Thursday, February 17, 2011

25 Downtowners Attend "Getting To Know You-Main Street"

Brian Shirley, Circa; Stewart McLeod, Clayton News Star,
Heather &; David Ford, The Ford Firm

 About 25 downtown business owners and staff attended the first "Getting to Know You - Main Street" networking event last night at the Woman's Club.

The event was scheduled during a DDA Promotion Committee discussion that a lot of downtown business owners and employees don't know other downtown business people - or the other businesses in downtown.

There was no formal prohram, although Downtown Development Coordinator Bruce Naegelen spoke briefly about upcoming events, including the Town Square Concert Series; shared information about the 2012 NC Main Street Conference to be held in Clayton next January;  DDA's un-involvement with Millstock and made a request for the formation of a Retail Workgroup to develop downtown retail events & promotions.

Everyone introduced themselves and the business they owned or represented.

Brian Shirley announced he was starting "Circa," a refinished and antique furniture store at 427 E Main Street. He expects to officially open at the beginning of March.

Business owners and staff from the following businesses were at the event last night:

State Farm Insurance - Dan Tippette,
Wendy Little and Rosa Ramirez
Purna Yoga East - Gayle Murray
Eye of the Eagle Art - Bonnie Light
Four Oaks Bank - Jerry Thornton
Heidi Wood Photography - Heidi Wood
Clayton News-Star - Stewart McLeod
Circa - Brian Shirley
Medlin Office Supply - Jennifer Lawrence
Main Street Jewelers - Ed & Debie Austermuehle
Vast Design - Joel Perrego
Pink Flamingo - Kim Pellegrino
The Ford Firm - David & Heather Ford
Clayton Chamber of Commerce - Jim Godfrey
HTR - James Lipsomb
Element Funding - Cathy Stubbs

DDA Board Members Margaret Lee, Betsy Grannis, Donna Steele and Boo Carver were in attendance as were County Commissioners Lee Mims and Jeffrey Carver.

The next "Getting To Know You - Main Street" event will be announced when it is scheduled.

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