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McLean on Lake Wylie hosts Chamber for networking

Thursday, April 12, 2018

McLean representatives Burt Philips and Ann Davis (left) with builders, including Doug McSpadden of McSpadden Custom Homes (center) and Chamber representatives (right) President Ted Hall and Board Chair Carey Roberts of Carey Roberts Design.  

McLean features 3 distinct neighborhoods and about 850 homes  

The lure of a gorgeous spring evening and the poolside setting at the spectacular McLean South Shore Residents’ Club overlooking Lake Wylie drew more than a hundred Chamber members and friends to the Network After Work reception hosted by McLean on Lake Wylie on April 12, 2018. 

McLean is taking shape along five miles of Lake Wylie shoreline in southern Belmont and will total more than 850 homes in three neighborhoods: South Shore, The Conservancy and Overlake. Of the 670 total acres in McLean, more than 100 acres have been reserved for public parks, community ponds, residents’ clubs and walking trails.

McLean representative Burt Philips provided an update on recent progress in all three neighborhoods and introduced the McLean sales team as well as several of the builders including Doug McSpadden of Chamber member McSpadden Custom Homes. Catering for the event was provided by Chamber member The String Bean.

Networking After Work takes place at least once each month at a member location to provide opportunities to make business connections and to learn about fellow member businesses. 

For more information on McLean, call 980.949.0723, or visit

Bliss Gallery in Belmont celebrates with ribbon cutting

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Holy Angels CEO Regina Moody (right) and art teacher Jeaniene Dibble help Holy Angels resident Cheryl, whose art is exhibited in Bliss Gallery, cut the ribbon at the grand opening ceremony.   

Gallery another vocational outreach of Holy Angels 

A big crowd of Chamber members and other Holy Angels supporters were on hand to help celebrate the opening of Bliss Gallery in downtown Belmont with a Chamber ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 12, 2018. The gallery, which is at 25 N. Main Street, is affiliated with Holy Angels, and its mission is to offer persons with intellectual developmental disabilities the opportunity to enhance their vocational skills, develop their creative abilities and showcase their art alongside the works of local artists. The gallery is next door to Cherubs Café in the space formerly occupied by Cherubs Candy Bouquets. The candy bouquets still are available at Cherubs Café and Bliss Gallery, but are being made now at Cherubs Market in Cramerton. The gallery will feature the art of Holy Angels residents and other local and regional artists. For more information on Bliss Gallery, call 704.280.9475.


Chamber Board urges "Vote Yes" on school bonds and sales tax

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Montcross Area Chamber Board members demonstrate their support for the school bonds and the additional sales tax to pay for them during a recent meeting.  

Vote to support Our Children, Our Future on May 8 ballot 

Gaston County voters will have an opportunity vastly to improve the futures for our children by voting to support two measures on the May 8 primary election ballot. One provides for bond funding to build three new schools and to expand, renovate and repair the older school buildings in the Gaston County public school system. The second measure authorizes a small additional sales tax to help repay the bonds. 

At it's March meeting, the Montcross Area Chamber Board of Directors adopted a resolution of support for both proposals. The capital needs of the schools in Gaston County total $650 million. The bond package proposed now will address only the most urgent needs providing for $250 million over the next seven to 10 years. 

The school bond and sales tax issues were the subjects of the Chamber’s recent Business Buzz breakfast program. County Schools Superintendent Jeff Booker spoke on the $250 million bond referendum, and County Manager Earl Mathers addressed the additional quarter-cent sales tax. 

EARLY VOTING STARTS April 19 and continues through May 5 at these locations:

Gaston Board of Elections, 410 W. Franklin Blvd, #30, Gastonia, NC 28052

Citizens Resource Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville HWY, Dallas, NC 28034

Mt. Holly Citizens Center, 400 E. Central Ave., Mount Holly, NC 28120


Use the following links to access more information on the proposals:

Gaston County Schools website:

Our Children, Our Future Bond Referendum Committee website:

Committee Facebook page: 

Gaston County Board of Elections:  

 Chamber Resolution in Support of Bonds & Sales Tax 

Sample Ballot for Bonds & Sales Tax Issues 



School Bonds, sales tax to pay for them are topics of program

Friday, March 23, 2018

Chamber Board Chair-Elect Shannon Thomas introducing speakers at breakfast. 

Chamber Board urges voters to approve both primary ballot issues

A $250 million school bond package won't cover half of the school building needs in Gaston County, but that's all the county can afford to allocate at this time, Montcross Area Chamber members and friends were told at a Business Buzz breakfast program today sponsored by CaroMont Health. The system's total capital needs for new schools, expansions, repairs and renovations is $650 million. 

Gaston County Schools Superintendent Jeff Booker spoke about the bond proposal, and County Manager Earl Mathers made a presentation on the need for an additional quarter-cent local sales tax to pay for the bonds. Both issues will be on the ballot during the May 8 primary election.

Of the $250 million, $110 million will be used to build three new schools, one of which will be a new Belmont Middle School. $25 million will go to classroom additions, media center and cafeteria expansions and renovations to serve a growing student population. $115 million in repair and maintenance projects will be funded for schools in all six Gaston County townships. If approved, the projects will be completed over the next 7 to 10 years.  

MACC Board Chair-Elect Shannon Thomas of Creative Solutions Special events told the group the Chamber Board has adopted a resolution of support for the bonds and the additional sales tax. She pointed out the Chamber also supported the last school bond proposal in Gaston County for $175 million, which passed overwhelmingly in 2007.

CLICK HERE for a video and complete details on the school bonds. 

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Gaston Schools Superintendent Jeff Booker (left) and County Manager Earl Mathers.






Great Clips open in Belmont Town Center

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Co-owner Zack Naylor is cutting the ribbon at Great Clips, with (from left) Chamber Board Chair-elect Shannon Thomas of Creative Solutions Special Events, stylists Kathy Wilson and Toni Sengmany, Great Clips General Manager Robin Francis, salon manager Tiffany Merritt, area manager Cindi Hanrahan, Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin and Chamber Board Treasurer Dick Cromlish of School Resources.

Great Clips celebrates grand opening with ribbon cutting 

Great Clips, the largest salon brand in the country, is open for business in the Belmont Town Center, just two doors down from the new Harris Teeter supermarket. Zack Naylor and his father Jim Naylor are owners of the salon, which is one of 14 they operate in the Charlotte region.

Zack Naylor, salon stylists and staff and Chamber members and friends joined in a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting on Feb. 27, 2018. Great Clips has 1,200 franchises, 4,100 salons and more than 40,000 stylists.

Stop by to welcome a new business to the community and a new member to the Chamber, and take advantage of grand opening discounts available for a limited time. The address is 915 South Pointe Rd., Ste. D, Belmont, NC 28012. Great Clips is open seven days a week. Hours are 9 - 9 Monday - Friday, 9 - 6 on Saturday and 11 - 5 on Sunday. 

For more on Great Clips, call 704.829.8225, or CLICK HERE for the website.

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DJ Buddy Love's new business is Love Too Entertainment

Thursday, February 15, 2018

DJ Buddy Love prepares to cut the ribbon, with (from left) Chamber Board member Chris Kennedy of Kennedy Business Solutions, Greg McCall, who works with Love Too Entertainment, and his daughter Olivia, Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin, and Chamber Board member Robert Aldrich of Aldrich CFO Services.

19-year hobby becomes a new entertainment business

Buddy Love has turned his 19-year hobby of providing DJ services for all kinds of events into an event planning and referral service called Love Too Entertainment. He celebrated the move with a Chamber ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 15, 2018, hosted by the Majestic Mill Wedding Chapel inside Catawba River Antique Mall at 406 Catawba Street in Belmont. Love spoke movingly of his beloved late wife Bootsie during remarks at the ceremony. Love Too Entertainment provides a wide range of services for weddings, parties and other special events of all kinds. In addition to DJ services, Buddy can help with obtaining the right venue, florist, wedding planner, cakes, bands, caterers, tents and much more. For more information, call 704.813.9090, or visit




AR Workshop hosts "Network After Work"

Thursday, February 8, 2018

AR Workshop co-owner Ryann Fairweather (center) with staff members Jessica Posa (left) and Renee Huffstickler at Chamber event. In the small photo below, James Congelli of Wells Fargo Bank in Mount Holly works at perfecting his Valentine project. 

Craft workshop makes for a unique Chamber event 

When AR Workshop co-owner Ryann Fairweather hosted Chamber members and friends for networking on Feb. 8, 2018, she gave them a hands-on demonstration of a DIY (do-it-yourself) workshop by leading the group in making a Valentine-theme craft item. The fun activity combined with business networking, refreshments and information on AR Workshop made for a unique event. 

AR Workshop opened seven months ago at 65 Glenway Street in downtown Belmont. Maureen Anders of Waxhaw, who is a founder of the fast growing franchise, is co-owner of the Belmont shop, which features a wide variety of home decor items and craft supplies for sale and specializes in group sessions in which participants learn to make their own unique products.

AR Workshop offers an extensive schedule of workshops at which participants can design and make their own creations, such as pillow-print painting, building Lazy Susans and making plank wood signs. Also offered are special custom-designed events for groups booking birthday parties, club events, workshops, ladies' nights and more. The shop provides the necessary tools, materials and instruction to help even beginners through a project. 

Maureen Anders and co-founder Adria Ruff started AR Workshop as an online business in 2010. Their first brick-and-mortar location opened in Pineville less than two years ago, and they now have more than 55 franchise shops in 24 states. 

For more on AR Workshop Belmont, call 704.967.4004, or visit

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Chamber Board Chair Carey Roberts (left) of Carey Roberts Design with VP Teresa Rankin at AR Workshop event.  




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