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Ring in the New Year at Our Favorite Lake Gaston Regional Locations

Happy New Year, Lake Gaston! Let’s talk about all the fantastic places you can ring in 2016 around the region. The Pointe at Lake Gaston, 1865 Eaton Ferry Road, will have DJ Kevin Smiley spinning all your favorite tunes New Year's Eve night. Come on out for great dinner specials by Chef Coop and bring in 2016 right with The Pointe. Call for more information about the specials and the entertainment at 252-586-0466. Watersview Restaurant, 2107 Eaton Ferry Road, is offering a special 5-Course New Year’s Eve Dinner, designed by Chef Josh Davis. Course One is Shrimp & Crab Cocktail…
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Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas...Lake Gaston-Style!

The traditional 12 Days of Christmas lasts from Christmas Day through January 5. According to Wikipedia, “The Twelve Days of Christmas, also known as Twelvetide, is a festive Christian season to celebrate the nativity of Jesus.” While most of us here in the United States do not celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas, some people give gifts on each of the 12 days to represent a wish for each month of the New Year. Some also light a candle for each day or ignite a Yule log on Christmas Day and burn it on each of the 12 nights. As…
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Discover Lake Gaston Regional Locally-Made Products

I know that I preach and preach about shopping local, but when you do, you make more of an impact than you know. I’m not asking you to spend more money than you plan to spend, just that you choose to spend your money with local businesses. In this week’s Chamber Talk, instead of just talking about shopping locally, let’s talk about some locally-made products and items unique to the LKG region. Have you tried Uncle Bob’s Sassy Sauce, the original barbeque sauce recipe from Uncle Bob of Uncle Bob’s Backyard Barbeque? Well, the sauce not only is DEE-licious but…
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Spend Your Money Wisely by Spending It Locally

I talk a great deal when speaking and writing about the POWER of shopping LOCAL. I don’t just preach it. I practice it. By now, I hope everyone in the Lake Gaston region understands how important it is to spend our dollars at home and how those dollars continue turning over and over in our communities in the form of tax dollars, wages, donations and disposable income. However, there is another VALUE to shopping locally that I haven’t discussed before. I have an open door policy here at the Chamber, both literally and figuratively. I can count on one hand…
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Growing Business in the Lake Gaston Region

There is not much that makes someone who works for a Chamber of Commerce happier than seeing new businesses open and existing businesses expand. Both are signs of a strengthening economy. Here in the Lake Gaston region, we have several businesses in various phases of development. Let’s take a look at a few of which we are already enjoying the fruits of their labor and some to which we can look forward. If you have noticed dirt moving across the street from Wildwood Nursery and Roanoke-Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department, it is because Sherry Newton and her husband have begun clearing…
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Happy Thanksgiving: Count Your Blessings

We all have them. We often forget to count them. Day-to-day irritations sometimes pick away at them. The big hurdles of life can overshadow them. At Thanksgiving, thank goodness we take an entire day for the purpose of remembering and celebrating our blessings. Indulge me, if you will, in publicly counting just a few of my blessings. I’m so thankful for… My faith. My grandparents and parents raised me to believe in God the Father and His son Jesus Christ who gave His life to save me from my sins and give me eternal life. When my earthly life brings…
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Everything You Need or Want Is Right Here in the Lake Gaston Region

I’m crafting my Chamber Talk after a very popular Business After Hours at Watersview Restaurant. I am so proud to say that we had more than 90 Chamber members in attendance! I want to say a very special thank you to Billy Benson, Ali Porter, and their phenomenal Watersview team for hosting us. Watersview is the perfect example of going above and beyond to please their customers. Billy, Ali, Manager Jay and Chef Josh are innovative, always ready to try something new to improve the customer experience. They offer Wine Down Wednesdays with discounts on wine and Thirsty Thursdays with…
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Supporting Our Veterans and Our Small Businesses

Today we celebrate Veteran’s Day and pay homage to the heroes who have fought for our country and protected our freedoms. Many of those veterans live here in the Lake Gaston region, and we should all be proud to call them our neighbors. To those veterans reading this article, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your acts of bravery, honor and self-sacrifice. Entrepreneur.com contributing writer Carol Tice highlights the celebration of Veterans Day in her November 10, 2010, article “6 Ways Small-Business Owners Can Celebrate Veterans Day.” What can small businesses and customers do? 1. Patronize veteran-owned…
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