Enjoy Award Winning Wines From 5 Davie County Vineyards!

Davie County is home to five wonderful vineyards with a variety of award winning wines available to suit any taste.  Fall and winter are a wonderful time to discover new wine pairings for your favorite holiday recipes, enjoy a glass of wine with family and friends, and take part in a variety of scheduled events.  Event schedules for each vineyard are available on the vineyard web sites. Davie County Vineyards are welcoming spots to enjoy with a group of friends and family for an hour, an afternoon or an entire evening.

Davie County Vineyards - RaylenRayLen Vineyards & Winery
3577 Highway 158 Mocksville, NC 27028 (336) 998-3100 www.raylenvineyards.com.  Open Monday-Saturday 11:00 AM-6:00 PM, Sunday 12:00-5:00 PM

Raylen offers 16 award winning wines. Their white wines include Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Riesling, multiple Chardonnays and Yadkin Gold, a unique blend of their whites. Their red wines include Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a number of blends.

Raylen’s tastings are divided into “flights,” which are a selection of wines. The white and red flights are $6 each or you may taste a complete flight for $10.

The first vines for RayLen Vineyards & Winery were planted in 1999 when Joe and Joyce Neely purchased the property. Until then, the property had functioned as a dairy farm for nearly a century. Today, the rolling hills and winding drive romance our guests as they drive through 35,000 European varietal grape vines. The distinctive cupola roof top of RayLen Vineyards & Winery is a beacon for the southern portion of the Yadkin Valley Appellation. Travelers from the highway and wanderers from the surrounding country roads are drawn to the Tasting Room to discover a new experience. Loyal customers return for the lush vista and a reliable favorite of RayLen’s award-winning wines. Vintner Steve Shepard has a long history in winemaking. His education and career began in Pennsylvania; since 1980, Shepard has been making wine commercially. Drawn south, Shepard’s North Carolina career began in 1989 at the first Yadkin Valley winery. The Yadkin Valley’s unique microclimate and soils have proven to be optimal for growing European varietals. From the date of RayLen’s purchase, Shepard helped design the vineyard for optimum growth for the 10 different European varietals grown. In its first three vintages, RayLen Vineyards & Winery won over 200 medals at various statewide, regional, and international competitions. Shepard has been recognized by Robert Parker for his 1991 vintage wines, while RayLen has been lauded by the Wine Spectator as one of the premier wineries in the Southeast.

Davie County Vineyards - Misty CreekMisty Creek Farm and Vineyards
710 Wyo Road Mocksville, North Carolina 27028 (336) 998-3303 www.mistycreekwines.com. Open Friday:  4:00-8:00 PM, Saturday:  10:00 AM-8:00, PM Sunday:  2:00-6:00 PM.

Misty Creek has 14 acres of vineyards, and their award-winning wines include Chardonnay, Traminette, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Chambourcin. They also offer a variety of sweet wines including, Misty Rose, Chamberry, Rhapsody in Blueberry, and Blackberry Cobbler, all made with real sugar and real fruit extracts. A wine tasting is $10, and includes all 11 wines as well as the wine glass.

Misty Creek’s vineyards and tasting room lie between the communities of Huntsville and Farmington near the Shallow Ford of the Yadkin River, an area used for centuries by Native Americans as a meeting ground and natural fish trap.  Later the Shallow Ford served as a safe place for travelers, wagons and stagecoaches to cross the Yadkin River on the Great Wagon Road (known locally as the Colonial Pike) from Philadelphia to Augusta, Georgia.

A thriving community developed at the ford to serve passing wagon trains, and the deep cut of the Great Wagon Road is still evident today on both sides of the Yadkin River.  By 1770, a road cut from this area to Mulberry Fields (near Wilkesboro) later became known as the Daniel Boone Trail,  named after Daniel Boone who married and built a cabin on the Sugar Creek, approximately two miles east of Farmington, in 1756.

On October 14th, 1780 during the American Revolution a large group of Tories crossed the Shallow Ford to be defeated by Whig forces.  Fourteen Tories were buried in a small plot west of the crossing, and almost immediately the brash colonials built a pig lot over their final resting place to commemorate forever this event.  Later in 1781 Lord Cornwallis crossed the Shallow Ford in pursuit of General Nathaniel Green’s “Green Mountain Boys”, the two forces meeting at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse in Greensboro.

After the war in 1792, Charles Hunt purchased 250 acres and began to lay out 111 half-acre lots to establish the city of Huntsville.  Local history suggests that Huntsville narrowly missed being the state capital for North Carolina.  In April 1865 Union General George Stoneman’s cavalry crossed the Shallow Ford and routed the Confederacy’s Yadkin Home Guard, subsequently ransacking the town of Bethania and looting the town of Huntsville as one of the last acts of the Civil War.

The Nichols family purchased this land in early 2001, naming it Misty Creek after the natural spring that bisects the property. They immediately began a series of improvements that included a lake, roads and irrigation, and planted the first four acres of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Chambourcin.  The following year an additional 10 acres were planted, and Syrah was added to the vineyard.  Finished in June 2009, the tasting room sits directly on the site of a pioneer cabin originally built in 1800 as a mule barn, and overlooks the old road bed.  The deep well and original entry road are very evident in the topography, and they continue to find hand-made bricks, pottery shards, spear points and other evidence of long habitation. Misty Creek Vineyards are located in Davie County, named for William R. Davie who was a revolutionary war leader, minister to France and later governor of North Carolina.

Davie County Vineyards - Garden GateGarden Gate Vineyards
261 Scenic Drive Mocksville, NC 27028 (336) 751-3794 or (336) 941-7721 www.gardengatevineyards.net.  Open Wednesday through Saturday 12:00-5:00 PM, and Sunday by appointment.

Garden Gate Vineyards, owned by Bob and Sonya Whitaker offers free tastings of their home-style muscadine and fruit wines including Scuppernog, Muscadine, Blackberry, Blueberry, Strawberry and other varieties including Sangria and “Jitter Bug.” The Whitakers do all of the blending and bottling themselves. They have had visitors from all 50 states and 11 foreign countries. Garden Gate uses no pesticides on their grapes, relying instead on the large number of resident blue birds lured to their countryside setting. In addition to the wines, Garden Gate also offers a fine selection of hand-made pottery created by the hosts.

Davie County Vineyards - Lazy ElmLazy Elm Vineyards
523 Danner Road Mocksville, NC 27028- (336)909-4914 www.lazyelm.com.  Open Saturday 12:00-8:00 PMish, Sunday 12:00-6:00 PMish, and Monday-Friday by appointment.

Lazy Elm Vineyards offers nine varieties carefully crafted by owner/winemaker/tasting room manager Chris Bolcato. They include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Dry Rose’, Chardonnay, and Sweet Apple Wines. Unique offerings include Pinot Grigio Arancione (orange wine) a style most commonly used in Italy; Selfish, a port-style dessert wine, and “Damn Yankee” a red blend so named by Bolcato to poke fun at his status as a New Jersey transplant.

Visitors to Lazy Elm are treated to a “behind the scenes” look at the wine barrels and tanks while tasting the wonderful wines. For $7 you may sample all 9 wines and keep your glass as a souvenir.

Chris Bolcato saw his dreams come true in the fall of 2013 when he opened the doors of his winery, Lazy Elm, on a beautiful 43 acre farm in Davie County. His grandfather made homemade wine, so owning a winery is part dream and part family legacy. Lazy Elm currently has 5.5 acres planted in Vitis Vinifera (European Wine style) grapes. Varietals include Montepulciano, Petit Verdot, Mourvedre, Malbec, and Vermentino.

Davie County Vineyards - Chestnut TrailChestnut Trail Vineyard
640 Cedar Grove Church Road, Mocksville, NC 27028. (336) 655-4755. http://www.chestnuttrail.com: Friday 2:00-5:00 PM, Saturday 1:00-5:00 PM, or call for an appointment. Chesnut Trail currently offers three muscadine wines, including two reds, and a white, but plans to soon add a blush. All their wine comes from grapes grown organically in their vineyard. Tastings are $5, which includes a souvenir glass.

The vineyard began as the retirement project of John and Claudia Ellis, a movie studio musician/oboe teacher and a Peruvian Paso horse enthusiast. Now it’s a family operation with two of their six children and their spouses joining them in their venture, along with many other family members’ support.

The vineyard opened in January 2015 and overlooks 50 acres of rolling hills and horses grazing in the pasture. These horses are the inspiration for the names of the wines, Primor, Legado, and Estrellita.

Chestnut Trail Vineyard GrapesA Brief History of Viticulture in North Carolina
Sir Walter Raleigh had no idea that the vine his sailors stumbled upon when they reached the Outer Banks would be so beneficial to North Carolinians. His men reported that the coast was “so full of grapes as the very beating and surge of the sea overflowed them.” Perhaps what his mates spotted was the MotherVine on Roanoke Island, still growing and producing scuppernong grapes since explorers first sighted it in 1584. The vine has a trunk two-feet-thick, and its tendrils stretch along wooden arbors that support their tremendous weight across almost an acre of land. The scuppernong is a type of muscadine grape.

In the early 1800s, Thomas Jefferson noted North Carolina taking the lead with wine culture, estimating its “wine would be distinguished on the best tables in Europe, for its fine aroma, and chrystalline transparence.” The 1840 Federal Census listed the state as the number one wine producer in the U.S.; it remained one of the highest-ranked until Prohibition in the early 1900s. Today, the state’s industry is enjoying a vigorous resurgence, shared this time with the imported European-style vinifera.

Facts about North Carolina Wines
North Carolina is home to more than 160 wineries. The number of wineries has more than quadrupled  since 2001. The industry has two focuses – native muscadine grapes and European-style vinifera grapes.

  • Commonly planted vinifera grape varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Viognier. They are planted in the Western and Piedmont regions of the state.
  • Plantings of native muscadine grapes, also known as Scuppernongs, are relatively pest resistant and thrive in the hot sandy conditions of the Coastal region. Muscadines contain high levels of Resveratrol and other health-enhancing antioxidants. Some wineries even sell grape skins to nutraceutical companies.
  • Scuppernong is the first grape cultivated in the United States and is the official fruit of North Carolina. The MotherVine in Manteo on Roanoke Island, North Carolina is a 400-year old Scuppernong vine and is the oldest known cultivated grapevine in the nation.
  • North Carolina ranks 10th in the nation for grape and wine production and third for wine tourism. States.
  • More than 400 individually owned grape vineyards are spread across the state, covering 1,800 acres.
  • According to a recent study, the annual economic impact of the North Carolina wine and grape industry is $1.28 billion with nearly 7,600 jobs supported.
  • The Yadkin Valley is North Carolina’s first federally recognized American Viticultural Area (AVA). It is located in northwestern North Carolina, and there are currently more than 20 wineries and 400 acres devoted to vineyards in the Yadkin Valley.
  • Asheville is home to the Biltmore Estate Winery, which receives more than one million visitors annually and is the most visited winery in the United States.
  • Medoc Vineyard in the town of Brinkleyville in Halifax County was the first commercial winery established in North Carolina and led the country’s wine production in 1835.
  • At the turn of the century, 25 wineries operated in North Carolina, making it one of the most productive wine states in the U.S. The industry closed with the onset of Prohibition.
  • A 2007 national survey sponsored by the Travel Industry Association (TIA) in partnership with Gourmet magazine and the International Culinary Tourism Association (ICTA), cited North Carolina as one of the top five state destinations for wine and culinary tourism activities in the United States.
  • Duplin Winery, the largest and oldest winery in the state, is the world’s largest producer of Muscadine wine.

[The introduction and facts above are from www.visitncwines.com – Used with permission]


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“Up on the Rooftop” Davie County Christmas Ornament Still Available

Up on the Rooftop”  – 2016 Davie County Christmas Ornament Quality and Beauty of Hand-Cast Pewter

Up on the Rooftop” – 2016 Davie County Christmas Ornament
Quality and Beauty of Hand-Cast Pewter

Christmas is quickly approaching, but it’s not too late to pick up your “Up on the Rooftop” 2016 Davie County commemorative Christmas ornament.  This beautiful hand-crafted pewter ornament will not only add some sparkle to your tree, but would make the perfect gift for your Davie County friends and family.

“Up on the Rooftop”
This year’s fire truck-shaped ornament salutes the services and sacrifices of our fire departments and emergency personnel. Ornaments may be purchased for $8.00 at Bank of the Ozarks, BB&T, Town Hall and the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

“Up on the Rooftops” is the 26th is a series of annual ornaments commemorating a landmark, a tradition, or a memory of Davie County. The series began in 1991 with a glass ball ornament depicting the Davie County Courthouse. Local artists created each of the designs and also sold prints. The 2012 Celebration of Trees ornament marked the transition from glass to pewter.

26 Years of Davie County Historic Christmas Ornaments

1991    Davie County Courthouse
1992    Old Davie County Jail
1993    60th Anniversary Downtown Oaks
1994    Old Davie County Courthouse 1837-1922 SOLD OUT
1995    Old Log Cabin  SOLD OUT
1996    Main Street  SOLD OUT
1997    Old Bank of Davie
1998    Cherry Hill Church
1999    Cooleemee Plantation
2000    Everest Building
2001    J.P. Green Milling  SOLD OUT
2002    First Presbyterian Church
2003    First Methodist Church
2004    Center Arbor – 1876
2005    Junkers Mill
2006    Advance Methodist Church
2007    Fork Baptist Church
2008    Mocksville High School  SOLD OUT
2009    Martin Brothers
2010    Millers  . …NOTE ONLY 2 LEFT
2011    Daniel Furniture
2012    Celebration of Trees  SOLD OUT
2013    Let It Snow
2014    Snowflake
2015    Tractor
2016 Fire Truck

Previous years’ ornaments not listed as sold out may still be purchased at Town Hall for $9.

The 2016 ornament was designed and dated by House of Morgan Pewter, owned and operated by Kent and Martha Morgan of Mount Airy, NC, whose pewter ornaments are featured and for purchase from Our State Magazine ©.

House of Morgan Pewter
The Morgan’s interest in pewter occurred after watching craftsmen working in pewter during a visit to Colonial Williamsburg in 1978. They returned home and did quite a bit of research and then tried casting small pewter objects. They are entirely self-taught, with trial and error being their primary teacher. For the first 17 years, this was a part-time adventure. In 1997, Kent resigned his job in accounting from a textile company. Martha retired from teaching English at Mount Airy High School in 2000. They both now work with pewter full time and have exposure throughout the Southeast.  Our State Magazine features their pewter ornaments and some jewelry pieces.

The craft of casting pewter has been around for over 2,000 years.  This art reached its pinnacle in Europe in the eighteenth century.  The House of Morgan continues this tradition by employing the finest craftsmen in Europe and the United States to carve original designs for its detailed Christmas ornaments.  Using these designs with old world distinction, the House of Morgan casts each ornament by hand, maintaining old world tradition and maximizing the detail, quality and beauty of hand cast pewter.


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Advance Christmas Parade, Carriage Rides, Christmas Concert – This Weekend!

advance-christmas-paradee-anchorIt’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and Davie County has holiday activities to delight both young and old this weekend.

Advance Christmas Parade at 10 am
Grab a cup of hot chocolate and a chair and head to the Advance Christmas parade. Parade participants meet by 9 am in the parking lot of Shady Grove Elementary School on Cornatzer Road. The parade begins at 10 am at the school and follows Cornatzer Road, turning right onto Highway 801 and left on Peeples Creek Road.

Carriage Rides Through Downtown Mocksville
What better way to enjoy the Christmas lights than a ride down Main Street in a horse-drawn carriage! Carriage rides will start on Depot St. close to Styled Gatherings and circle through downtown from 6:30-8:30 pm on Saturday night. Rides are just $5 per person. Carriage rides will also be available on Saturday night, December 17th.

While you are downtown, don’t forget to do a little Christmas shopping in the unique shops and dine in one of the delightful restaurants.

The Dewey’s Bakery holiday store on Main Street, which benefits the Davie County High School War Eagle Band, is now open from 11 am- 6 pm Monday-Saturday and from 1-6 pm on Sundays. The store also sells War Eagle attire, cups, and other Davie High items.

FREE Concert –Christmas Celebration at the Brock!
Enjoy the sounds of the season during a FREE concert as local talented musicians perform your favorite Christmas melodies on Sunday afternoon from 2-4:30 pm. Theatre doors will open at 1:30 and seating is first come, first served. The Brock Performing Arts Center is located at 622 North Main Street in Mocksville.

For more information about the Advance Christmas parade, contact the Advance Fire Department at 336.998.8181. For more information about the carriage rides, visit http://www.mocksvillenc.org or call Tami Langdon at 336-753-6705. For more information about Christmas at the Brock, visit http://www.daviearts.org or call the Davie County Arts Council Box Office at 336-751-3000.


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Opening Doors in Davie County — Reeb Millwork Expanding, Adding Jobs

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority has awarded the Town of Mocksville a $100,000 building reuse grant that will facilitate a 10-job expansion as well as renovations at REEB Millwork. The grant is part of a total capital investment of $320,451. The company custom-manufactures and distributes millwork products such as entry doors,interior doors, columns and accessories stairs across the eastern United States.

Reeb - opening doors“Opening doors in Davie County is what we continue to do as Reeb brings new jobs and opportunities to our community,” said Davie County Economic Development President Terry Bralley. “With Reeb, Davie County now hosts one of the largest distributors of custom mill products on the east coast.”

Reeb Mocksville, North Carolina, located at 346 Bethel Church Road, is one of five east coast branches for the family-owned door distribution company. Building One, as it’s referred to, is 242,000 sq. ft. and sits on 29 acres.The building and property, formerly King Sash & Door, was purchased by Reeb in 2010 in order to expand operations and offer full-line service to the Carolinas,  southern Virginia and northeast Georgia.

The Mocksville branch opened with a staff of 45 people and six shipping docks. Now the company employs a staff of 110 and operates 19 shipping docks, according to Office Manager Scott Rush. “We’ve been growing and hiring and things are going well.”

Securing this grant will bring approximately ten new jobs to the Mocksville location. Reeb is looking to fill positions for assemblers, warehouse, drivers, and customer service. The company offers a comprehensive benefits package for employees that includes medical, dental, vision, paid time off, and a 401K retirement program. At each of its five locations, the company makes an effort to get involved in the local community in the form of hands-on training and education, and community outreach.

“ We were happy to assist their current growth needs to make this possible,” Bralley said. “The talented craftsmanship of our workforce coordinates with the vision and talent of Reeb’s  management as they open new markets and experience tremendous growth at this location,” Bralley said.

As the company continues to grow, so will the number of jobs. Reeb has grown consistently over the last three decades and is now the largest distributor of exterior doors on the east coast working with over 3,500 dealers and their customers.

To aid in the recent growth, Reeb Mocksville will be undergoing renovations that include installing more energy efficient lighting in the warehouse, adding additional shipping docks, upgrading bathrooms and the breakroom, expanding office space, and adding a showroom.

In Davie County, the company assembles interior and exterior doors made of wood, fiberglass and steel. The company creates an array of both custom specialty doors and standard doors that are sold by home improvement stores and contractor yards throughout the area. Each is built on a per-order basis with a three-day turnaround time for stock products, according to Rush.

mike-crume-2Davie County resident and Reeb’s Director of Product, Mike Crume, who began working for the company in 2013, has had a positive experience stating, “Great people throughout the organization help drive everyone to improve themselves, as well as the products and services provided to our customers.”

“Reeb is truly unique in offering a tremendous amount of growth opportunities,” says Crume. As for the working environment one can expect, he added, “It’s built upon a foundation of core values that resonates through the company. It’s really a great place to work.” To view current open positions, visit Reeb’s career page at www.reeb.com/careers.


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Winterfest is FREE! —Huge inflatable slide, bounce house, hay rides, and balloon crafts!

winterfestThere will be chills and thrills for the whole family at Winterfest on Saturday, December 3rd, from noon to 5 pm at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Stage at 107 South Salisbury Street, Mocksville. You will “frolic and play the eskimo way” as you fly down SnowZilla, the inflatable tubing slide.

At 31’ Tall and 90’ Long, and with two sliding lanes, it’s a WOW ride for kids and adults of all ages! The perfect simulation of a slide down a snow covered hill!

You won’t want to miss the bounce house available for smaller children, hay rides, and balloon art and Christmas stories by Michael Decker!

Food and drinks will be available for purchase, or enjoy one of Mocksville’s delicious downtown restaurants.

Bring Nonperishable Food Items for A Storehouse for Jesus
This is the season for giving, so please bring nonperishable food items for A Storehouse for Jesus. Collection boxes will be available around Junker’s Mill.

This wonderful family event is presented by the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority.  And best of all, it’s free!

Scenes from Winterfest 2015
Mocksville Winterfest

For more information about Winterfest, visit www.MocksvilleNC.org or call the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority at 336.753.6705.


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4th Annual Best of Davie Awards – Vote Online today!

best-of-davie-logo-2016Everyone has their favorites –the restaurant that serves that special dish, the stylist who always gets your haircut just right, or the boutique that always has the perfect gift. Well it’s time again to give those businesses the recognition they deserve by voting online today for “THE BEST” in 16 categories in the 4th Annual Best of Davie Awards!

We all know just how special our community is—and judging from all the new businesses and enterprises choosing to locate here, it seems the word is starting to spread. The Davie County Chamber of Commerce is giving you a chance to highlight the businesses, services, and destinations that make Davie County so appealing with its “Best of Davie Awards.”

This component of the Chamber’s iSHOPDavie initiative offers residents and visitors alike the chance to nominate and vote for the “cream of the crop” among the county’s business and non-profits. Cast your vote today at www.daviechamber.com.

Davie County Chamber of Commerce President Carolyn McManamy sees the awards as a means for residents to let folks know why they’ve chosen Davie County as their favorite place to live, work, shop, dine, and conduct business.  “This is just another way for us to make a connection with iSHOPDavie and give the community an opportunity to share what they love most about Davie County,” says McManamy. “More than 1500 votes were cast last year, and we would love an even greater response this year.”

iShopDavie-holding-signDo it Now – Voting Ends December 15th
Besides showcasing everything from voters’ favorite restaurants to “The Kitchen Sink Award,” McManamy hopes the competition will be a fun way for residents and businesses to connect in a special way. “We hope businesses will use the promotional materials we have designed on social media and at their businesses to invite their customers to nominate them,” she says. “And we want individuals to rally together and show support for others in the community who are deserving of a Best of Davie designation.  What better way to show appreciation for a business, organization or person in the community than to nominate them for a Best of Davie award?”

Voting is underway now but ends on December 15th at noon so vote now for Best of Davie!  Winners will be announced and honored at the Davie Chamber 47thAwards Gala & Annual Meeting on Thursday, Jan 19th. You may nominate and vote for “candidates” in sixteen different categories. This year’s categories are: Best Professional Service Provider, Best Place to Shop, Best Civic/Nonprofit, Best Golf Course, Best Vineyard, Best Place to Get Fit, Best Photographer, Best Place to Get Beautiful, Best Place to Worship, Best Landscaper, Best Medical/Dental or Vision Practice, Best New Business, Best Place for Your Pet, Best Place to Work, Best Restaurant, and The Kitchen Sink Award. The Kitchen Sink Award is new this year and allows voters to nominate a business they feel is worthy of recognition but doesn’t fit into a specific category.

2015 Davie Chamber Award Winners


Voting Underway Now – Vote Today!
Nomination and voting are already underway at www.daviechamber.com. Interested in finding out who wins?  Make plans to attend the Annual Awards Gala on January 19th at WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run.  Tickets are $50 each and can be reserved by contacting the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 336.751.3304 or email chamber@daviecounty.com.


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Growing Retail Sales, iShop Davie & Small Business Saturday!

iShopdavie LogoAlmost $1.2 billion in retail sales are leaking from Davie County every year according to a report by The Retail Coach, a retail recruitment and consulting firm hired by the Davie County Economic Commission to assist with attracting more retailers and retaining existing businesses.

The report was presented to retail business owners, managers, and county leaders during “Grow Your Business Workshops” on October 12th. Retail Coach representative, Maddin McCord, shared a wealth of statistical data including the Retail Trade Areas for each town, a demographic analysis for the county and a Gap Analysis which identifies all the sales leakage  from Davie County. Retail sales leakage is what residents buy in other communities/online.

According to EDC President Terry Bralley, The Retail Coach was hired to help develop and implement a retail sales plan as another way to help grow the future of Davie County. “Specifically, they are working on recruiting more retail, restaurants and entertainment to provide residents more opportunities to buy local. Additionally, The Retail Coach is focused on retaining existing businesses and restaurants in the county and keeping our current shopping centers vibrant while developing new centers.”

“Local shopping is crucial to our continued growth, because the success of local businesses attracts and encourages other entrepreneurs to start local businesses, which leads to more jobs and revenue re-circulating throughout our community,” Bralley said.

The sales leakage analysis results confirmed what the Davie County Chamber of Commerce already knew and has been addressing with its iShop Davie campaign.

“We want residents to think Davie first because every time money is spent out of the county it’s improving someone else’s community, not ours,” said Carolyn McManamy, president of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.  “We all want to live in a strong and vibrant community and so it makes sense that doing our business in Davie County – like shopping, dining, and getting gas as well as using local landscapers, banks and doctors makes a tremendous impact here.  Simply put – it really matters where we spend our money.”

The Davie County Chamber of Commerce’s “Shop Local” campaign is designed to shine a spotlight on the importance of supporting businesses in Davie County. The iShop Davie tab on the Chamber’s website highlights deals at local businesses or download the app so that you take advantage of local deals on the run.

davie_county_jobsFind 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.

Find the Perfect Gifts at Davie County Businesses
This holiday season is an excellent time to begin shopping locally if you don’t already do so.

Avoid the nightmarish crowds and save gas by shopping in Davie County for  Black Friday AND support your own friends and neighbors by shopping Davie County’s wonderfully unique small businesses this Saturday on Small Business Saturday!

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. Visit their Facebook pages and websites to discover special sales and extended holiday hours.

iShop Davie all Year Long
Davie County businesses need your support all year long. 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. Think before you spend – check out what’s already here in Davie County.

The Retail Coach analysis reports can be viewed at www.DavieCountyEDC.com.

For more information about shopping locally, contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at (336) 751-3304 or email chamber@daviecounty.com.


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Bed Races & Christmas Parade Kick-off Hometown Holidays 2016!

Mocksville Bed RaceRaces Friday night , Parade Saturday – Historic Downtown Mocksville will race into the Christmas season this Friday night, November 18th as 20 intrepid teams from local businesses, non-profits and WXII-12 News take part in the 5th annual “Twas the Night Before” Bed Races.

The festivities will begin with the lighting of the Oaks and downtown businesses at dusk followed by the bed races at 6 pm.

New this Year – Short Course for Teams Aged 60+
Participants for the short course race for teams aged 60+ are still needed! The winning team will receive a $100 prize! Contact Tami Langdon at (336) 909-2263.

$600 in Cash Prizes at Stake!
At stake are prizes for speed and creativity. The fastest team will take home a cool $200 in cash, while the runner-up will collect $125 and the third-place finisher will roll away with $75. The fastest senior team will receive $100 and the Most Outrageous team will pick up $50. The Total Package prize of $50 will go to the team with the best overall package… i.e. best overall appearance and combination of bed decoration, message and costumes.

Enjoy 2015 Mocksville Bed Race Pictures!
Mocksville Bed Races!


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 appropriate.

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.)

Main Street will be closed at 5:30
Main Street from Gaither Street to the ­­­­­corner of Main Street/601/64 ­­­­­­­­­will close at 5:30 pm in preparation for the race.  Please note: This evening is also a home, first-round play-off game for the Davie High football team. Those attending the game are asked to be extra cautious and should plan to bypass the downtown area on their way to the game. Plenty of bleacher-seating will be available.  O’Callahans, Restaurant 101, The Factory Coffeehouse, and Scoops will be open for hungry spectators, and food vendors will offer snacks and drinks.

Saturday – Hometown Christmas Parade ~ “All Fired Up for Christmas”
The holidays would not be complete without the annual Hometown Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.  This year’s theme is “All Fired Up for Christmas” and will feature everything from walking groups, performers, horseback riders, single vehicles to full-blown floats. The parade will depart from Rich Park at 2 pm Saturday and will travel down Main Street, turn left on Depot Street, and end at Railroad Street where dismantling will begin. Prizes will be awarded for the best parade participants. First place wins $75; second place will receive $50; and third place earns $25.

Find Your Parade Seat Early and do a Little Christmas Shopping on Saturday!
Downtown merchants will be hosting their annual holiday open house from 10 am – 7 pm with refreshments and store specials. They would love to help you find the perfect gift for that special someone.

Stop by and visit the brand new Buckle Bunnies Boutique, located next to Counter Point Music, which offers clothing and accessories.

The Dewey’s Bakery holiday store is now open in the corner shop next to Restaurant 101. Stop by and buy a little something sweet to eat during the parade and support the Davie High Band, which receives 35 % of the proceeds.

Don’t forget to pick up this year’s commemorative Christmas ornament, a pewter fire truck, “Up On the Rooftop.” These beautiful fire truck-shaped ornaments, which salute the services and sacrifices of our fire departments, may be purchased for $8 from 11-4 pm outside Restaurant 101, along with Tree of Honor forms and flags. The ornaments may also be purchased at the Davie County Chamber of Commerce, BB&T and Bank of the Ozarks. Ornaments from past years are available for sale at Town Hall for $9.

Davie County Community Band to Perform
Join the Davie County Community Band in front of Scarlett’s Unique Boutique. They will have drinks for sale before the parade and will start their concert when Santa Claus comes by!

For more information about the “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race, contact the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority at (336) 753-6700. For more information about the “All Fired Up for Christmas” Hometown Christmas Parade, contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at (336) 751-3304.


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Sabeti Wain Aerospace – Another Manufacturer Expanding in Davie County


The next time you buckle up on an airplane, you may be sitting on a little piece of home.

Sabeti Wain Aerospace (SWA) makes seat covers right here in Davie County for Southwest Airlines and many other international airlines as well as numerous airline seat vendors.

The company is recognized as an innovator in seat cover design and manufacturing, and pioneered the development of lamination technology. The lamination process enhances styling options, improves overall appearance, and increases durability and comfort.

“The interior design of the aircraft is one of the only opportunities an airline has to distinguish itself,” said Ian Westwood, managing director. “Creating comfort and image are key elements of what we do.”

SWA currently employs more than 40 people in Mocksville to design, cut, sew, test, and ship the custom-designed seat covers, and there are plans for expansion over the next two years as the company continues to grow its US market. This expansion will occur through the reconfiguration of the current facility.

A New Phase of Expansion
The company is headquartered in the UK and also has a production facility in Dubai. With a growing international market came the need to service overseas clients more directly and more responsively. To meet this demand, SWA established its new US-based subsidiary in Mocksville in 2013. Unlike the Dubai operation which is run from the UK, it is a standalone operation. All sales activity, customer service, product design and manufacturing are done locally.

The Mocksville facility provides a rapid response and faster overall turn round times for customers in the United States, Canada and South America, which together form about 75% of the global seat cover market.   It has also allowed the company to dramatically reduce shipping costs, a significant benefit in an industry with tight profit margins.

Why North Carolina?
“You go where your primary customers are,” said Westwood, who relocated from a ten-year spell in Seattle to manage the company in 2014, but who has known and worked with the Sabeti Wain “family” for more than 20 years through working in the industry. “B/E Aerospace and HAECO Americas, which make airline seats, are two of our largest customers. Both have locations in the Piedmont Triad area and wanted a local Sabeti Wain facility to cut down on the time it took to develop the fresh brand images and cover designs demanded by the world’s airlines.”

A Missing Gas Cap Led to the Perfect Location in Mocksville
Hoping to capitalize on the thriving aerospace industry that has developed  in the Piedmont in recent years, SWA’s executives were looking at locations between Charlotte and Hickory and the Piedmont Triad, including Davie County, for the new subsidiary.

While doing the 1-40 shuffle, crossing North Carolina to find the perfect location, a Sabeti Wain representative found his way to downtown Mocksville and to Restaurant 101 for lunch. Returning to his rental car, he noticed drops of oil on the hood. Mr. York at York’s Exxon quickly discovered that the oil filler cap was missing, replaced it free of charge, and the representative went on his way.

Still seeking the perfect location, the representative stopped at Restaurant 101 again several weeks later. Noting a sign for the Total Real Estate Company, he decided to learn about the little community that had treated him so well a few weeks earlier. Glen Stanley walked him over to talk with Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. Bralley identified a property at 852 US Hwy 64 W., the former Eagle Heights Church building, and the rest, as they say, is history.

“You have no idea who you are talking to at a restaurant,” said Bralley. “The best ambassadors we have are our citizens. Most people are proud to live here and naturally promote our community.”


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47th Annual 2016 Davie Craft Village! at the Brock Today & Saturday

davie-craft-village-2016-snow-plow-ds2The 47th annual “Davie Craft Village” will be held at the Brock Gymnasium in historic downtown Mocksville today, Friday, November 11th, from 9 AM to 8 PM and tomorrow from 9 AM to 4 PM.  Traditional and holiday crafts, a bake sale and a café make this is a fun way to kick off the holiday season.

Unique Gifts Galore
Davie County’s longest running Christmas craft show is the perfect place to begin your holiday shopping. More than 50 artisans will offer photography, fused glass, florals,soaps, holiday ornaments and  home decor, pottery, painting, jewelry, baskets, woodworking, crocheted, felted, and knitted wearables, and much more. The Davie Craft Association is made up of talented crafters from Davie County and the surrounding areas. Each potential new member has their work evaluated by a team of current Davie Craft Association members.  

The Bake Shop will feature tantalizing homemade cookies, pies, bread, and cakes. The Village Café will have soups, salads, chicken pie, chicken salad, hamburgers, and more.

Benefit for Community Projects
Admission is $1 for adults and free for children younger than 12. Each craft vendor donates 5% of sales to benefit community projects. Recipients have included Davie County Retired School Personnel, the Davie County Library, A Storehouse for Jesus, and the Davie County High School student scholarship fund.

The Brock Gymnasium is located at 622 N. Main St. For more information, visit Davie Craft Association or visit the Davie Craft Association on Facebook or call (336) 909-1088.


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Community Open House – Free Event – Triple J Manor House, Thursday, 4:30-6:30 PM


A historic Davie County farmhouse is getting a new lease on life as a beautifully appointed event center. Join us for the Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting of the Triple J Manor House this Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 4:30-6:30 pm.

Triple J Manor House will be providing drinks (water, tea, lemonade, and wine), appetizers, and desserts. There will be music by the Happy Ones and Sunset Slush of the Piedmont will be serving Italian ice.

Originally built in the early 1800s for Benjamin F. Holton, the farmhouse has been transformed into a premier 6,000 ft. venue perfect for  weddings, private events, receptions, meetings, showers, dinners, and much more.

With its large wrap-around porch overlooking beautifully landscaped grounds, the Triple J Manor House is a delightful location for both inside and outside events of all sizes. The Manor House will seat 300 inside and 100-200 outside. It also features a bridal suite and a stunning twin staircase.

Triple J Manor House

An Event Center is Born
Bill Junker, owner of Trailers of the East Coast, purchased the property about five years ago from Dee’s Antiques since it borders the trailer dealership, but he didn’t want to tear down the old farmhouse.  Last January, the Junker family put their heads together to decide what could be done with the property. They decided to create an event center that would be managed by the mother and daughter team of Deitre and Madison Junker.

“Something like this has always been a dream of mine,” said Madison, who graduated in May from Meredith College with a degree in event planning. “So far it has been a lot of fun and I’ve loved every minute of it.”

Deitre agreed. “I’ve always enjoyed throwing parties and planning events, so this something I got really excited about.”

Family members visited many special event venues to get ideas and to help develop a vision for the Manor House.

“The Manor House has really come together nicely as a family affair,” said Deitre. “We all shared the same vision and the result has been amazing.”  All agreed that they wanted to retain the farmhouse’s rustic charm while adding modern amenities like Wi-Fi and the technology for music and videos.  Although Deitre and Madison will handle the day to day details, the Triple J Manor House has truly been a family affair.

To maintain the rustic theme, Will Junker, Deitre’s husband and Madison’s dad hand-crafted rustic bar stands.  Bill, who Deitre credits with having an eye for detail and a wonderful sense of style, served as project manager. The entire family was on hand to set up for the first wedding a couple weeks ago, with everyone chipping in, setting up tables and chairs, decorating… whatever needed to be done.

“We’ve tried to create a laid back environment where the customer’s event can truly be their event,” said Madison with a smile. “We want this to be a venue for making memories.”

The Triple J Manor House is located at 362 Interstate Drive in Mocksville. For more information, go to http://www.triplejmanorhouse.com or call (336) 407-4826 or (336) 909-5764.

Special Thanks to Jessica Marie Photography for the wonderful photographs, Styled Gatherings for the styling, and Dish GardenArT for the flowers!


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Remembering Davie County’s Heroes –Veterans Day Activities Abound

veterans-day-davie-countyThe brave men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life; they are parents, children and grandparents. They are friends, neighbors and coworkers, and an important part of our community.

Join Celebrations Beginning Tonight!
Davie County would like to honor the hometown heroes that served or are currently serving in the military by inviting you to attend any of the following activities, beginning with a spaghetti dinner at Ellis Middle School tonight, Friday, November 4th from 5:15- 6:15 in the school cafeteria. The meal also includes salad, garlic bread, dessert, and a drink. It’s free for Veterans, $5 for others. A program will follow in the gym/auditorium at 6:30.

Each of Davie County’s schools is hosting a special event to honor our veterans.  For a complete list of these events, dates, and times, please see the Davie County Schools Veterans Day Schedule.

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Davie Veterans Day Observance
The week will culminate with the Mocksville-Davie Veteran’s Day Observance, which will be will be held on Friday, November 11 at 11:00 AM near the Veteran’s Memorial Monument in Downtown Mocksville.
There will be music from the Davie High Band, Risen Son Quartet, as well as other music, and presentations from some of Davie County’s youth.

Veteran's Day 2011

History of Veterans Day
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. In 1954, President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day–a common misunderstanding, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May) honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle, while Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans–living or dead–but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.


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iSHOPDAVIE Gift Shopping Expo This Thursday at WinMock at Kinderton


Don’t miss the 3rd annual iSHOPDAVIE Gift Shopping Expo this Thursday, November 3rd from 2:30pm to 7:30pm at WinMock at Kinderton, 168 E. Kinderton Way in Bermuda Run. Admission is a $1 donation that will go to Davie County’s Toys for Tots and Shop with a Cop.

Last year’s event was a huge success with over 500 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.

Davie Chamber Business and Shopping Expo at WinMock

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.

This year, shopping will be located upstairs and food and drinks will be available downstairs. Many vendors are back again this year including  A Full Measure Catering, California Fresh Catering, Dress Me Up, Honor Darling, Log Cabin Naturals, Steelman’s Ace Hardware, and Partner’s Western Company.

There are several new vendors who will be participating as well: Styled Gatherings, South River Cedars, Moore Balls, Chestnut Trail Vineyards, LuLaRoe, and Damsel in Defense.

The first 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 the Davie County Habitat for Humanity Restore and Lowe’s Home Improvement for decking the halls again this year! Many of the Christmas trees and decorations will be for sale by the Restore and can 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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Register Now! — “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race and the Hometown Christmas Parade

2014-Mocksville-Bed-Race3The holiday season is fast approaching and it’s time to get in the spirit by registering for the “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race and the Hometown Christmas Parade. The bed race will be held Friday night, November 18th at 6 pm followed by the parade on Saturday, November 19th at 2 pm.

The term “bedroll” will take on a whole new meaning in Historic Downtown Mocksville as intrepid teams from across Davie County and beyond take part in the 4th annual “Twas the Night Before” Bed 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. The rider must sit or lie flat on the bed during the race, sorry, surfer dudes. Themed clothing or costumes are strongly encouraged, even pajamas are great, but riders have to wear something.

Download your Bed Race Entry Form Now – Free T-Shirts for Race Teams!
The entry fee is only $30 and teams that register by November 10th get 5 shirts to memorialize their bed race adventures!  Download your Bed Race Entry Form.

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.)
$600 in Cash Prizes at Stake!

At stake are prizes for speed and creativity. The fastest team will take home a cool $200 in cash, while the runner-up will collect $125 and the third-place finisher will roll away with $75. The fastest senior team will receive $100 and the Most Outrageous team will pick up $50. The Total Package prize of $50 will go to the team with the best overall package… i.e. best overall appearance and combination of bed decoration, message and costumes.

Bed race teams can to participate in the Mocksville Christmas Parade on Saturday, Nov. 19th at no additional fee!

You can sign up your team for the Bed Race by calling Mocksville Town Hall at (336) 753-6700 or mailing a bed race entry form (along with a check payable to Mocksville Tourism Development Authority) to 171 Clement St., Mocksville, 27028.

Mocksville Bed Races -2014 Twas The Night Before Bed Race!

Register Now for the Hometown Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 19th!
The Hometown Christmas Parade is a beloved tradition and has been delighting young and old for decades. This year’s theme is “All Fired Up for Christmas” in honor of Davie County’s brave firefighters and emergency personnel.

Parade categories include: businesses, churches, civic/non-profit groups, schools, single/individual entries, and horses with entry fees ranging from $10 to $25. Click on this parade entry form for more details.

First prize will win $75, second place with receive $50, and the third place entry will take home $25.
Consideration will be given for line-up order on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can sign up for the Christmas parade by dropping off or mailing your entry form (along with a check payable to Davie County Chamber of Commerce) to 135 South Salisbury St., Mocksville, 27028. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, November 9th at noon. For more information, call the Chamber at (336) 751-3304.


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Mocksville Has the Shortest Lines & Friendliest Customer Service of any License Plate Agency

NC License Plate Agency in MocksvilleIf you need a car title, license plate, or registration renewal, you’ll no longer need to leave Davie County to get it. The Mocksville License Plate Agency is open and ready to do business.

The agency reopened in April at 1047 Yadkinville Rd., in the Eastgate Shopping Center(formerly Squire Boone Plaza) where Central Carolina Bank used to be. The agency is located directly behind the El Taco Shop and across from Domingo’s.

Dylan Brooks, the new independent contractor who operates the agency, said that although business is picking up, many people still don’t know the agency has reopened or where it is located.

He said one person had stopped by when he noticed the agency and said he wished he had noticed it the previous day because he had just gone to Winston-Salem to take care of his renewals.

The original Mocksville License Plate Agency closed on July 30, 2015, when Patricia Bowers retired after operating the agency for 36 years.  

The license plate agency also offers notary services and will begin to sell wildlife permits for hunting and fishing in the next couple of weeks.

The agency is open Monday – Friday from 9 am- 5 pm, but closed for lunch from 1-2 pm. It can be reached at (336) 753-6677.

Brooks is looking forward to serving more members of the community.

“We have the shortest lines, friendliest customer service of any license plate agency,” he said with a smile.  


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