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GOTOBER FEST set for Monday, Oct. 30, 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Gaston Outside GO MONTH observance concludes on October 30, with a GOTOBER FEST in downtown Mount Holly, with food trucks, craft beer, music, street festival activities, bounce houses, drum line and Gaston Dance performances, open house at Discover You and much more. Volunteer recognition and a short program planned about 6 p.m. During each week of October Gaston Outside focused on a different aspect of life in Gaston County, including, business and industry, education and workforce development, restaurants and retail businesses, and cultural and recreation opportunities. For more details, go to  ... 

GO MONTH concludes with a GOTOBER Festival on October 30.  

October 1 - 7 ... Buiness & Economic Development 

October 8 - 14 ... Education & Workforce

October 15 - 21 ... Restaurants & Retail

October 22 - 28 ... Culture & Recreation

October 30 ... GOtober Festival, Downtown Mount Holly, 4:30 - 8:30 p.m., with music, food and fun


Harris Teeter Opens in Belmont

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

At top, Harris Teeter Belmont Store Director Charley Toothman is addressing the large crowd before cutting the ribbon, with Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin, Montcross Area Chamber President Ted Hall and Gaston Regional Chamber Board Chair Brad Drury.

Many grand-opening specials in effect for a limited time

A decade of anticipation resulted in much of the population of Belmont turning out for the grand opening of a new Harris Teeter store on South Point Road Tuesday. The 53,000-square-foot store, which is the anchor for the commercial and residential Belmont Town Center project, opened after a 5 p.m. ribbon-cutting. The address is 905 South Point Road. Hours are 6 a.m. until midnight seven days a week. Store Director Charley Toothman cut a ribbon and along with his team invited hundreds (maybe thousands) of eager shoppers to check out the store, which includes a Starbucks, a pharmacy, a butcher’s market, a farmer’s market, fuel center and much more. Be sure to check out the limited-time grand opening discounts, including one on gasoline at the fuel center.

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Davenport Design & Print introduces "prize shark"

Thursday, October 19, 2017


Jeff and Kelly Davenport gave away big prizes each time the "Prize Shark" took flight.

The frightening theme from "Jaws" and a flying prize shark were just part of the fun when Jeff and Kelly Davenport of Davenport Design & Print hosted Chamber members and friends for Network After Work in downtown Mount Holly. Every time the theme played and the shark took flight, someone won a fantastic door prize. Guests had to tear themselves away from a table loaded with H&M Catering food to see if they were taking home wireless bluetooth headphones, a phone sanitizer and charger, an insulated backpack or other great gift. The event was in a beautiful second floor space made available through Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA. Davenport Design & Print helps customers develop and obtain all types of promotional items and printed materials. For more information, call 443.414.4199, or visit

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Jeff and Kelly Davenport cut the ribbon with Mount Holly Mayor Bryan Hough. Holding the ribbon, are Greg Beal (left) of the City of Mount Holly and Jeff Lee of The Vintage Nest.


The MACC Amazing Race Challenge

Thursday, October 12, 2017


At center court in the Tug Deason Gym in Stanley, 24 members of 12 Amazing Race teams were full of confidence and ready to be called to the starting line. In the smaller photo below, are 1st-place team winners Brad Wruble and Jerry Liska, in costume, at the finish line. Their prize is a $500 contribution to the Gaston County Boy's & Girl's Club. 

Amazing racers learned a lot about businesses and communities

Through all of the cities and towns of the Montcross area (Stanley, Mount Holly, McAdenville, Lowell, Cramerton and Belmont) and through many shops, restaurants and other businesses, 12 teams of Amazing racers competed to follow clues and solve challenges in the first MACC Amazing Race Challenge. Bragging rights and contributions to winning teams' selected charities provided the motivation.

After a BBQ lunch provided by the Town of Stanley at the Tug Deason Gym, teams went head to head in a basketball-shooting competition to determine starting order. Leaving from center court in 45-second intervals, the race was on, first to Mount Holly and an interactive competition at Discover You and shopping challenges in downtown shops. Next, it was on to McAdenville (aka Christmastown, USA) and a contest to untangle strands of Christmas lights and insert bulbs in McAdenville's prescribed color order.

The Lowell Fire Department provided the next challenge site, with racers competing to don firefighter gear correctly, carry a life-size mannequin and unroll a fire hose. On Goat Island in Cramerton, there were physical challenges in the fitness area. Surprises awaited in Belmont where racers had to find Amazing Race painted rocks in the 5-acre Stowe Park, complete a lengthy scavenger hunt list through downtown shops, and finally don a costume and do jumping jacks in view of the Chamber webcam before dashing for the finish line at 10 Catawba.

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 The Start - The Challenges - The Celebration 


The top three teams in the MACC Amazing Race are shown here (top to bottom) at the starting line in Stanley, the finish line and the awards presentation in Belmont with Chamber Member Services Director Andrea Schrift, who coordinated the event. 

(Click Here to enlarge a printable version of the winning team photos.) 

115 Main Gifts & Provisions in McAdenville

Friday, October 6, 2017

Owner Mona Fore cuts the ribbon at the grand opening celebration for 115 Main Gifts & Provisions, with family members, McAdenville officials, and Chamber members and friends. In the photo below, are Mona and daughter Hannah, who spoke about the new shop at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

Former business office transformed into a beautiful gift shop

The transformation of a low-ceiling office space into a beautiful two-story, rustic brick gift shop is a new must see in downtown McAdenville. Mona Fore is the creative force behind 115 Main Gifts & Provisions, and her McAdenville-born husband Jeff, daughter Hannah and other family members have pitched in.

Chamber members and friends gathered on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, to cut a ribbon, sample delicious food products and to admire and purchase a wide variety of home and gift items available in the shop.

You can purchase packages to make cakes, soups, and many other delicious goodies; you can shop in the boutique; and you can find almost any gift item you can imagine in the 115 Main shop. Here are just a few of the product lines caried at 115 Main Gifts & Provisions: 

  • Mudpie
  • The Giving Keys
  • Laura Janelle
  • Lizzy James
  • Second Nature
  • Plentiful Pantry
  • Hanky Panky
  • Cloistser Honey
  • Rocky Top BBQ Co.
  • Mary Square
  • And Many More ...

See the extensive list of product lines and learn much more at, or call 704.879.7044.

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The beautiful two-story interior of 115 Main Gifts & Provisions.  

Belmont Eye opens with a bow to building's rich history

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Dr. Bradley Wruble has just cut the ribbon to open his new practice, with former owner Dr. Craig Spangler applauding along with family members, Chamber members and city officials. Holding the ribbon, are Chamber Board Chair-elect Carey Roberts of Carey Roberts Design and Board member Chris Kennedy of Kennedy Business Solutions. 

The small brick building tucked neatly between two restaurants and a bank on Kenwood Street in Belmont has been dedicated to eye care for 60 years. A new era of service began with the grand opening of Belmont Eye on October 5, 2017. Optometrist Dr. Bradley Wruble bought the building from Dr. Craig Spangler, who practiced there for 40 years. A Dr. Sullivan built the building to house his optometric practice in 1957. 

A total renovation was carried out before Dr. Wruble began working in the building recently. Dr. Spangler and his wife Gayle were on hand for the ribbon-cutting, along with the Wrubles, their children and members of both of their families. A large crowd of Chamber members, Belmont city officials and downtown neighbors also attended and enjoyed refreshments provided by Chamber member Peace-N-Hominy Q Shack. 

The practice hours are 8;30 - 5:30 weekdays and Saturdays by appointment. For more information on Belmont Eye, call 704.825.5322, or visit  


New parking spaces cause for celebration in Belmont

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Mayor Pro Tem Martha Stowe has just cut the ribbon along with Charlie Martin and City Council member Ryan Schrift, with City Manager Adrian Miller also in the photo along with other city staff members and members of the Belmont Main Street Board. 

New lot will be welcomed by South Main St. restaurant patrons 

With new retail shops and restaurants opening and more on the way, downtown Belmont patrons have been calling for more parking, and city leaders have responded in a big way. More than 200 new parking spaces have been created in five lots this year.

When work was completed for the most recent new lot, which added 66 spaces on Mill Street behind Sammy's Pub and Old Stone Steakhouse, officials decided it was time to celebrate. The mayor, members of city council, Main Street Board members, the Public Works Department crew and other city staff members gathered for an impromptu ribbon-cutting with assistance from the Chamber of Commerce. 

The newest parking lot is on land where the Belmont Public Works Department was located for many years. Now owned by Pharr Yarns, the city is able to use the property through a lease arrangement. The lot was to be opened to the public for the first time on Friday morning, Oct. 6, 2017, which will be a welcome sight to the many restaurant patrons who flock to that section of Belmont in large numbers especially on weekends, but also on weekdays.

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