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Creative Solutions hosts Chamber for holiday kickoff gala

Thursday, November 14, 2019


Creative Solutions owners Shannon and Brad Thomas enjoying comments by Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin during the Network After Work at their new showroom and design space at 132 N. Main St. in downtown Belmont. In the small photo below, recently elected Belmont City Council member Jim Hefferan has just joined the Chamber and played the "Let's Make A Deal" game with MACC Member Services Director Julie Bowen to determine his discount during the 2019 fall membership drive.  (Thank you John Jacob for contributing photos.)

Chamber reception followed an all-day open house   

Creative Solutions Special Events treated clients, Chamber members and friends to a dazzling display of every item anyone could want to stage an incredible holiday gala during Network After Work at the new CSSE Showroom & Design Space at 132 N. Main Street in Belmont.

The Chamber reception was the main event, capping an all-day open house for Creative Solutions clients and vendors. After hosting a steady stream of guests throughout the day, the beautifully decorated showroom began to fill after 5 p.m. and soon was crowded with Chamber members eager to see the decorations, meet owners Brad and Shannon Thomas and their team and to sample amazing food prepared by Jim N' Nick's Bar-B-Q. Other co-hosts were Carey Roberts Design, Wildly Southern and Morgan Ridge Railwalk Brewery & Eatery. Live music was performed by Kevin Yeargin.

For more information contact Creative Solutions Special Events at 704-825-8701 or visit:

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Festive event attracted a lot of Chamber members and friends, and this photo shows only part of the crowd.

MACC Membership Campaign under way -- Let's Make A Deal!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Discounts and incentives available to members joining now

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The Montcross Area Chamber is conducting its fall membership campaign now through November 25, with special discounts and other incentives for new members. Two teams of campaign volunteers are assisting in the campaign. 

If your business or organization is not a member, this is a great time to join. If you already are a member, tell a business associate, vendor or friend they need to join now.

For more information on membership and the campaign, contact any of the participating volunteers listed below, or contact Chamber Member Services Director Julie Bowen at 704.825.5307, ext 3 or

Let's Make A Deal leaders and teams:



Denise Price Thomas Cheryl Loggins
 Scott Pittman  Carey Roberts
 Melia Lyerly  Timothy Roberts
 Jennifer Church  Jennifer Thomas

Shannon Thomas

 Scott Hughes
Heath Jenkins

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Join now to be listed in 2020 Member  Directory in Gaston Gazette

The 2020 edition of the Montcross Area Chamber Member Directory is being developed in partnership with the Gaston Gazette for publication early next year. Businesses and organizations joining the Chamber now will be assured their information will be listed free in the publication, which will be delivered to thousands of Gazette readers and also available online and distributed locally throughout the year. 

The directory will list Chamber members alphabetically and by category, making it an excellent resource to help consumers find providers of products and services they need. The 2019 edition was 68 pages and featured the Cramerton Veterans Memorial on the cover.

Display advertising space in the directory is available for purchase and is being offered now through the Gaston Gazette advertising department. Chamber members receive a discount.

Ad Rates & Information

For more information on rates, ask your Gazette advertising representative, or call Ruth Anderson at 704.869.1727, or email her at




Belmont Beautique & Barbery Grand Opening

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Christine Wallace, with help from grand-daughter Alice Jean-Paul, 3, is ready to cut the ribbon, along with master barber Doug Brewer and wife Gwen and stylists Heather Wilson and Sara Marie Genaro. Others, from left, are Elaine Dimeo of Watson Insurance, Anastasia Kellogg of the Kumon Math and Reading Center, Denise Price Thomas of DPT Consulting and Training, Freda Hall of Belmont Realty, Alicia Jean-Paul, Alex Kellogg of the Kumon Math and Reading Center, Mayor Charlie Martin and Chamber Board member Wil Neumann of Gaston Capital Partners. (In the small photo below are Doug Brewer with Chamber President Ted Hall.)   

Doug Brewer, 92, still cutting hair at Belmont Beautique & Barbery

Christine "Hair Lady" Wallace has transformed a space at the eastern end of the Main Street Crossing shopping Center in Belmont into a beautiful hair salon and barber shop. She and her team celebrated their grand opening and ribbon cutting on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019.

Joining Christine in the shop are hair stylists Heather Wilson and Sara Marie Genaro and master barber Doug Brewer. That's right, 92-year-old Doug Brewer, an icon in downtown Belmont for many years cutting hair in his former shop in the back of the Stowe Mercantile and General Store building, has emerged from a short "retirement" to join the Belmont Beautique & Barbery team.

Chamber members and friends attending the grand opening celebration enjoyed a pizza lunch, while making business connections and learning about the new Chamber member. Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin welcomed the new business to Belmont. 

To make an appointment or get more information, call 704.829.8122, or visit

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Belmont Beautique & Barbery offers a 10% discount to members of the Montcross Area Chamber and to veterans, teachers and first-responders.

Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin (right) welcomes the new business, with (from left) Doug Brewer, Heather Wilson, Sara Marie Genaro and Christine Wallace.





Grace Christian Counseling opens office in Belmont

Monday, October 28, 2019

Roberta Wilson and her fiance Art Tilley have just cut the ribbon at the new Grace Christian Counseling practice, accompanied by Chamber members, friends and church members. In the photo, from the left, are Annette Gehle, the Rev. David Hiatt of Park Street UMC, Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin, Larry Nordlinger of the Nordlinger Agency, Erin Rice, Freda Hall of Belmont Realty, Bryan Dalton of 321 Equipment, Mandy Turner and son Caleb, Denise Price Thomas of DPT Consulting and Training and Chamber Board member Robert Aldrich of Aldrich CFO Services. (In the small photo below, are Roberta Wilson and Chamber President Ted Hall.)

"Grace" most important word in the name of this practice 

When Roberta Wilson owner of Grace Christian Counseling in Charlotte and Lincolnton needed a Belmont office to serve her growing Gaston County client base, she considered several traditional office possibilities, but none seemed to work for her practice. 

A call to the Montcross Area Chamber led to a referral to the Rev. David Hiatt at long-time Chamber member Park Street United Methodist Church, and a win-win-win was created for the church, Grace Christian Counseling and the Chamber, which gained a new member. 

GCC now is settled into its office in the church at 120 Park Street in Belmont and celebrated its grand opening and Chamber ribbon cutting on Oct. 28, 2019. 

Grace Christian Counseling offers individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy services for adolescents and adults. 

“While I am a Christian counselor,” Roberta says, “I approach all clients with empathy and kindness. I only integrate faith at the client’s request and I am no one’s judge. I believe my faith helps me approach others with love and encouragement. The name of my practice says it all … Grace.” 

For more information on Grace Christian Counseling, call Roberta Wilson at 704.748.3585. 

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During the grand opening reception, Roberta Wilson is telling the group about her practice with the Rev. David Hiatt and Mayor Charlie Martin.









The Nordlinger Agency celebrates with ribbon cutting

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Larry and Reina Nordlinger are cutting the ribbon, with (from left) Jim Crisp, Elizabeth Atterberry, Darlene Avery, Ruthaa Woolridge, Samuel Jordan and Carey Roberts.

Teaching clients to lead a "debt-free" life 

Larry and Reina Nordlinger have opened an area office for The Nordlinger Agency - Symmetry Financial Group, and they celebrated with a ribbon cutting on Oct. 23, 2019, at the office of the Montcross Area Chamber in Belmont. 

The goal of The Nordlinger Group is to help clients learn to lead a "debt-free" life, by teaching them how to become debt-free in nine years without spending more money they they are today. 

For more on The Nordlinger Agency, call 864.553.1310, or visit

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Mullis Construction open house and ribbon cutting

Monday, October 21, 2019

Jami Mullis is cutting the ribbon with members of his family Denyse Downer, Angie Mullis, Tate Hall, Makenna Mullis, Brandi Hall and Tailyn Hall.

Chamber members and friends welcome Mullis Construction Group

Mullis Construction Group, multi-family residential and commercial contractors, hosted Chamber members and friends along with clients, vendors and sub-contractors for an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony at their offices at 7202 Wilkinson Blvd., Suite G/H, in Belmont.

Mayor Charlie Martin welcomed Mullis Construction to the Belmont business community, and MACC President Ted Hall welcomed the business to membership in the Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce. The large crowd attending enjoyed refreshments and business networking, while learning about Mullis Construction Group.

For more information on the company, call 704.798.8419, or visit

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Jami Mullis celebrates along with the crowd as the ribbon is cut at the Mullis Construction Group open house. 


Candidate Forum: Belmont City Council

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Candidates from left are Marc Seelinger, Claudina Ghianni-Toole, Jim Hefferan, Martha Stowe and Ron Foulk. In the smaller photo below, Ron Foulk is drawing for seating and opening statement position, with forum moderator Ted Hall holding the bag, and candidates Marc Seelinger and Claudina Ghianni-Toole.   

Big crowd turns out for forum at TechWorks of Gaston County

Five candidates vying for three seats on the Belmont City Council responded to questions and presented their cases in opening and closing statements during a forum coordinated by the Montcross Area Chamber at TechWorks of Gaston County in Belmont.

The Gaston Gazette and the Banner News were promotional sponsors. A full-house of about 100 residents attended the forum, and many more watched on a Facebook live video. Incumbents in the race are Martha Stowe and Ron Foulk. Challengers are Marc Seelinger, Claudina Ghianni-Toole and Jim Hefferan. 

Montcross Area Chamber President Ted Hall was forum moderator. 

Early voting in all local races began October 16 and will continue through Nov. 2. Election day is Nov. 5.

For more information on all municipal elections in Gaston County, go to

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