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Palisades at Belmont hosts open house and ribbon-cutting

Friday, October 14, 2016


Palisades at Belmont staff along with representatives of Southwood Realty, the Montcross Area Chamber, the City of Belmont and others cut a ribbon (above) and raised glasses in a toast (below) to the opening of the new apartment community during a celebration on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. Above, cutting ribbon, is Palisades Property Manager Kalyn Bates. With her, on front row, are (from left) Belmont City Manager Adrian Miller, Onya James, Amanda Ratchford Sisk, Katie Ratchford and Chamber Board member Ryan Clarke of Allstate Insurance. Other Southwood Realty representatives are (from left) Russell Tindall, William Ratchford, Joe Twardos, Paola Cloninger, Devin Bowman-Horn, Carly Gehring, Crystal Crippen and Chamber President Ted Hall.  

Residents moving in at new 204-unit apartment community

The new Palisades at Belmont apartment community leased 49 of the 204 available units before the ribbon-cutting and open house, which took place on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. Several residents joined in with members of the local business community and others at the celebration in the beautiful new clubhouse adjacent to the salt water pool and sundeck.

A Chamber ribbon-cutting followed by a champagne toast marked the formal opening of the Palisades at Belmont, located at 1011 Palisades Circle, off Wilkinson Boulevard, just west of the intersection of Belmont-Mount Holly Road. Guests enjoyed BBQ and other refreshments, took tours of the facilities and apartments and eagerly awaited announcements about prize winners. 

A Southwood Realty community, The Palisades at Belmont apartments have granite countertops, open floor plans, over-sized closets and 9-foot ceilings. One, two and three-bedroom apartments are available from $905 to $1330 per month. For more information, call 704.685.8769 or 980.283.7279, or CLICK HERE for the website.

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The Vintage Nest Hosts "Network After Work"

Thursday, October 13, 2016


The Vintage Nest owners Jeff and Tricia Lee and daughter Margo (left) with Chamber Board Chair Walter Payne of ImageMark Business Services and Board Chair-Elect Bill Ingram (right) of Wells Fargo Bank. (Photo by John Jacob)

7,000-square-foot store is third in four years for growing business

Chamber members and friends made business connections, enjoyed great food and beverages and even got some excellent deals on Halloween and other home decor items at The Vintage Nest in downtown Mount Holly on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016.

Owners Jeff and Tricia Lee and their daughter Margo hosted the Network After Work reception in their 7,000-square-foot store at 119 S. Main Street. It's the third location in four years for the rapidly growing business.

The Vintage Nest specializes in painted vintage furniture, and also offers a wide selection of gifts and home decor products. More info at 704.827.3355 or 

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Fiber artist Adrianne Joslin works on exhibit at Chamber

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Artist Adrianne Joslin (center, front) with Gaston Arts Council Director and Chamber Board member Kim George. On the second row, from left, are Melissa Smith and Jim Crisp of Clearbrook Advisory Services, which sponsored the reception, Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin, Chamber Board Chair Walter Payne of ImageMark Business Services and Gaston County Commission Chairman Tom Keigher. (In the photo below, "Guardian Angel II" by Adrianne Joslin.) 

Thirty works by Belmont fiber artist Adrianne Joslin are on exhibit at the Montcross Area Chamber offices in the Stowe Building at 100 N. Main Street, Belmont.

A meet-the-artist reception, sponsored by Clearbrook Advisory Services, opened the exhibition on October 4, 2016. Mrs. Joslin's work also is on exhibit now at the Knight Gallery at Spirit Square in Charlotte and in Kings Mountain.

This is the fourth in a series of art exhibits at the Chamber coordinated by Kim George, executive director of the Gaston Arts Council. The exhibit is open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m..

For more on Adrianne Joslin and her work, go to:

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NC Budo Grand Opening in Downtown Belmont

Monday, September 26, 2016

Owners Michael Baez and Jena Hare cut a ribbon at the grand opening of NC Budo with Chamber members, family and friends. Others on the front row are, from left, Elaine Lyerly and Chamber Board Past-Chair Melia Lyerly of Lyerly Agency, Melanie Baez, Ty Ryan, Michael Baez's father and first karate teacher Pedro Figueroa, Raven Baez and Chamber Board member Jennifer Church of the Chronicle Mill and Chyrch Realty. 

Competitive Martial Arts Center for Students Age 4 to Adult

Owners Jena Hare and Michael Baez celebrated the Grand Opening of NC Budo on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, participated in a Chamber ribbon-cutting and minutes later conducted their first official class sessions in their new Competitive Martial Arts Center at 124 N. Main Street in Belmont. In addition to training students ages 4 through adult, NC Budo will offer weekly Women's Self-Defense Classes on Tuesdays and yoga classes on Thursdays. For more information, call 980.288.8750, or visit

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CommunityOne Bank in Mount Holly

Thursday, September 22, 2016

CommunityOne Mount Holly staff members with representatives of the Chamber and the city of Mount Holly during Morning Spark networking today. CommunityOne representatives are, from left Mortgage Loan Officer Joe Bruno, Belmont Branch Manager Adam Coble, Sales & Service Supervisor Susan Poteat, Sales & Service Specialists Joann Biggerstaff and  Freida Moore and Branch Manager Geanina Neal. Planning Director Greg Beal represented the City of Mount Holly and Board Past-Chair Melia Lyerly of Lyerly Agency represented the Montcross Area Chamber. 

Members made contacts and learned about CommunityOne

CommunityOne Bank in Mount Holly celebrated the first day of fall with a large number of members and friends of the Chamber today. The bank was beautifully decorated in autumn colors when Chamber guests dropped by for Morning Spark networking and breakfast refreshments. Office Manager Geanina Neal, who also serves on the Chamber Board of Directors, welcomed visitors and introduced members of her CommunityOne team. Chamber Board of Directors Past-Chair Melia Lyerly of Lyerly Agency also made comments, and City of Mount Holly Planning Director Greg Beal welcomed guests on behalf of the city.Several lucky winners took home prizes of fall gift baskets. 

Morning Spark is hosted by Chamber members several times a year to provide a morning alternative networking opportunity similar to the Chamber's monthly "Network After Work" events.

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REVIVAL Development & Design

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Luke Manlove and Carmen Powers are cutting the ribbon at the Grand Opening celebration for REVIVAL Development & Design, with (from left) Chamber Board Past-Chair Melia Lyerly of Lyerly Agency, Chamber President Ted Hall, Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin and Chamber Treasurer Jim Crisp of Clearbrook Advisory Services. 

Luke Manlove and Carmen Powers, owners of REVIVAL Development & Design, welcomed Chamber members in large numbers to their unique live/work space in downtown Belmont for "Network After Work" last night. They also announced a new business they're developing at 7 N. Main Street in Belmont called Wisteria and specializing in fine flowers and exquisite events. After cutting a ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of REVIVAL, the networking reception moved inside the 35 N. Main Street building that houses the company's office and studio and Manlove's residence.

 REVIVAL owners Carmen Powers and Luke Manlove (center) with the management team for a new venture on Main Street in Belmont called Wisteria Fine Flowers & Exquisite Events.

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The Vintage Nest keeps growing in Mount Holly

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Cutting the ribbon are The Vintage Nest owners Jeff and Tricia Lee, with shop staff members Maddie Lee, Katie Wall and Gina Hough. Others on the front row are, from left, Montcross Area Chamber Board member Greg Beal of the City of Mount Holly, Past-Chair of the Chamber Board Melia Lyerly of Lyerly Agency, Mount Holly Mayor Bryan Hough, City Council members Carolyn Holbrook Breyare and Jeff Meadows and Chamber Board member Brad Rivers of Gaston College. Some of the other Chamber members, Chamber Board members and Vintage Nest customers and friends attending the grand opening are in the background. (Montcross Area Chamber photo)

New space allows Vintage Nest to spread its wings

The Vintage Nest in downtown Mount Holly has grown from a 650-square-foot space to 7,000 feet in just four years. Owner Jeff Lee celebrated the grand opening of his third location on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, with all-day specials, furniture-painting demonstrations, prize drawings and a Montcross Area Chamber ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

The Vintage Nest specializes in hand-painted furniture, handmade gifts and home accessory products. In its new location, the business has added vintage furniture rentals to its list of services. 

Jeff Lee and his wife Tricia opened the first Vintage Nest location in 2012 at 116 E. Central Ave., in Mount Holly. Two years later, they moved to a 1,200-square-foot space at 127 S. Main Street. Now the business is growing into much larger quarters at 119 S. Main. 

The shop’s do-it-yourself area has been expanded, and there’s even space dedicated for classrooms where furniture painting and home décor project classes are taught. Product lines in this area include Chalk Paint by Anne Sloan, General Finishes Gel Stain, Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, Artisan Enhancements products and more. 

“These product offerings allow anyone to transform outdated furniture into new family treasures,” Lee said. 

The gift and home décor portion of the business also has been expanded, with the addition of product lines such as Mudd Pie Holiday and coming soon Mudd Pie Baby. In the apparel department, Blue Q and Yo sock lines are among the new offerings. 

Next on the to-do list at The Vintage Nest will be creating a studio space on the lower level of the shop for a soy wax candle-making business. 

For more information, call 704.825.3355, or go to  

(In the photo above, are Vintage Nest owners Jeff and Tricia  Lee and their daughter Maddie.) 

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