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Northstar Real Estate opens in Belmont

Friday, May 31, 2019

Rick Gooding is cutting the ribbon to celebrate the opening of Northstar Real Estate in downtown Belmont. Just behind Rick is the owner Dan Peck. More Northstar team members are, from left, Hunter Wilson, Brett Carraway, Amanda Garverick, Ali Fournier and Erika Mendoza. Holding the ribbon are Chamber Board Chair Shannon Thomas of Creative Solutions Special Events and Belmont Downtown Director Phil Boggan. 

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Northstar Real Estate opened its first Gaston County office in downtown Belmont on Saturday, June 1, following a Chamber preview and ribbon cutting ceremony the afternoon before. The address is 26 North Main Street. Rick Gooding is broker-in-charge of the Belmont office, and Dan Peck is the owner. 

A complete interior renovation was completed just in time for the grand opening, which attracted between 100 and 150 visitors for tours, refreshments and prizes. Additions include a reception area, conference room, several offices and individual work stations.

Welcoming the new Chamber member and Belmont business at the ribbon cutting were Chamber Board Chair Shannon Thomas of Creative Solutions Special Events and Downtown Director Phil Boggan.

Agents already working from the new office are Brett Carraway, Erika Mendoza, Ali Fournier, Amanda Garverick and Hunter Wilson. 

More information available at 704.817.2080, or

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McKenney Chevrolet hosts Chamber for Network After Work

Thursday, May 30, 2019

McKenney General Manager Clif Calvert  (center) with MACC Board Chair Shannon Thomas of Creative Solutions Special Events and some of those attending the networking event pose with the star of the evening -- the new and improved Chevy Blazer, which is back in showrooms and selling fast after a 14-year absence. 

McKenney GM Clif Calvert reports sales are strong

The new Chevy Blazer was the focus of Network After Work Thursday afternoon at McKenney Chevrolet in Lowell. The Blazer was last available in 2005, and a completely updated version is back on the market now. McKenney General Manager Clif Calvert told Chamber members and friends about the features of the new Blazer and invited them to check out several models on display in the showroom. 

Network After Work is presented at least once each month and is sponsored and hosted by a Chamber member. The purpose is to make business connections, learn about a fellow Chamber member business and to enjoy some good refreshments. 

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 McKenney GM Clif Calvert showing the new look of the 2019 Chevy Blazer.

Growth throughout Montcross area major theme

Thursday, May 30, 2019

From left, Cramerton Mayor Pro Tem Demetrios Koutsoupias, McAdenville Mayor Pro Tem Jay McCosh, Mount Holly Mayor Bryan Hough, Lowell Mayor Sandy Railey, Stanley Mayor Steven Denton, Gastonia Mayor Walker E. Reid, III, Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin and Chamber Board Chair-Elect Heath Jenkins of the Town of Stanley.  

Growth cited in population, jobs, infrastructure and more areas

Growth once again was the prevailing theme when seven mayors representing the cities and towns of the Montcross area in eastern Gaston County met for a Mayors Forum program at the Chamber’s Business Buzz breakfast on May 30, 2019. 

The event, sponsored by CaroMont Health, was hosted by Gaston Christian School in the new M.O. Owens Worship & Fine Arts Center. Stanton Enterprise/McDonalds provided breakfast. CaroMont Health CEO Chris Peek presented the sponsor's greeting, and Gaston Christian Head of School Dr. Marc Stout welcomed the Chamber group to the Fine Arts Center. 

Speaking were: Stanley Mayor Steven Denton, Mount Holly Mayor Bryan Hough, McAdenville Mayor Pro Tem Jay McCosh, Lowell Mayor Sandy Railey, Gastonia Mayor Walker Reid, Cramerton Mayor Pro Tem Demetrios Koutsoupias, and Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin. 

This list highlights just one of the many points presented from each municipality: 

Belmont: CaroMont Health’s recent announcement it will build a $173 million new hospital on Belmont Abbey land along I-85 near exit 27. 

Cramerton: The town is projected to grow in population from residential projects already planned by 1,700 in the next two to three years. 

Gastonia: CaroMont Health also announced a $70 million addition to CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia.   

Lowell: Sonic Automotive’s new customer service center near I-85 at exit 22 is projected to result in 500 new white-collar jobs, representing the largest office project ever in Gaston County. 

McAdenville: Several new shops, restaurants and other businesses recently opened downtown and plans are progressing for redevelopment for commercial use of a large Pharr building on Main Street. 

Mount Holly:  The south gateway is burgeoning with growth including a new hotel under construction, highway widening under way, CaroMont Health’s hospital coming and a $4.7 million sewer extension planned. 

Stanley:  Plans are being developed for expansion of Stanley’s Town Hall building.  

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Cinnaholic opens in Belmont Town Center

Thursday, May 23, 2019


Cinnaholic owners Carrie Tanner and Floyd Bailey, Jr. prepared to cut the ribbon with Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin, members of the Cinnaholic team and lots of Chamber members and friends. Holding the ribbon are Chamber Board members Robert Aldrich (left) of Aldrich CFO Services and Belmont City Manager Adrian Miller. In the photo below, Cinnaholic team members with the cinnacake they've just made and are about to serve to Chamber guests. 

NC's 2nd location open daily near Belmont Harris Teeter 

Long lines of hungry cinnamon roll lovers formed on Friday, May 24, 2019, when Cinnaholic opened in the Belmont Town Center near Harris Teeter. 

Chamber members and friends knew the business would be popular, because they got a preview and delicious samples during a ribbon cutting on Thursday afternoon. 

Owners Carrie Tanner and Floyd Bailey, Jr. brought Cinnaholic to Belmont, just the second location in North Carolina (Indian Trail opened first) for the fast-growing franchise made famous by an appearance on the “Shark Tank” TV show. 

Cinnaholic features gourmet cinnamon rolls baked fresh daily. Customers craft their own rolls, choosing from more than 20 frostings and 25 toppings. The rolls are 100% vegan, dairy and lactose free, egg free and cholesterol free. In addition to cinnamon rolls, Cinnaholic also serves bite-sized baby buns, cookies, brownies, edible cookie dough and locally sourced coffee. Catering also is provided. 

Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin welcomed the new business, and Belmont Town Center developer Larry Raley of Raley Miller Properties also attended the preview. 

For more on Cinnaholic, call 704.461.8085, or visit 

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Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin (left) beside Larry Raley of Raley Miller Properties, developer of the Belmont Town Center, and Cinnaholic owners Carrie Tanner and Floyd Bailey, Jr. 


Laurel Walk opens for public sales June 1

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Eastwood Homes new homes specialists Matt Downing and Amanda Hayzlett and sales manager David Nelson (holding sign) cut the ribbon, with Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin. Holding the ribbon are Chamber Board members Natasha Gilbert of Chick-fil-A of Belmont and Wil Neumann of Gaston Capital Partners. Others (from left) are Mary Lima of the Stowe Family YMCA, Kenny Livesay of KWL Properties, Scot Hughes of Brightway Insurance, and Chamber Board members Dick Cromlish of School Resources and Tony Marder of ASM Ventures.

Laurel Walk is in Belmont Town Center near Harris Teeter 

Chamber members and friends previewed the new Laurel Walk community of 76 town homes and 23 single-family homes in the Belmont Town Center, near Harris Teeter and across from South Point High School. Several dozen guests were treated to lunch and tours.

Eastwood Homes is the developer. Prices in Laurel Walk range from the $200s for town homes to the $300s for single-family homes. Public sales will begin with a grand opening celebration on June 1. Presales with VIP pricing continue through May 31.

The sales office and model is open at 109 Stowe Road, Belmont, NC 28012. For more on Laurel Walk, call new homes specialists Matt Downing or Amanda Hayzlett at 704.594.1759, or visit

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Sport Clips opens in Belmont South Fork Station

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Sport Clips of Belmont owner Ashley Jordan has just cut the ribbon on the first day of business. 

Neck and shoulder massages optional at Sport Clips of Belmont

TVs with sports on every flat screen line the walls and a hair cut can come with a hot towel, shampoo and neck and shoulder massage at Belmont's newest hair care center. Sport Clips opened this week in the South Fork Station retail center next door to Famous Toastery.

The hot towel, shampoo and massage service is optional and comes with a small additional charge. Walk-ins are always welcome, and convenient on-line check in is available. 

Sport Clips is the largest franchise specializing in hair care for men and boys. They also do some women's cuts, but no perms or color. 

Ashley Jordan of Rock Hill (cutting ribbon on right) is the owner, and Mandee Goodson (to Ashley's right) is the Belmont manager.

Sport Clips has more than 1,800 locations across the country and about 70 in North Carolina. (See more photos on Facebook) 




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