Free Concert this Saturday! – Special Occasion Band

Special Occasion Band-intThe Town of Bermuda Run will be alive with the sounds of beach music as Special Occasion Band (SOB) kicks off the Sounds on the Square concert series this Saturday night, May 28th, from 7 pm-10 pm at the gazebo near Town Hall.

This is the first of two free concerts co-sponsored by the Town of Bermuda Run and the Davie County Arts Council. The next concert, Gershwin on the Square with Martha Bassett, will be held June 25th at 7 pm.

If You Love Beach Music
Special Occasion Band is known throughout the Carolinas for its versatility and depth of talent. This Winston-Salem-based band has been together since the 80’s offering the best of  Carolinas’ Beach Music, Top 40, Oldies, and Country.  Their beach repertoire includes favorites like “I Love Beach Music,” “Carolina Girls,” “60 Minute Man,” and “Brown-eyed Girl.”

Grab Your Favorite Carolina Girl or Guy and Dance the Night Away!
There is plenty of space, so bring your lawn chairs, a cool drink and snacks, and maybe your shaggin’ shoes, and enjoy this free concert. Arrangements are being made for area food trucks.

The concert’s rain date is Sunday, May 29th.

The Kinderton Business Park Gazebo and Green is located at 120 Kinderton Boulevard, Bermuda Run, NC 27006 (off Highway 158). For questions or to get more information contact the Davie County Arts Council, (336) 751-3112,


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Nourish Your Mind – Enjoy the Little Free Library at Rich Park in Mocksville

Little Free Library MocksvilleA trip to Rich Park nourishes the body and soul, and now the mind thanks to the Mocksville Woman’s Club.

The club has placed a Little Free Library in front of the playground near Mocksville Elementary School that is also handicapped accessible courtesy of a sidewalk prepared by the town’s public works department.

“On behalf of the Town of Mocksville, we are grateful to the Mocksville Woman’s Club for choosing Rich Park as the new home for the “Little Free Library”,  said Town Manager Christine Bralley. “This new addition is an opportunity to encourage reading while you experience nature and the art of sharing by selecting a book; reading and returning, or exchanging. Time well spent with “little” things that can make a big difference.”

Members of the club’s education committee will act as the stewards, maintaining the box and keeping it stocked with books for all ages, although they would appreciate help from the community.

Promoting Literacy and the Exchange of Ideas
“The Little Free Library program is a book exchange built on the principle of take a book, bring a book,” said Betty Ward, who coordinated the project. “We hope that people will enjoy reading a book and returning it or replacing it with a different book.”  

Dawn Wooten hopes to get schools and community groups involved in the project, perhaps through signing up to replenish the library a certain week or month of the year, or by holding a book drive.

The club decided upon the idea to sponsor a Little Free Library last summer, and it has been a group effort ever since: Bucky Sharpe built the library and post, Dick Ward painted it in Davie County orange and black, Sidniee Suggs added the decorative touches, and club members provided the books.

This is the second Little Free Library Christy Schafer has been a part of.  Her book club placed one next to the Bermuda Run post office a while back, and she enjoys looking out her window and seeing both children and adults sitting on the bench and reading or looking through the books from the box. She envisions the same thing happening at Rich Park.

“We would love to see parents reading to their children while they play on the playground, or if they have older children, having the opportunity to read while their children play,” West added.  

Little Free Libraries can also be found at Ellis Middle School, built by Will Cheek of Boy Scout Troop 700 as his Eagle Scout project; North Davie Middle School, built by Girl Scout Troop 1521; and at the home of Jeffrey and KC Smith at 276 Marginal Street, in Cooleemee, built by Den Grubbs.

Smith has been thrilled with the response to her Little Free Library and has enjoyed meeting many of the people who have stopped by. “It has really helped create camaraderie in the neighborhood. Once I explained that I was not trying to take away from the Cooleemee Library, but simply encouraging people to read, people have been very supportive. I’ve had neighbors leave whole bags of books to help stock the Library and I’ve been able to start a book club.”

The History of the Little Free Library
In 2009, Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one room schoolhouse. It was a tribute to his mother, a teacher who loved to read. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS. Within a few months, thousands of people had seen the Library and more people started asking for Libraries. Rick Brooks of UW-Madison, a youth and community development educator with a background in social marketing, saw Bol’s do-it-yourself project while they were discussing potential social enterprises. Together, the two saw opportunities to achieve a variety of goals for the common good.  In May 2012, Little Free Library was officially established as a Wisconsin nonprofit corporation with a board of directors. In order to maintain the integrity of the program, there are specific requirements and guidelines, as well as a registration process, necessary to establish a licensed Little Free Library.

There are now more than 36,000 registered Little Free Libraries placed by book lovers in every U.S. State and Canadian province plus 70 other countries around the world. The organization’s goal is to see 100,000 Little Free Libraries established by 2017.  For more information about the program or how you can sponsor a Little Free Library, please visit


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Free Event This Saturday – Davie Medical Center Community Day!

Davie Medical Center Bermuda RunWake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center in Bermuda Run will be hosting a community day on Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m – 2 p.m, rain or shine.

The free event has something for everyone, including plenty of food, music, car seat safety checks, health screenings, face painting, a balloon artist, giveaways and more.

Fun for the Kids
A bike rodeo will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Children should bring their own bicycles to the rodeo and each child will also be provided with a free helmet while supplies last. The Farmington and Smith Grove Fire Departments will be on hand with fire trucks for the kids to explore.

Distracted Driver Simulator
Stop by the cardiac rehabilitation classroom in Plaza 1 from noon to 2 p.m. and experience first hand why it isn’t safe to text and drive.

Free Health Screenings
Medical staff will offer free health screenings including vision, foot, cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose checks. The pharmacy will be open for questions about medicines.

A chef from Best Health will hold a healthy cooking demonstration from 10 a.m to 11 a.m. followed by a tasting session in the cardiac rehabilitation classroom in Plaza 1.

Lowe’s Foods will be providing healthy foods samples.

The popular Peachtree Farmers Market will also be held in the front parking lot.

“We are so excited to be a part of making our community healthier,” said Chad Brown, president of Davie Medical Center. “Our friends and neighbors will also be able to see the progress that is being made on our new inpatient facility.”

The new 50-bed addition is expected to open in the spring of 2017.


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Mackenzie Smith Service Dog Benefit – Event Postponed



Please stop by Scarlett’s Unique Boutique in Mocksville and help make a difference in the life of a young member of our community, Mackenzie Smith, who suffers from juvenile diabetes. Mackenzie’s family and friends have been hard at work trying to raise $10,000 to provide her with a diabetic alert dog, and they have almost met their goal.

From 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Scarlett’s Unique Boutique and Constant Creations Crafts and Gifts will be hosting a fundraiser for Mackenzie with a silent auction, numerous raffles for photography packages, baskets from numerous artisans in the shop, information about diabetes, diabetic friendly snacks for purchase, service dogs on site, kids painting and more!

Many items are currently on display, and raffle tickets can be purchased now.

TBF Photography will be offering 15 minute Pet Portrait Sessions. Sign up at Scarlett’s Unique Boutique. A $5 non-refundable deposit is required for the pet portrait session to hold your selected time. Pet Portrait Sessions will include 1-8×10 art print.  The cost is $35 with all profits going to Mackenzie’s fundraiser.  Photo by TBF Photography.

Donations for Mackenzie’s service dog can be made at



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Classic “Cruise-In” Tonight in Mocksville!

PIEDMONT_CARSVisit the beautiful and historic square in downtown Mocksville on Monday evening, May 16th for  “Cruise-In” presented by the Piedmont C.A.R.S. Association. ( Festivities begin at 5:30 and continue until dark. This event is the make-up cruise-in due to storms on May 2nd.

All types of cars ranging from old classics to the cars of tomorrow will be on display.  The cruise-in draws participants from the surrounding areas stretching from the Virginia border to the Sandhills ~ West from Wilkes County and East to Alamance and Wake Counties.  If the weather is kind, the cruise-in will draw as many as 250 cars.

In addition to the cars, the event features music, 50/50 drawings, and door prizes. Don’t forget to visit the downtown restaurants and shops.

The cruise-ins also provide car owners the opportunity to get out and drive, which is the real fun of owning a specialty  car.  Enthusiasts come together to share their love of cars with others and to answer questions about cars, the town of Mocksville, and the cruise-ins.

Piedmont C.A.R.S Association

Piedmont C.A.R.S. Association is a non-profit organization comprised of people with a love of cars. Members are devoted to using their interest in classic, antique, restored, and special interest cars to bring together car owners with similar interests while acting as a service organization dedicated to participating in service projects that benefit the community.

Come on out and join the fun!  If you can’t make it this Monday,  Downtown Mocksville Cruise-Ins are held on the first  Monday of each month from April through October. Rain dates are the third Monday of each month. For more information, call 336-492-6053.



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Free Community Event This Saturday ~ KidsFest: Fun for the Whole Family

kidsfest-mocksville-postKidsFest: Fun for the Whole Family will be held Saturday, May 14th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the Brock Gym and Masonic Picnic Grounds located at 644 North Main Street in Mocksville.

This free community event is co-sponsored by Smart Start of Davie County, Inc. and the Mocksville-Davie Parks and Recreation Department, and will occur rain or shine.

A Host of Activities for Children and Families
Kids of all ages will enjoy the excitement of an inflatable obstacle course, bounce house, fire truck and smoke house, bunnies, a magic show and balloonist, Zumba, Lowe’s Build and Grow, face painting, and much more.  A combined all-county elementary school choral performance will be presented at 11:00 AM.

New This Year
The Davie YMCA is providing a “smoothie bike”. Riding the bike powers the attached blender to make smoothies! The Senior Center Boogie Brigade Dancers will make their Kids Fest debut as well.  The YMCA will offer a youth training session at 10:15 on the main stage. New food vendors include Mel’s Mini Doughnuts &  PDQ (serving chicken tenders meals) with a portion of the proceeds going to SSDC.

Family Resources
This year’s featured parent/child session is called Kidpower. Hosted by Davie Domestic Violence, it will share skills for lifelong safety.  There will be many representatives from community non-profit and service agencies hosting crafts, games and providing information to parents on family resources. Each vendor inside the gym will feature an interactive activity for children. Smart Start will be giving away free T-shirts to young children attending the event, while supplies last.

“At this year’s KidsFest we are really encouraging families to be interactive and learn about the resources available in the community,” said Gena Taylor, Executive Director of Smart Start of Davie County. “We want to encourage parents to be involved with their kids and this event shows families just how much fun that can be. We also want to encourage families to visit with the local agencies to learn more about the programs and services that are available to them in Davie County.”

“Smart Start of Davie County would like to thank all of the organizations that work together with us and the Mocksville-Davie Parks and Recreation Department to make this event possible. We are fortunate to have the support of the Davie County community,” Taylor added.

All events at KidsFest are free, but registration is required. There were over 800 people in attendance at this event last year. Save time by visiting the Smart Start website to pre-register at After completing the online registration, stop by one of the three registration tables the day of the event to get your welcome bag!  Volunteers are still needed and will receive a free t-shirt!  Sign up on our website.

TIME Presentation Location Presenter
10:00-10:10 Welcome & Announcements Main Stage Smart Start / DJ
10:15-10:30 Youth Training Main Stage Luke – YMCA
10:35-10:50 Zumba Main Stage Krysta Gary
10:45 – 11:15 KidPower Inside Davie Domestic Violence
10:55-110:00 Announcements Main Stage DJ, The Mobile Jukebox
11:00-11:30 Davie Combined Chorus Main Stage Davie County Elementary Schools
11:55-12:25 Magic Show Main Stage Ryan Short
12:30-12:40 Announcements Main Stage DJ, The Mobile Jukebox
1:00-1:20 Boogie Brigade Main Stage Davie Senior Center
1:30-2:00 Announcement / Thanks! Main Stage Smart Start
***Balloon Sculpting by Ryan Short throughout the day***
10:00-2:00 Entertainments/Crafts/Games Inside/Outside Vendors
10:00-2:00 Bounce Houses Outside Smart Start
10:00-2:00 Lowes Build and Grow Outside Lowes
10:00-2:00 Bunnies Outside Mike Garner
10:00-2:00 Fire Truck & Smoke House Outside Mocksville & Center Fire Departments
10:00-2:00 Face Painting Outside YMCA
10:00-2:00 Italian Ice  Chicken Sandwiches, Chips, & Drinks

Mel’s Mini Doughnuts

(for sale with portion of proceeds going to SSDC)

Outside Sunset SlushPDQ

Melissa Marion


Smart Start of Davie County, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization serving all children in Davie County, from birth to five, by providing quality resources and services for families and child care providers that build a foundation for lifelong learning and success. Call Smart Start at 336-751-2113 or for more information.


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Riveting Success at GESIPA® Fasteners USA -­ Expansion in Davie County Adds 16 Jobs

Gesipa Fasteners USA MocksvilleGESIPA® Fasteners USA, Inc., a German-based company which manufactures rivets and state-of-the-art riveting systems, is growing and expanding its Davie County operations, creating sixteen new manufacturing jobs in Mocksville.

How to Apply
In addition to expanding its facilities and adding jobs, GESIPA® Fasteners USA is also  transitioning to two shifts. According to Karen Creason, HR/Office Manager, the company has  hired a number of positions already this year and is actively seeking a plant electrician as well as  skilled machine operators. The company anticipates adding sixteen additional highly skilled, well-paying positions by the end of 2016. For information on how to apply call Karen Creason at 336-751‐1555, ext. 101 or email

Innovation Driving Company Expansion
The Company is advancing from providing standard products to also engineering  custom  applications to meet an individual customer’s unique needs, according to Brian Cole, General  Manager.

Mark Grigg, Plant Manager, is excited about the company’s opportunity to fill a niche in the automotive market. “The new equipment we are buying will allow us to do research and development as well as custom production right on site. We are equipped to make whatever fastener a company might need.”

“GESIPA® believes that things need to be world class or don’t need to exist,” Cole said. “We will do whatever we can to be bigger, better, and faster in order to add value for our customers.”

In order to implement this innovative manufacturing approach, GESIPA® Fasteners USA, Inc. is  expanding, retooling, and renovating its 83,000 square foot facility in the South Point business  park on US Hwy 601 in Mocksville. The plant currently manufactures and distributes non-structural rivets and installation tools, and repairs installation tools.

Rural Infrastructure Grant Assists with Building Up-fit Expense
A $160,000 grant from the NC Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) to the Town of Mocksville will help fund electrical, plumbing, compressed air, and other interior upgrades at the plant which also serves as the company’s North American corporate headquarters.  RIA provides grants to support infrastructure development, building renovation, site improvements, and economic innovation.

“We are blessed to have an international company like GESIPA® bringing jobs and opportunities to our community,” said Terry Bralley, President of Davie County Economic Development Commission. “I continue to be inspired by the vision, leadership, and talent that GESIPA® has invested in their top management. This truly will be a company to watch as they set pace to become a leader in the global market.”



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Once Just Passing Through, Now Part of the Community – Davie County Welcomes Shelba D. Johnson Trucking

After 30 years of traveling along NC Highway 64 through Davie County to pick up furniture from the Hickory/Lenoir area, Shelba D. Johnson Trucking, Inc., a leader in the furniture transportation and delivery industry, has opened a furniture distribution center in Mocksville.

Shelba Johnson Trucking Mocksville FB

Another Vacant Building Back in Business – Hiring Now!
This new warehouse/distribution center, in the former Baker Furniture Upholstery plant, a 168,820 square foot building located at 970 Milling Road in Mocksville, is an extension of the company’s Lexington distribution center. The company plans to bring 15 new jobs to Davie County, and is currently hiring eight general warehouse positions.

The Lexington center currently provides warehousing and distribution services to 40 furniture manufacturers including Intercon Furniture, A-America, and Legends Furniture. The Mocksville site will provide storage and distribution for Stanley Furniture’s Stone & Leigh youth furniture line as well as other manufacturers as needed.

“We were having growing pains,” said Chuck Nance, Shelba D. Johnson Trucking’s logistics manager. “Our 700,000 square foot distribution center in Lexington is full and we needed a place to expand.”

Joe Wade, president and owner of Shelba D. Johnson Trucking, is amazed at how quickly their warehousing operation has grown.

“We started a small warehousing operation in High Point for a customer 7-8 years ago, and wondered how we would ever fill the 65,000 square feet of space,” he said. “Six months later it was full. We opened a second distribution center in Lexington, and after two expansions, it is now also full.”

“In order to keep up with demand, we needed additional space,” Wade added. “We found the perfect property to meet our needs in Davie County, and the owners were great to work with, allowing us to lease half of the building and begin storing product before the final closing. Half of the building is now full and we believe the rest is spoken for.”

Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Commission is pleased to welcome Shelba D. Johnson Trucking to Davie County.  “Shelba D Johnson is really a rolling billboard up and down the highway, and we are excited that they now have a Davie County connection.  We are blessed to have another company bringing jobs and opportunities to our community.  With an additional 30 acres purchased by the company for possible expansion, we look forward to continuing to grow together in the future.”

About Shelba D. Johnson Trucking, Inc.
Headquartered in Thomasville, NC, Shelba D. Johnson Trucking, Inc. has been a leader in the furniture transportation and delivery industry for 30 years. The company has approximately 4,000 active customers in 23 states and territories along the eastern seaboard of the United States, some mid-western states and Texas. Their customers include premier retail organizations as well as home decorators and ‘Mom and Pop’ furniture stores. Shippers include the traditional furniture manufacturers, importers, marketers, internet entrepreneurs and contemporary furniture creators. Shelba D. Johnson Trucking operates a fleet of more than 170 trucks and 550 trailers, including owner operators, from its terminals in Thomasville and Archdale, NC. Offering daily pick-up and delivery, the company’s trucks will travel around 18 million miles this year.


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Daniel Boone Family Festival, Saturday May 7, will Dish up Food, Fun, Music and a Heapin’ Helpin’ of History

Free Community Event! 10 AM to 8 PM
On Saturday, May 7th, Historic Davie will host the Daniel Boone Family Festival in Historic Downtown Mocksville.  Featuring craftsmen, merchants, educational tours, historic reenactors, food, vendors, contests and live music, there’s something for everyone at the all-day event which kicks off at 10 AM.

Daniel Boone Family Festival

Retrace the Steps of Daniel Boone, the Revolutionary War, Historic Homes and More!
Daniel Boone spent nearly 25 years in the Yadkin Valley area, and two of the three tours revolve around landmarks associated with the Boone clan. The big attraction for Boone buffs are the tours that run at 10:15 AM, 12:30 PM, and again at 2:15 PM.  Tours are $5 and are provided by bus or van.

Tours include stops at historic Joppa Cemetery, where Daniel’s parents Squire and Sarah Boone and his brother Israel are buried (Israel’s grave is the oldest in the cemetery); the Boone Tract at Bear Creek, a 640-acre parcel of land granted to Squire Boone in 1753 and later sold to his son Daniel; the Daniel Boone Marker in Farmington; and nearby Pudding Ridge, where General Cornwallis crossed Dutchman Creek in pursuit of Nathanael Greene (Cornwallis named the area for the thick mud in the area his troops had to march through).

Another tour departing at 11:45 AM also visits Joppa Cemetery, Bear Creek, and the Boone Tract in addition to tours of the Jesse A. Clement House (built in 1828) and Historic Center Arbor, constructed as a site for “camp meetings” during the Third Great Awakening in 1876.

The last tour, which departs at 1:15 PM, takes visitors to the River Park at the Bull Hole; Veach’s Muster Ground; Revolutionary War hero Richmond Pearson‘s grave site; and the Historic Zachary Holt House and Village Museum of Cooleemee, both of which have exhibits centered around the area’s once-booming textile industry.

Rounding out the historic flavor of the festival will be the presence of reenactors from Fort Dobbs in Statesville.  Fort Dobbs re-enactors (Fort Dobbs was the site of a battle between settlers and Cherokee warriors in 1760.)

Frozen T-Shirt and Hula Hoop Contests with Prizes
Don’t miss the Frozen T-Shirt and Hula Hoop Contests at Junker’s Mill at 4 PM. These fun and hilarious events will have contestants pulling, stretching, whacking and otherwise abusing frozen t-shirts to see who can get theirs completely on first, and wildly gyrating to see who can keep their hoop spinning the longest. Registration on the day of the festival at Relay for Life Food Tent – $5 Fee.

Frozen T-Shirt Contest
1st place- $100 ( 17 & UP) $25 ( 11-16) $25 ( 6-10)
2nd place- $75, $10, $10
3rd place- $50, $5, $5

Hula Hoop Contest
1st place- $25 (17 & UP) $25 (11-16) $25 (6-10)
2nd place- gift cards, gift cards, $10
3rd place -gift cards, $10, $5

Music and Entertainment all day at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater – capped off by Tammie Davis at 6:30 PM
Grab your  chair and head over to Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theatre for a full day of entertainment:


  • Noon- DAVIE COMMUNITY BAND – Students from local schools as well as adult musicians
  • 1 PM – MICHAEL DECKER/MAGICIAN – Michael has performed throughout the Southeast as well as the White House.  Michael will amaze and bring laughter to families and kids of all ages
  • 2:10 PM –  FLYING SAUCERS – Rockabilly, Motown, & Oldies of the 50’s and 60’s
  • 5 PM –  MYSTERY HILLBILLIES – Rockabilly, Boogie, and Western Swing with hits from Brenda Lee, Little Richard, Patsy Cline, & Chuck Berry
  • 6:30 PM – TAMMIE DAVIS – Country with her own hits It’s a Beautiful Life and Confused.  Tammie has opened shows for Charlie Daniels, Lady Antebellum, the Oak Ridge Boys, & MORE

All of the performances are free of charge. Evening performance only ~ there will be a $5 charge for wristbands for alcohol purchase.  Alcoholic beverages can be purchased at Junker’s Mill (no coolers please).

Additional Information
To learn more about the amenities and activities that will be on hand, head over to the official Daniel Boone Family Festival web site, or call 336-909-2263.


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Peachtree Farmers Market Opens this Friday, April 29th!

Mocksville-Farmers-MarketSpring is in the air and the Davie County Farmers Markets are gearing up!  

The Peachtree Farmers Markets Opens this Friday, April 29th
The Peachtree Farmers Market will reopen on Friday, April 29, from 3:30-7 pm in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center in the Town of Bermuda Run. For more information, please call (336) 655-4399 or email

Peachtree Farmers Market Vendors
The Peachtree Farmers Market is growing and adding new producers for even more fresh, healthy and local products.   The following producers are among those who will attend this Friday.

  • Yellow Bell Farm
  • Cherry Hill Farm LLC
  • Galliher Farm
  • Treat Yourself!
  • Sweet Petunia Bakery
  • Fading D Farm LLC
  • Steele 5 Farm
  • Pixie Garden & Gifts Inc  
  • Creature Comforts
  • That Peanut Guy
  • MikNik Farm
  • Simple Chaos Farm
  • Somerset Farm
  • Ingram Strawberry Farm
  • Myers Mushrooms & More
  • Two Happy Potters  
  • Silver Muse
  • Brasstown Chocolates
  • A Full Measure
  • OBX seafood

The Food Freaks food truck will also be on site opening night.

The Farmington Farmers Market Opens Saturday, May 7th
The Farmington Farmers Market will reopen on Saturday, May 7, from 8 am- noon at the Farmington Community Center located at 1723 Farmington Road, Farmington. If you would like to be a vendor at the market, or for more information, please contact Melanie at 336-998-2912.

The atmosphere at the farmers market is warm and inviting.  Farmers markets provide an opportunity for local farmers to get together in a social setting along with members of the local community.  These gatherings strengthen communities, create a sense of belonging and ownership, and often lead to greater involvement in local issues by those who share a common interest in healthy environments and healthy lifestyles.

See you at the Farmer’s Market!


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Counting our Lucky Stars in Davie County – SouthPoint Business Park Expanding!

SouthPoint Business Park Davie County NCTerry Bralley counts Davie County’s lucky stars every day; one of the brightest is its partnership with the Hollingsworth Companies.

The Davie County Economic Development Commission and the Hollingsworth Companies have announced an agreement to expand the SouthPoint Business by an additional 80 acres. Phase II of the SouthPoint Business Park will add three lots to the park with 425,000 square feet to 750,000 square feet of additional industrial space. Only one building of 90,960 square feet is still available from Phase I of the project.

“As the supply of quality, modern industrial buildings is dwindling in North Carolina, we expect our only remaining building to fill quickly. The Phase II expansion will allow us to have land ready to capture the next project as soon as this building is filled, and continue to grow industry and jobs in Mocksville.” Tom Wortham – SVP of Architecture and Development of The Hollingsworth Companies said.

Hollingsworth Companies Making a Difference in our Community
“When we were initially looking for a private partner to shoulder the risk of speculative industrial development, we couldn’t find anyone locally who would take the risk in a small town like Mocksville,” said Bralley, the president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. “But over in Tennessee,  we met the Hollingsworth Companies and not only were they willing, they were enthusiastic; and they still are nearly twenty years later. We have had a lot of big announcements in the last few years, and they are great, but the steady brick by brick approach of Hollingsworth has really made a difference in our community.”

In 1998, the Hollingsworth Companies founded the SouthPoint Business Park, which is comprised of 112 acres in 8 lots with 885,262 square feet of industrial facilities, and is located just north of Interstate 40 on US Hwy 601. The park is home to Larson Comfort Bilt, Gesipa Fasteners, Metal Sales Manufacturing, Davie Warehousing, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, Entre Matic, and Seneca Medical.

90% of Companies Relocating Looking for Existing Building Inventory
According to Bralley,  ninety percent of all companies seeking a new location are looking for an existing building to move into.  “Our partnership with The Hollingsworth Companies means that we have an inventory of available buildings and permitted lots for people who don’t have time to waste. Further, we are blessed with a developer like Joe Hollingsworth who is flexible enough to lease, sell, or provide equity capital for companies locating in our community. This is an advantage that every small community and every economic developer would love to have and it continues to bring jobs and opportunity to Mocksville and Davie County.”

Economic Development is a Team Sport
This expansion became possible when the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority awarded the Town of Mocksville a $450,000 grant from the Industrial Development Fund to install a new road on Quality Drive in the Southpoint Business Park. This road will open up approximately 85 acres of land for future development.

The Rural Infrastructure Authority was established as part of the Rural Economic Development Division at the NC Department of Commerce to assist with the review and approval of grants for rural areas in the state.  The grants-making programs of the Division include assistance for building reuse and restoration, water and sewer infrastructure, and economic innovation in rural communities.

20 Year Partnership with Hollingsworth Companies Continues to Pay Divdidends
“Our nearly 20-year public/private partnership has developed into a rare and cherished catalyst to economic development in Mocksville and Davie County,” Bralley added. “We are super excited to see the expansion of the SouthPoint Business Park, it just means there will be more good news to come. Stay tuned…”


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Mocksville Farmers Market Opens This Wednesday! ~ Have Fun, Save Money & Live Longer

mocksville farmers market augustThe Mocksville Farmers Market opens this Wednesday, April 20, and will be open each Wednesday from 3-6 pm in the Mocksville Town Hall Parking Lot located at 171 S. Clement St in Mocksville, just a block down W Depot Street from the town square.  For more information, please call 336-671-0553 or 336-753-6700.

The Peachtree Farmers Markets Opens Friday, April 29th
The Peachtree Farmers Market will reopen on Friday, April 29, from 3:30-7 pm in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center in the Town of Bermuda Run. For more information, please call (336) 655-4399 or email

The Farmington Farmers Market Opens Saturday, May 7th
The Farmington Farmers Market will reopen on Saturday, May 7, from 8 am- noon at the Farmington Community Center located at 1723 Farmington Road, Farmington. If you would like to be a vendor at the market, or for more information, please contact Melanie at 336-998-2912.

Mocksville Farmers Market Getting Bigger & Better
The Mocksville Farmers Market is growing and adding new producers for even more fresh, healthy and local products.   The following producers are among those who will attend this Wednesday.

    • Holly Miller w/ Cherry Hills Farms – Strawberries
    • Christine Davis w/ Sweet  Bath & Body Treats
    • Marie Sagraves – eggs and baked goods
    • Daniel Stroup – herbs and plants
    • Amy Stinson – selling jams, jellies, pickles and relishes
    • Barbara Hedrick – crafts
    • Aileen Steelman – selling tomatoes and produce
    • Tim Martin – produce
    • Don Crater – produce
    • Sandra Keiffer – produce

Mocksville-Farmers-MarketHave Fun
The atmosphere at the farmers market is warm and inviting.   Farmers markets provide an opportunity for local farmers to get together in a social setting along with members of the local community.  These gatherings strengthen communities, create a sense of belonging and ownership, and often lead to greater involvement in local issues by those who share a common interest in healthy environments and healthy lifestyles.

Save Money
Farmers markets in North Carolina are not taxed which saves you money.  In essence, a person is getting 6.75 percent more product for their money through the elimination of sales tax.

Live Longer
There are distinct health benefits to eating local, fresh produce.  One of these benefits is that fresh produce is harvested when it is ripe.  The greatest amount of vitamins naturally found in produce is available ONLY when the crop is picked ripened.  Most chain stores purchase produce from other states, and therefore the crops are picked early and ripen off the vine in a truck.  This renders the vitamins much weaker to the consumer.

Another health benefit is that because the produce is not shipped, it does not need to be waxed or treated.  This again gives the produce not only an excellent flavor, but also makes it a healthier choice.  Finally, most area farmer’s markets offer organic choices, eliminating pesticides from your diet.

Everyone benefits when dollars stay in the local community.  The farmers are supported and can continue to grow their crops, and the money spent stays in the community rather than being shipped elsewhere.  This helps the local economy thrive.   For even more ways to save while supporting your friends and neighbors please check out iShopDavie, an exciting and rewarding program from your Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

Davie County Farmers Market Schedule
Davie County Farmers Markets are now operating in the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Farmington.  There is a market open each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday according to the following schedule.

Wednesdays – Mocksville: The Mocksville Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays from 3-6 PM in the Mocksville Town Hall parking lot located at 171 South Clement Street in Mocksville, just a block down West Depot Street from the town square.

Fridays –  Town of Bermuda Run: The Peachtree Farmers Market is open on Fridays from 3:30-7 PM in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center in the town of Bermuda Run.

Saturdays – Farmington: The Farmington Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8 AM until noon at the Farmington Community Center located at 1723 Farmington Road, Farmington.

See you at the Farmer’s Market!


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Celebrate Spring At 5 Davie County Wineries!

Whether it’s a festival, special tasting, or simply a beautiful day to enjoy nature and unwind with family and friends, spring is the perfect time of year to visit all five Davie County wineries and vineyards. Here are some “grape” events coming up soon!

April Vineyard Events

Chestnut Trail Vineyard’s Music From The Porch – The Stanley Allred Project

Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 3-6 pm.

Chestnut Trail VineyardsEnjoy everything from The Eagles to Incubus, as The Stanley Allred Project plays a variety of pop and country music with 3-part harmony vocals. The band always has a good time when they play, often having the audience join in with some percussion instruments on a song or two. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic to enjoy great live music and a relaxed atmosphere suitable for the whole family. Wine will be available to purchase by the bottle or glass. Other non-alcoholic beverages, popcorn and snacks will also be available to purchase. Leashed and well behaved pets are welcome. **NO outside alcohol or smoking allowed on the property.**

Chestnut Trail Vineyard is located at 640 Cedar Grove Church Rd, Mocksville. Spring and Summer hours are Friday 4-7 pm, Saturday 1-7 pm. For more information, call  Chestnut Trail at  336.655.4755 or visit

Misty Creek Vineyards Concert – Mood Swingz

Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 2-4 pm

Misty Creek Wine and VineyardsGrab a glass of wine and enjoy the music of Mood Swingz. Husband and wife duo, Bob and Liz Spencer, will entertain you with their original music as well as a number of oldies but goodies.  Misty Creek favorites, the Spencers will also perform on  April 30 and May 14 from 2-4 pm.

During tastings, you’ll enjoy a panoramic view of our farm, and maybe later venture out for a self-guided tour of our vineyards. The vineyard is child, family and dog friendly, and on a given Saturday you’ll find a happy mix of pups, kids and folks who enjoy good wine.

Misty Creek Farm & Vineyards is located at 710 Wyo Road, Mocksville. Hours are Friday 4-8 pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, and Sunday 2-6 pm. For more information, call Misty Creek at 336-998-3303 or visit .

RayLen Vineyards and Winery Spring Fling Local Market

Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 11 am- 5 pm.

Raylen Wines and VineyardSupport your local businesses by shopping at RayLen Vineyards Spring Fling Local Market. Local favorites in attendance will include Laura’s Secret, Carolina Monthly, Twin City Hive Coffee Lounge, Batistini Farms, Log Cabin Naturals, Glover Studios, Scents of Southern Market Collections, Originate Handcrafted Jewelry and Felted Wool Designs. Plus, enjoy the delicious Food Freaks of NC on site all afternoon with musical stylings from local artist Colin Allured while you shop. Enjoy great wine and go local on April 16th at RayLen! Event entry is complimentary and open to the public. Rain or shine. Please no outside alcohol. Picnic baskets and lawn chairs permitted.

RayLen Vineyards & Winery is located at 3577 US-158 in Mocksville. Raylen’s spring and summer hours are: 11 am to 6 pm – Monday to Saturday, 12 to 5 pm – Sundays. For more information about the winery, call (336) 998-3100 or visit

RayLen  “Girls Just Want to Have Wine” Night

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 6-8 pm.

It’s ladies night! Grab your closest friends and wine down Wednesday. Shop local vendors including Laura’s Secret, Originate Handcrafted Jewelry, Twin City Hive Coffee Lounge and massages by The Lavender Room while sipping on a complimentary glass of RayLen wine. This event is complimentary and open to the public.

RayLen Sunset Wine Dinner

Friday, April 29, 2016 from 7-9 pm.

Spring is finally here! Celebrate with a delightful four course dinner paired perfectly with RayLen’s newest vintages while you enjoy acoustic musical entertainment and a peaceful sunset among the vines. Dinner will be hosted in RayLen’s Pavilion. First course begins promptly at 7pm. Reservations required by April 25th and space is limited. $80 per person. Tickets may be purchased by visiting or by calling the tasting room at 336-998-3100.

May Vineyard Events

Misty Creek Vineyards Concert- Summerfield Band

Saturday, May 8, 2016 from 2-4 pm.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a glass of wine and a concert. The Summerfield Band  will entertain mom with a variety of Irish folk tunes as well as mandolin music.   

RayLen Mimosas For Mom Brunch

Saturday May 8, 2016 at 12:30 pm and 1:15 pm

Celebrate your Mother this year at RayLen Vineyards & Winery. D & F Catering will be providing a delicious spring brunch, the perfect way to show your mother how much she means to you! Ticket purchase will include buffet brunch and two glasses of wine. Reservations are required. Event is rain or shine. Seatings will be at 12:30 PM and 1:15 PM. Tickets will be $35 per person, and $25 without alcohol. Reservations are required by May 5th. Space is limited. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or by calling the tasting room at 336.998.3100.

RayLen Friday Night Live

Friday, May 13, 2016 5:30- 8:30 pm

RayLen Vineyards & Winery Friday Night Lives are back! Schedule listed below. This series of events is complimentary and open to the public. Join in this summer for great music, wine and food! Every other Friday on the below listed dates from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Picnic baskets and chairs welcome, please no outside alcohol. Rain or shine.

5/13 Ghassan’s // Jessica Mashburn Music
6/10 Food Freaks of NC // Will Jones
6/24 Giannos of High Point // Colin Allured
7/8 Camel City Grill // Wendy Wooten
7/22 Food Freaks of NC // Karoke Night with Tiger Paw Entertainment
8/12 TBD // Jessica Mashburn Music

RayLen Drinks and Dogs

Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Bring your best doggie friend out to RayLen Vineyards & Winery for a fun and furry day supporting Humane Society of Davie County! Gunny Smitty’s Hot Dogs will be serving up some great hot “dogs” alongside your favorite dog-friendly vendors including Carolina Monthly & Aristopets plus Laura’s Secret. And don’t forget to grab a picture with your pup from The Portrait Gallery, snapping memorable moments all afternoon! Mark your calender for a doggy day to remember! The Humane Society of Davie County will be on site with a few adoptable dogs for a meet and greet with information on how you can become a sponsor or adopt! Friendly, vaccinated and leashed pups only please! Donations will be accepted for admission. Below you will find the Humane Society wish list. Each person may bring any of the below items or a monetary donation of 5 dollars per person (minimum, please feel free to donate more!) for event entry. Entry includes a complimentary glass of wine. Event is rain or shine. All proceeds go to the Humane Society of Davie County. HSDC Wishlist: Pedigree Puppy Food; Purina One Adult Cat Food Salmon Flavor; Purina Kitten Chow; Small, Medium, & Large collars; Small, Medium, & Large harnesses; Paper Towels; Bleach;;Toilet Paper; White Distilled Vinegar; Finish All in One Dish Soap; Laundry Soap; Dog & Cat Toys; New or gently used Blankets & Towels.

RayLen Blues & BBQ Festival

Saturday,  May 28, 2016 11:00 am- 5:00 pm

Join RayLen Vineyards & Winery for their annual Blues & BBQ Festival! Celebrate with blues band Abe Reid and The Spikedrivers. Bullzhead Branz Sauce Co. will be serving up delicious BBQ for purchase all day long! Event is rain or shine. No outside alcohol or coolers please. Picnic baskets and chairs permitted. $5 Advance Tickets // $10 At the Gate Complimentary to members with advance purchase only. Advance tickets available until April 26th at 11pm. Ticket purchase includes parking, entertainment and one complimentary glass of wine or featured wine tasting. Please call the tasting room to purchase at 3369983100 or visit

Garden Gate Wine and VineyardGarden Gate Vineyard

Any day is a great day to enjoy a glass of wine and the beauty of nature at Garden Gate Vineyard. They offer a delightful variety of Muscadine and fruit wines as well as sangria and mulled wine. Tastings are free or $5 if you would like a souvenir glass.

The vineyard is located at 261 Scenic Drive in Mocksville. The tasting room is open Wednesday-Saturday from 12-5 and by appointment. For more information, call 336-751-3794 or visit

Lazy Elm

Lazy Elm VineyardEnjoy the perfect sunset while sipping the perfect wine at Lazy Elm. For $7 you may sample all 9 wines, including a unique port-style dessert wine and keep your glass as a souvenir.

The vineyard is located at 523 Danner Road, Mocksville. The wine tasting room is open Monday – Friday by appointment; Saturday 12:00pm – 6:00pm ‘ish: Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00pm ‘ish! For more information, call (336) 909-4914 or visit

Davie County Winery Hours and Locations

Chestnut Trail Vineyard
Chestnut Trail Vineyard is located at 640 Cedar Grove Church Rd, Mocksville. Spring and Summer hours are Friday 4-7 pm, Saturday 1-7 pm. For more information, call  Chestnut Trail at  336.655.4755 or visit

Garden Gate Vineyard
The Garden Gate Vineyard is located at 261 Scenic Drive in Mocksville. The tasting room is open Wednesday-Saturday from 12-5 and by appointment. For more information, call
336-751-3794 or visit

Lazy Elm Vineyard
The Lazy Elm Vineyard is located at 523 Danner Road, Mocksville. The wine tasting room is open 
Monday – Friday by appointment; Saturday 12:00pm – 6:00pm ‘ish: Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00pm ‘ish! For more information, call (336) 909-4914 or visit

Misty Creek Farm & Vineyards
Misty Creek Farm & Vineyards is located at 710 Wyo Road, Mocksville. Hours are Friday
4-8 pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, and Sunday 2-6 pm. For more information, call Misty Creek at 336-998-3303 or visit

RayLen Vineyards and Winery
RayLen Vineyards & Winery is located at 3577 US-158 in Mocksville. Raylen’s spring and summer hours are: 11 am to 6 pm – Monday to Saturday, 12 to 5 pm – Sundays. For more information about the winery, call (336) 998-3100 or visit



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The Factory Coffeehouse – Now Hiring!

Now hiring! The Factory CThe Factory Coffeehouse Mocksville Aoffeehouse is opening the first of May in downtown Mocksville, across from O’Callahan’s. They have about 6 positions to fill.

The Factory serves spectacular hand-crafted coffee drinks like Cappuccinos, Lattes and Mochas, and they do so in a rustic atmosphere, designed with a French farmhouse in mind. They’ve partnered with Krankies, a local roaster in Winston Salem with a strong following, in order to serve Davie County a great coffee experience!

Team members will be responsible for engaging with customers, taking orders  and preparing coffee drinks and food items. Management is looking for people who are energetic, personable, and ready for a fun but challenging workplace.

You can apply today on their website at They are also holding open interviews on Thursday, April 14th at the Davie County Chamber of Commerce. Interview times are from 9-12 and 2-5.

To follow The Factory, please visit their Facebook page at


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Davie County Expanding Retail Options

davie_county_jobsDavie County – A Picturesque Community with Small Town Charm and Big City Potential.
“Davie County continues a remarkable economic recovery, and we have had tremendous success attracting international manufacturing giants including Ashley Furniture, CPP Global, Dex/Volvo, Dunlop Tyre, and Gildan Activewear,“ said Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. “The Davie County Economic Development Commission believes it is now time to direct some of our attention to growing our retail base.”


“We realized as a small community, but with a terrific location connected to a major interstate, we needed the help of an outside professional to assist us with attracting those larger retailers that will help minimize sales leakage, fill vacant storefronts and lots, and expand our retail options,” he added. “We hired the Retail Coach to help us develop and implement a retail sales plan for the entire county. The EDC has invited the towns of Bermuda Run, Cooleemee, and Mocksville, and the Chamber of Commerce to actively engage in the process. We believe this retail plan is another way to add value to the county and will help us grow our future.”

“Our goal is to recruit more retail, restaurants, and entertainment to Davie County to offer our residents more opportunities to buy clothing, electronics, or whatever they need locally; to retain the businesses and restaurants already here; and to keep our current shopping centers and districts vibrant while developing new centers,” said Bralley.

Davie County’s close proximity to the Charlotte and Winston-Salem markets, easy access to Interstate 40, and regional draw due to Wake Forest Baptist Health- Davie Medical Center, make it a prime spot for expanding retail and restaurant options.

Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce, is excited about what this project means for the community. “In 2013, the Davie Chamber launched the iSHOPDAVIE shop local program to draw attention to the importance of supporting local businesses and the impact shopping local has on the Davie economy and our quality of life,” she said.  “Working with the Retail Coach will provide us with the right tools to attract new retail and restaurants that compliment what is already here.  It will also offer useful information and assistance to our existing businesses to help them grow their customer base and increase their profitability.  We know that having more shopping and dining options here in Davie County means more jobs and increased sales tax revenues both of which are vital to a thriving local economy, and that is our ultimate goal!” said McManamy.

The Retail Coach, a retail recruitment and consulting firm, is a pioneer of the retail recruitment industry. With clients in 29 states and 86% repeat clients, The Retail Coach uses their expertise to help communities reach their goals.

During a meeting with The Retail Coach leadership, officials from Bermuda Run said their goals for the partnership include expanding retail near Wake Forest Baptist Health and Davie Medical Center to give citizens and hospital-goers more retail choices. Mocksville officials said they would like to expand their retail base as a whole, while also putting a focus on their vibrant downtown. Cooleemee officials would like more retailers for everyday conveniences.

To achieve these goals, The Retail Coach will begin by determining a Retail Trade Area, or the area from which the county receives most of its consumers. This includes interviewing retailers and community stakeholders and plotting point-of-sale data. Next, the team will conduct a demographic analysis for both the county and the Retail Trade Area. This is followed by a Gap Analysis, used to identify sales leakage to other communities. Using this and similar data, the team will make a target list of retailers and restaurants that would be a good fit in Davie County.

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with Davie County in this process. Our team has already been on the ground and sees unique opportunities for Bermuda Run, Mocksville, and Cooleemee. Our Retail Trade Area determination and Retail Gap Analysis process will help these opportunities stand out to potential retailers, restaurants, and developers,” said The Retail Coach Vice President Aaron Farmer, who will be Davie County’s point-of-contact with the company, along with Director—Retail Strategy Scott Emison.

Both appreciative and excited about the opportunities that a focus on retail will bring to the community.  Will Marklin, Mayor of Mocksville, said “Any time  we can discover  new ways to support and  grow our local economy it is exciting!   We are most appreciative of EDC to have the opportunity to work with The Retail Coach.  Their ability to create resources of potential  new retail and provide data to support and promote our existing retail  will be time well spent in Mocksville.”

John Chandler, Cooleemee Town Clerk, is eager to see new businesses locate in Cooleemee. “It is good for an outside group to see us as we are and to assess our needs in regards to economic growth,” he said. “We sit around here brainstorming about what we need in our community as far as retail, but that is usually the end of it. We look forward to the Retail Coach  contacting potential businesses that would consider our area.”

For more information on Davie County, North Carolina, visit  For more information on The Retail Coach, visit


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