Friday, January 22, 2010

Clayton Chamber Names Small Business & Citizen of Year

Congratulations to the Clayton Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet last night.

Winner of the Small Business of the Year, Morning Glory Inn, owner Betsy Grannis

and Citizen of the Year, Michael Sims for his work with the Kids Cafe.

Among their other volunteer work, Mike & Betsy are also on the Clayton Downtown Development Association! Congratulations to both!

Etta May's One-Woman Show Tonight!

The reigning Queen of Southern Sass – Etta May – returns to Clayton TONIGHT (Friday, Jan. 22) with her new one-woman, two-act show, Dr. Etta (Family Specialist).

If you’ve ever seen Etta May before, you haven’t seen her like this. Dr. Etta is a unique, original, one-woman show that everyone – parents, grandparents and teenagers alike – can relate to on many levels.

Staged as a seminar, the performance takes a hilarious and heartfelt look at the breakdown of the American Family, in a style that is uniquely and unequivocally Etta May. Part stand-up comedy, part theatre, Dr. Etta (Family Specialist) will have you laughing one minute and crying the next.

Star of the wildly popular tour “Southern Fried Chicks,” Etta May is a favorite of The Clayton Center audience. The “Chicks” sold out the Center last year and performed before a Standing Room Only crowd.

“Etta May is always a hit when she performs here,” Heidi Stump, executive director of The Clayton Center, said. “Her comedy resonates with a wide audience. This particular show blends her distinct style of stand-up comedy with a new take on theatre.”

A seasoned performer with a huge fan base, Etta May is among the winners of the prestigious American Comedy Awards title “Stand-Up Comic of the Year.” A favorite of XM & Sirius radio’s comedy channels plus the syndicated Bob & Tom show, Etta May is a regular on Country Music Television and has appeared on Oprah, Comic Strip Live and MTV and as a guest commentator on CBS Sunday Morning.

Tickets to Dr. Etta (Family Specialist) are $20 plus service fees. A group rate for purchases of 10 or more tickets is available. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 919-553-1737, at The Clayton Center Box Office, 111 E. Second Street in downtown Clayton, from 10 a.m. until noon and from 1 until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at

Other popular artists presented in past seasons at The Clayton Center include Kathy Mattea, Johnny Winter, Jesse Cook, Jim Brickman, Doc Watson, Eileen Ivers, Riders In the Sky, the Harlem Gospel Choir and David Sedaris.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Downtown Clayton Gateway Sign Under Construction

A long-anticipated gateway sign welcoming people to downtown Clayton has begun to take shape. The new sign, located at E Main Street and US 70 Business, is expected to be completed in early February.

From The Flipside!


Open Mic: Tracy Wiebeck hosting. Everyone is welcome!

Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Early Bird Specials - 5:00 to 6:30 15% off all dinner entrees (including nightly features) Dine in only.


1/2 price wine by the glass







Thursday, January 14, 2010

Community Mobilizing to Help Haiti Survivors

Clayton Mayor Jody McLeod put out an urgent call Wednesday for donations of money and supplies for the survivors of Tuesday's massive earthquake in Haiti, including four Clayton residents who are there on a medical mission. The Mayor said community leaders worked through the day to secure a plane that he hopes will be given permission to fly directly to the devastated area to deliver as much as it can carry."Fly the plane in, and fly the plane out, that's what we want to do," McLeod said. "We're looking at a 48-hour deadline."  (read more)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

2010 Johnston FRESH: A Local Food Fair, February 27th

The Clayton Farm & Community Market, also known as the Clayton Farmers Market, is sponsoring Johnston FRESH: A Local Food Fair on February 27 at The Clayton Center in downtown Clayton. This is an opportunity for Clayton residents and others to learn more about locally grown food and meet local farmers.

At Johnston FRESH: A Local Food Fair, you will have a chance to talk to local gardening experts about simple ways to grow food in your own yard and community. Local farmers will have booths at which you can ask questions about local farming and get information about local products and farming practices, and even buy a subscription to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, which provides you a weekly box of fresh local produce, eggs, and meats.

A screening of “FRESH: the Movie" will be a highlight of the event. It is about the modern food production system, but it is also about farmers who are doing things differently by growing food and raising livestock sustainably, humanely and profitably. Fresh focuses on alternatives to the industrial food model that offer people more choices & better food and farmers more freedom & greater return on their blood, sweat & tears. It will be shown at 6:00 pm.

Make an evening of it. Come downtown and have an early dinner at one of our great restaurants, then walk over to The Clayton Center.

2010 Johnston FRESH: A Local Fresh Food Fair 5pm - 9pm, Saturday, February 27th.

Admission to The Clayton Center Lobby to talk to farmers and ranchers is free.

Movie tickets for FRESH: the Movie are $5 plus service charge, and are available online at or by calling the box office at (919) 553-1737.

For more information contact You can also become a fan of the Clayton Farm & Community Market on their Facebook Page.

From The Flipside...

Lunch Specials

$5.00 Burger $6.00 Grilled Cheese & Soup $7.50 Cuban Sandwich

Dinner Features

Teriyaki Sirloin - center cut sirloin with a delicious teriyaki marinade with red onions and portobella mushrooms, angel hair pasta with a Pink Vodka cream , bread and salad

Appetizer Feature - Seasame seared tuna with tempura green beans and a mango salsa.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

5:00 to 6:30
Early Bird Special - 15% off any dinner, or feature, entree.  (dine in only)

Wednesdays - 1/2 price wine by the glass


Tonight - Open Mic with Tracy Wiebeck hosting. Come one come all....

Wednesday - Trivia Night

Saturday - the return of our favorite zydeco dance band - ZYDECOPIOUS

Friday, January 08, 2010

Clayton Foodtown Cooler Sale!

Clayton Food Town (421 E Second Street) begins their "Cooler Sale" tomorrow through January 16!

From The Flipside...

Weekend Dinner Features

James Bond Sirloin - Our house Sirloin lightly seasoned with roasted garlic pepper and topped with bleu cheese crumbles. Served with hierloom potatoes and veggie

Angel Hair pasta with butter, garlic, shallots, white wine, capers and lemon with brocolli. Served with bread and a side salad

Madiera Salmon - a salmon fillet dredged in seasoned flour and sauteed in olive oil with butter, shallots, mushrooms, chicken stock, madiera wine and finished with lemon . Served with wasbi mashed potatoes and grilled veggies

Tuna Boat - a Hamachi tuna steak rolled in olive oil and coated with a blend of spices, seared, then sliced and fanned over a leaf of Romaine and topped with a mango salsa

Valentino Trio with Special Guest - Blues Legend, Tad Walters.

D. Martini and The Highballs, rock-a-billy at it's BEST!!!!

Mark your calendars...Zydecopius January 16th

Need an event cartered? Give us a call 553-0123 - 408 E Second Street, downtown Clayton

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Fundraising Lunch for Partnership for Children of Johnston County Jan 25

Don't miss this benefit luncheon for the Partnership for Children of Johnston County offered by Clayton Steakhouse and Parrish, Pulleyn and Young Wealth Management on Monday, January 25th. Clayton Steakhouse is offering an exclusive menu and seating times of 11am or 12:45 pm. Tickets are $12 and are in limited quantity and need to be pre-purchased. A snow date has been set for February 8th. Call 202-0002.

Monday, January 04, 2010

How About Some Italian For Lunch?

Mulberry on Main Italian Restaurant, 217 E Main Street in downtown Clayton, is now open for LUNCH! Monday-Friday, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Here's the lunch menu.

Buon appetito!!