Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Sake Express owners Linda Park (left) and Lisa Nguyen cut the ribbon during a celebration of major renovations at their Japanese Steakhouse in Belmont. With them are managers Kelvin Vasquez (left) and Hau Nguyen. Holding the ribbon are MACC Board members Melia Lyerly of Lyerly Agency and Tony Marder of ASM Ventures.
Chamber ribbon-cutting marks the occasion
Sake Express Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi at 675 Park Street in Belmont invites customers to see the new dining room and luxury restrooms added during a major interior renovation. A Chamber ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the occasion on May 1, 2019. The dining room reopened on April 16 after being closed a week to complete the renovations. The drive thru was open to serve customers throughout the remodel.
Sisters Linda Nguyen Park and Lisa Nguyen own Sake Express Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi in Belmont and in Gastonia. The first Sake Express was started by their father Phat Nguyen in 1998 on North New Hope Road in Gastonia. Linda and Lisa took over the business after their father became ill. They expanded to Belmont in 2010 and later built a new home for the Gastonia restaurant at 1327 E. Franklin Boulevard.
For more on Sake Express Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi, go to www.thesakeexpress.com.
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Reserve ad space now in Chamber welcome magazine
The 12th annual edition of the Montcross Area Chamber visitor and newcomer welcome guide and member directory will be published soon, and advertising sales are under way now.
The full-color, glossy magazine will feature articles on all of the cities and towns of the Montcross area in eastern Gaston County, plus detailed information useful to every visitor and newcomer as well as to long-time residents.
The magazines will be available free in dozens of locations, including visitor information centers, hotels, the Chamber office, city halls, the offices of advertisers and more sites throughout the next 12 months.
Chamber member Biz Well Corporation publishes the magazine and returns a portion of the advertising sales income to the Chamber. Members of the Chamber receive a discount on advertising.
To reserve ad space, or get more information, call Sandy Barnett at 704.491.9897, or email her at email@example.com.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
At Network After Work, from left, are Gaston Arts Council Executive Director Kim George, "Loss World" author Mary London Szpara, singer/songwriter Kelly Z, Park Street United Methodist Church Pastor David Hiatt and Montcross Area Chamber President Ted Hall.
Business, art, church communities come together
Gaston Arts Council Executive Director Kim George succeeded in bringing together the business community, arts community and church community in a single Chamber Network After Work event on April 11, 2019.
She arranged for the Arts Council to host the monthly Chamber networking reception in the Family Life Center at Park Street United Methodist Church in Belmont, where she also scheduled several artists to exhibit their work, and booked a theatrical performance of "The Loss World Monologues 2.0" immediately following the reception.
Los Angeles singer/songwriter Kelly Z performed the one-woman play, adapted from a book by Mary London Szpara, who also attended and led a discussion after the performance. The book and play are based on her writings about the grief she experienced, and still experiences, after the death of her husband. More information available here: www.lossworld.com.
For more on the Gaston Arts Council, call 704.853.2787, or visit www.gastonarts.org.
Kelly Z performing following Chamber Network After Work reception.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Owners Jeremy and Kerianne Wilcox are cutting the ribbon, with (from left) Cramerton Town Manager David Pugh, Cramerton Commissioner Susan Neeley, Kim Baker, Amy Maier and Chamber Board Chair Shannon Thomas of Creative Solutions Special Events.
Realty firm has grown to 19 agents in first year at new location
Just a year after opening its new offices, Wilcox Real Estate Group has grown to 19 agents. With its partner business Wilcox Homes, owners Kerianne and Jeremy Wilcox celebrated the anniversary with an open house and Chamber ribbon cutting ceremony on April 10, 2019, from noon until 1 p.m. A large crowd of Chamber members, clients, friends and guests turned out to celebrate the occasion and enjoy refreshments. The offices are at 4109 South New Hope Rd., Gastonia, NC 28056. For more on Wilcox Realty Group, call 704.909.8600, or visit www.wilcoxre.com; and for more on Wilcox Homes, call 704.771.1113, or visit www.wilcoxhomesllc.com.
Friday, April 5, 2019
Cutting the ribbon at the TechWorks of Gaston grand opening today were (from left) Liz Crabill, deputy assistant secretary of commerce, for the state of North Carolina, TechWorks Executive Director Terry Cox, Gaston Innovation Group Board Chair Dr. Stephen Hannon, Gaston County Commission Chairman Tracy Philbeck, and N.C. Sen. Kathy Harrington. Beside them (at left) are Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin and Montcross Area Chamber President Ted Hall. At right, are Belmont City Manager Adrian Miller and Gaston Regional Chamber CEO Steve D'Avria.
Four years of work took TechWorks from a vision to reality
More than four years of hard work, long meetings and fundraising paid off in a big way for Gaston County today when the TechWorks innovation and technology center opened in downtown Belmont.
he center is furnished and ready to provide work space to attract and support present and future technology entrepreneurs and provide technical training to boost the job skills of people of all ages.
More than 200 were on hand for a ribbon cutting and program and to see the beautifully renovated 14,000-square-foot space in a former textile building at 52A Ervin Street. Congressman Patrick McHenry spoke as did Liz Crabill of the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Sen. Kathy Harrington, County Commission Chairman Tracy Philbeck and Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin. N.C. Rep. John Torbett also attended. TechWorks Board Chairman Dr. Stephen Hannon and Executive Director Terry Cox cut the ribbon assisted by a robot built by local high school students, which delivered the scissors.
More than $2 million from the state, Gaston County, Belmont and corporate and foundation grants have brought TechWorks from a concept to reality. TechWorks already has made it possible for gigabit speed internet service in Belmont provided by Open Broadband, and for free public Wi-Fi downtown. Plans are being developed to spread the service to other cities and towns across the county.
This is the Iced Java robotics team from Mountain Island Charter, which built the robot that delivered a pair of 18-inch scissors for the ribbon cutting photo today. In the small photo above, Terry Cox and others react as the robot goes into spin cycle mode in celebration of the successful ribbon cutting.
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Matthew Hanks is cutting the ribbon with his wife Susan, children Gabe, Anna and Jonah and Mo Sallah. Beside Susan are her parents Ray and Becky Cline, and on Matthew's left his parents Myra and Greg Hanks. Holding the ribbon are Montcross Area Chamber Board members Wil Neumann, left, of Gaston Capital Partners and Dr. Brad Wruble of Belmont Eye.
Mo Sallah to lead new commercial division at Hanks Realty Group
Matthew Hanks, with his family and team of 18 agents, celebrated the first anniversary of Hanks Realty Group in a big way and also introduced a new HRG Commercial division of the business on Thursday, March 28, 2019.
The firm’s offices are in the New Hope Business Center at 3826 S. New Hope Road in Gastonia. A large crowd attended to offer congratulations, enjoy refreshments and witness the ribbon cutting.
Mo Sallah has joined the team to lead the new HRG Commercial division. For more information on Hanks Realty Group, call 704.931.8480,or visit www.hanksrealtygroup.com.
Friday, March 22, 2019
Commissioners participating were (from left) Board Chairman Tracy Philbeck representing Dallas Township, Jack Brown of Gastonia Township, Ronnie Worley of South Fork Township, and Bob Hovis of Crowders Mountain Township. Unable to attend were Vice Chairman Chad Brown of Riverbend Township, Tom Keigher of Gastonia Township and Allen Fraley of Cherryville Township. Lisa Clement-Bryant (second from right), director of employer clinical services at CaroMont Health, presented the sponsor welcome, and Chamber Board Chair Shannon Thomas of Creative Solutions Special Events presided.
Impact of growth major topic at Business Buzz breakfast
Growth and its impact on transportation and schools occupied much of the discussion as four members of the Gaston County Board of Commissioners met with about 50 members and friends of the Chamber at the Kimbrell Campus of Gaston College in Belmont on Friday morning, March 22, 2019. CaroMont Health sponsored the program, which was the Chamber’s first Business Buzz breakfast of the year.
Commissioners participating were Board Chairman Tracy Philbeck representing the Dallas Township, Ronnie Worley of South Fork Township, Jack Brown of the Gastonia Township and Bob Hovis of the Crowders Mountain Township. Unable to attend were Vice Chairman Chad Brown of the Riverbend Township, Tom Keigher of Gastonia Township and Allen Fraley of Cherryville Township.
The need for the Catawba Crossings bridges connecting southern Gaston County to the airport area of Mecklenburg County was mentioned by all of the commissioners and by member of the audience. Concerns were aired about the potential for gridlock stemming from the planned widening of Interstate 85 and replacement of the Wilkinson Boulevard bridge crossing the Catawba River.
There was discussion about the need for a program here like Pennies for Progress, a sales tax that is helping fund local highway projects in York County.
The need to find more dollars and better strategies to efficiently build new schools and repair and improve existing school buildings also was discussed.
A high degree of enthusiasm was expressed for light rail being extended from Charlotte into Gaston County, along with recognition that the service would come at a considerable cost.
Commissioners were surprised more questions weren’t raised about the recent property re-evaluation, which saw values increase countywide by an average of more than 20 percent.
Chamber Business Buzz breakfasts are planned several times each year on issues of local interest.