Wendy and their staff are quick to greet you. As Bram works diligently behind the counter to prepare your lunch and occasionally stir up a bit of mischief, look around the deli to see photos of Red Brick regulars that come back for their phenomenal small town service.

Whether you crave something salty or sweet, Red Brick Deli’s got your back…literally. You can choose from a variety of sandwiches, bagels, and salads with a side of your choosing, but we can’t go without recommending the potato salad. The portions are more than most can finish in one meal, but they have to-go boxes so save room for dessert. The brownies and cookies make great options if you’re in a hurry to get back to work, but if you have the time, that pie is life-changing! No worries, you can walk it off as you explore our local shops or the Murphy River Walk.

With all those scrumptious options, we can’t wait to see what he has to taste at the 5th Annual Forks & Corks – Local Savor. Be sure to get your tickets at the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce soon so you can place your vote for the Best Food and the Best Beverage Thursday June 6th!

Fill Your Gills with Hoppy Trout Brewing

Hoppy Trout Brewing Co. was built by a couple passionate about craft beer. Thomas, the Master Brewer, spent three years practicing his recipes every weekend until his wife, Kristin, insisted the mounting kegs of beer be shared at last.  Hoppy Trout is now a well known and respected establishment in Andrews, with their delicious craft beer at a variety of eateries throughout Cherokee County and Western NC. You can get a taste of Hoppy Trout Brewing’s locally crafted beer at the 5th Annual Forks & Corks – Local Savor.

Beyond their beer, Thomas and Kristin are incredibly involved with the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and always supporting their neighbors. Can you imagine a better Veterans, Toys for Tots, or PTA fundraiser than dining at Hoppy Trout? Parenting win in my book! They are the epitome of a local business that gives back to their community in ways only locally owned businesses can.

Next time you’re in Andrews, enjoy a brick oven pizza and a flight of craft beer. Better yet, stop by for Pint Night on Thursdays or have some fun at their Wednesday Trivia Night!