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Wisteria Fine Florals and Exquisite Events

Thursday, January 12, 2017

 In the photo, from left, are Miles and Erin Braswell, partners in Babka Brothers Bread Company, whose products will be sold at Wisteria, Arin Weatherford, Wisteria Director Stephanie McMahan, Carmen and Brian Powers and Luke Manlove. In the photo below, a glimpse of two of the many beautiful displays inside Wisteria.

Wisteria is flagship project of REVIVAL Development & Design

Chamber members and friends were treated to a special preview of a unique new business opening next month in downtown Belmont, when Wisteria Fine Florals and Exquisite Events opened for the evening to host "Network After Work." The reception drew a big response from folks curious to learn what owners Luke Manlove and Carmen Powers have planned for the shop located in the heart of Belmont at 7 N. Main Street.

Wisteria is the flagship project of Manlove and Powers' REVIVAL Development & Design, also located in downtown Belmont. They describe REVIVAL as a company committed to creating, and helping other create, unique and exciting businesses that add character and meet consumer needs, first in Belmont and later in other communities.

Still weeks from its grand opening, guests at Wisteria's preview got a glimpse of the beauty and style Luke and Carmen have planned for the business that will help clients create special events and introduce them to new products coming into the marketplace. They introduced Stephanie McMahan, who will be the director at Wisteria.  

"Network After Work" is the Chamber's most popular regular event, providing members and friends an opportunity to make business contacts while enjoying refreshments and learning about the products and services offered by the host business or organization. Find out about future events on the Chamber Calendar at

To learn more about Wisteria, call REVIVAL at 704.461.8511. 

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Guests listen as Luke Manlove shares his vision for Wisteria and other REVIVAL projects.   

Blowe Family Dentistry opens Belmont office

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Drs. Jonathan and Abby Blowe, holding children Jennings and Juliette, cut a ribbon formally opening the Belmont office of Blowe Family Dentistry. With them are family and staff members and Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin along with Chamber representatives. Holding the ribbon are Belmont City Council member Martha Stowe (left) and Montcross Area Chamber Board member Geanina Neal of CommunityOne Bank in Mount Holly. In the photo below, Dr. Jonathan Blowe and members of his Belmont office team. 

Chamber ribbon-cutting celebrates opening of the new practice

Drs.Jonathan and Abby Blowe celebrated the opening in Belmont of a second Blowe Family Dentistry office with staff, family, friends and Chamber members on Jan. 5, 2017. Dr. Jonathan Blowe will practice in the Belmont office at 1030 McKee Farm Lane, off South Point Road near South Point High School. Dr. Abby Blowe opened the first Blowe Family Dental practice in Mount Holly in 2012. A Chamber ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the formal opening of the Belmont office in a beautiful new building just across from the Belmont Town Center project where a Harris Teeter supermarket and other commercial buildings are under construction. The office opened to patients on January 2. Chamber members and friends eager to welcome the new dental practice and the Blowe family to Belmont, enjoyed refreshments, tours and networking. Truly a "family practice," the lobby features photos of the Blowes' children, Jennings and Juliette, as infants posed atop large models of teeth. For more information on Blowe Family Dentistry, call 704.829.3700, or visit    

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Tug Deason Gym dedicated in Stanley's Harper Park

Thursday, December 29, 2016

 Tug Deason and Mayor Andrew Quinley cut ribbon at dedication with members of Stanley Town Council. Below, Tug Deason with a framed copy of the proclamation. (Photos by Bill Ward photography)

Town pays tribute to an extraordinary public servant

When the Town of Stanley needed a new park a few years ago, it was Recreation Director Tug Deason who stepped up and led the charge to raise more than a million dollars through grants, donations and fund-raisers. The beautiful Harper Park, named for major donors Ron and Katherine Harper paid for without a dime of taxpayer funds, stands today as the result of that effort.

After the park opened with its ballfields, playground, picnic shelter and more, it was evident that the missing piece was a gymnasium to replace the town's aging Kiser Center facility. Once again, Tug Deason took charge. This time, he needed to come up with a half-million dollars.

After many more fund-raisers and grants and creative financing by the Town Council, the town's children took shovels in hand and broke ground for their gym on Jan. 16, 2016. Today, just before year-end, some of those same children were playing basketball in their gym just minutes after a dedication ceremony at which the facility was named in honor of Tug Deason.

Town, county and state officials joined a large number of local citizens at the dedication ceremony and for a ribbon-cutting coordinated by the Montcross Area Chamber. Mayor Andrew Quinley read a proclamation adopted by the Town Council officially declaring the name of the building to be the Tug Deason Gym. 

Tug Deason's infant grandson was among those witnessing the dedication. He and many future generations of Stanley's children will make memories that will last a lifetime in the Tug Deason Gym. A town can pay no greater tribute to an extraordinary recreation director, citizen and public servant.


 Stanley residents braved cold wind to witness dedication of Tug Deason Gym.

RE/MAX Legacy ribbon-cutting, lunch and open house

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

RE/MAX Legacy owner Brandy Mercer and her husband Andy Mercer cut a ribbon with team members Debbie Kellar, Jody Adams and Samantha Bogaert, Gastonia Mayor John Bridgeman, special guest Bill Gallagher of Superior School of Real Estate, Gaston Regional Chamber CEO Anissa Starnes and Montcross Area Chamber President Ted Hall. Holding the ribbon are Jennifer Church (left) of the Chronicle Mill and Chyrch Realty and Elaine Dimeo of George W. Stowe Insurance.  

Brandy and Andy Mercer and the team at RE/MAX Legacy Real Estate celebrated their office location at 3302 S. New Hope Road in Gastonia with a ribbon-cutting, lunch and open house today. Popular North Carolina real estate instructor Bill Gallagher was a special guest for the occasion, which drew a large turnout from the area business community. Gastonia Mayor John Bridgeman also attended and congratulated RE/MAX Legacy in remarks prior to the ribbon-cutting. The event was jointly coordinated by the Montcross Area and Gaston Regional chambers of commerce. Gaston Regional Chamber CEO Anissa Starnes and Montcross Area Chamber President Ted Hall also made comments, and RE/MAX Legacy owner Brandy Mercer introduced team members Debbie Kellar, Jody Adams and Samantha Bogaert. For more on RE.MAX Legacy, call (704) 879-4975. 

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Speaking at the celebration were (from left) Gaston Regional Chamber CEO Anissa Starnes, Andy and Brandy Mercer of RE/MAX Legacy, Gastonia Mayor John Bridgeman and Montcross Area Chamber President Ted Hall.

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Chamber members enjoy Christmas event at Holy Angels

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Many attended the event at Holy Angels on a night with several other nearby options. 

Holy Angels is observing 61st year of service  

The outdoor Push Place pavilion was enclosed and warmed by heaters, and also by the Christmas spirit present, when Chamber members and friends were invited for "Network After Work" at Holy Angels in Belmont on Thursday, December 8. Despite a busy evening of nearby holiday gatherings, many came to see the beautiful decorations on the grounds of Holy Angels, to make business connections and enjoy refreshments provided by Cherub's Cafe, which offers vocational training opportunities for many Holy Angels residents.

Holy Angels CEO Regina Moody talked about the services provided on the 14-acre campus, which is part of a much larger tract owned by the Sisters of Mercy. The international service community of Roman Catholic women established Holy Angels in 1955 to care for children and adults with severe physical and mental challenges. Mrs. Moody also told the group that Holy Angels must raise millions of dollars each year to provide care for the residents who live there. She proudly showed a painting with the word "HOPE" that will be printed as a greeting card and available in 2017. It was created by Holy Angels residents participating in an art club taught by Belmont art instructor Jeaniene Dibble of Art by J.

"Network After Work" receptions are hosted at least once each month by Chamber members and are free to attend. Non-members with an interest in the Chamber or the host company or organization are welcome. 

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 Holy Angels residents helped prepare and serve delicious food for the Chamber reception. 


Nellie's hosts Chamber members for Morning Spark networking

Thursday, December 1, 2016

General Manager Joy Auten speaks to Chamber members from the performing stage at Nellie's Southern Kitchen during Morning Spark networking. 

A large crowd of Chamber members and friends enjoyed breakfast refreshments and networking while learning about a popular new restaurant in Belmont at Nellie's Southern Kitchen on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. General Manager Joy Auten introduced the group to Nellie's Pick Me Up, which offers breakfast biscuits, pastries and take-out food daily starting at 7 a.m. She also spoke about the live entertainment provided every evening in the restaurant and about private party and meeting facilities at Nellie's to accommodate groups of up to 50. 

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