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12/6/2017 12:29:00 PM
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The Lincolnton-Lincoln County
Chamber of Commerce recently
held a ribbon-cutting for Heat
Shield Window Tinting, 4539
NC16-Business North in Devner.

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

It has been good to see some of our downtown businesses open extended hours for Christmas.  For those who do not know, Noblot Jewelers and Treasures on Main are co-sponsoring the carriage rides this year.  The carriages leave from the north side of the first block of East Main Street and take passengers on a ride around the Courtsquare, then eastward and back on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:30 - 9:30 through the Saturday before Christmas (Dec. 23rd).  Last Saturday night, I drove around town and saw more activity downtown than I've seen in years.  Several shops were open and customers were looking for Christmas presents to buy.  

Downtown Lincolnton is beautiful at Christmas.  I could almost go for cruising just for this time of the year to enjoy the beauty.

The Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Rivermen Brewing Company in downtown Belmont on Friday December 1st. The brewery and restaurant just off Glenway Street beside the Belmont Post Office will be open to the public Saturday December 9th at noon. Owner Pat Brennan and his team have transformed a former mill building into a unique new dining and gathering venue.

Lincolnton is hoping to soon have a craft brewery and possibly a new restaurant related to the enterprise. Craig Upshaw of the Piedmont Companies told the Lincoln Herald he's excited about the prospects of what may happen with the old Eureka Mill Building. The east and west wings of the old mill on East Water Street were being demolished this week to make the property ready for further development.

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Upshaw and Rhonda Hunter of LEDA (Lincoln Economic Development Association) attended the NC Craft Brewers 4th annual Conference & Trade Show in Winston-Salem the first weekend in November to pitch the property as a possible location for a craft brewery.

Plans are to provide space for a brewery, an outdoor entertainment area, and a Catawba Valley Pottery Center. Several operators of craft breweries in other area towns have expressed an interest.

There may have been some confusion on one of our business news articles published last month. We did NOT say that Salty Petal Florist is closing. We said they are moving--and they are--to 613 Shoal Road near West Lincoln High School. The move won't occur until after Christmas and their phone number will remain the same.

The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce recently held ribbon cuttings for two new businesses. We told you in an earlier article about Two Sons BBQ on Business Highway 16 next door to Dunkin' Donuts. The other ribbon cutting was for Heat Shield Window Tinting, located just up the street from the historic Mundy House north of Denver on Highway 16.

Belmont's Chick-fil-A is reopening after being closed for two months to remodel. The Montcross Area Chamber will hold a ribbon-cutting for the reopening this Thursday December 7th at 10 AM.

Thursday evening, the Montcross Chamber will hold one of its Network After Work events 5:30 - 7 PM at Holy Angels on Wilkinson Blvd.

Also on Thursday the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting for Piedmont Plastic Surgery & Dermatology's newest Hickory office at 315 19th St SE Building 200.

On Friday (Dec. 8th), the Montcross Area Chamber will hold a ribbon-cutting at the new Belmont ABC Store, 6425 Wilkinson Blvd. in Belmont.

Trident Trikes at 425 N. Poplar Street in Lincolnton will host a Business After Hours for the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce next Thursday (Dec. 14th) from 5:30 - 7 PM. The event will be catered by Central Cafe.

Maiden recently welcomed a new business. Addicted to Décor celebrated its grand opening November 28th. Addicted to Décor is operated by best friends Megan Gustafson and April Booth with April’s husband, Chad Booth. The trio wanted to offer unique decorative pieces at reasonable prices. “We wanted to open a store in a small community and we found the perfect location in Maiden,” Gustafson said. Chad builds custom farmhouse and industrial farmhouse furniture and accessories. Mayor Bob Smyre said, “I am pleased Addicted to Décor chose Maiden. Our community is excited to welcome another business.” Addicted to Decor is located at 623 E. Main Street in Maiden, phone 828-705-4033.

The Cherryville Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting for the Courtney Studio at 703 E. Main St. in Cherryville.  Courtney Beam has been in business there since April, providing acting lessons and other help to budding stars.  

Jamel Farley has two new homes. We're not talking about residences. Jamel, who used to work at Homestead's and worked at the Fatz Cafe in Marion for awhile recently came to the Lincolnton Fatz Cafe location. He told us he also purchased Drum's Florist on North Academy Street in Lincolnton after Steve and Jeanne Bailey decided to retire. The rest of the staff there remains intact.

My best friend George and I get around. We visit the restaurants in Lincolnton and Denver and occasionally make our way to other nearby towns. We were disappointed to see Halina's Cafe cease to operate in Denver. Dirk is a great cook, but he also tried to open another location in Shelby and it was just too much.

We recently visited a restaurant in Lowell that some would call a soul food restaurant. I wouldn't. They don't have chitterlings for one thing. (By the way, you can get chitterlings at A Taste of Soul on Natalie Commons Drive in Denver.) What Grits & Greens serves is largely comfort food or home cookin'-- collard greens, pinto beans, macaroni & cheese, beets, cooked cabbage...I haven't tried their fried chicken yet (best I've found so far is at Brookwood Cafe on Providence Mill Road in Maiden). Grits & Greens won Best Breakfast and Best Early Bird Dinner in a Best of Gaston contest sponsored by a Gastonia newspaper, but in fairness, one person told me she waited an hour and a half at breakfast and finally left, yet to be served.

Finally in business news, a few notes on subjects that have been often discussed. Gas prices may go up or down--but likely only slightly--in the next few months and for most of 2018. OPEC agreed to hold the line on production at their late November meeting, and while inventories are still high, they are not going to increase like they did a couple of years ago as OPEC went wild trying to defend its market share. That means no less than $2 a gallon gas, but also no $3 a gallon either. Crude prices appear to be relatively stable in the upper 50s to just over $60 a barrel. So expect prices to remain about the same for awhile.

A lot of people have the idea that internet buying is taking over retail. The latest data indicates that while it is growing and even major brick & mortar outfits like Walmart are trying to become bigger players in the online game, Amazon and eBay haven't quite taken over the world just yet. Online buying now accounts for just under 10% of total retail sales--meaning almost 90% (a small piece does belong to mail order and as-seen-on-tv sales) is still happening in stores. or

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