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!

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!

Rod Brown of Farley Insurance

Rod Brown has been with Farley Insurance since 2001 and if you have been to a charity event, you’ve likely bid on a Farley Insurance donation in the silent auction. To say that Rod and Farley Insurance is invested in the community would be an understatement. After almost 20 years with Farley, Rod’s favorite part of his job is helping people after a catastrophe to help give them the much needed peace of mind.

A native of Andrews, Rod left Cherokee County to study at the University of Idaho, then returned to be close to his family and friends. He has proudly raised his son and daughter here in Cherokee County with his lovely wife, Amy. If you have a child that has attended Murphy High School, you know Mrs. Brown and her dedication to our local students. Rod loves the small town atmosphere and you will often see him outdoors, hiking and enjoying the lake with good company.

Rod’s favorite thing about being a Chamber of Commerce member is the friendly people at the AfterHours and stopping by the Welcome Center to visit. If you get a minute, share a craft beer with him and chat about the proper way to create the perfect grass fed burger.

His best advice as you seek to insure your family or business is to ask a lot of questions. Truly take the time to really look over your policy and ask all the questions, including: What type of claims are covered or not? What could happen if I have to make a claim? Better yet, give Rod and Farley Insurance a call to see how best they can protect your greatest investments. You may even get a discount as a Chamber member.