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Cato Properties now able to sell manufactured homes

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cato Homes' first model is 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and can be purchased for under $50,000. 

"Why rent, when you could buy?"asks Cato Properties

If you think it's impossible to buy a new three-bedroom, two-bath home in Belmont for $50,000, you need to talk to Tammey Thomas. She's the owner of Cato Properties, which just entered the manufactured home sales market after four decades of renting lots in a community off Wilkinson Boulevard in Belmont. 

Cato Properties kicked off a three-day open house (May 19-21) with a Chamber ribbon-cutting and lunch at a new model home at 75 Wallace Ave., Belmont, NC 28012. Tammey's father Charles Cato founded Cato Rentals 40 years ago, and the company now has more than 270 mobile home lots available in the community, which features all occupant-owned homes. Owners in the community are not permitted to rent their homes.

One fully furnished and decorated model home is available now in the community and more are planned. "Why rent, when you could buy," is the slogan for the pet-friendly community, which has a mix of young, mature, single, married, widowed and retired residents.

The lot rentals and home sales office for Cato Properties is at 7101 Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont, NC 28012. Tammey Thomas is the contact for lot rentals, and Laura Ogle is the home sales manager. For more information, call 704.825.2946, or visit

Tammey Thomas cuts the ribbon with Laura Ogle and manufactured homes consultant Ken Corbin. Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin (second from left) attended the celebration and lunch along with dozens of Chamber members and friends, including members of the Belmont Police and Fire Departments. Holding the ribbon are Chamber Board member Melia Lyerly of Lyerly Agency and former Board Chair Timothy Roberts of Cottage Keepers. Holding the banner, provided by Cato Properties, are Neil Brennen (left) and Jeff Davenport (behind banner) of Davenport Printing. 



Image Source Photography unveils new name and services;

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

 Dodie Huffman is cutting the ribbon with members of her Image Source team Bristol Crider, Lisa Jackson and Mika Christopher. Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin (second from left) also attended with many  other Chamber members, clients and friends. Holding the ribbon are Moses Nueman, left, of NB Technology and Chamber Board member Chris Kennedy of Kennedy Business Solutions.  

Go to the Image Source for all kinds of photography services 

Dodie and Scott Huffman have rebranded their popular photography studio in Belmont to reflect the wide variety of services they now provide clients. Image Gallery is now Image Source, offering, in addition to traditional photography, all types of business and commercial photography, corporate events, video, wedding and lifestyle shoots and much more.

After months of planning, they launched their new brand name with a lunch and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Chamber members, clients and friends at their studio at 132 N. Main Street in downtown Belmont. 

For more information on Image Source, call 704.869.8968, or visit

Moses Nueman of NB Technology donated a prize for the event and drew the winning business card from a basket held by Dodie Huffman.

Gaston Arts Council hosts Chamber members

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Arts Council celebration a big hit with Chamber members

The promise of a spring evening on the riverside with barbecue, live music, craft beer and rum tastings brought out lots of Chamber members and friends when Gaston Arts Council hosted Network After Work at Riverside Marina in Belmont on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Hogzilla BBQ provided the food, Muddy River Distillery offered tours and tasting, York Chester Brewing brought the beer and the Shu Band performed. Kim George, executive director of the Arts Council, coordinated the Chamber networking event. 

Riverside Marina opened recently at 1500 River Drive in Belmont, at the same location as the Riverside Complex, a large former textile mill that now is home to many small businesses and provides warehousing space for many others.

Network After Work is offered free for Chamber members and others interested at least once each month. Its purpose is to provide networking opportunities and also to allow members to learn about a fellow member business.The receptions usually take place at he host member's business.

For more on Gaston Arts Council call,704.853.ARTS (2787), or visit  

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Taylor Law opens new office in Belmont

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

In the photo, Yansea Taylor is cutting the ribbon with her husband Alex and Taylor Law team members (from left) Miranda Skates, attorney Hailey Hawkins, Rebekah Valour, Rachel Jenkins and Hailey’s husband and daughter Matt and Natalie Hawkins. Among a large group of Chamber members and friends attending, are, on the front row from the left, Chamber board chair-elect Carey Roberts of Carey Roberts Design, Belmont Mayor Pro-Tem Martha Stowe, Myra Hanks of Coldwell Banker MECA Realty, Dodie Huffman of Image Source Photography and Timothy Roberts of Cottage Keepers.

Now at 217 Glenway St., across from Belmont Post Office

Taylor Law has grown into its third location in Belmont since opening five years ago in the Stowe Building. Attorney Yansea Taylor and her team hosted a grand opening celebration and Chamber ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at the firm’s new and larger home at 217 Glenway Street across from the Belmont Post Office. In the interim, Taylor Law was located on Wilkinson Boulevard in Belmont.

The firm practices  in several areas, including bankruptcy, family law, wills and estate planning and real estate.  For more information, call 704.461.8785, or visit


Yansea Taylor was interviewed live at the grand opening by Bill Jordan of  WGNC Radio.


Right at Home packs Stowe Building for ribbon-cutting

Thursday, May 4, 2017

 Onloookers cheer as Bill and Karanda Osborne cut a ribbon symbolizing the grand opening of Right at Home. With them, at left on the front row, are Bill's brother Michael Osborne and Karanda's parents Bob and Joanie Mills, with staff member Yolanda Robinson at right in green dress. Holding the ribbon are Montcross Area Chamber Board members Chris Kennedy of Kennedy Business Services (left) and Jason Ramey of PSNC Energy.

Caring for people motivates Right at Home owner Bill Osborne

Caring for people is what motivates Marine Corps and Iraq veteran Bill Osborne and what led him to start a business called Right at Home, which provides in-home care for those who need assistance,

Bill, his wife Karanda and Right at Home staff members hosted a grand opening and ribbon-cutting celebration on May 4, 2017, with members and friends of the Montcross Area and Gaston Regional Chambers of Commerce. Offices for Right at Home are in the Stowe Building at 100 N. Main St., Suite 107, Belmont, NC 28012. The lobby and hallways were filled with more than 60 who attended to learn about Right at Home, to network and to enjoy refreshments. Drawings for valuable door prizes also were a big hit. 

After his military service, Osborne spent more than a decade in the medical field as a respiratory therapist at Duke University Hospital and as a member of a critical care flight team working for a Charlotte healthcare system, He is eager to apply his passion for helping others to serving those in need of in-home care throughout Gaston County.

For more information on Right at Home, call 704.412.3366 or visit  

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Sake Express Opens New Restaurant in Lake Wylie

Monday, May 1, 2017

 Cutting Ribbon are owners Linda Park (left) and Lisa Nguyen. Others from left are Sake Express staff members Bethany McGinnas and Victoria DiPietro, with Thomas Garrone and Jane DuBois (holding ribbon), Carey Roberts of Carey Roberts Design, Gaston Chamber CEO Anissa Starnes and Membership Director Angela Saunders, Montcross Area Chamber President Ted Hall, Michael Park, Sally Dunn of Alliance Bank, Susan Gauff of Lake Wylie Bedding, Elaine Dimeo of George Stowe Insurance, Tommy Pope, Tisha Walker, Doug McSpadden of McSpadden Custom Homes, Michela King, and Lisa Jubenville of the Lake Wylie Chamber.

Lake Wylie boasts largest Sake Express location

Entrepreneur sisters Linda Park and Lisa Nguyen have opened their fourth and largest Sake Express Japanese Steakhouse in Lake Wylie in the Mill Creek Commons center near Walmart and Lowes. The address is 5360 Hwy. 557, Clover, SC 29710.

The new restaurant is 4,900 square feet, which is larger than the Belmont, Mount Holly and Gastonia locations. Members of three area Chambers of Commerce -- Montcross Area, Gaston Regional and Lake Wylie --  came together to celebrate the opening with a ribbon cutting on Monday, May 1, 2017. Hours are 10 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Sunday. For more information on Sake Express Lake Wylie, call 803.610.0146, or visit

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Belmont Walmart unveils a new look and new services;

Thursday, April 27, 2017


Lt. Joe Quin (left) and Sgt. Jason Davis of the Belmont Police Department present the colors as Walmart associate Michael Crawford sings the National Anthem. Store Manager Rusty Evans, a Cramerton native, is at right.

Grand Re-opening features free samples, specials, family activities 

A bright new look and new customer services were unveiled this morning at Belmont’s Walmart, and the store announced contributions to several local organizations including the Montcross Area Chamber. 

The grand re-opening activities and free samples continue through the weekend.  Pay and go and pick up services are among the new features being introduced. 

Store manager Rusty Evans, a native of Cramerton and a South Point High School graduate, led the program, introducing local store associates and regional Walmart officials. Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin spoke about Walmart’s many contributions to the community. 

Check presentations included a $2,500 grant to the Montcross Area Chamber to support the Chamber's work to create jobs by helping small businesses grow and helping entrepreneurs start successful new businesses. A $2,000 grant went to the Belmont Historical Society, and $1,000 contributions to the Belmont Police Academy and the Piedmont Council Boy Scouts of America. 

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26-year Walmart associate Loraine Stowe cuts the ribbon with store manager Rusty Evans. 

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