Site Selection Alert! Seneca Medical Chooses Davie County for New Distribution and Logistics Center
New Center Will Be Fully Operational by September 1st, 2011 Seneca Medical is expanding its operations into Davie County with the opening of their newest distribution center in the SouthPoint Business Park in Mocksville. The Ohio based company has leased a 72,480 square foot warehouse on 14 acres and plans to be fully operational by September 1, 2011. Seneca Medical Expansion Brings Dozens of New Jobs to Mocksville and Davie County Leveraging a continued successful relationship with Hollingsworth, owner and developer of the business park, Seneca chose this strategic location to better serve a growing base of healthcare customers in the Southeast region. ...
Lee Jeans Consolidation Means More Jobs for Davie County
VF Corporation, a global apparel leader headquartered in Greensboro, NC selected Davie County as the single point of distribution for Lee Jeans to all US markets, increasing the volume of Lee Jeans shipped out of the Mocksville facility. This brought an additional 50 jobs to Davie County with the possibility of more jobs by year end. Currently there are 430 associates at the Lee Jeans distribution facility in Mocksville. As a result of this consolidation, every pair of Lee Jeans, from Maine to Florida, New York to Alaska is now shipped out of Mocksville to retailers throughout North America. “Davie County ...
Nation’s Executives Rank North Carolina #1!
North Carolina has been ranked the number one business climate in the nation by Site Selection magazine, the nation’s premier publication for corporate executives on business location strategies! North Carolina Competitive Advantages Executives from some of the world's most respected companies identified the following competitive advantages North Carolina offers: ~ a wealth of talented and skilled labor, ~ outstanding custom training programs, ~ solid transportation infrastructure, ~ low cost of doing business, and ~ high quality of life. First Place Finish Underscores North Carolina Success! “All states face economic and budgetary challenges these days, but this ranking reminds us that there are significant success stories, too,” says Site Selection ...
Visions of a Davie County Bio-Center
Scott Callison has a vision for creating a biotech incubation center in Davie County. The Davie County Bio-Center would accelerate the successful development of start-up and early-stage R&D driven companies active in the biotechnology and related life sciences sectors. STEM Education for students ~ As envisioned by Dr. Callison, The Davie County Bio-Center would provide real world science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities for students from the Davie County High School, Early College and DCCC Community College programs. The STEM learning opportunities would include student lead research and development (R&D) projects addressing practical, real-world problems. Supported by scientists at the ...
$35 Million Avgol Investment Creates 40 New Manufacturing Jobs in Davie County
A textile manufacturing revolution is underway Avgol Nonwovens celebrated the opening of a 4th production line at their flagship manufacturing plant in Mocksville last week. This $35 million investment by Avgol has created more than 40 new manufacturing jobs in Davie County bringing the total workforce at the plant to 180 employees. Avgol manufactures approximately 10% of the global non-woven fabric for baby and adult diapers at plants located in China, Israel, Russia and the United States. With the new production line, the Mocksville plant will produce 60,000 metric tons of non-woven material annually which represents approximately 50% of Avgol’s global capacity. [caption ...
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Bringing World-Class Health Care to Davie County
Wake Forest Baptist will develop its Davie Campus on Hwy 801 at I-40 in two phases, starting with outpatient services and then building a hospital. “Davie County is an integral part of our vision for the medical center,” said Dr. John McConnell, CEO of Wake Forest Baptist. “We are excited to bring the unique services of Wake Forest Baptist in partnership with local physicians to provide world class health care services in Davie County.” Phase One ~ 175-250 Jobs Phase one includes a medical office building for physician offices and a three-story outpatient building with approximately 90,000 square feet. It will house emergency, ...
Mobile Manufacturing Lab at the Intersection of Education and Industry
[caption id="attachment_5152" align="aligncenter" width="567"] Pictured, from left to right, are Rusty Hunt, vice president of Financial and Administrative Services at DCCC; Mark Boger, sales associate for Trailers of the East Coast; Clint Junker, co-owner of Trailers of the East Coast; Pamela Shortt, associate dean of Business, Engineering and Technology at DCCC; Donovan McBride, faculty member in Manufacturing Technology at DCCC; Bill Junker, president and co-owner of Trailers of the East Coast; Anissa Causey, project coordinator for the North Carolina Advanced Manufacturing Alliance at DCCC; Teresa Kines, dean of the DCCC Davie Campus; Michael Davis, faculty member in Manufacturing Technology at ...
Davie County Schools Collaborate with Industry ~ Energize STEM Curriculum With Cutting Edge Science
STEM UPDATE: Davie County is bringing engaging curriculum with cutting edge science & real world relevance into Davie County's elementary, middle school, high school and early college classrooms! Four Davie County teachers have been named to the Class of 2012 Kenan Fellows. The Kenan Fellows Program energizes school curriculum and promotes teacher leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education by pairing selected teachers with industry mentors. 4 Davie County Teachers and Their Mentors Davie County High School teacher, Elizabeth Bustle will focus on “STEM and Lean Manufacturing” with mentors Jerry Lakey and Lewis Anderson from the Ingersoll Rand “manufacturing ...
South-Sourcing: The Southern Advantage!
I just finished reading a terrific book by Joe Hollingsworth, Jr. “The Southern Advantage.” With lots of facts and figures and anecdotes that bring them to life, the advantage of being located in the southern US is clearly demonstrated. Affordability and Economic Vitality The underlying economic fundamentals of the South have transformed the profitability of companies and entire industries that had the foresight to locate in the world’s 4th largest economy. Nissan, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and other foreign automakers clearly did their homework when deciding to locate their North American operations in the south. In the span of half a century the south has ...
“Businesses Can Lower Their Costs and Prosper in Davie County!”
Last year, "Inc. Magazine" identified Hollingsworth Capital Partners as the 12th fastest growing company in America and the Hollingsworth Companies continue to invest in Davie County. If you drive by the SouthPoint Business Park during business hours and see the traffic flowing into and out of SouthPoint, you can appreciate the number of Davie County jobs that have been created there. And the level of investment is not slowing down! "Companies from larger cities and other regions are attracted by our pro-business government, labor-rich environment and proximity to several interstates. Davie County is a place where businesses can lower their costs and ...
Davie County STEM Education ~ Leading the Way!
Industry Partners Announced Joining the team in support of STEM education in Davie County are Ingersoll Rand, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and the North Carolina Center for Global Logistics. Precision manufacturing, health care and logistics are all engines of economic growth that will provide jobs and opportunities in Davie County as the North Carolina economy continues transitioning from furniture, textiles and tobacco to high tech. Davie County Schools have some very powerful partners when it comes to educating the workforce of tomorrow. As part of the Davie County Economic Development Update in Mocksville last week, Davie County ...
Taste Award Winning Wines From Three Davie County Vineyards!
Davie County is home to three wonderful vineyards with a variety of award winning wines available to suit any taste. Spring and summer are a great time to experience the scenic beauty, enjoy tastings and take part in a variety of scheduled events. Event schedules for each vineyard are available on the vineyard web sites. A map of locations with driving directions are also included below. RayLen Vineyards & Winery 3577 Highway 158 Mocksville, NC 27028 (336) 998-3100 http://www.raylenvineyards.com Monday-Saturday 11:00AM-6:00PM The first vines for RayLen Vineyards & Winery were planted in 1999 when Joe and Joyce Neely purchased the property. ...
The trip, scheduled for April 6-8, will take participants to New York City and give them the chance to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city… and the opportunity to spend an evening at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center to see Davidson County native Victoria Livengood, performing “Arabella,” followed by a VIP backstage tour led by the “Dixie Diva” herself.
Sponsored by the DCCC Community Travel Club, the trip will give guests a chance to see a variety of landmarks around the city, such as the Empire State Building, the Museum of the City of New York, The Natural History Museum and more.
DCCC Community Travel Club
“DCCC has a rich history of offering travel opportunities like this to the community,” says Jenny Varner, vice president for External Affairs and executive director of the DCCC Foundation. “The DCCC Community Travel Club provides our friends and neighbors with valuable experiences by visiting amazing places, both in the United States and abroad.”
Varner adds that the upcoming trip in particular provides a great three-day getaway for busy people and also a great opportunity to see Livengood, who is from Thomasville.
Past DCCC community trips have included travel to China, Italy, Switzerland and Peru. This summer, a campus-community group will travel to Australia and New Zealand.
NYC Trip Details
Travel package is $1,650 per person; a $250 deposit is required to hold your reservation. The trip includes airfare from Charlotte, airport ground transfers, double occupancy hotel room in Midtown Manhattan, two hotel breakfasts and a special Monday night dinner.
Two tours are included; guests may choose from the Empire State Building, Museum of the City of New York, water taxi around the Statue of Liberty, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Natural History Museum or the Top of the Rock.
The trip also includes an evening at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. Interested travelers should register by March 15. Call 336-224-4680 for more details.
The 26th annual Shamrock Run, Walk and Tots Trot will be held on Saturday, March 1st, 2014. A portion of the proceeds from this annual event will be donated to Davie Domestic Violence Services and Rape Crisis Center. The 2013 event raised $1,000 for the Davie Pregnancy Center! Online registration is closed but runners may register in person on Friday, February 28th from 4-7 PM and on the day of the race. Download and complete the 2014 Shamrock Run registration form which includes the schedule of events, fees, directions, etc.
The 5k and 10k races are certified by the USA Track and Field Association and will run a scenic route through the heart of historic downtown Mocksville.
Friday, February 28th
4PM – 7PM— In-Person Registration and Early Packet Pickup
Saturday, March 1st RACE DAY!
7:00AM—Race Day Packet Pickup begins
8:00AM—Tots Trot Begins (Note New Time!)
8:15AM—5K Run Steps off
8:15AM—Competitive Walk & Fun Walk
9:00AM—10K Run Steps off
9:15AM—5K Awards Ceremony & Festivities Begin
10:15AM—10K Awards Ceremony Begins
For additional information, please visit http://www.shamrockrunnc.com/ and join them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shamrock-Run-Mocksville-NC/298722960174991.
Our partners in economic development and job creation from the North Carolina Department of Commerce flew clients into Mocksville on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.
The North Carolina Department of Commerce is helping their client select the very best possible location for their business. Davie County is competing for this project with other sites in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
While North Carolina Department of Commerce projects are a normal part of what Terry Bralley and your Davie County Economic Development Commission work on throughout year, the arrival by helicopter stirred up a little more interest (and straw – see video) than usual.
Davie County Schools will be closed for students and staff on Friday, February 14, 2014. There will be no school on Saturday. We hope to be back on a regular schedule on Monday, February 17. Make-up days will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, enjoy some pictures of the snow storm below. Full resolution copies of the images below are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/daviecounty/sets/72157640951597474/show/
There will be a shelter open at the Brock gym today staring at 4pm today. The red cross will be operating the shelter. If there are clients with special needs please bring a care giver with you. If you have questions about a shelter you can contact Jerry Myers with Emergency Management at 753-6163.
A Mocksville Police Car was selected one of the best looking and best equipped law enforcement vehicles in the State of North Carolina as a 3rd place winner of the 2014 “Blue Light Special Competition” during the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) Symposium held in Concord, North Carolina during the second week in January.
More than 600 North Carolina law enforcement officers, district attorneys, magistrates and judges voted on entries from across the State of North Carolina in the 2014 Blue Light Special competition during the annual GHSP Safety Symposium.
The mission of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program is to promote highway safety awareness and reduce the number of traffic crashes and fatalities in the state of North Carolina.
iShopDavie ~ Mocksville Police Department Shops Local
Thank you to the Mocksville Police Department for shopping local! In a terrific example of iShopDavie at work, the graphics on the Mocksville Police car were developed and installed by Trailers of the East Coast in Mocksville, NC. In addition to the attention getting graphics, Trailers of the East Coast installed the emergency lighting, radio, radio console, passenger cage and dividers and other emergency equipment.
Technicians at Trailers of the East Coast assist law enforcement and first responder agencies from across the state with everything from attention-getting graphics and emergency lighting to installation of any equipment required by law enforcement, fire fighting and emergency responder communities.
Visit the Davie County Chamber of Commerce today for more information on how you can help create jobs and opportunity in Davie County, or for more information on how the Davie County Chamber of Commerce can help you grow your business.
An editorial in the Winston Salem Journal commented positively this week on the investment in grants and incentives that helped bring the new Gildan Activewear manufacturing facility to Mocksville. Gildan Activewear is investing $112 million to bring 290 jobs to Mocksville. Groundbreaking will occur soon and production is scheduled to begin in 2015.
From the Winston Salem Journal editorial: “It’s also nice to see textile and furniture manufacturers beginning to return some production to the United States because of rising labor and productions costs in Asia and Central America. Davie County’s skilled labor force and its access to transportation routes for the East Coast make it attractive for returning or expanding manufacturers.
“Textiles are part of the fabric — no pun intended — of the Triad and Davie County. To provide state grants and pay incentives to make sure the industry brings its good jobs to Davie County is an investment we think is worth making.”
According to a report in the Winston Salem Journal, Michael Walden, an economics professor at N.C. State University, said Gildan’s decision to invest in the U.S. is “very encouraging and significant.”
“Due to rising wages of foreign workers and concerns about quality control, the cost advantage of Asian textile factories over U.S. factories has narrowed considerably in the last five years,” Walden said. “This move is an example of a revaluation of the benefits of a foreign location — with the conclusion being that those benefits are now significantly reduced.”
A report in the Salisbury Post includes a quote from Terry Bralley; “While Rowan still has Parkdale Mills and Tuscarora Yarn, Davie hasn’t had a textile manufacturing plant for years” Bralley said.
Davie County’s skilled workforce, excellent workforce development programs at DCCC and our location on Interstate 40 just a few miles away from I-77 and I-85 makes this an ideal location for manufacturing.
Please join us in saying “Thank You” to Gildan Activewear for investing in our community.
Sterling Events Group and Sterling Audio Visual are pleased to announce that they are relocating their main warehouse operations from Winston-Salem, NC to Farmington, NC in January, 2014.
“Our growth in audio-visual equipment and in our prop and décor inventory made this move necessary” commented Wayne Thomas, President of Sterling. “We also wanted a warehouse convenient to our Charlotte and Triangle offices and closer to our historic event venue, WinMock at Kinderton. This new 17,500 square foot facility, convenient to I-40, was the perfect location.”
“We want to thank Terry Bralley and the Davie County Economic Development team that made our relocation so easy and stress free” added Thomas. “They have been great partners since we first conceived WinMock and we thank them for their continued support and attention.”
Please join all of us in thanking Wayne Thomas and the Sterling Events Group for continuing to invest in Davie County.
About Sterling Events Group
Sterling Events Group, headquartered in Clemmons, NC, with additional offices in Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham and Charleston, SC has provided travel, event planning and design services for clients nationwide since 1985. The organization offers clients a full-range of specialized support services including budget development and planning; registration & housing management; destination management; group travel; special event planning; event staffing; ground transportation/meet & greet services; audio visual equipment rental; event décor & style; meeting technologies; and event branding and marketing. Additionally, Sterling Events Group now owns and manages WinMock at Kinderton, a historic barn turned special event and conference center in Bermuda Run, NC. Learn more at www.SterlingEventsGroup.com
Please vote online today for “THE BEST” in over 20 categories in the 1st Annual Best of Davie Awards!
We all know just how special our community is—and judging from all the new businesses and enterprises choosing to locate here it seems the word is starting to spread.
Now the Davie County Chamber of Commerce is giving you a chance to highlight the businesses, services, and destinations that make Davie County so appealing with its 1st Annual “Best of Davie Awards.” This new component of the Chamber’s iSHOPDAVIE initiative offers residents and visitors alike the chance to nominate and vote for the “cream of the crop” among the county’s business and non-profit sectors. Cast your votes today at www.ishopdavie.com.
Davie County Chamber of Commerce President Carolyn McManamy sees the awards as a means for residents to let folks know why they’ve chosen Davie County as their favorite place to live, work, shop, dine, and conduct business. “This is just another way for us to make a connection with iSHOPDAVIE and give the community an opportunity to share what they love most about Davie County,” says McManamy.
Vote Now – Voting Ends January 25
Besides showcasing everything from voters’ favorite BBQ to beloved family destinations, McManamy hopes the competition will be a fun way for residents and businesses to connect in a special way. “We hope businesses will take to social media and invite their customers to nominate them,” she says. “And we want individuals to rally together and show support for others in the community who are deserving of a Best of Davie designation. What better way to show appreciation for a business, organization or person in the community than to nominate them for a Best of Davie award?”
Now through January 25, you may nominate and vote for “candidates” in twenty different categories that fall into roughly five classifications. Foodies can point their friends to the best cheeseburgers, pizza, and BBQ. Services that are featured in the balloting include Doctor/Healthcare Provider, Real Estate/Realtor, Hair Salon/Barber, Photographer, Band/Musician, and Fitness Venue. Shopping and Lifestyle categories are comprised of Family Destination, Golf Venue, Shopping/Retail Venue, Vineyard, and the Best Place to be Active. And to make the playing field level for newcomers, the Chamber has also created a “Rookie of the Year” award to spotlight the Best New Business.
Vote for Your Favorite Community Resources
But the awards aren’t just about Davie County’s thriving shopping and business community—they’re also intended to highlight special people whose services play a key role in Davie County’s high quality-of-life rating. You are encouraged to make nominations for Civic/Non-Profit of the Year, Teacher/Educator, Public Service, Local Facebook Group/Page, and Elected Official.
Voting Underway Now – Vote Today!
Nomination and voting is already underway at www.ishopdavie.com and more than 650 votes have already been cast. Interested in finding out who wins? Make plans to attend the Annual Awards Gala on January 30th. Tickets are $50 each and can be reserved by contacting the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 336.751.3304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Want to attend the event for free? Download the Davie Chamber Mobile App and text: daviechamber to 95577 by midnight on Jan. 25th to be eligible to win two complimentary Gala tickets. The winner will be notified on Monday, January 27th.
According to figures released this week by the NC Department of Commerce, the unemployment rate in Davie County fell to 6.3% for the month of November, 2013, a full percentage point drop from the October rate of 7.3%.
According to a report in the Winston Salem Journal, this full percentage point drop in unemployment in Davie County was the largest one month improvement of the 14 counties that make up the Northwest North Carolina region.
As temperatures across the nation continue to plummet to historic lows, Duke Energy officials are asking the company’s customers to conserve power during the next 24 hours, as extreme temperatures continue.
Below are some steps customers can take:
The thermostat is a real culprit of higher winter bills. To help save energy and money, select the lowest comfortable setting when home, and bump the thermostat down a degree or two when leaving home.
The ceiling fan in the home is a great way to stay cool in the summer – and warm in the winter. Simply set the fans to operate in a clockwise direction, which pushes warm air back down into the room.
Leave your drapes or blinds open to allow the sun’s rays to warm the house.
Inefficient heating can also add to monthly power bills during colder temperatures. One of the easiest things customers can do to support heating efficiency is to change air filters regularly. A dirty air filter makes a heating system work harder, which uses more energy.
Find these and other tips at www.duke-energy.com. Just click on the “save energy and money” link.
Customers who experience an outage should call Duke Energy’s automated outage-reporting systems for their respective utility:
Duke Energy Carolinas: 1-800-POWERON (1-800-769-3766)
Duke Energy Progress: 1-800-419-6356
Customers may also report an outage or view current outages online at www.duke-energy.com/storms.
If you lose power, please turn off as many appliances and electronics as possible. This will help with restoration efforts as it will reduce the immediate demand on the power lines when power is restored.
Once your power is restored, wait a few minutes before turning your equipment back on.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.
Dozens of full time and part time job openings in and around Davie County have been posted this week to the Davie County Jobs listing.
New Job Openings Posted Daily
Here is a sampling of opening posted this week: Assembler 2 – Reeb Millwork, Painter 2nd Shift – Ingersoll Rand, Upholstery – Ashley Furniture, Product Test Engineer – Ingersoll Rand, PT Grocery Associate – Food Lion, Stylist – Great Clips, CDL truck driver, Licensed Practical Nurse, customer service, and many more.
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While every effort has been made to include only the most reliable and nationally recognized job listing services, we do not control the data. The Davie County jobs listed below are only a small portion of the jobs listed on each of the major online job sites.
Do you still need to buy for a Christmas gift for someone but loathe the thoughts of facing the throngs at a massive shopping mall or wandering around a big-box outlet hoping to find inspiration on its sterile shelves?
There’s no need to panic. Just head to one of Davie County’s wineries and pick up a bottle of wine or two for the yet-to-be-gifted adults on your shopping list. The diversity of offerings means you’re sure to find something to please their palate, and the soothing, pastoral settings of the vineyards that can be seen from the tasting rooms will give you a chance to cool your jets during this sometimes frantic time of year.
A couple of tips before you make your grape escape from the holiday crowds. If possible, try to find out what food the wine will accompany. Opinions vary, of course, but generally speaking a Pinot Noir or Syrah goes well with turkey, Malbec or Merlot are great matches for prime rib, and a stronger red such as Cabernet is called for with lamb. And as more than one critic has pointed out, you can almost never go wrong with a sparkling wine because the sound of the cork being popped is a siren call for celebration.
There’s one other advantage to following our advice: by shopping at these wineries, you’ll also be investing in Davie County, where many of you live and work. Every dollar spent in Davie County will help grow the community and give your friends and neighbors a chance to prosper in the coming year.
With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the spots you’ll want to check out.
RayLen Vineyards & Winery
3577 Highway 158, Mocksville
Tasting Room Hours: 11AM – 6PM Monday-Saturday, Closed Sundays
Open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve 11AM – 3PM, Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day
If you’re looking for the broadest selection of wines from which to choose, head to RayLen Vineyards and Winery in Mocksville. Established by Joseph and Joyce Neely in 2000 and named after their daughters, Rachel and Helen, RayLen’s production is headed up by longtime vintner Steve Shepard. RayLen produced just 2500 cases of five types of wines that first year; a dozen years later, production had soared by over 300 percent and now comprises 16 different varieties. The rapid expansion didn’t come up at the expense of quality, but rather because of it. RayLen has racked up numerous state and regional awards and is renowned as one of the top wineries in the Southeast.
If the large selection has you uncertain what wine to select, try one of RayLen’s wine flights, which gives you the opportunity to sample from a broad array of offerings. Both the Red Flight (six wines) and the White Flight (seven wines) are just $6.00, while the Complete Flight is $10.00 and comprises just about everything RayLen produces.
Besides producing top-notch wine, RayLen also hosts open houses, music festivals, and is available for private events such as weddings or birthday parties. Visit the Web site to learn more and sign up as a member of the “Cellar Club” to have wines delivered to your home on a regular basis.
Nestled a couple of miles off Farmington Road between Huntsville and Farmington is Misty Creek Vineyards, producers of numerous award-winning wines since 2001. But owner Barry Nichols, who enjoyed a 30-plus-year career in the aerospace industry, has been involved with wines much longer than that: he first started working with the fruit of the vine the same year that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Now, he and wife Kathy oversee the production of five varietals (four reds, one white) and two blends (Barrel House Blend and Misty Rose).
But while it’s the wines that will bring you out Misty Creek, it’s the welcoming atmosphere that’s likely to keep you coming back. The winery is both family- and pet-friendly, and Barry encourages visitors to bring their own food—there’s a grill available for cooking—and enjoy a bottle of their prize-winning Chardonnay or Chambourcin at the outdoor pavilion that overlooks a pond in the midst of the vineyard. Or just stop by and try the Misty Creek Flight featuring samples of all seven wines for just $5.
Like RayLen, Misty Creek hosts special events throughout the year centered around food, music, artisans, and activities. Keep an eye on the event calendar to see what’s in store in the coming months.
While North Carolina’s reputation as winemaking state has soared over the past decade, there’s no question that vintners here face special challenges when trying to make European-style varietals. But Garden Gate Vineyards’ owners Sonya and Bob Whitaker have come up with a solution: creating wines using local fruits such as blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries, as well as relying on indigenous grapes like the Scuppernong and Muscadine.
Grown without pesticides, all Garden Gate’s wines are priced at $12 bottle (a free bottle is thrown in when you purchase a case). In addition to its fruity wines and Scuppernong and Muscadine, the Whitakers have recently added a Zinfandel and a Merlot to the roster, along with a Sangria (based on the strawberry wine) and a specialty run called “Jitterbug.” Starting to feel the nip of winter? Sample the warm, soothing Dragonfly Wassail the Whitakers created for the holidays.
Those unfamiliar with fruity or sweeter wines will appreciate the fact Garden Gate offers free tastings, and everyone will enjoy the small winery’s friendly atmosphere. Get directions and learn more about the nutritional benefits of Muscadine grapes at Garden Gate’s little nook on the Web.
One of the newest arrivals on the Davie County wine scene is Lazy Elm Vineyard and Winery. The five-and-a-half-acre vineyard sits on a 43-acre farm in Mocksville about a mile east of Highway 601.
For its initial lineup, Lazy Elm has been purchasing grapes from a Surry County vineyard located within the Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area to create three reds and a rose; it also has been producing a sweet apple wine. Last year marked its first plantings in the vineyard: Montepulciano, Petit Verdot, Mourvedre, and Malbec comprise the lineup of reds and Vermentino, a variety used in Italian wines, will be the flagship white wine.
While the tasting room is currently open only on weekends, you can also call to set up a time to stop by during the week. Just bring a couple of glasses and perhaps a picnic lunch, then grab a bottle of wine and relax in a peaceful setting. Find out more about Lazy Elm and keep up to date on their upcoming varietals by heading to their Web site.
For the past couple of years, the big news out of Davie County has been economic development. Big names such as Ashley Furniture and Wake Forest Baptist Health, Ingersoll Rand, Avgol and more have invested millions of dollars in new facilities in the county, and smaller firms like Carolina Precision Plastics and Pro Refrigeration have set up shops offering good-paying jobs at a time when employers are extremely picky about where they’ll locate.
But when WXII News 12 paid an all-day visit to Historic Downtown Mocksville this past December 11th, they weren’t there to cover a business opening or a groundbreaking ceremony for a new business. Instead, the number-one news team in the Piedmont Triad was there to “Celebrate Davie,” with a special focus was on the people and places that make Davie County uniquely appealing to residents and visitors alike.
Longtime nighttime news anchor Cameron Kent took viewers to Cooleemee for a trip down to The Bullhole, an eye-catching waterfall on the Yadkin River that generations have relished as a prime swimming and fishing spot, then peeked into the area’s past with a report on Lake Hideaway. The man-made lake, fronted by a beach created with sand hauled in from the North Carolina Coast, was the gathering spot for Davie County teens in the 1950s and early 1960s, but decades after closing its charms are found only in memories.
History buffs were treated to a report on Joppa Cemetery, final resting place for legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone’s parents Squire and Sarah Boone and his brother Israel.
Chief meteorologist Lanie Pope traded in her maps and charts for mixing bowls, eggs, and flour at Ketchie Creek Bakery and Cafe in Mocksville. While Pope’s creations were passable, you’ll probably want to visit when the regular team is whipping up its signature Five-Flavor Pound Cake, which Our State magazine described as a “symphony of flavors.” But who knows—you might get to taste the bakery’s wares at a wedding at WinMock at Kinderton, a 1920s-era dairy barn that was converted into a a rustic yet tasteful special-events center in 2011.
At the end of the day, though, it’s the folks of Davie County that make it such a special place to live, work, and play. Morning news anchor Kimberly Van Scoy introduced Seth Grooms, a hugely successful Special Olympian and a fixture at Davie County High School football games—so much so that he was named an honorary member of the team. In fact, Grooms is so beloved in Davie County he was named marshal of the town’s 2012 Christmas parade. Emma Slabach stopped by the WXII studios to show off her special talent: the 13-year-old is a cup-stacking champion and has competed in evens sanctioned by the World Sport Stacking Association.
And even when the news team visited one of Davie County’s most successful enterprises, the focus was on the people more than on the product. Trailers of the East Coast, which provides trailers for many NASCAR teams and for major national companies like FedEx and Walt Disney Corporation, goes back three generations, when Ted Junker bought an appliance and hardware store in Mocksville. Today, his son Bill and Bill’s sons Clint and Will run the business—and nine grandchildren stand ready to join the Trailers of the East Coast team at some point.
Of course, there are far too many hidden charms and smiling faces in Davie County to be covered even in an all-day TV broadcast—which is another way of saying you should take time to make a visit. Visit the Davie County Chamber of Commerce, Facebook and Twitter pages for a list of events, businesses, attractions, and more.
Once again, thank you to the entire team at WXII News 12 for picking a day to “Celebrate Davie.”
Eight homes, including six homes that have witness more than a hundred years of history, five historic churches each with unique architectural flourishes, and two museums with guided tours will be stops on the tour. Proceeds from the $10 tickets will go toward the drive to create a new Splash and Swim Center in Cooleemee.
“When the cotton mill was established back in 1899,” says tour coordinator Hellen Daywalt, “they built houses for their employees. Some were for the hands and some were for the boss men. All were built with real wood and they were made to last. Farmers, like the Byerly family on Davie Street where my daughter now lives, came from the country to work in the mill and brought their traditions with them.”
Today, these homes and the mill still stand and Cooleemee people want to share their hope for the future with others during the Christmas season. Each stop will have their own unique story to tell. The Stroud-Davis-Vogler House on the corner of Marginal Street and Gladstone Road, for example, is said to have been an overnight stop for Thomas Edison on his way to the North Carolina mountains.
At the Mill House Museum, visitors will get a glimpse of how mill hands’ families would have celebrated Christmas in the early 1930s with a cedar Christmas tree and a sumptuous spread of country ham, sausage, coconut cake, pies, oranges, stick candy and other goodies on the kitchen table near the old wood cook stove.
Tickets for the tour can be purchased in advance in Cooleemee at Town Hall, Village Auto and the Zachary House. Also, tickets can be purchased in Mocksville at the Davie Chamber of Commerce. They may be purchased the day of the event at the Zachary House. Once you have a ticket and your map you may begin at any tour stop. For more information, please call Hellen Daywalt at 284-4339 or John Chandler at 284-2141.