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Elite Spine Center celebrates grand opening

Friday, January 31, 2020

Dr Walker ready to cut the ribbon with Dr. Pate (above) and talking with Chamber guests below. (Photos by Chase Photography)

Welcome Dr. Ed Pate and Dr. Chelsey Walker to the Chamber

Elite Spine Center has new owners and a new location at 6021 Wilkinson Boulevard in Belmont.

Owners Dr. Ed Pate and Dr. Chelsey Walker celebrated their grand opening with a Chamber ribbon cutting on Jan. 31, 2020. Another Chamber member Belmont Executive Offices, owned by J.C. and Maria Vargas, purchased and remodeled the building, which was home to radio station WCGC.

Elite Spine Center offers the newest in technology and therapy combined with a chiropractic approach to individuals seeking non-surgical alternatives to neck, back, leg and arm pain.

In the photo, Dr. Pate and Dr. Walker are about to cut the ribbon along with staff members, friends and Chamber members. Holding the ribbon are Johanna Giese of Mary Kay Cosmetics and Scot Hughes of Brightway Insurance. For more on Elite Spine Center, call 704-829-1002 or visit  

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Tessa Chiropractic open in downtown Belmont

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Dr. Tessa Harlow has just cut the ribbon with Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin, her mom Melanie Harlow, boyfriend Sami Mehovic, Chamber members and friends. Holding the ribbon are Candace Nichols (left) of Today's Daily Bread and Chamber Board member Andrea Sipka of Schooley Mitchell.

On second floor of former bank building at 32 N. Main Street  

Chamber members and friends enjoyed celebrating the ribbon cutting of Tessa Chiropractic on Jan. 27, 2020. Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin welcomed everyone to the grand opening. Dr. Tessa Harlow works with families and athletes of all ages on traditional chiropractic care as well as specialty therapies such as  e-slim, laser, cupping and KT tapping. Tessa Chiropractic is located at 32 N. Main Street Suite 204 & 206 in downtown Belmont. For more information on how Dr. Tessa can help you call 704-736-5929.


Chamber awards presented at 60th Celebration

Thursday, January 23, 2020



Janet Sarn of South State Bank presents the award to Natasha and Tony Gilbert.


Chick-fil-A Belmont

Sponsored by South State Bank

Presented by Janet Sarn

(Read the presentation for Chick-fil-A Belmont)





Chronicle Millworks

John & Jennifer Church and Brian Hackett

Sponsored by Duke Energy

Presented by Angie Bittle

(Read the presentation for Chronicle Millworks)









Larry Capps

Sponsored by Creative Solutions Special Events

Presented by Brad Thomas 

(Presentation for Larry Capps)



Heath Jenkins accepts gavel as 2020 Chamber Board Chair

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Photos By Bill Ward Photography

Montcross Area Chamber officers for this year are: From left, Treasurer Wil Neumann of Gaston Capital Partners, Board Chair Heath Jenkins of the Town of Stanley, Past Chair Shannon Thomas of Creative Solutions Special Events and Secretary Nicole Flowers of Wilbert Plastic Services. Chair-Elect Gordon Quarles of Blue Harbor Bank was unable to attend.  

New record high in membership of 538 announced

Stanley Town Manager Heath Jenkins was elected to lead the Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for the next year during the Chamber's 60th Annual Celebration and General Membership Meeting on Jan. 23, 2020, in the Mount Holly Grand Hall. A full house of more than 275 attended the gala, for which the presenting sponsor was CaroMont Health.

Outgoing Board Chair Shannon Thomas announced a new record high membership level of 538 for the Chamber during her 2019 in review comments.

Other officers elected were: Chair-elect Gordon Quarles of Blue Harbor Bank, Treasurer Wil Neumann of Gaston Capital Partners, Secretary Nicole Flowers of Wilbert Plastic Services; and Past-Chair Shannon Thomas of Creative Solutions Special Events.  

Guests enjoyed a reception sponsored by H&M Catering and a Silent Auction sponsored by Wilbert Plastic Services before a dinner served by Jim 'N Nicks Catering. ATG Entertainment was the sound and video sponsor. 

Awards presented during the program included: EPIC Award to Chronicle Millworks, sponsored by Duke Energy; Harley B. Gaston, Jr. Public Service Award to Larry Capps, president of Piedmont Area Wildlife Stewards (PAWS), sponsored by Creative Solutions Special Events; and Business of the Year Award to Chick-fil-A Belmont, sponsored by South State Bank. 

Also elected to their first term of service on the Chamber Board were: 

  • Emily Wilson of Atrium Health
  • Todd Garrett of Holy Angels
  • John Robinson of Wellzesta
  • Heather Woodson of Gaston College
  • Andrea Sipka of Schooley Mitchell
  • Paige Mixson of BB&T Bank
  • Lindsay Lockett of Gaston Christian School
  • Andy Mercer of Finial Homes
  • Chris Etherton of Gaston Printing & Signs
  • Karen Kleiner of Anatonywise

     Click for complete list of Board members

Click these links to read comments made at the celebration by:

Health Jenkins

Shannon Thomas    


New Board Chair Heath Jenkins accepts gavel presented by 2019 Board Chair Shannon Thomas.

Healing Platform open in Stowe Building

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Dr. Amber Pederson is ready to cut the ribbon with her husband Victor Verna, Belmont Mayor Pro Tem Jim Hefferan, City Council member Martha Stowe, Chamber members and friends, and, holding the ribbon, Denise Price Thomas of DPT Consulting & Training (left) and Elaine Lyerly of Lyerly Agency.

Are you ready to transform our health in the next 14 days?

Congratulations to Dr. Amber Pederson and the Healing Platform on the ribbon cutting and grand opening of a new facility in the Stowe Building at 100 N. Main St., Suite 220, Belmont, NC 28012.

Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin, Mayor Pro Tem Jim Hefferan and City Council member Martha Stowe welcomed chamber members and friends as they toured the facility and heard more about the services offered and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. The group enjoyed refreshments and networking before moving outside for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

For more information about Healing Platform and Dr. Amber Pederson visit

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From left, Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin, Victor Verna, Dr. Amber Pederson and Chamber President Ted Hall.   

Becoming debt free topic at first Lunch & Learn of 2020

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Some of those attending are in the photo. From the left, on the front row, are Sandy Barnett, Stephanie Rauch, Norma Culbreth, Ashley Martin, Svetlana Rjicova and Larry Nordlinger. On the back row, from left, are Donna Jackson, Denise Price Thomas, Chadwell Smith, Floyd Bailey, Jr., and Carrie Tanner of Cinnaholic.

Estia's Kouzina in Belmont hosted Lunch & Learn group 

Larry Nordlinger of the Nordlinger Agency and Symmetry Group provided information on a plan to become debt free in nine years at the January Chamber Lunch & Learn at Estia’s Kouzina in Belmont.

Those attending also received access to an online planning tool and important information organizing system. For more information on the Nordlinger Agency, call 864.553.1310, or visit






Creative Solutions hosts 2019 Chamber Board for breakfast

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Departing Board members thanked for their service

Chamber Board Chair Shannon Thomas (center in photo) hosted the 2019 Board of Directors for breakfast on Jan. 14, 2020, at the Creative Solutions Special Events Showroom in downtown Belmont. It was the last meeting for several members who have completed their terms. New members will be elected and installed at the 60th Annual Celebration on January 23.

Please join us in thanking departing Board members who have given generously of their time in voluntary service to the Chamber. They are, from left, Katy Windell of McLean Funeral Directors, Clif Calvert of McKenney Family Dealerships, Bill Ingram of Home Trust Bank, Robert Aldrich of Aldrich CFO Services, Paul Lowrance of McKenney Business Services, Melia Lyerly of Lyerly Agency, Robert Larrison of Atrium Health and Regina Moody of Holy Angels. Not present for the photo were outgoing Board members Jonathan Yandle of BB&T Bank and Chris Kennedy of Kennedy Business Solutions.

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