Carolina Foothills
Chamber of Commerce

NEWSLETTER
December 2017
MEET CHRISTINA FEAGAN, Chamber Administrator
To many of you, Christina Feagan, our new Chamber Administrator, needs no introduction. A native of Rutherfordton, Christina has lived in Columbus for twenty-three years and has been with the Chamber since 2010. She began by shadowing Tabatha Cantrell, the former Events Coordinator, part time and worked on the BBQ Festival and other events, including the EXPO, Otho Gibbs Golf Tournament, Shuckin' and Shakin', Warrior Drive 5, and more.

Over the years Christina has made major contributions to the success of Chamber events and in the process has met many members and learned a great deal about Chamber operations. In her new role as our full time Administrator, there is much that is familiar to Christina, but even more that is new. In typical fashion she's been doing her best to learn quickly, and is starting to feel more at home with her new responsibilities.

You can email Christina, or by reach her by phone at 828-859-6236.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:
Landrum Hardware
Shawn and Susan Evans grew up in neighboring towns in rural Michigan. Shawn recalls going to the local hardware store with his father, the iconic kind of old fashioned store that was the hub of the community, with wooden floors, expert help and one of almost everything you could need.

Shawn and Susan both worked for Guardian Building Products, Shawn as the Director of Information Technology and Susan as the Director of Marketing and Communications. As the company evolved their positions transitioned to Greenville, and they relocated to Greer where they have lived for the past seventeen years.

Susan is an equestrian, so they spent a lot of time at F.E.N.C.E. and in the Landrum area where they discovered the 100 year old Landrum Hardware store which had many of the traditional qualities of the store in Michigan, and in 2013 when the opportunity arose, Shawn and Susan bought the business. For the last four years they have run the store, learning more and more about the hardware business and identifying ways to keep the best of the past while responding to the needs of today’s customers.
Today Landrum Hardware, part of the member-owned DoIt Best Corporation, a hardware, lumber and building materials co-operative, is in transition. A new 12,000 square foot store is under construction at East Rutherford and Campbell Avenue next to Bi-Lo that will be four times larger than the original with plenty of parking. Shawn expects the store to open in mid-2018.

What will the new store offer Landrum Hardware’s loyal customers? Shawn emphasizes that the expert guidance and friendly service that made the original store a focal point of the community aren’t going to change. He intends to keep the values of the traditional hardware stores that he grew up with, while being able to offer a larger and more varied inventory than space allowed before. He plans to enlarge the paint department and offer barn supplies, but the focus will remain on the basics: plumbing, electrical, tools, garden supplies, wood-working, etc. The best news is that you can still expect Shawn to stop everything to help you find the right compression fitting for your project, and with a larger inventory the chances will be even more likely that he has exactly the one you need. 

Landrum Hardware
216 East Rutherford Street, Landrum, SC 29356
864-457-2324
ONE MINUTE AMBASSADOR
January Classes
Brought to you by Our Carolina Foothills, Isothermal Community College, Landrum Tryon, Saluda, Columbus, Polk County, First Peak, SCORE and YOU, the purpose of the One Minute Ambassador is to promote excellent customer service by those who serve the general public.

One Minute Ambassador is a two hour interactive course that will be held periodically from January through May 2018 at Isothermal Community College, Polk Campus.

To register or for questions, contact Beth Hartle at 828-395-4294 or email bhartle@isothermal.edu
Fee: $10

Register yourself and all of your employees. This is an investment in your business and in your community.
PANGAEA Internet
One of a Kind Career Opportunity:
Network Technician
PANGAEA Internet, a non-profit service provider, is seeking a technology professional for the position of Network Technician. Competitive salary, full benefits, and flexible work schedule.
Functional areas of the position include direct management or support of the fiber optic network; network switches and routers; network monitoring; network projects, vendor relationships; customer service, and network planning. Strong technical skills required with three or more years’ experience, related to network management, information technology, telecommunications, fiber optic transport solutions/equipment design, maintenance, and monitoring. Two or four year degree (Computer Science, Telecommunications, Network Engineering or related technical field) and Cisco experience preferred. 
 
Apply today…send cover letter, resume, and salary/benefit history via email to pangaearecruiting@gmail.com

A detailed job description is available  here .

RAFFLE BASKET WINNER NAMED
The drawing for the winner of the Holiday Mystery Raffle Basket was held December 12, 2017 at the After Hours at White Oak Manor. Bill Crowell of Tryon was the lucky winner, receiving a prize valued at more than $1,700 courtesy of our very generous donors:

2 Minute Miracle Gel
Columbus Design Center
Details USA
Frederick's Designs
Glassy View Bed & Breakfast
The Gorge Zip Line
Green River BBQ
Henson Building Materials
Imagination Station II
Landrum Antique Mall
Landrum Hardware
Larkin’s Carolina Grill
McGourty’s Pub
Orchard Inn/Newman’s Restaurant
Pee Ridge Vintiques
Premier Designs Jewelry
The Purple Onion
Purrrfect Bark
The Red Horse Inn
Saluda Outfitters
SideStreet Pizza
Southern Delights
Sterling Property Services
TAMS Tack, Antiques, Merchandise
Thompson’s Store/Ward’s Grill
Tryon Country Club
Tryon Fine Arts Center
Tryon IGA
Tryon Theater
White Oak Manor
Williamson’s Paint Center
Younique
 
Thank you to all who contributed to the basket and bought tickets. We raised nearly $1,000 on behalf of the Chamber.
 
 


WELCOME TO THE CLASS OF 2017

It's a pleasure to welcome the following members
who joined the Chamber this year:

Regional One/AMNC
Music Foundation of WNC
Tryon Theatre, LLC
Carolina Concierge Services
Beverly-Hanks Saluda
Ad-Vise, Inc.
Premier Designs
Fox Mountain Construction
Tryon Branch AAUW
Audrey Kendrick
The Cascades Mountain Resort
Tru-Pak Moving and Storage
Glassy View Bed and Breakfast, LLC
Lasting Impression CG, LLC
Jackson Building Shops
EquiTreasures
Saluda Outfitters
Calidus
Henderson County Habitat for Humanity
Polk Fit, Fresh & Friendly
Liberty Press
Remi Danielle Modern
Clayton's Ink
Town of Tryon
Ecocountertops USA
Designs D'Lynn Interior Design
Four Seasons Compassion for Life
Tryon Farrier
Comfort Keepers
David Edgar
Realta School of Irish Dance
Tyson Griswold, P.E.
Darlene Das, LLC
Foothills Security & Technology, LLC
HOST AN AFTER HOURS!
Consider hosting (or co-hosting) an After Hours in 2018 and give your fellow Chamber members a better idea of who you are and what you do. It's networking at its best and a perfect way to showcase the things that set your organization apart.

The After Hours are usually held on the 4th or last Tuesday of the month, but we can work with your schedule.

For further information, email Christina Feagan
or call her at 828-859-6236.
After Hours Scheduled to Date

January: Shops of Landrum/
First Citizens Bank
February: Awards Dinner/After Hours
Location TBA
March -
April - Glassy View B & B
May - Purrrfect Bark
June - Walker, Wallace & Emerson/
Our Carolina Foothills
July -
August -
September -
October -
November -
December -
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