The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce has been busy this winter preparing for 2022, starting with the inaugural “Friends Night Out” event from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 31.
“Grab your favorite friends and come see us,” said Julie Donaldson, director of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a wonderful way to support local businesses, take advantage of great deals and meals, buy unique items, and enter to win the Big Shopping and Dining Frenzy with over $300 in vouchers. gifts.”
Attendees will begin their journey at the Chamber, where they will pick up a free tote bag (while supplies last, courtesy of 828 Printing) and register at the Chamber, before traveling to the following participating businesses and check out all of their offers (each purchase is a draw entry): B&B Gifts, Balsam Falls Brewing, Baxley’s Chocolates, Black Balsam Outdoors, City Lights Bookstore, Creekside Oyster House & Grill, The Cut Cocktail Lounge, End of Main, The Farmhouse Mercantile & Coffee Bar, Fusions Spa, Jackson’s General Store, Krismart, Mad Batter Kitchen, Natalie Nicole Boutique, The Paper Mill, Southern & Sunkissed Boutique, and Sassy Frass Consignment. The Chamber will also host a few pop-up shops on the lawn, including 828 Escape & 828 Printing, Maddie’s on Main, Scentsy and Mountain Fairy Hair.
“We will announce the winner of the Frenzy around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31 on the Chamber’s Facebook page,” Donaldson said.
Earlier this year, the Chamber welcomed a new staff member, Belinda Bryson, to the team as Office Manager.
“Belinda brings to our Chamber a wealth of knowledge about the region that will be invaluable to us as staff, and to our Chamber members and visitors,” Donaldson said. “We are so lucky to have someone on board with their expertise in small business training and coaching, as well as providing local resources and connections.”
The House also added part-timer Tom Frazier.
“Tom is known to many of our local residents and House members through his distinguished career at Western Carolina University,” Donaldson said. “When he retired and expressed his interest in part-time work, we were thrilled to add him to our team. It has already proven to be beyond our highest expectations. Visitors and Chamber members will love working with Tom.
The chamber stocked its gift shop with brand new Jackson County merchandise for the season, including NC Trout Capital and WNC Fly Fishing Trail gear.
“We recently worked with an artist to provide a rendering of the 28779 zip code, featuring locally known landmarks and events,” said Bryson, who led the new retail products. “We are very pleased with the outcome of the 28779 brand products. We want to provide exclusive products to our visitors and residents that showcase our area and still encourage shopping in downtown Sylva, Dillsboro and our other communities across the Jackson County for unique items.
The Chamber has once again partnered with the Town of Sylva and the Jackson County Department of Parks and Recreation for a full slate of 15 concerts at Creek Events, beginning May 27 and continuing each Friday through to September 2.
“It’s a fun lineup of some fan favorites and new faces as well,” said Deputy House Manager Kelly Donaldson. “We have several different genres of music featured this year, from ska to bluegrass, Americana, pop, rock, country, beach and classic hits.”
The Chamber also produces the eighth annual 4th of July fireworks festivities. This year’s event features the music of Crocodile Smile from 6:30-9:30 p.m., before the fireworks at dusk (9:30-9:45 p.m.). There will also be food trucks and activities for children.
The Chamber will host its third annual holiday fireworks display in downtown Sylva on Friday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m., right after a holiday-themed concert at 6:30 p.m. on the Chamber’s porch.
“Last year Ol’ Saint Nick made a special appearance and we hope he returns to Sylva for this year’s event,” Frazier said.
Earlier this month, the Chamber released its two annual publications for distribution. The 2022 Our Town Community Guide and Relocation Brochure, which doubles as a Chamber Directory, can be read online or picked up in person at any of the Chamber Visitor Centers in Sylva and Dillsboro. The 2022 Jackson County Restaurant Guide is also available. Both feature chamber member businesses in the area and are among the most popular items offered at Jackson County Visitor Centers each year.
The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is located at 773 W. Main St. in Sylva. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and some Saturdays in the spring, summer and fall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 586-2155, visit www.mountainlovers.com or the chamber’s Facebook page.