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.

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

The Whole Store

We hear self care, natural, and wellness quite a bit so we all know that we need to make healthier choices. The questions is, where do we start? The Whole Store is an amazing local resource that offers natural foods, supplements, herbs, and more. Pat and the staff at The Whole Store are knowledgeable and able to answer many questions as you begin to make the small changes on your path to wellness.

Open 7 days a week at 10:00am!
3090 West US Hwy 64 #105 Murphy NC 28906

In addition to supplements, teas, frozen and pantry food items, you can also find pet supplements and beauty care products. Most impressive is the wall of bulk herbs and resources to help you make wise decisions regarding your health. Be sure to watch The Whole Store’s “Backyard Remedies” show on our local Cable TV channel 49 and tune in to WKRK the 1st Thursday of the month at 10:30am!

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!

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!

Carolina BBQ at The Rib

North Carolina is known for its BBQ and Rib Country is the local establishment that satisfies that craving every time. Located on “the four lane” you can swing by for lunch or dinner whenever you’re in the mood for ribs, pulled pork, or smoked turkey. While you’re at it, get the party started with a country-made onion loaf and really make the best of it! You may need to take a walk on the Murphy River Walk, but it will be more than worth the calories.

Their country cooking doesn’t stop with BBQ. Whether sweet or savory, Rib Country has a country breakfast that will keep you full well past noon. They even offer catering for family gatherings, work or school banquets, and parties of all kinds. You can keep it simple with BBQ and all the sides, or go all out with whole pig pickin! Join us at Forks and Corks – Local Savor for true Southern Hospitality and Carolina BBQ.

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.