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HELP WANTED: Davie County Job Fair Monday, March 28th at the Davie County Senior Center

davie_county_jobsJobs, Jobs, Jobs
Businesses looking for skilled employees to fill available positions and area job seekers have the opportunity to come together at a job fair to be held on Monday, March 28th at the Davie County Senior Center at 278 Meroney Street, Mocksville.

The Job Fair will be open to Veterans only from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. All job seekers are invited to attend from 3:00 pm –  6:00 pm.

Companies participating include:

  • Ashley Furniture Industries
  • Austin Electrical Enclosures
  • Autumn Care
  • Carillon Assisted Living
  • Davidson County Community College
  • Golding Farms Foods
  • Lowe’s Home Improvement
  • Lydall
  • Mega Force
  • NC Army National Guard
  • REEB Millwork Corporation
  • The Resources
  • Unifi Manufacturing Inc.
  • Workforce Unlimited

For more information, please contact David Monteleone, 336-776-6770, or david.monteleone@nccommerce.com.

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6 Great Shops to Visit and Celebrate Small Business Saturday This Weekend!

Scarletts Unique BoutiqueAvoid the nightmarish crowds of Black Friday AND support your own friends and neighbors by shopping Davie County’s wonderfully unique small businesses this Saturday!

Small Business Saturday, this Saturday November 28, started as an American Express initiative to encourage consumers to shop small and local during the holiday season. Eighty-eight million people have shown up to “shop small” since it began in 2010.

Find the Perfect Gifts in Davie County Small Businesses
Davie County businesses are ready to help you find that perfect gift for everyone on your list, and maybe even a little something special for you as well.

The shops below are just a few select examples of the dozens of fine shops and boutiques across Davie County.

Bizzy Beez, 5539-102 US Hwy 158, Advance, will be offering refreshments while you browse their vast array of jewelry, clothing, handbags and décor. With your purchase, you will be registered to win an exclusive, not available in stores, linen tote bag by Flax. The drawing will be held at 5:00 pm. The boutique will be open from 10:00 am-5:00 pm.

Styled GatheringsCounter Point Music, 50 Court Square, Mocksville, will have 10 % off everything your favorite musician needs (does not include consignments) as well as refreshments, during their regular hours of 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

Honor Darling, 135 N. Main St., Mocksville, which offers trendy fashions and accessories for ladies and children, will be offering select BOGO 1/2 deals on Saturday in addition to other weekly promotions. After a marathon Black Friday sale from midnight Thursday until 2:30 am Saturday, the boutique will  re-open on Saturday from 8:30 am-8:30 pm.

Scarlett’s Unique Boutique, 128 N. Main St., Mocksville, is opening early to help you get a start on your day. They will have hot apple cider and cookies all day and 5% off storewide on their impressive collection of handmade items by talented local artisans, including jewelry, lotions and candles, décor, and reclaimed wood creations. The boutique will be open from 8:00 am-8:00 pm.

Scarletts Unique Boutique2Southern Ties Boutique, 1896 Farmington Rd., Mocksville, known for its fashion, gifts, and southern charm, will have door prizes and special sales throughout the day. Get a free $10 gift card with a minimum $75 purchase. The store will be open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Styled Gatherings Hosting Outdoor Market
Styled Gatherings, 945 Yadkinville Rd., Mocksville, a fashion, gift, and party boutique, has lots of new arrivals. Specials for the day are a free Christmas ornament with a $20 minimum purchase (while supplies last) and a 20% off coupon for January/February  2016.  They will also be hosting an outdoor market featuring local artisan vendors from 11: 00 am – 4:00 pm: Unique stuffed burgers from Food Freaks of NC; mixed media art from Beauty from Ashes Studiotique; fine stationery & hand lettering from Cotton and  Grove; personalized decor & wearable items from Gifts Remembered; unique vintage decor from Objects of Interest; eclectic handmade & repurposed jewelry from The Brown Eyed Suzy; stylish clothing & accessories from AnnaCraig Boutique fashion truck; and handcrafted nature-inspired jewelry from Swallow’s Heart. The boutique will be open from 10:00 am-8:00 pm

Scarletts Unique Boutique3Find it Quick and Easy – Bookmark Your Davie Chamber Business Directory!
Your Davie Chamber Business Directory is the definitive resource for smart Davie County shoppers.  The directory provides a one stop list of Davie County businesses ready to make your holiday shopping more fun.  Categories make it quick and easy to find what you need.  Retail shopping categories include Shopping and Specialty Retail, Home and Garden, Restaurants, Food and Beverages, Sports and Recreation, Wineries and much more.

iShopDavie all Year Long
Davie County businesses need your support all year long – from shopping, dining, and gas tank fill-ups to landscaping, banking, doctor’s visits and more.  When you choose to purchase goods and services in the community where you live, pay taxes and send your children to school, you are investing in the well- being of your community and creating more jobs, increased revenues and a more prosperous place to live.   The Davie County Chamber of Commerce wants residents to think Davie first because every time money is spent out of the county, it’s improving someone else’s hometown, not ours.  Simply put – it matters where we spend our money.

iShopDavie—Do you?

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iSHOPDavie Gift Shopping Expo This Thursday at WinMock at Kinderton

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Don’t miss the 2nd annual iSHOPDavie Gift Shopping Expo this Thursday, November 5th from 3:30pm to 7:30pm at WinMock at Kinderton, 168 E. Kinderton Way in Bermuda Run.

Last year’s event was a huge success with over 300 shoppers packing the majestic WinMock barn, and stocking up on holiday gifts and items purchased from local vendors. This year’s event is 100% focused on gift shopping and considered the official Kick Off to Christmas Shopping with a local flair!

Several local restaurants and caterers will be onsite offering a wide variety of food samplings and items to purchase. Davie County vineyards will offer wine tastings and bottles of wine for sale as well as several gift items. More than fifty vendors will be showcasing and selling their products and services to the public.

As a special treat to the kids and young at heart, Santa Claus is taking time out of his busy schedule to visit with shoppers.

Once again the Davie County Chamber is getting into the spirit of the season and raising money for Toys for Tots and Shop with a Cop. Adult shoppers may purchase a glass of wine for $3.00 and the proceeds will be donated to these two local charities.

With an early sell out of vendor space, the Davie Chamber has expanded into the down stairs allowing even more shopping opportunities. Many vendors are back again this year including Birdhouses by Jerry File, Mimi’s Boutique, A Full Measure Catering, Advance Florist & Gift Boutique, California Fresh Caterers and Pearl Girls jewelry.

There are several new vendors who will be participating as well: The Daisy Depot, Scarlett’s Unique Boutique, Gemini Skincare and Flying Fish Pottery – just to name a few.

The first 300 shoppers through the door will receive a special iSHOPDAVIE reusable shopping bag and find the best selections of gifts.

The Davie County Chamber wishes to extend a Huge Thank you to Habitat Restore and Lowes Home Improvement for Decking the Halls again this year! Many of the Christmas Trees and decorations will be for sale by the Restore and will be happy to go home with you that night.

Whether you are working on your gift list or looking for a little something just for you, the Davie Chamber invites you to the iSHOPDAVIE Gift Shopping Expo this Thursday!

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

Natalie Stovall and the Drive!Free Community Event! 10 AM to 9 PM
On Saturday, May 2, Historic Davie will host the Daniel Boone Family Festival in Historic Downtown Mocksville.  Featuring craftsmen, merchants, educational tours, historic re-enactors, food, vendors, contests and live music, there’s something for everyone at the all-day event which kicks off at 10 AM.

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 HoleVeach’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 Fort Dobbs re-enactors (Fort Dobbs was the site of a battle between settlers and Cherokee warriors in 1760.)

Frozen T-Short Contest with Prizes
Don’t miss the Frozen T-Short Contest at Junker’s Mill at 3:15.  This fun and hilarious event will have contestants pulling, stretching, whacking and otherwise abusing these frozen t-shirts to see who can get theirs completely on first.  Registration on the day of the festival at Relay for Life Food Tent – $5 Fee.

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

Music all day at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater – capped off by Natalie Stovall at 5:45 PM
Music fans will want to head over to Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theatre to check out the bluegrass music with a twist of story telling of Mel Jones and his Bag O’Bones at 12:15 PM,  the bluegrass with style of Mountain Rain at 1:50 PM,  Taylor Vaden & The Memphis Thunder at 4:00 PM, and the wildly popular Natalie Stovall and The Drive for some outstanding country and pop music at 5:45 PM.

All of the performances are free of charge.  Those wishing to enjoy an “adult beverage” during the evening performance only will have to purchase a wristband for $5.00.

Prior to the Festival Join us for “Color Downtown”
Color Downtown is a 1.2 mile fun run event for the whole family to enjoy! Participants will be doused with color as they make their way through the event course. 100% of the proceeds from this event will benefit victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The run will be from 9 AM to 10 AM just prior to the festival.  See the Color Downtown 2015 Flyer for more information.

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.

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Congratulations “Best of Davie” and Chamber Award Recipients!

Best of Davie AwardsThe 2014 “Best of Davie” awards were announced at the 45th Annual Davie County Chamber Awards Gala and Annual Meeting held at Winmock at Kinderton on Thursday, January 22nd.   In addition to the Best of Davie Awards, the annual Davie Chamber Awards were presented to the following Davie Chamber members.

Member of the Year 2014
Tom Lentz – Davie Electrical Co.

Small Business of the Year 2014
Subway of Mocksville

Business of the Year 2014
Twin City Youth Soccer Association

E.C. Tatum Humanitarian Award
Dr. Darrin Hartness

 

Best of Davie 2014Voting for the 2014 Best of Davie Awards was open to all members of the community and over 1200 online ballots were submitted.  2014 best of Davie Award Winners are:

Best New Business of 2014
O’Callahans Publick House Pub & Eatery

Best Civic Group / Non-Profit Organization
Just HOPE, Inc.

Best Place to Be Active with Family
Davie Family YMCA

Best Place to Eat in Davie County
Restaurant 101

Best of Davie 2014Best Place to Be with Friends in Davie County
O’Callahans Publick House Pub & Eatery

Best Golf Course in Davie County
Pudding Ridge Golf Club

Best Davie County Vineyard
RayLen Vineyards & Winery

Best Place to Shop in Davie County
Southern Ties Boutique

Best Hair Salon / Barber in Davie County
Gemini Hair & Nail Fashions

Best Photographer in Davie County
One Shot Photography

Best of Davie 2014Best Real Estate Agent in Davie County
Glenn Stanley – Total Real Estate

Favorite Davie Healthcare Provider in Davie County
Carolina Center for Eye Care

Best Davie Insurance Agent in Davie County
Darryl Bandy – State Farm Insurance

Best Place for Your Pet in Davie County
The Country Veterinary Hospital

Best of Davie 2014Best Davie County Mobile App / Website
DavieLiFE Magazine

Best Place to Get Fit in Davie County
Combat Athletics

Davie County “Super Woman”
Krystal Dumas

Davie County “Super Man”
Dr. Darrin Hartness

Please join us in thanking the Davie Chamber for supporting helping to promote a strong and vibrant business community.

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

daniel-boone-family-festivalFree Community Event! 10 AM to 9 PM
On Saturday, May 3, Historic Davie will host the Daniel Boone Family Festival in Historic Downtown Mocksville.  Featuring craftsmen, merchants, educational tours, historic re-enactors, food vendors, and live music, there’s something for everyone at the all-day event which kicks off at 10 AM.

The festival originated as a way to celebrate the wedding anniversary of Daniel and Rebecca Boone, and for its first two iterations it was held in August (the couple married on August 14, 1756). But the summer heat made for a long day so Historic Davie moved the celebration to May.

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 HoleVeach’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 Fort Dobbs re-enactors (Fort Dobbs was the site of a battle between settlers and Cherokee warriors in 1760.)

Mountain-Heart-BandMusic all day at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater – capped off by The Mountain Heart Band at 6:45 PM
Music fans will want to head over to Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theatre to check out the bluegrass music of Tommy Chandler at 1 PM,  the Johnny Cash tribute band Folsom Prison Gang at 3:30, the rockin’ country sounds of Tony Bailey at 5:00 PM, and the Nashville headliner, Mountain Heart Band at 6:45 PM.

All of the performances are free of charge, but those wishing to enjoy an “adult beverage” will have to purchase a wristband for $5.00.

Vendor Applications and Additional Information
To learn more about the amenities and activities that will be on hand, head over to the official Daniel Boone Family Festival and Spring Auction web site, or call Tami Langdon at 336-909-2263 (you can also call the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 336-751-3304.  If you’d like to participate as a vendor, you can download a vendor application here.

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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs ~ Dozens of Openings

Davie County JobsDozens 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 openings posted this week:  Welding Fabricator at Trailers of the East Coast, Maintenance Supervisor at Ingersoll Rand, Maintenance-PIV Technician at Ashley Furniture, Salesperson at Sheetz, Restaurant General Manager at Taco Bell, Advanced Manufacturing Engineer at Trane, Assistant Manager at Rent-A-Center, Stylist at Great Clips, Machining Quality Engineering Supervisor at Ingersoll-Rand, CDL truck driver, Licensed Practical Nurse, customer service,  and many more.

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Hit the “Share” button below and tell your friends about this job resource to help connect job seekers with local employers while helping local businesses find local talent.

About Davie County Jobs
The job openings are an aggregation of publicly available data provided by various national resources. Job listing data is geo-targeted to Davie County but the radius includes surrounding areas.

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 are only a small portion of the jobs listed on each of the major online job sites.

Additional Resources:
Continuously updated list of Davie County Jobs
Davie County North Carolina
Davie County Economic Development Commission
Davie County Chamber of Commerce

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Congratulations! Mocksville Police Win NC “Blue Light Special” Award

Mocksville Police Car Blue Light Special Award

Mocksville Police Lt. Jeff Finney with 2014 GHSP Blue Light Special Trophy

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.

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Davie County Jobless Rate Most Improved in Region

Davie County Unemployment RateAccording 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.

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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs ~ Dozens of Openings

Davie County JobsDozens 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.

You can help…
Hit the “Like” button above and tell your friends about this job resource to help connect job seekers with local employers while helping local businesses find local talent.

About Davie County Jobs
The job openings are an aggregation of publicly available data provided by various national resources. Job listing data is geo-targeted to Davie County but the radius includes surrounding areas.

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.

Additional Resources:
Continuously updated list of Davie County Jobs
Davie County North Carolina
Davie County Economic Development Commission
Davie County Chamber of Commerce

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Davie County Vineyards: Ideal Complement for the Holidays

GrapesDo 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 Wines and VineyardRayLen Vineyards & Winery
3577 Highway 158, Mocksville
336-998-3100
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.

Misty Creek Wine and VineyardsMisty Creek Vineyards
710 Wyo Road
Mocksville, NC 27028
336-998-3303
Tasting Room Hours: 4PM – 8PM Fridays, 10AM – 8PM Saturdays, 2PM – 6PM Sundays

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.

Garden Gate Wine and VineyardGarden Gate Vineyards
261 Scenic Drive, Mocksville
336-751-3794
Tasting Room Hours: 12 Noon to 5PM Wednesday-Saturday

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.

Lazy Elm Wine and VineyardLazy Elm Vineyard & Winery
523 Danner Road, Mocksville
336-909-4914
Tasting Room Hours: 12 Noon to 5PM, Saturday and Sunday

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.

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WXII News Spotlights Davie County’s Hidden Charms

wxii-celebrates-davieFor 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.”

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“iShopDavie Days” Puts Local Businesses In The Holiday Spotlight

iShopDavie-DaysEveryone loves a great deal during the holiday shopping season, and the Davie County Chamber of Commerce has come up with one that truly can be described as the gift that keeps on giving.

iShopDavie Days November 29 – December 1
At its first meeting this November, the Davie County Board of Commissioners announced it was officially designating the three days immediately following Thanksgiving this year—November 29 through December 1—as “iShopDavie Days.” The goal of the program? To encourage all Davie County residents to do their shopping at Davie County businesses during that period.

Given the headaches involved with traveling to large urban centers for Christmas shopping—tangled traffic, scarce parking, interminable checkout lines—iShopDavie should have instant appeal for the county’s 40,000-plus residents.  But as Davie Chamber of Commerce president Carolyn McManamy points out, there’s another incentive: shopping where you live is like giving a present to your friends, neighbors, and even yourself. “When we choose to purchase goods and services in the community where we live, pay taxes and send our children to school, we are investing in the well-being of our community and also creating a more prosperous place to live,” says McManamy.

And recent economic studies indicate it really is an investment: A report called “Local Works” by Civic Economics reveals that shopping at a locally owned pharmacy, for instance, injects 77 percent more into the local economy than shopping at a major chain pharmacy, while dining at locally owned restaurants provides a 52 percent advantage over eating at national chains.

But iShopDavie Days isn’t meant to focus just on locally owned businesses. “”We want people to use all of our businesses,” McManamy says. “Some of them are big boxes, some of them may be large manufacturers, but you can support them by buying the products that they make.”

Davie Chamber Smartphone App Helps Shoppers Save
Of course, people are always searching for ways to save money during the holidays—and that’s where the Davie County Chamber of Commerce mobile app for Android and Apple users comes in. In addition to updates on community events and destinations or employment opportunities, the mobile app is your gateway to “Davie Deals”—coupons and special offers that make doing business near home even more appealing for Davie County residents. Don’t have a smartphone? Text “DAVICECHAMBER” to 95577 to keep informed on all things Davie.

McManamy says that the Davie Chamber will collect information that will show residents the true impact of programs like iShopDavie Days, but for now the goal is to get the word out. “Right now, we are in the process of educating folks on the importance of supporting our own business community,” she says. “We want people to identify our iShopDavie logo and understand what it really means.  Our video has helped significantly with getting the message out.

“We’re excited about this program for our businesses and our community and look forward to showing everyone how spending money in our own community can have huge impacts.”

To learn more about the iShopDavie program and iShopDavie Days, visit www.ishopdavie.com. You can download the iPhone/iPad version of the Davie Chamber App here, while Android users can find the app for their phone here on Google play.

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“Twas the Night Before” Bed Race Kicks off 2013 Hometown Holiday Celebration

bed-race-action-2012-mocksvilleNo one’s sure exactly when the word “bedroll” entered the English lexicon, but it definitely will take on a whole new meaning on Friday, November 22 in Historic Downtown Mocksville as intrepid teams from across Davie County and beyond take part in the 2nd annual “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race. The zany competition is a warmup for the main event: the annual Hometown Christmas Parade to be held the next day starting at 2:00 PM.

New This Year ~ Kids Superhero Race
Kids can join the fun this year with the Kids Superhero Race.   Kids ages 5/6, 7/8 & 9/10 should dress as their favorite superhero, bring a wagon and their favorite toy/stuffed animal to pull down Main Street.  There is no entry Fee for this event and a prize will be awarded to the fastest kid in each age group 5/6, 7/8 & 9/10.  Call the Leon at Town Hall to pre-register or you may also register for the Kids Superhero Race on the night of the race.

Exactly How Does a Bed Race Work?
Like any sprint, the goal of the Bed Race is to go from point A to point B in the shortest time possible—but these recumbent racers do have to follow a few basic rules in order to compete for the bevy of cash prizes. Each team consists of four pushers and one rider, all at least 15-years-old, and the rider must sit or lie flat on the bed during the race. Themed clothing or costumes are strongly encouraged, even pajamas are great, but riders have to wear something.

Beds must have four wheels that stay in contact with the road at all times, and the only source of propulsion allowed is the four pushers. Oh, and you won’t be seeing any King Louis beds careening down the 485-foot stretch of Main Street that runs from Depot to Gaither: beds must measure least 3′ x 6′ but can be no larger than 6′ x 8′ including any handles the pushers might use. (Teams need to be lined up no later than 6:00 PM for a pre-race inspection.)

At stake are prizes for speed and creativity. The fastest team will take home a cool $100 in cash, while the runner-up will collect $75 and the third-place finisher will roll away with $50. The Most Outrageous and Most Creative teams will each pick up a $50 prize, and the slowest team also gets $50.

Hometown Christmas Parade ~ “Let it Snow”
For those who want to join in on the holiday celebration but at a little slower pace, the Hometown Christmas Parade sponsored by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce is just the ticket. This year’s theme is “Let It Snow,” and all types of entries are welcome, from horseback riders and single vehicles to full-blown floats featuring performers and folks walking in a group. The first-place prize for the parade participants is $75; second place wins $50 and third place earns $25.

There are a couple of tips you should keep in mind as you prepare your parade entry. Candy can be tossed to the crowd (so long as you don’t entice children into the street where they might be hurt by the procession), but Santas are not allowed. He’s already slated to appear on the Chamber of Commerce float, and someone who’s as busy as Saint Nick is at this time of year doesn’t want to overbook!

The registration fee for the Bed Race is $25.  This entry fee also entitles you to an entry in the hometown Christmas Parade the next day.

Don’t Miss Out ~ Registration Deadline November 18
But if you snooze you’ll lose—the deadline for applications for the Bed Race and the Hometown Christmas Parade is November 18. You can sign up your team for the Bed Race by calling Mocksville Town Hall at 753-6700 or mailing a bed race entry form (along with a check payable to Historic Davie, Inc.) to 171 Clement St., Mocksville, 27028.

Parade participants can download the parade entry form  or pick up a copy at the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 135 South Salisbury Street.

Resources:
Davie County Chamber of Commerce
Town of Mocksville 
Historic Downtown Mocksville

 

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Peachtree Farmer’s Market Open Friday 3 PM to Dusk

peachtree farmers marketHere’s another chance to buy fresh, local and healthy this week!  The Peachtree Farmers Market is open on Friday afternoons from 3 PM until dusk.  The Peachtree Farmer’s Market is located in the town of Bermuda Run at the intersection of Hwy 158 and 801 on the street behind Bojangles.

Mocksville Farmer’s Market Going Strong
The Mocksville Farmer’s Market on Wednesday had 20 producers participating and a parking lot full of folks buying up produce, breads, honey, mushrooms, pumpkins, apples, and more.

A Fresh, Local and Healthy Bounty
This writer went home with several bags of goodies including an assortment of crisp fall apples for only $3, – four servings of delightful persimmon pudding for only $1.50 – a small bag of sweet, crisp, beautiful carrots picked that morning for $2 – a generously sized loaf of delightful whole wheat bread made from the freshest home-ground wheat grain for $3… and a small bag of wonderful homemade chocolate chip oatmeal cookies for only $1.  This was a terrific fresh, local and healthy bounty of health for just about $10.

Thanks to all of you who “shared” our post on the topic and helped to get the word out and to all of you who came out to buy fresh, local & healthy at the Mocksville Farmer’s Market.  We hope to see you again on Friday at the Peachtree Farmer’s Market and again next Wednesday at the Mocksville Farmer’s Market.

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