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

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!

Award Winning Tastes

As you stroll down Main Street in Andrews you’ll find the FernCrest Winery tasting room. From April to mid-December, you can stop in Thursdays and Fridays, 12:30-6:30, Saturdays and Sundays, 12:30-5:30, and every Thursday for Locals Night, 3:00-6:00 pm. You can meet the owners, enjoy award winning wine, and learn about their local vineyard in the Snowbird Mountains and partners throughout North Carolina.

Jan and Kurt Olson are quite active in the community, so you will often see FernCrest Winery at festivals in Andrews, Murphy, and throughout the region, including our very own Forks and Corks – Local Savor. We know you’ll love their wine once you try it, so you can now buy online! Simply explore their menu and click “buy now” to use the VinoShipper shopping site or better yet, just give them a call to order limited release wines.

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.

Let the Summer Road Trips Begin

Fastop Market #309 is located in Murphy on what is locally known as “the four lane”. While the highway number may change, this road goes from the Ocoee White Water Center in Tennessee to the Nantahala Outdoor Center, running right through Cherokee County. We’re the perfect place for a road trip to take in the mountains where North Carolina begins, so visit our Cherokee County Welcome Center for free local maps and fuel up at Fastop Market!

This carnival style grand opening of Fastop Market was free to the community and dedicated to one of the founders and owners, Steven Walker Isaacs who passed away about a month after the actual project started. Steve was well respected in the industry and is missed daily. Bobby Moore- District Manager and Randy Byers- Director of Retail (center with scissors) hope to keep his legacy alive with this dedication. Joining them are (L to R) Will Higgs-Murphy Store Manager, Sherry Palmer-Chamber Ambassador, Tom Maynard-USHealth Advisors, Elo-ly Bailey-Chamber Ambassador/ Cherokee County Arts Council, Sherry Raines-Chamber Director, Lawrence McNabb-McNabb Properties, Corey Bailey-Chamber Ambassador/ Master Gardeners, Murphy High School cheerleaders, and Linze Valle-Murphy Assistant Manager. Stop by to fill up, grab a bite, and ask about their loyalty program at 650 US Hwy 64 West in Murphy.