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Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

Everyone has their own opinions surrounding Black Friday. Some would classify it an obsession. Some, a tradition. While others find it's slow erosion of Thanksgiving Day and family-time appalling. Whether you're spending Friday the 25th of November in front of the TV on the couch or in line at a store, you certainly have the next day, Saturday the 26th, to go shopping or shop some more. And the Saturday after Thanksgiving has, for the past 6 years, been known as Small Business Saturday.

Started in 2010 and championed by American Express, Small Business Saturday is one day out of the year where shoppers are encouraged to focus their attention and buying-power on small, locally-owned businesses. These are the shopkeepers on the corner, the chefs serving-up homegrown dishes in the kitchen, the artists and growers and merchants on main streets across the country. They have hand-made, hand-picked, and personally-selected items in their stores that would make the perfect Christmas gift for someone on your list. They can help you pick the most cheerful decorations, the perfectly-paired wine, or provide a warm meal to keep you going while you shop the day away.

The best part is that whether you're a local or a visitor to Johnston County this holiday season, small business shops and restaurants are all around. They're waiting to welcome you this Saturday. In fact, the Johnston County Visitors Bureau (JCVB) has been working on creating and posting videos that highlight all the many things to do along the main streets in Johnston County. You can view the Benson video here, the Clayton video here, and the Smithfield video here. Don't forget about Four Oaks' boutiques and general store and Selma's plethora of antique shops. Keep on the lookout for videos coming about these area's as well. This Saturday would be an excellent time to check out all these downtown areas for yourself.

It is on days like Small Business Saturday that we can reflect on how important these businesses are to our local economy. And tourism, by definition, exists to support and sustain the success and growth of these businesses by bringing in visitors from outside the county to enjoy everything that JoCo has to offer. So this Saturday, thank a small business owner and get all your friends and family Christmas presents that have been "sourced-locally".

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301 Endless Yard Sale in Full Swing

301 Endless Yard Sale in Full Swing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today was the first of two days in which thousands of shoppers and hundreds of vendors come together for 100 miles of yard sales. This year is the fourth annual 301 Endless Yard Sale and it's off to a great start here in Johnston County. Visit 301EndlessYardSale.com for a map and more information.

Here are just a few pictures from our first day exploring the route in Johnston County!

This cute teal door is perfection! How many tutorials can you find on what to do with it?



If you collect antique vending machines, be sure to check out the 301 stretch between Benson and Four Oaks.



Going somewhere? Just love vintage luggage? Both?



Glass bottles, or really glass of any sort seems to be very popular this year. Lots of vendors are selling these.



Don't forget to go into the antique and vintage storefronts in downtown Selma and Benson, they've got great stuff too.



Lastly, remember that your husband called, and he said to spend as much as you want. What a great sign, right?



Other participating counties include Halifax, Nash, Wilson, and Harnett. Be sure to explore as much of the sale as you can tomorrow, and don't forget about the locally owned restaurants along the 301 route. There are some delicious treats hidden among all those treasures.

Be sure to keep up with the sale and all there is to find by searching for and using #301EndlessYardSale on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

Everyone has their own opinions surrounding Black Friday. Some would classify it an obsession. Some, a tradition. While others find it's slow erosion of Thanksgiving Day and family-time appalling. Whether you're spending Friday the 27th of November in front of the couch or in line at a store, you certainly have the next day, Saturday the 28th, to go shopping or shop some more. And the Saturday after Thanksgiving has, for the past 5 years, been known as Small Business Saturday.

Started in 2010 and championed by American Express, Small Business Saturday is one day out of the year where shoppers are encouraged to focus their attention and buying-power on small, locally-owned businesses. These are the shopkeepers on the corner, the chefs serving-up homegrown dishes in the kitchen, the artists and growers and merchants on main streets across the country. They have hand-made, hand-picked, and personally-selected items in their stores that would make the perfect Christmas gift for someone on your list. They can help you pick the most cheerful decorations, the perfectly-paired wine, or provide a warm meal to keep you going while you shop the day away.

The best part is that whether you're a local or a visitor to Johnston County this holiday season, small business shops and restaurants are all around. They're waiting to welcome you this Saturday. In fact, the Johnston County Visitors Bureau (JCVB) has been working on creating and posting videos that highlight all the many things to do along the main streets in Johnston County. You can view the Benson video here and the Clayton video here. Don't forget about Four Oaks' boutiques and general store, Selma's plethora of antique shops, and Smithfield's downtown offerings. Keep on the lookout for videos coming about these area's as well. This Saturday would be an excellent time to check out all these downtown areas for yourself.

It is on days like Small Business Saturday that we can reflect on how important these businesses are to our local economy. And tourism, by definition, exists to support and sustain the success and growth of these businesses by bringing in visitors from outside the county to enjoy everything that JoCo has to offer. So this Saturday, thank a small business owner and get all your friends and family Christmas presents that have been "sourced-locally".

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"Video" Proof that Downtown Clayton is the Perfect Getaway!

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Evans to Unveil a Jewel of a Store

Evans to Unveil a Jewel of a Store

Evans to Unveil a Jewel of a Store

Evans New Shop

Evans Jewelers is happy to announce the Grand Opening of their new location, 320 E. Market St. in downtown Smithfield. On September 18th a ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 5:00pm followed by a night of live music, food, and beverages. It is open to the public and it is a night more than 2 years in the making. As owner Daniel Evans said, " we have been so blessed in our business that we needed more space, but we wanted to do it right. We had been discussing it for a while before deciding on our new location and getting to work on the remodel." 


The new space is truly only a few paces away from their current story, but much larger. Daniel said he chose the location because he loves being in downtown Smithfield, "the downtown area is historic and it has a lot to offer."


Visitors to the new shop will be pleasantly surprised. It does not look like a jewelry store. It has an open, urban loft feel to it with plenty of hardwood, brass, and cooper elements to give it a warm feeling. Honestly, I wanted to move in. I was assured that was the feel they were going for. Evans Jewelers will be a destination... and one with a lot to offer.

 

Not Your Typical Grocery Store

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To begin with I was told that Evans will always first and foremost be a jewelry store, as it has been for over 40 years. But the new location will allow for the offering of ancillary products. One of those products will be cigars from the Dominican Republic. There will be 5 blends on offer, uniquely made for Evans Jewelers and stored in the stunning Spanish oak walk-in humidor in the shop. Eventually the shop will also carry affordable boutique wines. It will be a small collection, but full of vineyards and varietals you can't find in a grocery store.


The new store location will also see the edition of a bridal registry. Not just fine china, but everyday china, pewter serving pieces, glassware, crystal, and other giftware. But the selection won't be limited to brides. Baby, graduation, and retirement gifts will also be available. Brides will be able to sign-up for the registry in-store and sit down with Anna Evans to discuss the makings of their ideal registry. Evans will send out registration announcements at no additional cost to you and they can also take orders over the phone and ship purchases for guests that do not live in the area.

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The wine tastings, cigar blendings, charity events, and other happenings will soon be a normal occurrence in the new made-for-entertaining Evans space. But I asked Daniel in light of all the new additions, what he liked best about being a jeweler, "about 75-80% of our products are custom designed pieces. So, what I enjoy most is seeing a customer smile when we really get it right, when the piece of jewelry we make for them is exactly what they wanted. And knowing that the piece we created for them may one day be a family heirloom, that creates connectivity across generations." 


Almost every product at Evans is truly unique and Daniel says that it is this sense of matchlessness that lends itself to the hard work and individuality they put into the new Evans Jewelers location. He says that he hopes customers will appreciate the blending of old and new. If you want to see the amazing space for yourself, mark the evening of the 18th of September on your calendar. I'll see you at the grand opening!

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Beer Wine & Shine Trail

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Travel around the county to four award-winning wineries, two breweries and get a taste of brandy along the way!  Receive a Free $30 coupon book when you complete the trail.

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Meeting Planners

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Johnston County offers conveniently located and affordable conference facilities for meetings, reunions, and unique destination weddings sites.  Why not select a historic home or horse farm for your next event?

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Group Tour Operators

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Groups have discovered exits along I-40 and I-95 for outlet shopping, music theatre, museums and heritage sites.  Call today for custom itinerary planning.

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Hotel Packages

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We have created several special hotel packages including a Girlfriends Getaway for outlet shopping, we know you need a break and great deals on shoes!  Click here to book your getaway today.

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