Sunset Tee’s and Hattery owner Bill Lyon, right, accepts the award for Blowing Rock Business of the Year from chamber Executive Director Charles Hardin at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce’s Awards Luncheon on Tuesday. Jeff Eason photo
Thursday, February 14, 2013
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Source: The Blowing Rocket

The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce’s annual Awards Luncheon was held Tuesday at the Meadowbrook Inn.

Nearly 200 people attended the event, which also doubled as the chamber’s annual meeting and report.

“We would like to recognize the achievements of the chamber’s outgoing president, Margaret Holder,” said Charles Hardin, executive director for the chamber. “We truly appreciate all of her hard work, but now we have to give her back to Chetola.”

Holder is general manager of Chetola Resort and has worked at Chetola for the past 23 years.

She was presented with a plaque and an orchid during the luncheon in honor of her work as president. She will remain on the board of the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce.

John Aldridge will succeed Holder as president of the chamber.

“We are calling 2013 ‘A Year of Communication,’” said Aldridge, giving the president’s annual report.
“The chamber is renewing its commitment to hosting great events such as WinterFest, the Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival and Art in the Park. These events bring people into town; what they do when they get here is up to you.”
Aldridge’s report emphasized the chamber’s commitment to special events, education of its members through workshops and other tools, and helping to offset Blowing Rock’s “seasonality of market.”

“WinterFest and the Wine Festival have been great tools to increase business in January and April,” Aldridge said. “But what about February and March?”

During the awards ceremony portion of the luncheon, chamber members were singled out for various achievements in 2012.

Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola Resort won the Commercial Renovation Award for its work renovating the Manor House Restaurant into Timberlake’s after a fire shut down the restaurant for nearly a year.

The New Construction Award went to Subway and owners Rick and Kristin Sokolnicki.

The U.S. 321 widening project displaced their previous Subway location and they reopened in a new location on Valley Boulevard last year.

The Award for Cultural Enrichment went to the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. Executive Director Joann Mitchell and Chelsea Garrett accepted the award on behalf of everyone at BRAHM, many of whom were busy installing the museum’s latest main gallery exhibit.

The Award for Service to the Community went to Woodlands Barbecue and Pickin’ Parlor for its commitment to the people of Blowing Rock and for hosting a number of benefit dinners.

Owners Jim Houston and Butch and Gina Triplett accepted the award.

Dana Addison of Airhaven Limo won the Customer Service Star Employee of the Year Award. The award was sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation.

Lynn Hill and Ray Pickett tied in the voting for the Blowing Rock Volunteer of the Year Award.

The Jerry Burns Ambassadorial Award went to Betsy Collins for helping to bring corporate sponsorship to a number of Blowing Rock events.

The Business of the Year Award went to Sunset Tee’s and Hattery in Blowing Rock. Owner Bill Lyon accepted the award.

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