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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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Congratulations to the 2012 Davie County Chamber of Commerce Award Recipients

A packed house was on hand for the 43rd Annual Davie County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet and Gala event hosted at the beautiful WinMock at Kinderton event center in the town of Bermuda Run. The crowd gave an enthusiastic welcome to the 2012 Davie County Chamber of Commerce award recipients.

Congratulations to James Blakely of Blakely Landscaping for winning the 2012 Davie County Small Business of the Year award and to WinMock at Kinderton for winning the 2012 Davie County Business of the Year award. A special congratulations and community appreciation to Lynn Rumley of Cooleemee for receiving the E.C. Tatum Humanitarian Award.

The featured guest speaker for the event was Mr. Ron Wanek, Chairman of Ashley Furniture.  Mr. Wanek explained what attracted Ashley Furniture to Davie County and to North Carolina. He unveiled Ashley Furniture’s plans to eventually have up to 5 million square feet under roof at Ashley Furniture’s Southeastern Manufacturing and Distribution Center in Advance, North Carolina.

This was truly an evening of celebration for all of Davie County! Thank you to the Davie County Chamber of Commerce for being a driving force for business success and social responsibility all across Davie County. Video from this gala event will be posted to your Davie County YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/daviecounty) as soon post-production editing has been completed.

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“Dine Out For Davie” Starts Today, Continues Through Monday!

You can help people in Davie County by simply dining out!
You can help people in Davie County by simply dining out this weekend!  The restaurants listed below are giving back to Davie County!  They will each donate up to 10% of their sales to the Davie County United Way beginning on Friday, October 21st through Monday, October, 24th.

This year you have 4 days to enjoy “Dine Out For Davie!”
Start your day with a yummy breakfast treat, then visit one of your neighborhood restaurants for lunch…and finally, go home and grab the family for a delicious dinner at a participating restaurant.

Be on the lookout for the “Dine Out for Davie” restaurants near you (see the list below)… and remember to “Dine Out for Davie County” starting Friday, October 21, 2011 through Monday, October 24thh.

This event brings local restaurants and citizens of Davie County together to help people in our community through the Davie County United Way.

A list of participating restaurants and the dates they are giving back to Davie The dates that each restaurant is participating n order to increase your opportunity This year restaurants were given a choice of which day to participate, they are listed below.

Friday October 21st
Ari’s Family Restaurant (Yadkinville Road-Mocksville)
Bojangles (Yadkinville Road-Mocksville)
The Feedbag (801 North-Farmington)

Saturday, October 22nd
Deano’s Barbecue (Gaither Street-Mocksville)
Dragons Pizza (601 South-Mocksville)
Dynasty Chinese Restaurant (Yadkinville Road-Mocksville)
Ketchie Creek Bakery (Valley Road-Mocksville)
La Carreta (Cooper Creek Drive-Mocksville)
Marco’s Pizza (Yadkinville Road-Mocksville)
Miller’s Restaurant (Salisbury St.-Mocksville)
Jimmy the Greek (Hwy 158-Advance)
Venezia Italian Restaurant (Hwy 158-Advance)

Sunday, October 23rd
East Coast Wings (Yadkinville Road-Mocksville)
Subway (601 South & Cooper Creek Drive-Mocksville)

Monday, October 24th
Dominos Pizza (Mocksville)

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Get Ready to Feel Good about Shopping!

Shop Smarter, Spend Less, Save Time and Gas
Great local deals help shoppers save time, money and gas while contributing to the local economy, creating jobs and supporting Davie County Schools.

Support Davie County Schools
From every deal purchased 10% goes straight back to your local community! Of that 10%, 5% goes to the local chamber of commerce and 5% goes to the local parent teacher groups at Davie County schools!

So, Where Are The Deals?
Here is a sampling of the Davie County Chamber Deals currently running on the Chamber Deals network.  Click on any of the deals below to redeem on Davie Chamber Deals today!

Not a Chamber Member? Join Today!
With Davie Chamber Deals there is never a cost for chamber members to advertise. Plus, the Davie County Chamber of Commerce and our local schools’ PTAs will benefit from every Deal sold.

If you are a member of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce you can sign up today, if not then you would need to join the Chamber.  Contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 336 751-3304 and they will help you get started!

“This is just the perfect venue for our members to advertise, free of charge! There is no other couponing site that offers a venue which gives our chamber members an effective way to advertise – free of charge, while keeping dollars local and helping fund PTO/PTAs in our public school system.”  …Chamber President Carolyn McManamy

It truly is a win-win partnership between the Davie County Chamber of Commerce members, PTAs, and the Davie County community.

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Annual Catfish Fry and Blue Grass Music ~ Saturday, October 15th 11 am – 2 pm

Under the Shelter with Blue Grass Music ~ An Annual Tradition
Held on the third Saturday every October, this gathering has become an area tradition in both Davie and western Rowan Counties. Fall at this nature park is breathtaking and when the old-time Blue Grass music is added, it becomes the “place to be.”

“The Bullhole Gang” Raising Money for RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls
They grew up together and a lot of their early memories cluster around time spent at a special place on the South Yadkin River.

Those cherished memories have motivated Ron Bivins, Ronnie Shoaf, Ron Webb and their friends they’ve dubbed “The Bullhole Gang” to show up every year to raise money for RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls.

Great Food and Live Music
No one in these parts has ever disputed that they fry the “best catfish you’ll ever eat” and on Saturday, October 16 from 11 a.m. through 2 p.m., a plate will include french fries, hush puppies, slaw, a drink and dessert all for $8 with kids plates for only $3.50.

“We’ve been feeding just over four hundred in past years,” says Ron Bivins whose wife Teresa is, he adds, “in charge of everything other than the frying.” This year the Bivins hope to break the five hundred mark.

2009 RiverPark Fish Fry Video

 

Tickets On Sale Now
Tickets are now on sale at the Cooleemee Town Hall, Osborne’s Service Station and the Zachary House in Cooleemee. In Mocksville they are available at the Davie County Chamber of Commerce and in Salisbury at The LandTrust office at the train depot.

An average weekend day last summer saw over 150 people enjoying nature at the park for swimming, fishing and “water-sliding” on the rocks. Park goers are encouraged to wear an old pair of tennis shoes to protect against sharp rocks and stabilize walking on very slippery bedrock.

Owned by the Town of Cooleemee, the park is operated by the non-profit RiverPark, Inc. whose board of directors has representation from local governments, environmental and tourism agencies in Davie and Rowan Counties. Governments help support about half of the park’s annual operating expenses and the rest are raised through donations and events like the fish fry and the new “Great Bullhole Duck Race.” Planning continues for a big push to complete the 80+ acre nature park on the Davie side.

For more information, call (336) 284-6040 or (704) 647-0302.

Getting There
RiverPark is located at the end of Erwin Temple Church Road in Rowan County just past the river bridge from Cooleemee. The Catfish Fry takes place at the Margaret C. Woodson picnic shelter. From any direction, take Needmore road just a short piece and turn at the Erwin Temple CME Church.

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Restaurants Team Up With United Way, Will Donate Up to 10% of Sales! ~ “Dine Out For Davie!”

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Eighth Annual “Dine Out For Davie” this Thursday, November 19th!

Participating restaurants below will donate up to 10% of their sales on Thursday, November 19th to the Davie County United Way.

You can help people in Davie County by simply dining out! Start your day with a yummy breakfast treat, then visit one of your neighborhood restaurants for lunch…and finally, go home and grab the family for a delicious dinner at any participating restaurant.  Be on the lookout for the Dine Out for Davie restaurants near you (see the list and map below)… and remember to “Dine Out for Davie County” this Thursday, November 19th.

This event brings local restaurants and citizens of Davie County together to help people in our community.

Mocksville
5 DeMayo – 1075 Yadkinville Rd.
American Cafe – 114 Main St.
Bojangles – 1468 Yadkinville Rd.
Buck’s Pizza – 1385 Hwy. 601 South
Domino’s Pizza – 430 Valley Road
Dynasty Chinese Restaurant
– 1101 Yadkinville Road
East Coast Wings and Grill – 1112 Yadkinville Rd.
Gaither Street Cafe -155 Gaither St.
Ketchie Creek Bakery – 844 Valley Rd.
Miller’s Restaurant – 710 Wilkesboro Street
Pizza Hut – 645 Madison Rd.
Restaurant 101 – 101 North Main St.
Sagebrush Steakhouse – 1580 Yadkinville Road
Sonic Drive In – 796 Valley Rd.
Subway – 191 Cooper Creek Dr.
Zeko’s Village – 949 Salisbury Rd.

Advance
Cicciones Italian Restaurant – 240 Highway 801 S.
Domino’s Pizza – 100 Yadkin Valley Road
Saratoga Steakhouse –
190 NC Hwy. 801 North
Subway – 242 Hwy. 801 North
Venezia Italian Restaurant –
5279 US Hwy. 158

Multiple Locations
Domino’s Pizza – Advance & Mocksville

The mission of the Davie County United Way is to advance the common good of Davie County by uniting the resources of the community to identify and address the most pressing human needs.  The mission is achieved through direct programs facilitated by DCUW and grants made to partner agencies for programs that focus on one or more of three impact areas:

  • Children and Youth
  • Health and Wellness
  • Crisis Intervention.

DCUW strives to be a catalyst in mobilizing and supporting the community as it engages individuals and organizations to address the vital human needs of Davie County, making it a better place to live.  For more information contact the DCUW office at 751-0313 or visit www.davieunitedway.org

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East Coast Wings Celebrates Expansion ~ All Day Saturday!

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Owners Ken Millwood, Mike Smith,store manager Sabrina Hutchens and guests

East Coast Wings of Mocksville, located at 1112 Yadkinville Road, Mocksville, in the Bear Creek Shopping Center celebrates its Grand Re-Opening this weekend.  Owners Ken Millwood and Mike Smith began working on the expansion in July, and finished up just this week.  The expansion includes a bar and expanded dining room which work together to add style and atmosphere to this fun place to eat.

Starting on Saturday morning, October 31st, 2009 at 11:00 AM, East Coast Wings will celebrate the expansion with a full day of draft specials, a live DJ, free basket of chips for each table and a wing eating contest.  This will be a family oriented day with a moon-bounce, games, prizes, candy, a paint-a-pumpkin contest and face painting.  There will also be a costume contest with prizes in 2 different age categories, ages 8-11 and 12-14.  The wing eating contest kicks-off at 4:00 PM.

For more details contact the staff at 336 751-wing (751-9464)

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Choco-Latte Fall Friday Winetasting Tonight!

What a great way to start the weekend!

Choco-Latte Boutique

Choco-Latte Boutique

Choco-Latte’s first Fall Winetasting Friday is tonight, Friday October 2nd from 5-8pm.  Local favorite Westbend Vineyards will attend, as will a brand new local winery, Cellar 4201.  Just confirmed-The Divine Llama Winery from Eastbend will also attend. Just a $3 tasting fee per person.

Choco-Latte Boutique

Choco-Latte Boutique

Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by the Savory Spoon. 

Bring your friends and enjoy a night of delicious wine, wonderful food, and wonderfully unique shopping.

Choco-Latte is located in the Kinderton Professional Building at 107 Gleneagles Way, Advance, NC 27028. See the map below for driving directions.


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Restaurants in Davie County

Americans are dining in restaurants more than ever, and with eateries trying to hold the line on prices, it’s not necessarily a big money-saver to buy your own groceries.   Davie County has a growing selection of places to eat, from fast food to steakhouses to Japanese cuisine.   The growing variety of places to eat is one more reason that time in Davie County is time well spent.

Click on any pin in the map below to get the name of the restaurant, driving directions, and telephone numbers.

Arby’s, 1511 Yadkinville Road, Mocksville, (336) 751-2729
Bojangles’, 1468 Yadkinville Road, Mocksville, (336) 751-1192
Buck’s Pizza, 1358 Salisbury Road, Mocksville, (336) 751-0409
Butter Rich Cookie Company, 3883 Hwy 601 N., Mocksville, (336) 492-2449
Captain’s Galley, 218 NC Highway 801 N, Advance, (336) 940-6868
Ciccione’s Ristorante, 240 NC Highway 801 North, Advance, (336) 998-7731
Dunkin Donuts, 1452 Yadkinville Road, Mocksville, (336) 751-0627
East Coast Wings, 1112 Yadkinville Road, # 104, Mocksville, (336) 751-9464
Horn’s Milestone Restaurant, 1670 US Highway 601 North, Mocksville, (336) 751-3750
Kentucky Fried Chicken, 1231 Yadkinville Road, Mocksville, (336) 751-2198
Ketchie Creek Bakery, 844 Valley Road, Mocksville, (336) 751-9147
McDonald’s, 117 NC Highway 801 North, Advance, (336) 940-6344
McDonald’s, 1432 Yadkinville Road, Mocksville, (336) 751-1818
Miller’s Diner Restaurant, 710 Wilkesboro Street, Mocksville, (336) 751-2621
Moxie’s Bar, 142 N Main Street, Mocksville, (336) 7531665
Pizza Hut, 645 Madison Road, Mocksville, (336) 751-1907
Quest Coffee, 5286 US Highway 158, Advance, (336) 998-2008
Sagebrush Steakhouse, 1562 Yadkinville Road, Mocksville, (336) 936-0021
Saratoga Steakhouse, 190 NC Highway 801 South, Advance, (336) 998-4400
Senko Japanese Restaurant, 678 Wilkesboro Street, Mocksville, (336) 753-6867
Shiki Japanese Cuisine, 1421 Yadkinville Road, Mocksville, (336) 936-0011
Sonic Drive-In, 796 Valley Road, Mocksville, (336) 751-4800
Subway, 191 Cooper Creek Drive, Suite 110, Mocksville, (336) 751-2253
Venezia Italian Family Restaurant, 5273 US Highway 158, Advance, (336) 940-6787
Wendy’s, 147 NC Highway 801 North, Advance, (336) 998-7068
La Carreta , 195 Cooper Creek Drive, Suite 103, Mocksville, (336) 753-1224
Resturant 101, 101 N. Main Street, Mocksville, (336) 753-0101
RiverTrail Mercantile, 3313 Hwy 64 E , Advance, (336) 998-8800

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