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Network After Work GONE WILD

Thursday, November 10, 2016

 Being introduced at the event are the sponsors: Brad and Shannon Thomas of Creative Solutions Special Events, Carey Roberts of Carey Roberts Design, Megan and Hans Kanal of H&M Catering (Hans is in the photo below) and Mark and Jo Magda of Hogzilla BBQ.

Networking extravaganza draws 250 at Creative Solutions

Billed as Network After Work GONE WILD, the Chamber networking extravaganza hosted by four sponsors at Creative Solutions Special Events lived up to its name. Joining Creative Solutions in sponsoring the event were Hogzilla BBQ, Carey Roberts Design and H&M Catering. Popular area band "Coming Up Brass" played, and at least 250 Chamber members and friends had a blast under a large, enclosed and heated tent on the grounds at Creative Solutions on Wilson Road in southern Gaston County. The four outstanding Chamber members went all out to display their incredible skills in preparing amazing food and creating beautiful and exciting special events. 

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Belmont Executive Offices Grand Opening

Thursday, November 3, 2016

J.C. and Maria Vargas prepare to cut a ribbon officially opening Belmont Executive Offices with members of their family, staff and Chamber representatives. The photo below shows a pergola and fountain in the courtyard in front of several office suites. 

Chamber members and other guests at the Grand Opening of Belmont Executive Offices were astonished to see how J.C. and Maria Vargas have transformed a crumbling 1940s motor court on Wilkinson Boulevard in Belmont into upscale business office suites. Enjoying food from H&M Catering, music by the Doug Burns Jazz Band and the soothing sounds of a bubbling fountain under a pergola, more than a hundred guests filled the courtyard and strolled in and out of the one, two and three-room office suites, each with its own restroom. There's a shared conference room and mail room.

Originally opened in the 1940s as Bishop's Motel, the 12-room motor court later was known as Delux Motel. It had been vacant and deteriorating for many years, when J.C. and Maria recognized the property's potential and began restoring the buildings.

A former residence and motel office at the front of the site has been beautifully renovated to serve as the business office for the company and also as an office for Maria's consulting practice. 

Lease rates for office suites range from $475 to $1375 per month. For information, call 704.825.0061, or visit

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Chambers members soak up history at Brevard Station Museum

Thursday, October 27, 2016

N.C. Rep. John Torbett (center) with Pat and Barry Smith during Network After Work at Brevard Station Museum. Barry Smith is the director of the museum. On the banner, are photos of Barry Smith's parents, who were among the founders of Brevard Station Museum. (Photos by John Jacob)

Stanley museum hosts "Network After Work"

Surrounded by history, Chamber members, friends and guests made business connections, enjoyed refreshments and absorbed knowledge about the Town of Stanley, the textile industry, the railroad and more at Brevard Station Museum in Stanley on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. They also heard from Pat Smith, one of the authors of a new history of Stanley that’s just gone on sale at the museum and other locations. Joyce Handsel and Ruth Wood are the other authors. An autographed copy of ”Images of America – Stanley”  was one of the prizes awarded during the Chamber “Network After Work” reception.  Begun in 1991, Brevard Station Museum features a wide variety of historical artifacts and exhibits on town history, the textile industry, the railroad, farm life, vintage clothing, the military and other collections. Brevard Station Museum Director Barry Smith, standing beneath a banner with photos of his late parents who were instrumental in starting the museum, spoke about some of the many exhibits on display and the importance of preserving the history of our communities for future generations.

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Prize winners at the event are (from left) Buck Roberts of Selah Media Productions, Karen Jacob of Belmont Abbey College and Freda Hall of Belmont Realty. With them is Pat Smith, who presented the prizes, including a new Stanley Images history book that she authored along with Joyce Handsel and Ruth Wood.

Carolina Family Spine Center Grand Opening

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Dr. Paige Sigmon cuts a ribbon with members of her staff and representatives of the Montcross Area and Gaston Regional Chambers of Commerce during the Grand Opening celebration for Carolina Family Spine Center in Mount Holly.

Dr. Paige Sigmon celebrates with Chamber ribbon-cutting

Chiropractor Dr. Paige Sigmon celebrated the Grand Opening of Carolina Family Spine Center in Mount Holly today with patients, staff, friends and members of the Montcross Area and Gaston Regional Chambers of Commerce. Her office is at 547 Highland Street, Unit A, near L&E Properties and Blowe Family Dentistry. Tours, refreshments and prizes highlighted the celebration. Dr. Sigmon said her practice is unique because it "emphasizes the importance of improving your overall health by making sure your nervous system and spine are functioning at their optimum potential." For more information on Carolina Family Spine Center, visit, or call 704.601.5560.

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Wellness and managing employee health benefits costs

Friday, October 21, 2016

Participating in the Business Buzz breakfast program were (from left) CaroMont Health CEO and Chamber Board member Doug Luckett, CaroMont Health Director of Wellness Debbie Bellenger, Chamber Board Chair Walter Payne of ImageMark Business Services, and CaroMont Health Director of Provider Networks Alex Mullineaux. 

CaroMont Health sponsored event and presented program

Chamber members and friends learned about improving wellness in the workplace and other strategies for managing employee health benefits costs at a Business Buzz breakfast today sponsored by CaroMont Health. CaroMont Director of Provider Networks Alex Mullineaux and Director of Wellness Debbie Bellenger presented the program at the Kimbrell Campus of Gaston College in Belmont.

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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