Category Archives: Tourism in Small Towns

Book Signing at Mayberry on Main – August 29th!


I never need an excuse to visit Mount Airy. In fact, I look for reasons to make the 25 minute drive every day. On Saturday, August 29th I have a GREAT reason to make the trip! I’ll be signing books at Mayberry on Main in beautiful Downtown Mount Airy.

Darrel & Debbie Miles, owners of the store, have got to be some of the nicest folks I’ve ever met. They invited me up to do a book signing in the store and I was quick to accept. Darrel & Debbie have an awesome story about how they opened the store. Instead of me interpreting, here’s their story…straight from them:

We have been visiting Mt. Airy since 1999.   We are both Andy Griffith fans and began coming to the Mayberry Days Festival and liked coming in early every year and staying as long as we could.   In June of this year we made the permanent move from Indiana to Mt Airy. 

After 32 years at the same mfg company in Indiana, Darrel was ready for a change.   Debbie’s background is in interior design and administrative office work, so the two make a pretty well rounded pair.   They have been married for over 30 years and have two daughters, Natalie and Samantha.  They also have two grandchildren, Gregory and Gweneth, who have all moved down here to Mount Airy from Indiana. 

We had always wanted to do something (business wise) together, so we were happy to find the shop space available on North Main and we found and bought a house on North Main.    We love our home and our neighbors have been wonderful.   They have really made us feel welcome and we are happy to be a part of this wonderful community.  Our “merchant neighbors” have been supportive and encouraging to us too. Especially Russell Hiatt (aka “Floyd” of Floyd’s City Barber Shop) who has taken us under his wing and has offered a lot of advice and always adds a little humor to our day. 

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I’m looking forward to spending the day in Mount Airy with my new friends and signing books for more new friends. I’m sure we’ll have lots to talk about, as we always do when we see each other. Andy Griffith Show fans love to swap stories and talk about Mayberry and the show. Come by and join us on Saturday, August 29th at 192 North Main St. in Downtown Mount Airy, NC!

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Badin, NC Looks To The Future

Source: Stanly News & Press

By Dexter Hinson, Staff Writer

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Badin residents this week were given an overview as to how the town could look in the future.

Town Manager Jay Almond gave a detailed report concerning a recent charrette, which examines and defines the physical planning design of municipalities.

Through the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s “Small Town Main Street” program, which addresses the number of small, rural towns that need downtown development assistance, Badin residents presented ideas to a group of planners and designers during the July workshop, namely, the charrette.

After looking at several factors to determine items, including the way the town should be branded, a report was returned in the form of a slide show and other packets of information that detail the information collected during the charrette.

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Mount Airy News: Tourism remains a leading industry in state and county!


Tourism remains one of the leading industries in North Carolina and Surry County, according to an economic impact study that shows the tourism brought $87 million to Surry County in 2008, an increase of 4.4 percent from 2007.

Surry County also rose from ranking 40th in tourism expenditures in the state to 39th.

The county’s jump in tourism numbers is a good sign of progression in a sour economy, said Valerie Oberle, the chair of the Tourism Partnership of Surry County.

“We’re thrilled that in this down economy tourism has increased, and it reinforces we are a county of great vacation experiences,” she said.

The partnership is designed to market and brand the area to bring in tourism dollars. It has been working on a campaign called “Very Surry” that is intended to draw people to the area based on the area’s southern hospitality and southern pleasures.


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18th Annual Sneads Ferry Rotary King Mackerel Tournament



With over $130,000 in prizes with first prize as a 23-foot contender boat with 250 horsepower engine and magictilt trailer The Sneads Ferry Rotary King Mackerel Tournament is an annual event that lures in more than fish. It brings in folks from all over!

Be sure to visit the quaint, little town of Sneads Ferry while you’re in town. The seafood village annually catches over 385 tons of shrimp, 25 tons of flounder, and approximately 493 tons of other delicious seafood like clams, scallops, oysters, mullet, spots, grouper, soft shell and hard shell crabs, sea bass & more.

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Historic Murfreesboro’s Annual North Carolina Watermelon Festival!


Come celebrate the 24th annual North Carolina Watermelon Festival in Historic Murfreesboro, July 29 – August 1 and enjoy a complimentary slice of the State’s finest melons! This year’s theme is “Where Hearts Meet.” This event is enjoyed by over 35,000 and is one of the largest festivals northeast NC.  Schedule includes 8 bands with a street dance each night, amusement rides, a large parade, crafts, food vendors, and fireworks.

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Apex Makes Money Magazine’s List of Top 100 Towns


Top 100 rank: 44
Population: 31,600
Compare Apex to Top 10 Best Places

Apex offers the convenience of a nearby large city (Raleigh), the culture of three nearby universities (Duke, UNC, and NC State), and the charm of a small town. But its biggest draw is its proximity to Research Triangle Park, the home of IBM, Cisco, Merck, and many more of the country’s biggest science and technology firms.Apex has a quaint downtown restored from its days as a railroad stop, but as you move further from the city center, you’ll see plenty of modern development.

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Tourism continues to provide economic impact in Mount Airy


Source: Mount Airy News

by Erin C. Perkins

As the start of the heavy tourist season begins, it’s off to a rather good start, according to recent data released from North Carolina Department of Commerce that shows tourism expenditures on the rise in 2008 from 2007.

In 2008, domestic travelers spent $16.9 billion across the state, which is a little more than a two percent increase from 2007.

Tourism expenditures directly supported 190,500 jobs for North Carolina residents, and generated $4.18 billion to the state’s payroll in 2008.

One of the largest impacts by tourism was food service, which generated $5.4 billion, followed by auto transportation and lodging which each saw $3 billion revenue.

As one of North Carolina’s leading industries, tourism’s economic drive is also making a significant impact in Mount Airy.

“It is important to know that North Carolina moved from the seventh most visited state to the sixth in the United States in trip volume,” said Jessica Icenhour, the director of tourism at the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce.

Referring to data released by the state’s department of commerce, Icenhour said she thought their numbers for the state were an accurate match for Mount Airy as well.


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