Gallery C West

Brittany Shea, manager of Gallery C West, poses behind the counter on May 22 after the ribbon cutting ceremony with the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce.

BLOWING ROCK — The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce’s giant scissors will be put to plenty of use in the upcoming weeks as five businesses will be celebrating their openings.

“It’s exciting to see some spaces that were empty being utilized,” said Suzy Barker of the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce.

One ribbon cutting was already been held on May 22, with Gallery C West in SouthMarke getting the welcome treatment. A Raleigh-based fine-art gallery, the Blowing Rock location is the second for Gallery C.

“Gallery C West will feature hard to find pieces by historic Blowing Rock artists such as Elliot Daingerfield and Bayard Wootten,” Gallery C’s website states. “Other contemporary names such as Watson Brown, Laura Lacambra Shubert, Trena McNabb and Lee Mims and more will be exhibited and offered for sale.”

The ribbon cuttings in June will start on Wednesday, June 12, with a 4 p.m. event for the now-open Grilled Cheese Cafe in SouthMarke, which will offer downtown deliveries.

Friday, June 14, will see El Rincon, a Mexican and American restaurant located at 870 Main St., hold its ribbon cutting. Having opened on May 30, El Rincon is owned by former Southern Comforts employee Leticia Ruiz, who invested her savings into the space.

Wednesday, June 19, at 9:30 a.m. will see the grand openings and ribbon cutting of Village Thrift, located at 8332 Valley Blvd., next to Woodlands BBQ. Owned and operated by the nonprofit Blowing Rock Women’s Club, the store’s proceeds go toward the club’s scholarship fund.

Boone’s boutique Horton Hotel, which opened in early 2019 at 611 W. King St., Boone, will hold its ribbon cutting with the Boone Area and Blowing Rock chambers on Sunday, June 23, at 3 p.m. A rooftop champagne toast will be available to the first 50 registrants who sign up to attend.

The next day, Monday, June 24, will see the Funky Tulip gets the royal treatment at 4 p.m. At the former Sister Act location at 1127 Main St., The Funky Tulip is a women’s apparel and décor store owned by Lisa Ireland of Tazmaraz.

Barker said that more ribbon cuttings will be held throughout the summer.

“It’s a great activity to have as summer is starting,” Barker said.

For more information about the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, visit

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