Thursday, December 30, 2010

Five Downtown Business Owners/Managers Attend “Destination Business” Workshop

Five downtown business owners spent a day recently in Wake Forest learning how to make their business a ”destination business.” The Clayton Downtown Development Association was a community sponsor of a workshop with marketing expert and small business strategist Jon Schallert in downtown Wake Forest.

John McFadden (Jewelry Design Studio); Joyce Blackley (Blackley’s Printing); Michelle McCullen (Pizazz); Debi Austermuehle (Main Street Jewelers); and Debbie Hammond (Fancy That Gifts) attended the workshop and learned how to market their business as a destination. Schallert provided attendees with some very good tools and resources to use to help businesses in that process.

Michelle McCullen, manager of Pizazz, a clothing resale shop associated with Harbor Inc, said she considered the workshop with Jon Schallert to be very resourceful and thinks some of the lessons learned will help downtown businesses succeed and make Clayton itself a "Destination" town. She said, “It enlightened me on ways to strengthen our sales and get Pizazz out into the public eye as a "destination" business, and be seen as more than just a resale shop with the right attitude and the simplest of changes.”

Joyce Blackley, owner of Blackley’s Printing, and a former DDA Chair said, “The program was a great motivator and brought out a positive attitude in all of us.”

Since the workshop, the DDA has subscribed to Schallert’s “Destination University” and will provide opportunities to share information with downtown businesses.

For more information, contact Downtown Development Coordinator, Bruce Naegelen at 553-1545 or

In Photo: From left to right: John McFadden (Jewelry Design Studio); Joyce Blackley (Blackley’s Printing); Michelle McCullen (Pizazz); Debi Austermuehle (Main Street Jewelers); Debbie Hammond (Fancy That Gifts); Jon Schallert.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Downtown Plaza Called "Beautiful, Inviting"

It's cold outside, and the trees have no leaves, but the new Downtown Plaza at the corner of Main and Lombard Streets is still attracting a lot of attention.

And, it's getting praise from some downtown merchants.

"I've already seen people enjoying it--families, kids," said Vincent Walsh, owner of a downtown jewelry store. "My wife and I think it's a beautiful park. We're really surprised it came out as well as it did."

Tracey Taylor, who works in an office downtown, says the new Plaza "is very inviting." "That's something we needed, something that looked inviting," Taylor said. "I like it."

The Plaza, a tree-covered sanctuary with beautiful sidewalks, benches, greenery and design, includes 30 premium parking spaces. The $300,000 project, designed by Ashley Grady of G2 Design, is being funded through a $310,000 easement fee for a communications tower at the Operations Center property.

"We were pleased to use a one-time revenue to fund a capital project, because diverting such revenues to operating expenses can create future year financial stress," explained Town Manager Steve Biggs. "We were also able to avoid the debt service that would have been associated with borrowing funds to perform the project."

Pat West, a technical writer who rents office space directly across from the Plaza, says the beauty of the new downtown "centerpiece" is sure to boost downtown business.

"I wanted to let you know I am very pleased with the design of the parking lot," he said. "Although the construction period was very trying sometimes, I got through the noise and the inconvenience by thinking how nice it would be when it was done--and it is! Although more parking spaces might have been provided by a more austere design, I believe that beauty itself, that making downtown a nice place to be aesthetically, will reap more foot traffic for our downtown businesses and more investment in the downtown area in general in the long run."

The Plaza incorporates granite installed on the site more than a hundred years ago as part of the old Ashley Horne home that once stood there. The project was long championed by Biggs and Mayor Jody McLeod as a way to help with downtown revitalization.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Dance Lesson Deals from DPM Studios

Gotta check out this Thriller video from DPM Studios... produced in downtown Clayton - and check out the dance lesson deals from DPM Studios!

ARTCLE: "Tiny Art a Big Hit"

BY PAUL A. SPECHT - staff writer Garner-Clayton Record
To hit a big target audience, the folks at Eye of the Eagle Art are aiming small - 6 inches by 6 inches small.
Since it opened in October 2008, the gallery in Clayton has held several exhibitions to bring out local art connoisseurs, said Bonnie Light, who helps her daughter, Donna Light-Pfledderer, run the gallery.

But even with a variety of paints, oils, sculptures, mixed media and other art on display, the duo say their most popular exhibit has been their "World's Largest Tiny Art Show." "It's really been a hit," Light said. "We've seen people of all types."

Nearly every piece in the tiny art show is smaller than 6 inches by 6 inches, costs less than $50 and is the work of a local artist. "We just wanted to do something different for people who can't afford larger pieces," Light-Pfledderer said. "This is for those people who like art and want something original but don't want to spend too much." (Tiny Art A Big Hit cont.)

New "One-Minute" Videos Promote Clayton

The Town of Clayton, with its constantly updated news and information, has become an excellent way for residents to find out what's going on around town and learn more about Clayton.

The same is true for potential new residents as well as business and industrial executives looking to Clayton as a potential site.

With that in mind, town officials are putting the finishing touches to a series of one-minute video presentations for the web site that promote everything from Clayton's quality of life to its top-ranked schools and real estate opportunities. They replace a series of older presentations that need updating.

"This is an excellent way to tell the world about Clayton," said Deputy Town Manager Nancy Medlin. "Every day, the web site gets hits from all over the region, from states all around us and even from other countries. People are interested in us and want to find out all they can."

The presentations should be added to the web site within the next few days.

Mayor Jody McLeod starts it off with a short "Welcome to Clayton" presentation that outlines some of the reasons that Clayton has become one of the nation's most interesting small towns. Other presentations talk about our quality of life, our real estate opportunities, our top-ranked schools, opportunities here for industry and our growing and vibrant arts and leisure opportunities.

The town also has a new Facebook page--Town of Clayton, NC--that is getting more and more attention.

"Communicating well with our residents, as well as those who might want to relocate here and those considering Clayton for a new business or industry, is one of our top priorities," Medlin said. "This is an excellent place to live and raise a family, as more and more are finding out, and we're an excellent place for business and new jobs-producing industry, too."

To take a look at the new video presentations, just go to the town's web site by clicking here.  (if the page doesn't launch, wait a day and come back!)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Clayton Parking Enforcement to Begin January 1

Beginning January 1, the Town of Clayton will begin to enforce parking regulations, and issuing fines, especially in the downtown area and in the vicinity of Clayton High School and The Clayton Center. According to Mayor Jody McLeod, “Because of the amount of growth in downtown there needs to be control over the parking to ensure safety.”

Violations include parking:
• Further than 18 inches from the curb
• With left side of the vehicle to the curb, except on one-way streets headed in the direction of traffic
• In a municipal parking lot between 11 pm Sunday – Thursday and midnight – 5:30 am on Friday & Saturday
• On the sidewalk
• In front of a public or private driveway
• Within an intersection
• Within 20 feet of an intersection (Council amended the distance from 30-feet to 20-feet in October, 2010)
• On a crosswalk
• Within 30 feet of a stop sign, traffic signal or flashing light located at the side of a road
• Within 20 feet of the driveway entrance to a fire station
• On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street (“double-parking”)
• On any bridge or other elevated structure or within any underpass structure
• Within an officially designated fire lane
• Within five (5) feet of a private road or driveway
• At any place where official signs or markings prohibit stopping or parking
• Parking in “no parking” areas

The most common violations are parking on the sidewalk and within 20 feet of an intersection.

Violators will be assessed a civil penalty rather than a fine, which enables the Town to retain all funds collected from parking tickets and seek civil judgment in court against offenders who do not pay the fine. The amendment to the Town Ordinances was adopted by the Town Council at the beginning of October.

A first notice of violation will be subject to a $25.00 penalty and second and subsequent notices of violations will be $75.00. Additional penalties will apply if the fines are not paid on time.

Although enforcement will be stepped up, there has been no change to the parking ordinances which were adopted by the Town Council in 1987, other than the penalty sections. There are some existing visual aids, such as signs, to help drivers comply with the law. For example, “Wherever you see a yellow curb, you shouldn’t park there,” said Bruce Naegelen, Downtown Development Coordinator. “The yellow curb indicates a no parking zone. You may not legally park your car adjacent to a yellow curb. Another point to understand is that a “No Parking” sign generally means parking is prohibited on the whole block – not just the space in front of the sign,” he added.

As part of the public awareness process, police officers will issue a warning to most first time offenders, unless it is a flagrant violation that compromises public safety, but after that, offenders will receive the penalty.

The Town of Clayton Parking Ordinance is available online by visiting the Town of Clayton website, and clicking on “Government” then “Code of Ordinances.” In the Quick Search box, type “Chapter 73” then on the list click “Chapter 73: Parking.”

Friday, December 17, 2010

Sunshine Health Expands with “Sunshine’s Déjà vu-Treasures”

Sunshine Health, a natural health herb shop and holistic center at 419 E. Main Street, has expanded with a new retail space in the rear of their building. It’s called “Sunshine’s Déjà Vu Room –Treasures Revisited” and was designed to offer unique, used items artfully displayed, with a number of collectibles. It is Sunshine Health’s way of helping the planet by promoting re-cycling, re-using, & re-newing. “We search and scour to find the pieces that may be that special treasure to you. The pieces are cleaned, repaired, or crafted into something different and made ready for your home,” said owner Deborah Brown. Some of the collectible items include Madame Alexander dolls, Santa’s, dishes, retro pieces and more.
Ten percent of sales will go to three local charities. Call Sunshine Health at 919-550-8555 for more information and visit their Facebook page at Déjà Vu-Treasures Revisited. For class schedule visit us at

ARTICLE - Clayton Council Restricts Roadside Vendors

Council gives vendors the boot
- Change leaves merchants with few places to go
BY PAUL A. SPECHT - Garner-Clayton Record Staff Writer

After continued complaints from townsfolk and brick-and-mortar shops, the Town Council last week essentially banned roadside vendors.

Since 2006, Clayton has required street vendors to obtain a temporary business permit, and the number of complaints has fallen since then, said Town Manager Steve Biggs. "Before we had any ordinance, [the calls] were constant," he said.

Biggs described last week's council action as "just a refinement to the existing ordinance."

But the council banned so-called "stop and plop" merchants from using undeveloped land, and they cannot operate within 200 feet of a residence. Also, a merchant may not occupy the same spot for more than 30 days.  (VENDORS - Full Article)

HOLIDAY MARKET by Clayton Farm & Community Market - Dec 18

Shop Local, Shop Fresh

The freshest ingredients for your Holiday meals. One-of-a-kind local crafts and prepared foods for holiday giving and enjoying.

The Clayton Farm & Community Market will feature their regular craft and food vendors, as well as other invited vendors. Tents will be set up at their regular spot-- the Town Square--during regular market hours: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Come by this Saturday to stock up for the holidays.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

"Cultivating Entrepreneurship" by Stephen Barrington

Entrepreneurship comes from within and yet like learning a foreign language, it must be cultivated. I imagine we all know those individuals that have always seemed to stand out in an ‘entrepreneurial’ type of way, through work and life itself. I am also quite certain that we know many more that have taken the business ownership plunge and yet are entrepreneurial-challenged. Entrepreneurship is less about change and risk-abundance and more about “seeking better, seeking new” and calculated risks. It is not about being a business owner, it is about the individual.

Let’s cultivate our future employees and employers - today’s younger student. Capital Area (Johnston and Wake counties) have 207 public schools and 175,563 students. The student population alone would be the 7th largest municipality in NC based on 7/1/2009 figures. These students make up not only our future workforce, but future employers as well. It is incumbent upon us to collectively provide education and training necessary to strengthen Capital Area, be engaged in curriculum development, provide internships, mentorships, and more. Many of these students will be employed in new occupations that do not exist today. Are we cultivating an environment conducive to entrepreneurship for our students?

It is evident that business ownership is strong in Capital Area. Between January 1, 2010 and November 30, 2010, 13,520 businesses incorporated via the NC Secretary of State’s Office in Capital Area while 1,787 filed for withdrawal or dissolution of their incorporated status. Capital Area has a net 11,733 new incorporated businesses (for-profit and not-for-profit). It is essential that we nurture and cultivate business owners to compete in our global economy and to further develop the area’s brand as a significant global player in education, training, and innovation.

Let’s challenge ourselves to do two things: 1. Become more knowledgeable about other organizations that serve the business community; and 2. Be more inclusive and entrepreneurial in developing and furthering partnerships to benefit and strengthen businesses in Capital Area.

Stephen R. Barrington, MPA
Business Services Manager
Capital Area Workforce Development Board
2321 Crabtree Boulevard, Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27604
(919) 856-6046

Monday, December 13, 2010

JCC Small Business Center Holds Free Business Seminars in January

The Small Business Center at JCC provides free seminars and counseling to support the development of new small businesses and the growth of existing small businesses. The following free seminars will be held in January.

10 Steps to Starting Your Own Business
This seminar will give you an overall understanding of the steps you need to take to make your dream venture a reality. It includes topics such as researching your market; defining your business structure; determining the needed local/state taxes, fees and licenses; developing a marketing strategy, setting up your record keeping system and writing your business plan.
Course Code: SBC 3601 01P
Dates/Days: January 10, 2011 (M)
Course Times: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Workforce Development Center 1032
Instructor: McLamb
Registration Fee: Free

Improving Workplace Relationships
This course will explore the common dynamics of workplace relationships. Through candid lecture and interactive exercises, participants will discover effective ways in which people can improve behaviors that support healthy relationships and boost desired performance. Concepts to be addressed include personal styles, values, communication, conflict, and respect. Participants are urged to ask questions or share real-life success stories where they succeeded in turning a negative interaction into a more positive and productive one. The course will provide participants with a no-nonsense approach in working more harmoniously with others to successfully meet and exceed workplace goals.
Course Code: SBC 3601 29P
Dates/Days: January 12, 2011 (W)
Course Times: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Workforce Development Center 1034A
Instructor: Tarantino
Registration Fee: FREE (You may bring your lunch.)

Web to English Translation: Effectively Communicating with your Web Developer
Does talking to your web developer leave you questioning whether they learned English in high school? Are you left unsure of whether the language barrier challenges will eliminate any hope of getting the online image you are hoping for? Get familiar with some of the common terms and concepts in the web design industry. Learn where to find answers to become an educated consumer of these services. Explore some of the different types of web sites and marketing approaches used online and how these can be aligned with your business plan.
Course Code: SBC 3601 23P
Dates/Days: January, 20 2011 (Th)
Course Times: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Workforce Development Center 1032
Instructor: Schmieder
Registration Fee: Free

Are You Ready to Start Your Own Business?
This seminar is a hands-on way to learn more about entrepreneurship. It encourages participants to think like an entrepreneur while learning about small business management. By the end of the seminar, each participant will have analyzed their reasons for considering entrepreneurship and will have assessed their capabilities to successfully create a business.

Course Code: SBC 3601 03P
Dates/Days: January 24, 2011 (M)
Course Times: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Workforce Development Center 1032
Instructor: Cockrell
Registration Fee: Free
Book: None

How to Raise Your Credit Score to Over 740 Points
A good credit score is now considered to be 740 points or higher. Should you have one credit card or four? Should you pay off your balances every month or carry a balance? Should you carry a credit card even though you have not used it in years? The answers to these questions may surprise you when it comes to increasing your credit score. Now more than ever, having good credit is important in being able to obtain a loan. Your credit score is also important in determining the interest rate of your loans, your insurance premiums and deposits required for phone and utility services. As of October 1, 2005, every adult in North Carolina has been able to receive a free credit report from each of the three credit reporting. Do you understand these reports and how to read them? In this three-hour seminar we will discuss the history of credit scoring, how to read a credit report and what factors are used in calculating your FICO or Beacon score. You will learn the legal tricks credit bureaus do not reveal on how to raise your score simply by the way you use your credit cards, treat inquiries, make your payments and carry balances. This seminar will also include information about the importance of maintaining good credit and the positive financial consequences it produces. Using several proven methods, your credit score could increase by 50-100 points or more within 60 days. Make plans to attend now!

Course Code: SBC 3601 04P
Dates/Days: January 25, 2011 (T)
Course Times: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Public Safety Services Complex J1510
Instructor: Moore
Registration Fee: Free

Selling in a Tough Economy – NFL Style
Jim will help you learn effective sales processes and skills for today’s difficult times. He will share tips on how to uncover (sometimes-hidden) opportunities and how to benefit from this “newfound” sales knowledge. Jim has over 25 years of successful experience in Sales/Sales Management/Sales Training/Customer Service and has helped hundreds of companies and individuals improve their sales productivity, grow revenue, and enhance customer relationships.
Course Code: SBC 3601 05P
Dates/Days: January 26, 2011 (W)
Course Times: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Workforce Development Center 1032
Instructor: Joyce
Registration Fee: FREE (You may bring your lunch.)

How to Write a Business Plan
A strong business plan is a critical part of business success. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. This workshop covers the basics you need to put together a business plan that will assist you with start up and funding your business.

Course Code: SBC 3601 06P
Dates/Days: January 31, 2011 (M)
Course Times: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Workforce Development Center 1032
Instructor: McLamb
Registration Fee: Free

To register for these seminars, contact Rosa Andrews at 919-209-2015 or or register through the SBC website at

Friday, December 10, 2010

Clayton Christmas Parade Tomorrow - Main Street Closure Info

The holiday spirit comes to downtown Clayton this Saturday - December 11th, with the 2010 Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Clayton Chamber of Commerce.

The parade, which begins at 3 PM on Main Street, will feature floats, local marching bands, area businesses, civic and church organizations and OF COURSE - a visit from the jolly man in red - SANTA CLAUS! ! !

11:00 am - 6:00 pm: E Main Street (US 70 to Smith St.)
1:45 pm - 6:00 pm: ALL of Main Street to Atkinson Street will be closed.

For additional information, please feel free to contact the Chamber at 553-6352 or email
Eye of the Eagle Art Center is hosting 14 year old Rebecca Brown tomorrow (December 11) between 12-3pm to do a book signing. She is presently a freshman at Princeton High School and has been writing since she was 13. They have already sold a couple of her books, so be sure to stop by before the Christmas Parade!

NEWS ARTICLE: Record Crowd Kicks Off Christmas in Clayton

BRIAN RAPP• 12.08.2010 (Clayton News-Star)

The weather outside wasn’t frightful Thursday night – as Clayton Downtown Development Director Bruce Naegelen commented later, “it was seasonably chilly.”

And the atmosphere on Main Street was absolutely delightful as a throng estimated to be in excess of 4,000 turned out for the 19th annual Clayton Christmas Village and Tree Lighting festivities. (Full Article)

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Competitive Training Grant Applications Being Sought by Businesses in Johnston and Wake Counties

Capital Area Workforce Development Board (CAWDB) is accepting applications from businesses that seek a training grant up to $25,000 for their current employees. Signed and completed applications must be received no later than January 14, 2011 at 5:00 PM.

Incumbent Workforce Development Program (IWDP) provides funding to North Carolina businesses for educational and occupational skills training for current employees. The goal is to help businesses give their employees the training they need to take their business to the next level. Businesses may apply for grants up to $25,000 per year with a $40,000 lifetime limit.

CAWDB is responsible for administration, oversight, reporting, and monitoring IWDP for Johnston and Wake counties. We accept grant applications several times per year.

For more information or to request an application, please contact Stephen Barrington at or (919) 856-6046.

30-Minute Parking Signs to Come Down Today

The 30-minute time limt signs in the 300 block of East Main Street will come down today. They were installed to provide some customer considerations in front of the businesses immediately impacted by the closing of the Town Lot Project while under construction. The Clayton Town Council last night officially took action to allow the removal of those signs. The businesses which had the time limited parking were Fine Jewelry by Vincent, Awards & Engravables, Esquire Barber, Beddingfield's Pharmacy, Connie's, and Flowers by the Neuse.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Thousands Attend Clayton's Christmas Village & Tree Lighting

More than 4,000 people attended Clayton's Christmas Village & Tree Lighting event on Thursday, December 2 in downtown Clayton. In his welcoming remarks during the Tree Lighting ceremony, Clayton Dowtown Development Association, Inc President Edward Knight announced it was a "record attendance" for the event.

91-year old Clayton native and WWII veteran, Bill O'Neal was the Grand Marshall for the event and rode with Santa in the horse and carriage all evening and provided the count-down to light the tree itself. The tree was lit a few beats earlier than Mr. O'Neal's count, but a large cheer went up when it was lit and the countdown ended. Here's a video of the countdown and lighting.

The event included student performances from local schools, local musicians and a live nativity. Downtown businesses reported good activity during their open house and the Doggie Christmas Costume Contest & Parade was well attended. The contest winner was a Papillion mix, "Missy" who came as a Christmas present; 2nd place was chihuaha "Halo" who came as Rudolph in a sleigh and 3rd place was "Oliver, a Yorky dressed as a snowflake.

Stroefront Decoration Contest winners were presented with plaques which they will display in their business for a year:
Best Overall: City Florist

Most Creative: The Coffee Mill

Most Traditional: Lipscomb's Learning Center

Grinch Award - SignAge of the Carolinas. Mayor Jody McLeod holds up this year's "Grinch Award" and noted that, "the bar has been raised and you'll have to see why at 218 W Main Street." 
218 W Main

The event was organized by the Clayton Downtown Development Association, Inc. with DDA Promotion Committee members, Debbie Brown, owner of Sunshine Health Wellness, and Lorraine Perri as event co-chairs. They did a marvelous job with the help of about 35 volunteers, including the Clayton Youth Council from Clayton Parks & Recreation.  

Sponsors of the event are Town of Clayton, Clayton Glass & Mirror, Talecris, Clayton News-Star and Time Warner Cable.

See you next year on Thursday, December 1, 2011!!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Taylor Leopold, 2010 Clayton Idol to Perform at Christmas Village & Tree Lighting

Among the musicians and performers at Clayton's Christmas Village & Tree Lighting, will be 2010 Clayton Idol winner, Taylor Leopold. The 16-year old singer-songwriter picked up the guitar for the first time when she was 10 years old. She has written dozens of songs over the past few years and is now working towards releasing them on a self-published album, with an expected relase date in late 2011.

She was the 2010 Clayton Idol winner this past fall at the Harvest Fesitval, sponsored by the Clayton Chamber of Commerce.

Taylor will be performing in front of Fancy That at 120 E Main Street from 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm.

Doggie Christmas Parade - Register Now!

Contestants in the Doggie Christmas Costume Contest & Parade will gather at Doggie Do'z, 113 E First Street at 6:00 pm Thursday, Dec 2 and then start the parade down Main Street toward Jone's Lunch where the costumes will be judged and prizes awarded.

The contest and parade is a popular activity of the Christmas Village & Tree Lighting which takes place in downtown Clayton from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, with the Tree Lighting Ceremony starting at 8:15 and ending with the Tree Lighting Countdown at precisley 8:30 pm.

Participants are asked to bring a small donation for the Johnston County Animal Shelter. For more information, call Doggie Do'z at (919) 553-5959.

Christmas Village & Tree Lighting Schedule & Map

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Kathy Mattea Holiday Show “Songs and the Season” Sells Out at The Clayton Center, Standing Room Only On Sale Now

Popular singer/songwriter Kathy Mattea again proved her popularity with the Clayton audience when reserved seating for her Dec. 3 show, “Songs and the Season,” SOLD OUT this week. A limited number of Standing Room Only tickets are now available.

Mattea’s spiritual and eclectic Christmas music program Songs and the Season draws material from her Grammy Award-winning Good News holiday album and the acclaimed follow-up Joy for Christmas Day. Mattea also will perform a sampling of her best-loved signature songs, including “Love at the Five and Dime,” “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses,” “455 Rocket,” and “Where’ve You Been?” and songs from her latest release, COAL.

Mattea has twice been named Female Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association and won her first Grammy in 1990 for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. She has recorded close to 30 Top 40 country hits, five gold albums and a platinum-selling greatest hits compilation. Her most recent CD, Coal, was nominated for Traditional Folk Album of the Year at the 2008 Grammy Awards.

Standing Room Only tickets for Kathy Mattea: “Songs and the Season” are $15, plus service fees. These spots are truly standing room only; no seats will be available for patrons who purchase tickets for this section.

Individual SRO tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 919-553-1737 or at The Clayton Center Box Office at 111 E. Second St. in downtown Clayton from 10 a.m. until noon and from 1 until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Downtown Clayton “Storefront Decoration Contest” Winners Announced

Clayton’s Christmas Village & Tree Lighting is December 2 starting at 6:00 pm with business open house, music and dance and ending with the Tree Lighting Ceremony beginning at 8:15 in Town Square.

Leading up to this very popular event, the Clayton Downtown Development Association has announced the winners in its annual “Storefront Decoration Contest” which were judged last weekend:

Most Creative: The Coffee Mill, 105 S. Lombard St

Honorable Mentions: Elmore Furniture, 225 E Main; ABC Plumbing, 220 E Main; Main Street Jewelers, 236 E Main; Signage of the Carolina’s, 218 W Main

Most Traditional: Lipscomb’s Learning Center, 446 E Second St

Honorable Mentions: Edward Jones, 331 E Main; Awards & Engravables, 327 E Main

Best Overall: City Florist, 549 E Main St

Honorable Mentions: Flowers by the Neuse, 321 E Main; The Wagner House, 121 E Main; North Carolina Paper Company, 114 W Main

The Grinch Award will be announced at the Tree Lighting ceremony.

This year’s contest winners will be presented a plaque during the Tree Lighting Ceremony which starts about 8:15 pm at Town Square. Last year’s winners, who judged this year’s decorations, will present the plaque in each category, which will be displayed in the winning business until next year. The plaque will have a photo of their storefront decoration and the business name engraved as the 2010 winner in their category.

Event co-chairs, Debbie Brown and Lorraine Perri said the contest occurred about a week earlier than in the past encourage residents and others to visit downtown Clayton a bit earlier to look at the decorations and see what downtown has to offer for holiday shopping. “Downtown looks wonderful with many businesses already decorated,” said Ms. Brown, who owns Sunshine Health on Main Street. She added, “Some businesses indicated the contest was a little too early for them, but they will be decorated by December 2 to help create the holiday feeling for the Christmas Village & Tree Lighting.”

The public decorations will be lit on Monday, November 29 and the DDA encourages all businesses to keep their lights on at night to showcase their decorations and promote their business.

For more information and schedule updates, visit; email or call 553-1545.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Christmas Village & Tree Lighting Ad

Top Five Reasons to Shop Local This Saturday

From Barbara Wold,

Here are the top five reasons to support a small business on Small Business Saturday:

1. Buying local creates jobs: As the old saying goes, everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. Well, the same could be said for jobs. Congress just changed hands mainly because of jobs, and President Obama’s job is in trouble because of jobs. We all want more jobs, but no one seems to be able to create them.  But buying local is YOUR chance to do something about it.

Did you know that half of all employees in the U.S. work for small business, and that small businesses create 60 percent of all new jobs? By participating in Small Business Saturday (and small business Sunday through Friday too) you foster job creation in a very real and tangible way.

Buy local, create a job.

2. Small business fosters community: What is a community, anyway? It is a group of people with something in common. If you go downtown in your city, the community you will likely find is one of small business owners. When a downtown has a bustling small business district, it is usually said there is a strong community there, and conversely, when there are too many empty storefronts, it is bad for the community.

By buying local then, and supporting your neighborhood small businesses, you are fostering a strong community in your community.

3. Buying local keeps the dream alive: What is a small business? Sure, from an economic perspective it is an entity engaged in commerce that sells goods or services for a profit. But that dry definition fails to do justice to what a small business really is.

A small business is someone’s dream.

It takes a lot of courage to leave the security of a 9 to 5 job and venture out on one’s own. Being an entrepreneur is a risky enterprise that usually happens when someone’s passion is so overpowering they cannot help but start their own business. Given that most small business people have little formal business education and that they are fueled by passion more than profit, they are generally a self-taught lot who learn as they go, make mistakes, keep calm and carry on.

By supporting small business, you are allowing someone to live the dream another day.

4. Buying local boosts your local economy: There is an economic ripple effect that occurs when you support a small business.

First of all, as indicated, it fosters jobs; the owner needs to hire people to service his customers.

But the economic ripple goes far beyond that. There are the employees with money in their pocket; they spend that money with other small businesses. Moreover, there is the business owner with profit in her pocket. She spends that on buying more goods to sell, on taking care of her family, and on growing her business. Then, there is the business. That business pays taxes, which helps build roads and fund schools and the police.

Buying local creates an economic cycle that helps everyone.

5. Buying local creates a ripple in society: Think about throwing a pebble into a still pond. It creates a concentric circle that starts small and then ripples out bigger and bigger, right? Well, that is exactly what happens when you support a local small business, and this ripple is different than the economic ripple. This is a spiritual/psychological ripple.

When a small business person succeeds, it is noticed. It may be a child who sees that dad didn’t have such a kooky idea after all and that dreams do come true. Or it may be the entrepreneur’s neighbor, who sees the successes and decides that he could do it too.

The ripple grows.

One successful small business begets others. New entrepreneurs create more entrepreneurs. Enthusiasm breeds imitation. Suddenly, that blighted block downtown is bustling with energy.

And it all starts, literally, when you choose to spend some money at a local small business.

Celebrate “Small Business Saturday” by visiting your favorite locally owned businesses on Saturday, November 27th.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

“Christmas Village & Tree Lighting” Scheduled for Downtown Clayton on December 2

What does Santa Claus, Mayor Jody McLeod, and WWII veteran Bill O’Neal all have in common? Along with several thousand residents, they will be part of Clayton’s “Christmas Village & Tree Lighting” event on Thursday, December 2 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm in downtown Clayton.

Organized by the Clayton Downtown Development Association (CDDA), this is the fourth year that Clayton’s Main Street will close for 2-1/2 hours of music, holiday cheer, business open house, live Nativity, and the traditional tree lighting on the Town Square. “There’s a lot of activity on Main Street that night,” according to Lorraine Perri, co-chair of the event with Debbie Brown. “Last year nearly 4,000 people came downtown for the event,” she added.

“This event has become quite successful over the past several years and downtown business owners get good results,” said Ed Knight. “We want our residents to shop locally and this is a good opportunity to show them the type and quality of stores and services in downtown.”

Click here for the full schedule of events and activities.

Here's a brief rundown of activities:
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – along Main Street
- Downtown Business Open House
- Doggie Christmas Costume Contest and Parade
- Live Nativity
- Elementary School and church performances
- Clayton High Chorus at multiple locations
- Clayton High Concert Band
- Horne Memorial Handbell Choir
- Taylor Leopold, 2010 Clayton Idol Winner

8:00 pm – 8:10 pm
- Clayton High Marching Band from Lombard Street to Town Square

8:15 pm – 8:29 pm
- Welcome from Santa Claus, Mayor Jody McLeod and Grand Marshall & WWII Veteran Bill O’Neal
- Introduction of Storefront Decoration Contest Winners
- Music

8:30 pm – sharp!
- Countdown to light the Community Tree!

All downtown restaurants will be open and the Wagner House is offering a special Christmas buffet by reservation. Main Street will be closed and clear of all vehicles from 5:30 pm until 9:00 pm.

Clayton Mayor Jody McLeod will be the Master of Ceremonies and he will be accompanied by Clayton native and WWII veteran, Bill O’Neal, who will ride through downtown in a horse and carriage prior to the Tree Lighting ceremony.

Main Street will officially be closed from Smith Street to O’Neil Street from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm so a special environment of festivities and activity can be created there.

A schedule of events and map will be posted online at the Town’s website ( and the DDA website ( before Thanksgiving.

Here are details of all the events and activities:

The Merchant’s Open House – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – This is an opportunity for residents to experience what downtown has to offer from retail to service businesses. Many merchants will provide some sort of holiday refreshment, whether it is cider, soft drinks, cookies, and candies.

Dance & Choral Performances – Students from Clayton schools and studios will provide holiday performances, on a stage in the center of downtown.

Doggie Christmas Costume Contest & Parade – This continues to be a most popular contest. All contestants will gather at 6:00 pm at Doggie Do’z at 113 E First Street and then parade toward the Live Nativity at 439 E Main Street for judging and photos! All participants are requested to bring a small donation for Johnston County Animal Shelter. For more information, call Doggie Do’z at 553-5959.

Live Nativity – will be relocated to a fence-lined lot in the 400 block of E Main Street – follow the signs!

Donations - Toys for Tots drop-off box at Awards & Engravables, 327 E Main Street and Canned Goods for Clayton Area Ministries at Chamber of Commerce, 301 E Main Street.

Downtown Storefront Decorating Contest - Award Categories are Most Creative, Most Traditional and Best Overall. The judging will take place on November 20 & 21 by the winners of last year’s contest, but winners will receive the category plaque to display in their store all year.
Tree Lighting Ceremony – Activities on Main Street will end by 8:00 pm as everyone will be led by the Clayton High School Marching Band to the Christmas tree at Town Square. Storefront Decorating Contest awards will be announced, and then everyone will join in the countdown to light the Tree at 8:30 pm sharp!

For more information and schedule updates, visit or email or call 553-1545.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Clayton Christmas Village & Tree Lighting - Thursday, December 2

This Saturday! HOLIDAY MARKET - From Clayton Farm & Community Market

On the Town Square from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm  This Saturday!  November 20th

Shop Local, Shop Fresh

The freshest ingredients for your

Thanksgiving meal. One-of-a-kind local crafts and prepared foods for holiday giving and enjoying.

Our regular craft and food vendors, as well as other invited vendors will be setting up their tents on our regular spot-- the Town Square--during regular market hours: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Come by this Saturday to stock up for the holidays.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

December Wagner House Christmas Buffet - Evening of Christmas Village & Tree Lighting

The Growing Menace of Being Average - by Jon Schallert

There is nothing more damaging to a business, or to a business district, than being average. In fact, if I am a business owner, I would rather have a customer tell me that my business is horrible in every aspect, rather than a customer telling me: “Your business is average”. Give me horrible over average. At least, I know where I stand with customers if they hate what I deliver.

Here’s something else about a horrible business: fellow business owners can see horrible a mile away. Consumers do too. Consumers can spot a horrible business from half way down the block. Or, they can drive by, just look at the front window of a store and they can sense horrible. “Yuck,” their brain says. “I’m not going in there.” And they don’t.

People look at awful and say: “That’s flat-out awful!” Sure, they talk about it, but it’s dismissed. It’s an outcast, a pariah. People avoid it naturally. It’s like that creepy guy sitting on the downtown bench that smells like spoiled milk. You cross the street rather than walking by.

And here’s what’s unfair: horrible businesses scream for attention, and get it. Once I consulted in a city (in a state I won’t name), that had a great downtown except for a tacky X-rated book and movie store. Guess where that store is today? I couldn’t tell you, but I know it’s gone. In another city, one absentee landlord owned a building that was a supreme blemish to an otherwise developing downtown. A couple of years later, that building was torn down, and it’s now a park. (Again, I don’t know the details, just the result). In a city last month, I was taken to an awful looking costume shop and asked what to do with such an eyesore. Why is it that the worst looking, worst run businesses get all the attention? Because people see horrible businesses, and jump into action to correct them.

But an average business is another matter. No one jumps, no one acts, and no one focuses on the average. Worse, owners of average businesses think they are operating their businesses adequately, when they’re not.

Here’s how I think of it, and this comes from my early years of teaching high school. An average business is like that runny nose kid who’d come to my class everyday, coughing and wiping his nose on his sleeve. The parent wanted the kid in class, thinking the kid wasn’t really sick. Even though the kid was technically in class, he was not healthy, not alert, and not learning; just there. Essentially, I was trying to teach a human Petri dish whose only daily success was spreading germs throughout my classroom.

An average business is like that kid. Present, eyes-open, but still sick. Thinking it’s doing fine, when it’s really stagnant and infecting those around it.

Relate this to your town or city. Can you think of an owner of an average business in your community? Sure, you can. He’s a nice person. He comes to Chamber meetings, and volunteers at the school. But be honest now: Do you tell your out-of-town guests that they absolutely must visit his business before they fly back home, and if they don’t they’ll forever miss out on a one-of-a-kind experience? Gotcha pegged, don’t I?

As owners, we have developed the ability to identify an average business better than customers. Most customers can’t see average from the street. Instead, they walk into average businesses and walk back out, impressionless. No memories. No moments of surprise. Baskin Robbins with only vanilla.

Face facts. If you have a neighbor who has an average looking business, it reflects on your marketplace, it hurts your business, and it hurts other businesses around you. And just like that kid’s viruses, average businesses multiply. Everyone looks at the horrible business and wants to avoid it. But we tolerate average businesses and think they are fine.

What’s even worse are that comparisons lead to the spread of average. One business owner compares his business to the average business next door, and starts to feel satisfied with what he’s created. Since businesses have a tendency to rise to the lowest level of competency, average multiplies and no one notices. Soon, it’s epidemic. Everyone opens up the doors to their businesses every morning, thinking they’re fine, until an entire business district or an entire city is permeated with underachieving, unimpressive, forgettable businesses not living up to their potential.

I know this is a harsh criticism of being average. You might be shocked because for years, in school, we were told that a letter grade of a “C” was acceptable. We were told that a C was OK. A grade of C meant that you weren’t the smartest, but hey, you weren’t failing repeatedly like Joey, the only seventh grader who could drive to school.

Here’s my point: in the world of creating a Destination Business that consumers want to seek out, “C’s” don’t count! Worse: today’s economy spits out average businesses every day.

Here’s my suggestion: Resolve as a business owner to go and look at what you’ve created. Deep down, you know where average resides in your business. It’s in your windows. It’s that new person you hired and didn’t train. It’s in your marketing materials that you designed yourself, and in your 10-year old website that was never updated. It’s that list of major to-do’s you wrote but never make time to tackle. It’s you and how you lead your team. I could go on, but they now tack on big fines for hitting helmet-to-helmet.

Remember this: In the big picture of creating a successful business that generates higher sales, real profits, and might actually be worth selling someday, average is not enough if you want to become a Destination. If these sound like your goals, a passing grade won’t be enough.
Jon Schallert is an internationally-recognized speaker and small business expert who teaches businesses and communities how to turn themselves into Consumer Destination. Schallert speaks to thousands annually on his proprietary 14-step "Destination Business" process, which he developed over the course of twenty-one (21) years of working with small business owners. Jon’s Destination Business strategy has been used extensively by cities, towns, downtowns, shopping centers, retail chains, franchises, and independent small business owners.

Friday, November 12, 2010

"World's Largest Tiny Art Show" Exhibit at Eye of the Eagle Art Through December

The Eye of the Eagle Art in downtown Clayton announces the “2nd Annual World’s Largest Tiny Art Show!” The exhibit opened November 1 2010 in the Gray Room and features Art Pieces no larger than 6 x 6 from local artist. The exhibit closes on December 31, 2010.

The Eye of the Eagle Art Center encourages browsing and welcomes everyone to tour the center.

The mission of The Eye of the Eagle Art is to support the arts, the artists both professional and emerging, and bring the arts alive in the community.

Please contact the Eye of the Eagle Art to obtain an application or get more details about this opportunity. The gallery and art center is located at 131 E First Street, Clayton, NC 27520. Gallery Hours are 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. You can call 919-585-2461, email or go to for further information.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Speakers & Video From DDA Awards Dinner

There were three speakers at the 2010 DDA Annual Awards Dinner Monday night.

Town Manager Steve Biggs discussed the completion of the Town Lot Project, which will be officially named soon. He noted that financing of the $300,000 project came from the sale of a Town easement. Mr. Biggs also talked about the Clayton Law Enforcement Center which is under construction in downtown.

Teresa Watts, Assistant Director of the NC Main Street Center told the audience what they could expect when Clayton hosts the NC Main Street Conference in January, 2012. She said 350-400 people will likely attend the conference at the Clayton Center in downtown. Ms. Watts added, “The DDA will be seeking your help in volunteering, sponsorships and coupons and giveaways for conference bags.”

VIDEO: Teresa Watts

Mayor Jody McLeod said he was very proud of the new parking lot and that is a “new focal point” in downtown. He also said the several hundred people who will be coming to the NC Main Street Conference in 2012, “will be thinking, ‘where is Clayton North Carolina?’ and we will be able to share that best kept secret, and that is what Clayton has turned into.”

VIDEO: Mayor Jody McLeod

Clayton Downtown Development Association Presents Awards

The “Think Clayton Think Downtown” Awards were presented on November 8, 2010 during the Clayton Downtown Development Association’s 2010 Downtown Awards Dinner. It was held at the Clayton Steakhouse. This is the second year the Clayton Downtown Development Association has presented an awards program recognizing businesses and individuals who Think Clayton and Think Downtown through their commitments of time, advocacy and resources.

Here is the list of award winners for 2010:

2010 NC Main Street Champion - Michael Grannis

2010 Outstanding Downtown Business - Main Street Jewelers, 236 E Main Street

2010 Outstanding New Downtown Business- Lucky Chicken Peruvian Restaurant, 226 E Main Street

2010 Outstanding Downtown Staff Person - Dorothy Harris, Main Street Jewelers

2010 Best Façade Improvement Over $10,000 - 126 E Main Street

2010 Best Façade Improvement Under $10,000 - 424 E Main Street

2010 DDA Volunteer of the Year - Lorraine Perri

Details and photographs can be found by visiting 2010 Think Clayton Think Downtown Awards

Town Lot Project is Complete...Including Parking!

Friday, November 05, 2010

Town Lot Project is Open...Except for Parking

The Town Lot at Lombard & Main is open, except for parking. That will be next week sometime, but the public area is open, benches are waiting to be used and everyone is welcome to walk, sit and enjoy!

For more photos and info, visit

We're also going to post photos of folks sitting, walking, and otherwise enjoying Clayton's newest downtown public space - so post yours on the Downtown Clayton, NC Facebook page!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

The Fence is Down! The Fence is Down!

The construction fence that surrounded the Town Lot at Lombard & Main since the end of July has come down!

Although parking will likely be restricted until next week, the fence was scheduled to come down today, and in the rain, they took it away.

On street parking on Main Street is back to normal and the time-limited parking in the 300 block of Main Street will be lifted soon.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Living Legends of Gospel To Perform at The Clayton Center Nov. 6

Seventy years into an phenomenal career and still led by one of their original members, The Blind Boys of Alabama thrill audiences with their remarkable, soulful interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary rock music.

The Blind Boys of Alabama – including frontman Jimmy Carter, one of the three founding fathers of the group – appear at The Clayton Center on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m.

“It is a privilege to present The Blind Boys of Alabama,” Heidi Stump, executive director of The Clayton Center, said. “They have had an enormous influence on several generations of audiences, and their shows cover everything from gospel to soul and R&B and even rock-and-roll.”

The Blind Boys first came together as youngsters at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939. The group appeared for nearly 40 years almost exclusively on the black gospel circuit and their recordings, dating back to 1948 with their hit “I Can See Everybody’s Mother But Mine,” are widely recognized as being influential for many gospel, R&B and rock-and-roll artists.

Unlike some of their old-time gospel music brethren, the Blind Boys eagerly embrace popular music, bringing their deep, soulful gospel sound to mainstream audiences. They have formed friendships with an impressive array of musicians who span a wealth of genres. Lou Reed, John Hammond, Toots Hibbert, Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles, Ben Harper, Randy Travis, and Bonnie Raitt are among those featured on the Blind Boys’ most recent CD Duets (Saguaro Road Records).

The Blind Boys have amassed a notable array of honors in the last decade alone. They were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2007 and are the recipients of two Grammy nominations, five Grammy Awards, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Piedmont bluesman John Dee Holeman appears with the Blind Boys.

Tickets for the Nov. 6 show are $27.50, and may be purchased through The Clayton Center Box Office, located at 111 E. Second Street in downtown Clayton, from 10 a.m. until noon and from 1 until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, by phone at 919-553-1737, or online at

The third show in The Clayton Center’s Palladian Series is Songs and the Season, Friday, Dec. 3, performance by Kathy Mattea. Tickets are $29.

Governor Bev Perdue's "Set Government Straight" Initiative

Although not specifically downtown-related, anything to reduce government "clutter"is probably a good thing. Read on!

The Governor has announced an initiative to suss out outdated and nonsensical regulations in state government. Business resource advisors and business owners can share their concerns about current regulations with the Governor’s staff at

Comments may be submitted anonymously.

Following is the press release about the initiative form the Governor’s Office dated Wednesday, October 20th.

Governor Stops New Rulemaking Unless Absolutely Necessary
Perdue asks citizens to point out regulations that “defy common sense”

RALEIGH – Gov. Bev Perdue today issued a directive to her cabinet secretaries and a request of Council of State members: do not create any new rules unless they are absolutely necessary. In addition, she announced a larger plan to set government straight by soliciting input from citizens, local governments, community groups, businesses and state employees who recognize antiquated, outdated or frustrating rules in need of reform or elimination.

“I am calling on the people of this state who come into contact with state government to talk to me. Tell me what isn’t working for you when you go to a state agency for a permit, or a license, or any other project that falls under state regulation,” said Perdue. “My rule is the ‘plain common sense rule’ – if a regulation is needed, make sure it’s efficient for the user, transparent to the public and has real value for North Carolina citizens.”

The Governor signed Executive Order # 70 laying out a three-fold plan:

1. Direct cabinet secretaries and request council of state members to stop creation of any new rules unless absolutely necessary;

2. Require all new rules proposed by cabinet agencies to be reviewed by the Office of State Budget and Management and justified by the requesting agency; and

3. Solicit input from citizens, community groups, local governments, businesses and state employees on rules and regulations that should be reviewed, eliminated or consolidated.

Speaking at Perry Harrison Elementary School in Pittsboro, Perdue unveiled a new website where citizens can submit their suggestions,

Every single suggestion will be reviewed by officials in North Carolina’s Office of State Budget and Management. Rules selected for further review will be sent to the appropriate state agency and to outside experts who can provide guidance as to if and how the rule could be changed.

Perdue pointed to the school’s playground as an example of a state rule that defied common sense. Because of a regulation that governs childcare facility playgrounds but does not apply to public schools, children enrolled in after school programs that operate in a school were not allowed to play on the school’s playground. “Because of a silly rule, when the bell rang, the same playground these kids were on all day long suddenly wasn’t good enough,” Perdue said.

She also gave examples of rules that would prohibit building wind turbines off shore and that would slow general contractors’ ability to take on new projects and hire more people.

VIDEO: Last Day of Clayton Farmers Market with Deborah Hooker

A short video with Clayton Farm & Community Market President Deborah Hooker providing a brief overview of the Farmers Market's second season and promo of the upcoming Holiday Markets

Clayton Farmers Market - Holiday Markets

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tickets On Sale for DDA 2010 Annual Awards Dinner - Nov 8

Tickets are available for the Clayton Downtown Development Association's 2010 Awards Dinner on November 8 at the Clayton Steakhouse.

The event begins with a social hour at 5:30 pm and program and dinner at 6:30 pm.

Tickets are just $25 per person and include a dinner choice of steak, chicken or tilapia, with beverage and dessert.

The 2010 “Think Downtown” Awards categories include:

• Outstanding Downtown Business

• Outstanding New Downtown Business

• Outstanding Staff Person within a Downtown Business or Organization.

Other recognitions will include two facade awards, DDA Volunteer of the Year and the announcement of Clayton’s 2010 NC Main Street Champion, who will also be recognized at the NC Main Street Annual Awards Dinner in Shelby on January 27.

The DDA’s Organization Committee Chair, Betsy Grannis said, “This is our opportunity to publicly recognize the people and businesses that are making a difference in downtown Clayton.”

Highlights of the program will include a brief review of DDA’s accomplishments this past year, recognition of outgoing DDA members and a Silent Auction. A social time with a cash bar will begin at 5:30 pm.

Guest speakers will be:

• Clayton Town Manager Steve Biggs, who will discuss two downtown construction projects: the Town Lot Project at Lombard & Main and the new Clayton Law Enforcement Center project.

• Teresa Watts, Assistant Director of the NC Main Street Center will briefly discuss the NC Main Street Conference which will be hosted in Clayton in January 2012.

Last year’s event was a “smashing success,” said DDA Chairman, Ed Knight, and he expects the dinner to be sold out again this year, too.

Tickets for the DDA Annual Awards Dinner are available. All DDA board members and committee members will have them for sale and they are also available at these locations:

Awards & Engravables, 327 E Main Street
Clayton Steakhouse, 307 E Main Street
Fancy That, 120 E Main Street.
Main Street Jewelers, 236 E Main Street

For more information please contact Downtown Development Coordinator Bruce Naegelen at or 553-1545 x5403

Photo from the 2009 Awards Dinner