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Cramerton marks ABC Store #1 expansion

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Cramerton ABC Board Chairwoman Carolyn Helms is cutting the ribbon, with (from left) Town Manager and Chamber Board member David Pugh, Mayor Will Cauthen, Commissioner Susan Neeley, ABC Board General Manager Sam Carpenter, Store Manager Greg Matthew, Board CFO Gil Aguirre, Chamber Board member Dick Cromlish of School Resources and store staff members. 

Cramerton ABC Store #1 celebrates expansion

Almost 11 years after the Town of Cramerton opened its first ABC store with a Chamber ribbon cutting on March 26, 2007, the town celebrated a major expansion of the store in the Cramer Market Place shopping center on Jan. 23, 2018. The location at 202-C Market Street became known as Store #1 last year when Store #2 opened in an new brick building on South New Hope Road.

Store #1 was almost doubled in size and in inventory with an expansion into to an adjoining retail space that became available.

Cramerton ABC Board Chairwoman Carolyn Helms cut the ribbon and Mayor Will Cauthen spoke during the ceremony. A big crowd of Chamber members and Cramerton residents turned out to see the new store and enjoy refreshments by H&M Catering.

Others came because they held hopes of claiming the right to purchase a rare bottle of 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon in a drawing that was the climax of the celebration. The happy winner wished to remain anonymous, since the bottle is reported to have brought several thousand dollars on the open market.

Store hours are Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. For more information, call 704.461.8752.

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On March 26, 2007, then Cramerton ABC Board Chairman Barry Smith prepares to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the town's first ABC store, with ABC Board members Carolyn Helms, who now serves as Board chairwoman, and Board member Sam Carpenter. Former mayor Ronald Murphy is in the back behind then Town Commissioners Jacque Sumner and Sandra Ware. Holding the ribbon are Montcross Area Chamber Executive Director Ted Hall (left) and then President Paul Lowrance of Mckenney Family Dealerships. 

McAdenville Table & Market Ribbon Cutting

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Caroline Bailey cuts the ribbon at the grand opening celebration for McAdenville Table & Market, with husband Jim Bailey, McAdenville Mayor Jim Robinette, John Bailey, staff members and representatives of the Montcross Area Chamber and Gaston Regional Chamber. Holding the ribbon are Montcross Area Chamber President Ted Hall, left, and Gaston Regional Chamber CEO Steve D'Avria.  In the photos below addressing the large crowd, are Jim and Caroline Bailey and John Bailey. 

Restaurant honors rich textile history of McAdenville

Members of the Montcross Area Chamber and Gaston Regional Chamber descended on the new McAdenville Table & Market in large numbers for a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting on Jan. 16, 2018.

Owners Jim and John Bailey, who also own Sammy's Neighborhood Pub in Belmont, renovated the building at 129 1/2 Main Street in McAdenville and created a unique restaurant that includes a meat, fish and provisions market and loads of history from the textile heritage of the town, which is home to Pharr Yarns.

Bill Carstarphen, CEO of Pharr Yarns, attended the grand opening, and Mrs. Carol Carstarphen, who's an artist, created a large mural in the restaurant depicting the town's historical timeline.

Caroline Bailey got the honor of cutting the ribbon, alongside McAdenville Mayor Jim Robinette.

McAdenville Table & Market is open Monday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. For more information, call 704.879.9042, or visit    

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Famous Toastery open in Belmont

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

In the photo, Jessica is cutting the ribbon with Stephanie Riley, Mr. Toast, and Brandon Yocum. Among those attending are, from left, Robert Aldrich of Aldrich CFO Services, Brad and Shannon Thomas of Creative Solutions Special Events, Kevin Randall of Northwestern Mutual, Frank Cooke of Radco Roofing, Belmont Mayor Pro Tem Martha Stowe, Michael Carpenter of TPP Vending, Irl Dixon of Coldwell Banker MECA Realty, Scot Hughes of Brightway Insurance, Johanna Giese of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Adam Lee of State Farm Insurance, Cindy Miller of Brightway Insurance, Susan Ingram, Mike McKeever of Belmont Rotary Club, Jennifer Church of the Chronicle Mill, Belmont City Manager Adrian Miller and Gaston County Commissioner Ronnie Worley. 

Famous Toastery is in new South Fork Station retail center

Samples of French toast on a stick debuted to rave reviews as one of several delicious menu items served when the Famous Toastery celebrated its grand opening in Belmont with a Chamber ribbon cutting on January 9. Owner Jessica Cummis and her team welcomed a large turnout of Chamber members and friends to the Toastery, which is located in the new South Fork Station retail center at 6425 Wilkinson Boulevard. Famous Toastery is open daily, 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., for breakfast, brunch and lunch. For more on Famous Toaster, call 704.981.1135, or visit

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Belmont's first ABC Store open for business

Friday, December 8, 2017

Belmont ABC Board members are shown with the designers of the new store. Board members (starting second from left) are Tom Olsen, Jonathan Taylor, Joe Stowe, Mike Pate and Tony Marder. In the photo below, are Store GM Bill Montgomery (left) and Assistant GM Ed Browning.

Belmont's first ABC Store is open just in time for holiday buying and celebrated with a grand opening and Chamber ribbon cutting on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. The 4600-square-foot store is in the new South Fork Station retail center at 6425 Wilkinson Boulevard. A unique design theme features a customer service counter resembling the front porch of a Southern country home, and on the opposite wall, a large photo of a Belmont backyard as seen from a gazebo. ABC Board Chair Joe Stowe spoke at the ceremony along with Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin, store general manager Bill Montgomery and assistant manager Ed Browning.

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Holy Angels hosts Chamber members and friends

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Holy Angels CEO Regina Moody, center in red, with residents and leadership team.

Holy Angels hosted Chamber members and friends for a special Christmas edition of Network After Work on Dec. 7, 2017. The Push Place outdoor pavilion was tented and heated for the event, and food was provided by Cherub's Cafe. The grounds at Holy Angels are particularly beautiful at Christmas, decorated with dozens of lighted angels. Holy Angels CEO Regina Moody told those attending about the mission of the non-profit organization to serve children and adults with mental and physical challenges. Holy Angels has 350 employees and a budget of more than $15 million, much of which must be raised through contributions.

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Holy Angels residents who work at Cherub's Cafe helped serve guests at the event.

Belmont Chick-fil-A reopens after expansion

Thursday, December 7, 2017


Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin is first through the new drive-thru after ribbon cutting, driven by Chick-fil-A Belmont co-owner Tony Gilbert. In the photo below, are owners Tony and Natasha Gilbert with Mayor Martin.

How do you improve when already you are rated by customers as #1 among all 2,500 Chick-fil-A's in the nation? You get bigger by expanding so you can satisfy even more customers. That's what Belmont's Chick -fil-A has done while being closed for the past six weeks. The kitchen is now 900 square feet larger, and drive-thru customers will find two lanes to serve them now that the restaurant is re-opened. Chamber members and friends gathered to help celebrate the occasion with a ribbon-cutting this morning. Try out the Chick-fil-A that's rated tops in the nation on customer experience. Chick-fil-A Belmont is just off I-85 at exit 27. The address is 801 Park St., Belmont, NC 28012. More information is available at 704.825.8600, or online at

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Rivermen Brewing hosts Chamber for ribbon cutting

Friday, December 1, 2017


Owner Pat Brennan cuts the ribbon with his family, the Rivermen staff, Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin and Chamber Board members, holding the ribbon, Jeff Lee of The Vintage Nest and Rachael Wruble.

Belmont's first brewery becomes first brewery and restaurant 

Rivermen Brewing treated Chamber members and friends to a preview of what is to come when Belmont's first brewery and restaurant open to the public for the first time on Dec. 9, 2017, at noon. A big crowd turned out on Friday afternoon, Dec. 1, to see how owner Pat Brennan and his Rivermen team have renovated a former mill building at 52 Ervin Street next door to Belmont's Post Office. In addition to a spacious dining area, Rivermen also has a huge deck for customers to enjoy. For more on Rivermen Brewing, visit (Thanks to John Jacob for contributing photos.)

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