Thursday, April 27, 2017
Board members of Belmont Trolley are (from left) Nate Wells, Jennifer Church, Rob Pressley, Ashley McCallister, Ryan Schrift and Rod Smallwood. Behind them is Belmont Historical Society President Fred Dixon in his trolley motorman uniform. He’s a former motorman on the Charlotte trolley and is eager to serve in that role for Belmont’s trolley.
Belmont’s 1913 trolley star attraction at Network After Work
Chamber members and friends got a unique opportunity to see the Belmont trolley, the Stowe Park Special train engine and the City of Belmont Public Works building during Network After Work on April 27, 2017. The Belmont Trolley organization hosted the event to raise awareness of the work to restore a 1913 trolley and return it to service on the former Piedmont & Northern Railway between downtown Belmont and Belmont Abbey College.
Belmont Trolley, a non-profit, volunteer organization, raised funds to purchase the trolley in Canada and move it here by truck. It’s now stored and undergoing restoration in the city’s Public Works building at 1401 E. Catawba Street. Additional funds must be raised to complete the work.
Trolley Board Chair Rob Pressley told more than 100 attending the event that the vision includes a downtown Belmont building to store the trolley and to serve as a trolley and train museum, giving the city a unique new attraction for residents to enjoy and to draw tourists.
For more information on Belmont Trolley and how you can support the project, call 704.914.7730, or visit the group's Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/belmonttrolley/about/?ref=page_internal
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
International Express President and CEO Howard Shope cuts ribbon with Lowell Mayor Sandy Railey, Michelle Reese, Ashley Hodge and Vice President James Childress.
International Express brings 24 jobs to Gaston County
International Express has bought a 77,000-square-foot building in Lowell and relocated its corporate offices and 24 jobs to Gaston County from the airport area of Charlotte. A grand opening and Montcross Area Chamber ribbon-cutting were celebrated with a lunch for clients, staff, vendors and friends on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at the large warehouse facility at 141 Robins Street in Lowell.
International Express retains its Charlotte facility and also owns a building in Atlanta. President and CEO Howard Shope led tours of the Lowell building, including recently renovated offices, and talked with guests about the wide variety of cargo, warehousing and other services provided by the company.
In the photo, Howard Shope is cutting the ribbon with Michelle Reese, Ashley Hodge and Vice President James Childress and Nancy Childress. With them are Lowell Mayor Sandy Railey and Lowell City Council members Candy Funderburk and the Rev. Thomas Gillespie. Other International Express staff members visible in the photo are Deborah Ray, Ricky Pope, Robin Blalock, Morgan Tyler, Derick Pope, C.J. Shope, Rodney Adams, Dennis Creed, Jackson Childress, Zachary Childress, Kellie Hart, and Phil Morton and Tim Key of Carolina Premier Bank. Holding the ribbon are Chamber Board members Robert Larrison of Carolinas HealthCare System and Jennifer Church of the Chronicle Mill and Church Realty.
For more information on International Express, call 704.424.5454, or visit www.intexpr.com.
CEO Howard Shope and Lowell Mayor Sandy Railey.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Gene Kropfelder (right), Cindy Miller and Michael Rozmus of Brightway Insurance - The Kropfelder Agency cut a ribbon at their new office on April 20, 2017. Holding the ribbon are Chamber Board member Melia Lyerly (left) of Lyerly Agency and Megan Kanal of H&M Catering, which provided refreshments for the celebration.
Kropfelder Agency offers all types of insurance plans
Agency owner Gene Kropfelder and insurance agents Cindy Miller and Michael Rozmus of Brightway Insurance invited Chamber members and friends and others interested to their ribbon-cutting celebration and reception on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The Kropfelder Agency of Brightway Insurance is located at 3826 South New Hope Rd., Suite 3, Gastonia, NC 28056. The drop-in included food and drinks prepared by H&M Catering and a door prize drawing, as well as an opportunity to learn more about the business.
The Kropfelder Agency can provide property, vehicle, life, commercial and umbrella insurance policies to meet their customer’s needs from a wide array of insurance carriers. For more information about the Kropfelder Agency and Brightway Insurance, stop by the office, or call 704.566.0400.
Business networking takes place at all Chamber events, including grand openings and ribbon-cuttings such as the one recently a Brightway Insurance. In this photo, four separate conversations are occurring simultaneously in just one corner of the office.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Dr. Sam Wilcox cut the ribbon at Doc's Basement Comic Books, Toys & Games today with help from his wife Michele and daughters Imani, 7, and Keira, 10, and a little extra assistance from Spider-Man and Batman. The Wilcox family also is shown in the photo below.
Superheroes help celebrate the opening of Doc's Basement
The grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Doc's Basement Comic Books, Toys and Games had everything you possibly could ask for in a Montcross Area Chamber member event -- including superheroes. Batman and Spider-Man swept into the upstairs location of Doc's Basement at 427 Catawba Street in Belmont to the delight of the children attending as well as the business leaders.
Dr. Sam Wilcox, a physician at Ashley Women's Center, fulfilled a lifelong dream when he opened the comic book store. The highly respected obstetrician still embraces his boyhood fascination with comics and superheroes, and enjoys indulging it with his wife Michele and their 7-and-10-year-old daughters Imani and Keira. And now he has a place to share the experience with lots of other children and adults who frequent Doc's Basement.
In addition to selling comics, toys, games and more, the shop also has a special room where children (and adults) can enjoy playing video games and using virtual reality equipment.
If you share a fascination for comics, be sure to visit Doc's Basement on Saturday, May 6, for Free Comic Book Day. It's a nation-wide observance by participating comic book shops, and everyone who visits Doc's Basement that day will get a free comic book.
For more information on Doc's Basement and Free Comic Book Day, call 980.283.7297, or visit www.docs-basement.com.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Tom Weathers cut the ribbon at the grand opening of Pearlee & Cille's with his wife Abby and daughters Rachael and Jillian and staff members Alyssa Moss and Brittany Ladue. Also on the front row are Chamber Board members (from left) Robert Aldrich of Aldrich CFO Services, Melia Lyerly of Lyerly Agency and Jason Ramey of PSNC Energy. The photo below shows a tribute to the late Belmont mayor Kevin Loftin just inside the entrance to his former home.
Kevin Loftin's influence lives on at Pearlee & Cille's
Former Belmont Mayor Kevin Loftin, who died with his friend Donna Deitz in a car crash five years ago, hoped his home on Davis Street might someday be used to benefit young people and the City of Belmont, and his nephew Tom Weathers, who inherited the house, has fulfilled that wish. With the help of his wife Abby, daughters Rachael and Jillian and his father Tom, Sr., Weathers has turned the home into a kids spa, coffee shop, ice cream parlor, and venue for birthday parties and business meetings. And there's more to come -- fresh, hot doughnuts soon will be added to the menu.
Chamber members and friends celebrated the new business at a ribbon-cutting and open house on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.
The name of the business -- Pearlee & Cille's -- comes from Weathers' grandmothers Pearlee and Lucille. He envisions Pearlee & Cille's as a place young people can gather after school, where parents can drop off children for a few minutes or a few hours with assurance they not only will be cared for but entertained in a fun and safe environment. A place where families can come for refreshments and to relax in the spacious, enclosed backyard, or where groups can celebrate birthdays, church outings or conduct business meetings.
For more information on Pearlee & Cille's, call 704.853.9492.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Kumon instructor Alex Kellogg and his wife Anastasia, with help from their children Mila, Sasha and Nikolai, cut a ribbon for the new Kumon Math & Reading Center in Belmont during the grand opening and open house. With them are instructors James Whitmarsh, Jan Randall and Sarah Bathon along with some of their fellow Chamber members and friends in attendance. Holding the ribbon are Elaine Dimeo of George Stowe Insurance and Chamber Board member Brad Rivers of the Gaston College Small Business Center. Below is another photo of the Kellogg family.
"We strive to instill in children the motivation to learn on their own"
For more than 50 years, Kumon’s after-school academic enrichment program has helped children achieve success worldwide, and now a center is open in Belmont. The location is in the Main Street Crossing shopping center at 6436 Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont.
Alex Kellogg is the lead instructor, and he celebrated a grand opening and open house with a Chamber ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Many Chamber members attended along with students and parents and others interested in learning more about how the Kumon program can benefit students at all levels.
“We strive to instill in children the desire to achieve and the motivation to learn on their own,” Kellogg said. “Whether your child is seeking enrichment, needs help catching up or is just beginning his or her academic career, Kumon is designed to help him or her develop a love of learning.”
Students advance through the program at their own pace. An emphasis on individualized learning helps children become focused, motivated and self-reliant. Instructors monitor each child’s progress to ensure comprehension before moving on to a new concept.
For more information, call 704.413.1999, or visit www.kumon.com/Belmont-nc.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Drawing of what a large assembly space for training, seminars and meetings could look like on the lower level of TechWorks. In the smaller photo below, Gaston Innovation Group Executive Director Terry Cox is speaking to more than 100 who attended the brand and design concepts launch for TechWorks of Gaston County.
Technology innovation center being developed in Belmont
TechWorks of Gaston County is a new name you’ll be hearing a lot, after a local non-profit organization working to build a technology-driven innovation center in Belmont unveiled its branding and design plans on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.
The site for TechWorks of Gaston County is in the same building where Rivermen Brewing soon will open at 52 Ervin Street, beside the Post Office, in downtown Belmont. Construction will begin soon to upfit more than 12,000 square feet in the building. Long-range plans include a second location in the Loray Mill in Gastonia.
Creating jobs in Gaston County by fostering the start-up and growth of technology companies is the objective. TechWorks of Gaston County also will offer in-house coding classes and other training in partnership with local colleges and universities to grow the local workforce to meet the demands of an increasingly digital economy.
Gaston Innovation Group (GIG) is the non-profit organization leading development of TechWorks of Gaston County . Dr. Steve Hannon of Hannon Orthodontics chairs the GIG Board of Directors. Most of the initial funding for the project came from Gaston County, with participation by the City of Belmont and private sources. Gaston Innovation Group is pursuing additional grant funding.(Download the press release.)
One of several co-working spaces planned for the main level at TechWorks of Gaston County.