It was a magical evening for Princess Night at Chick-fil-A Statesville NC 2012

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Well…. I can say that Chick-Fil-A of Statesville NC did it again for the children and especially the princesses of the Statesville area.  Once a year they offer a princess night and go all out to make it a magical evening of fun.  I had the pleasure of escorting my 3 year old granddaughter to the event and oh what fun we had!  We arrived early to beat the crowd and was just the second ride out on the horse drawn carriage rides provided by the Carolina Carriage Company.  My little princess felt just like Cinderella as they cruised around the parking area in near perfect weather.  Then it was inside through the castle doors to a beautifully decorated interior with pink fluff everywhere.

 

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Next stop was to the finger nail station to put on some sparkly pink polish and a purple flower sticker.  Just like the pros!  Then it was off to the makeup station to get some eye shadow and pink lipstick – compliments of a local Mary Kay consultant.  After spotting some friendly princesses in the play area it was off to the play gym to get some of her energy out – whew, it was hot in that room!  After grabbing a kids meal and having dinner with Grammie and Grampie, we headed over to meet the real Princesses and get their autographs.  We met Miss Statesville 2012 – Jordan Rager, Miss Statesville’s Outstanding Teen – Kristalyn Gill, 2012 Miss Statesville’s Outstanding Teen’s Carolina Princess-Regan Robinson and 2012 Miss Statesville’s Carolina Princess-Maddie Love.  They all graciously took the time to sign a personalized photo with a special note to Jazleena (Thanks girls!)

 

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But wait, the night was not over yet.  After giving hugs to not one, but two Chick-Fil-A cows, getting her bright pink carnation and a fluffy purple tiara, it was back outside for another carriage ride.  Even though we had to wait in a line this time, there was lots of opportunity to meet a new friend and play in the grass.  Finally at 8:00, we headed home and I will say……This was one tired princess that went right to sleep.  Thanks again to Chick-Fil-A of Statesville for always having fun activities for the children and always stepping up to the plate for your community.  Those that put their food receipt in the box helped earn funds for the Carolina Princess Scholarship Program- what a great cause for those beautiful girls that are such great role models for our community.

 

I have always loved visiting Chick-fil-A of both Statesville and Mooresville because of their excellent customer service.  I never wait in a line, the food is always good and hot, they go the extra mile to make sure you have everything you need before you sit down and there is always someone nearby checking to make sure you are satisfied.  Those extra touches make a big difference when you decide where to eat.  Keep up the good work!

 

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I also want to thank Chick-Fil-A of both Statesville and Mooresville for sponsoring one of the home sites for the 2012 Realtor’s® Care Day.   This event is put on by the charitable arm of our local Realtor® Association (Charlotte Regional Realtors® Association and the Housing Opportunity Foundation).  This will be the 4th year that local Realtors® get together to help their community by doing minor repairs on the exterior of 23 homes in the area.  Over 600 volunteers come out for a day of painting, roofing, landscaping and much more to help a community member in need.  Without the help of donations from companies like Chick-Fil-A, this project would not be possible.  For a complete list of our sponsors, check out our site.  I have had the pleasure of being a site captain for two years, site volunteer for one year and this year, I am on the core committee as one of the food coordinators.  This is a huge project and one we are proud to say will be duplicated across the state of New Jersey as they will be using our brand to launch their own Realtors® Care Day.  It is our hope this will be a national day in the near future and one we are very proud of.  Thanks again to the all the sponsors!

 

Statesville NC – Where it all comes together!

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Our new logo says it all – “Where it all comes together.”  There are so many people coming together in Statesville to ensure our town survives and thrives in the coming years and we should all be proud of the work they do.  I would like to recognize the  The City of Statesville, Downtown Statesville, The Statesville Chamber of Commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureau and Greater Statesville Development Corporation for working together for the good of our city.  It has been a rough few years for our city and our schools but we continue to move forward and make plans for a brighter future.  Yes, we have lost many jobs due to businesses closing but these entities work hard every day to bring business back to Statesville and to support the the current companies that are still going strong.  We have lots to be proud of and to look forward to in the very near future. 

Here are a few happenings in Statesville that we can all be a part of:

 

PANEL DISCUSSION:  BUSINESS IN STATESVILLE/Iredell County Today and Tomorrow is a discussion jointly coordinated by the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Statesville Development Corporation. This event will be an opportunity to hear from the top CEOs in the area as to how/where their business is successful today, the challenges they currently face and how they view success 2-3 years down the road.  We will have two panel discussions:  One panel will feature CEO’s of local service industry organizations while the second panel will feature CEO’s of area manufacturers. 

     Our hope is to better understand the economic impact of local service and manufacturing sectors while better defining the common challenges faced.   To register for the event which will be held at the Statesville Civic Center, $10 per person, please call the Chamber office at 704-873-2892 for a reservation or email  mandy@statesvillechamber.org

FRIDAY AFTER 5 CONCERTS:  Need a release after a long day at work?  Come on out to the Friday after Five Concert Series sponsored by Piedmont Health Care.  The street in front of Mitchell Community College is blocked off so that that stage can be set up and the tents with food, beverages (yes- beer and wine) and local businesses can display their products.  A fun “rockin” time for all ages.  Here is the schedule for the remaining concerts.

STREETSCAPE PROJECT:  The much anticipated downtown streetscape plan has begun and things are taking shape.  Although they are a little behind schedule, the changes are looking wonderful to our downtown.  The finished product will be well worth the wait and the dust.  I know many are upset about the parallel parking but I consider it a challenge. I have to say, I am getting pretty good at parallel parking! 

CHAMBERDEALS.ORG:  Help your community, your schools and save a few bucks all at the same time!  Sign up for Chamberdeals.org and get at least 40% off retail prices for tons of great stuff and services.  Deals are emailed to you every week.  I have already purchased the frozen Yogurt deal! 

 

I am proud to be a Statesville Resident and if we all do just a little bit to make where we live a better place, we can overcome anything and thrive in any economic climate!  We were not named All American City twice for nothing!  Go Statesville.

Finally! Statesville NC gets Fresh Fish Options and much more with Statesville Market and Exchange.

I was at an open house today and the conversation came up about the new Statesville Market and Exchange store that just opened on Shelton Avenue in Statesville NC.  My ears perked up and I had to know more about this place.  I have live in Statesville for over 14 years and Fresh Fish and Seafood have been two things I have missed the most since moving from New Hampshire where I was able to get fresh seafood just about anywhere.  What I really miss the most is Maine Lobster but I have found a great restaurant in Mooresville called Joe Fish that has wonderful New England seafood!

I am thrilled to be able to go to a market and get fresh fish and even local produce.  I have not checked it out yet (I just found out today!), but I will very soon and will report back to you on pricing and selection….stay tuned.

 Statesville Market and Exchange

This was their email offering on July 12, 2011

 

Fresh Catch of the Day! Scottish Salmon, Flounder Fillet, Red Grouper, Sockeye Salmon, Tuna Loin/Steaks, Scallops, Shrimp, Oysters.

Statesville Market & Exchange is also pleased to provide cheese from the Ashe County Cheese Factory-currently offer the following: Medium Cheddar, Sharp Cheddar, Super Sharp Cheddar, Marble Pepper Jack, Cajun Jack & Dill.

New plants arrived today: Limelight Hydrangeas, Dynamite Crepe Myrtles, Perennial Ferns, Butterfly Bushes, and more. Thank you, Statesville Market & Exchange

You can “like” their Facebook Page or get more information at this Market Site.

 

Please check back with my post and I will be adding some of our other local farmers markets and fresh food options.

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8-6-11 UPDATE:  I finally got to go by and actually buy some of the fabulous offerings at our new Market and Exchange and wanted to share the results.  My husband is a great cook and I LOVE seafood, so I stopped in to purchase a variety of things for him to experiment with.  I started with some HUGE scallops and shrimp, some fresh shucked oysters, added some New England Clam Chowder, threw in some fresh baked bread, picked up some asparagus, red potatoes and look what I got in return………  Oh Yeah.  Don’t forget the wine!

 

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