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					                The Village Current
                       A We e k l y E - N e w s l e t t e r o f t h e
                    Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce
    The mission of the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, through the efforts of our member-
    ship, shall be to contribute to the cultural, social and economic development, growth and sustain-
    ability of Blowing Rock while preserving the charm and character of the village.

Chamber Board of Directors Holds Retreat
        Featuring Speaker from                                                            Volume 4, Issue 1
       US Chamber of Commerce                                                             Friday,
                                                                                          November 21, 2008
        Blowing Rock Conference Center Hosts Retreat

The Blowing Rock Cham-                                      honor to have someone
ber of Commerce Board of                                    from your national organi-    Inside this issue:
Directors held its annual                                   zation come to Blowing
                                                                                          CertifiChecks          2
fall planning retreat last                                  Rock and advocacy is
Thursday at the Blowing                                     certainly and area that our   Concierge 102          2
Rock Conference Center.                                     Chamber can learn more
In addition to planning for                                 about.”                       Visitor Center Decor   2
                              Debbie Carrothers of the US
the upcoming year, the        Chamber of Commerce speaks                                  Christmas Parade       3
Board heard a presenta-       to the Board.
tion from Debbie Carroth-                                   Later that day, the Board     Vendor Space at        3
ers, the Southeastern Re-     ers regarding advocacy        broke up into working         Wine Festival
gional Manager for the        for business to our elected   committees to establish a
                                                                                          Holiday Business       3
United States Chamber of      officials. Ms. Carrothers     plan of action for 2009.      After Hours
Commerce regarding ad-        took care to clarify the      Topics the Chamber will
vocacy for Blowing Rock       many kinds of advocacy        tackle this year include      This Week in Photos    4

businesses.                   that a Chamber of Com-        economic development,
                              merce could make use of       downtown business mix,        Calendar of Events
                              as an organization. “It       events, and increasing        • November 27, Thursday,
While the main thrust of      was a pleasure to have        membership. “We are             Chamber Offices closed
the meeting was to plan       Debbie speak at our re-       looking forward to a pro-       for Thanksgiving
and prepare for 2009, the     treat,” said Charles Har-     ductive year at the Cham-
                                                                                          • November 29, Saturday,
Board heard information       din, the Blowing Rock         ber,” said Hardin.              2pm Blowing Rock
from US Chamber Repre-        Chamber’s Executive Di-                                       Christmas Parade
sentative Debbie Carroth-     rector. “It’s always an                                     • December 3, Wednesday,
                                                                                            8am Board of Directors
                                                                                            Meeting, Community
       Board of Directors Elections Held
                                                                                          • December 11, Thursday
The Board also welcomed its new members: Cindy Milner of Bistro Roca, Dick                  5:30pm—7:30pm Holi-
Goosman of the Meadowbrook Inn, Debroah McDowell of the Mountianaire Inn,                   day Business After Hours
Cathy Robbins of Tweetsie Railroad, Doug Pegram of Village Real Estate and                • December 25, Thursday,
Betsy Collins, Joellyn Gibbons, Dan Phillips and Jim Steele as Individual Repre-            Chamber Offices Closed
sentatives. Additionally, Nancy Santay of Cabin Fever, Linda Gilleland of Grey-             for Christmas
stone Insurance, and J.B. Lawrence of United Community Bank were all re-elected
to their seats.
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                                        CertifiChecks Program Gives Member
                                        Businesses a Gift Certificate for All.
                                        We’re excited to announce yet another benefit of your Chamber membership:
                                        CertifiChecks® -- one gift certificate for multiple member merchants like you. Through CertifiChecks, we aim
                                        to: a) Generate more business to Chamber members, free of charge b) Drive dollars to local busi-
                                        nesses c) Provide a new alternative to corporate rewards and gifts, avoiding the complexities of cor-
       CertifiChecks are like a Gift    porate gift giving.
   Certificate for all our Members!
                                        How it works:
                                        a) Chamber members sign up, at no cost, to accept CertifiChecks – these work just like a check and can be
                                        deposited for the full face value. No service or discount fee is ever charged. As a participant, your business
                                        will be promoted to thousands of local consumers.
                                        b) Businesses and consumers purchase CertifiChecks to give away as gifts, rewards, incentives and with
                                        hotel packaging. As we gather a group of select businesses like yours, we will be promoting this program
                                        heavily to bring customers to your location. For more information, check your mailbox for the information
                                        packet we’re mailing or call the chamber offices at 295-7851

     The Concierge 101/102                    Thanks for Supporting Concierge 102!
Program is designed to give             A Big Thanks to everyone              the winter activities at many         and Cheese, the High Coun-
 members the opportunity to             who participated in Conci-            of our area attractions like          try Host, Chetola Resort, and
                                        erge 102: A Showcase of               The Blowing Rock and                  Appalachian’s Performing
    educate their Front Line            WINTER Things to Do. We               Grandfather Mountain. Ap-             Arts Series and the Turchin
 staff about the many things            had wonderful food from PJs           palachian Ski Mountain,               Center all gave us great
                                        Almost World Famous                   French Swiss Ski School,              ideas for things to do on cold
             to do in our area.         Cheesburgers, and informa-            The Hayes Center for Per-             winter days and nights. We
                                        tion on upcoming events like          forming Arts, River and Earth         loved the great door prizes
                                        Winterfest and Wine Festi-            Adventures, Dutch Creek               too!
                                        val. We also learned about            Trails, Christopher’s Wine

                                               H e l p M a k e t h e Vi s i t o r C e n t e r F u l l o f
                                                              Holiday Cheer!
                                        The Blowing Rock Chamber’s            Your merchandise will be tagged,      clude: Garlands, sprays,
                                        Business Support Committee in         indicating your store name and        wreaths, Tree ornaments, lights,
                                        partnership with the TDA is offer-    location. The merchandise used        figures, etc. Decorating will take
                                        ing Blowing Rock merchants an         for decorating is not being do-       place on Monday and Tuesday,
                                        opportunity to showcase your          nated, rather ‘on loan’ and it will   November 24 and 25 and will
                                        holiday merchandise at the Visi-      not be for sale at the Visitors       remain on display through New
                                        tors Center during the upcoming       Center. (Chamber or TDA cannot        Years Day.
                                        holiday season! This is a great       be responsible for damage or
                                                                                                                    In these tough economic times,
                                        opportunity for local merchants to    loss.) The purpose of this project
                                                                                                                    we encourage you to take advan-
                                        decorate the Visitors Center          is to drive customers and busi-
                                                                                                                    tage of this opportunity to show-
                                        where hundreds of potential cus-      ness to your store!
                                                                                                                    case your store and your holiday
                                        tomers will be visiting throughout
                                                                              Stop by the Visitors Center to        merchandise, while at the same
                                        the holidays.
    It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like                                         look over the available areas to      time, letting our visitors know that
                        Christmas...    Choose an area to decorate…           be decorated and sign up for          Blowing Rock merchants have
                                        Mantle, Front Desk, Menu Table,       what you would like to do! Sug-       the Christmas spirit to create “A
                                        Windows, Christmas Tree, etc.         gested merchandise ideas in-          High Country Holiday”
Volume 4, Issue 1                                                                                                           Page 3

                  Participate in the
           Blowing Rock Christmas Parade!
Participation in the Blow-      information to all the folks     You can find the applica-
ing Rock is a GREAT way         attending the parade.            tion on-line at the Town of
to get your business name       Jennifer Brown at Blowing        Blowing Rock’s web site.
out to the thousands of         Rock Parks and Recrea-           Just go to www.townof
people who come to watch        tion says that you can sign and click
the parade every year.          up for the parade all the        on Chirstmas in the Park
Businesses can create a         way up until :                   under announcements.              The Blowing Rock Christmas Parade.
float, or other parade en-                                       Or, you can click HERE.
                                WEDNESDAY, NOVEM-
try. You can also hand          BER 26 at NOON.
out coupons, candy and

  Special Opportunity for Chamber
   M e m b e r s a t t h e Wi n e F e s t i v a l
New at the 2009 Blue Ridge      we have to offer. Chamber        you can add electricity to        The Blue Ridge Wine &
Wine and Food Festival will     Members who want to take         your 10x10 booth space for
be vendor booths just out-      advantage of this opportunity    an extra fee. Vendors will        Food Festival has been
side the tent at the Grand      will receive a booth space for   provide their own tents. You      nominated as one of the Top
Tasting on Saturday April 18,   only $150 — $45 off the          can find out more about this
2009. This is a wonderful       regular price — if they sign     opportunity at BlueRidge-         Ten Events in the Southeast.
opportunity for Blowing Rock    up BEFORE December 31,  or you can
businesses to expose the        2008. The Festival will be       follow this link.
1000 or so people who at-       held at the Blowing Rock
tend the Grand Tasting to all   Horse Show Grounds and

              Holiday Business After Hours
                    T h u r s d a y D e c . 11
Our Annual Holiday Busi-        We will also be collecting       reach this goal by coming
ness After Hours will take      canned foods for the Hunger      out to Holiday Business After
place Tuesday, December         Coalition and new un-            Hours. Not only will it be a
16 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at       wrapped toys toys for Toys       lot of fun, but you’ll be help-
                                                                                                   This is the 2008 Chamber of
the Hayes Performing Arts       for Tots.                        ing the less fortunate in our     Commerce Christmas Ornament
Center.                         Last year we collected over      community during an espe-         honoring the Blowing Rock
Bring your favorite appetizer   400lbs of food. Our goal for     cially tough Holiday Season.      Charity Horse Show. They are
as a covered dish to share.     this year is 500lbs. Help us                                       for sale at the Visitor’s Center
                                                                                                   for $10 — pick yours up today!
          The Blowing Rock
          Chamber of Commerce
                                                           The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce
                                                                      2009 Board of Directors
Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce
                                                                Officers              Babette MacAuliffe, Carolina
                                                                                      Mountain Life
   7738 Valley Blvd
                                                  Bill Hall, President
                                                                                      Danielle Tester, d’Provence et
   PO Box 406                                     Blowing Rock Realty                 d’alleurs
   Blowing Rock, NC 28605
                                                  Rita Davis, 1st Vice President      John Aldridge, Individual Rep-
                                                  Wachoiva Bank                       resentative
   Phone: 828-295-7851                                                                Wendy Gordon, The Game-
                                                  Nancy Santay, 2nd Vice Presi-
   Fax: 828-295-4643                                                                  keeper
                                                  Cabin Fever                         J.B. Lawrence, United Commu-
                                                                                      nity Bank
                                                  Margaret Holder, Treasurer
                                                                                      Betsy Collins, Individual Repre-
                                                  Chetola Resort                      sentative
                                                  Linda Gilleland, Secretary          Greg Clark, Gregory Alan’s
                                                  Greystone Insurance                 Heidi Ellis, Tanger Shoppes
                                                  Pam Vines, Past President           Betsy Collins, Individual Repre-
                                                  Jenkins Realtors
                                                                                      Tim Miller, Blowing Rock
                                                                                      Frameworks and Gallery
                                                       Members of the Board           Joeyllen Gibbons, Individual
                                                  Donna Summers, Hemlock Inn          Representative
                                                  Teresa Cody, Grandfather Moun-      Jim Steele, Individual Represen-
                                                  tain                                tative

                                                     T h i s We e k i n P h o t o s

                                  Jason Berry of Footsloggers and
                                  Billy Elder of The Blowing Rock
                                  enjoy Concierge 102

                Say Cheese.

                                                                                   Incoming President of the Board of
                                                                                   Directors Rita Davis of Wachovia
                                                                                   Bank enjoys the Board Retreat.

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