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Bringing you the good news during hard times.

Dec 18

Loving Local

Posted on December 18, 2020 at 3:51 PM by Crystal Keener

Wilkes has so many locally-owned small businesses, stretching end to end across our 750 plus square miles of beautiful county. 

We've got farms producing home-grown beef, pork, chickens, honey, wine, hops, mead, granola and more. 

Craftsman making one-of-a-kind jewelry, frames, quilts, spirits, pottery and paintings. 

Want to knock someone out with the gift that keeps on giving. How about a beekeepers kit? Have a honeybee enthusiast in the family? Rossman Apiaries on 9th Street in downtown North Wilkesboro has all your beekeeping needs. 

Do you have a child that enjoys creating or just need to keep little hands and minds busy? Spinning Wheels Yarn and Creations on 10th Street offers crocheting classes and sells lots of supplies too. 

Gathering more than one household together this holiday isn't such a good idea, so you'll probably be dropping off or mailing a lot of gifts. What could be easier to mail than a gift certificate? Most of our small businesses, including restaurants like Dom Bakeries on D Street, offer these year round. 

Last minute shopping is best done locally too. You can skip out at lunch and grab something fun from Hallmark Quickframe on Main Street or something sassy from Under His Wings on Tenth.

Gift giving is made sweeter when you keep shopping dollars local. Money that stays in Wilkes helps create and retain jobs and supports public safety, schools, parks and recreation, trails and more. 

Happy Holidays. Shop Small. Support Local. 

Nov 24

A Simple Thanksgiving

Posted on November 24, 2020 at 4:58 PM by Crystal Keener

With COVID positivity rates and hospitalizations increasing daily, now is not the time to let your guard down. It's important to stay the course. Wear, Wash, Wait. 

It's tempting to want to gather with family and friends you've been missing over the last months, but even small get togethers may be big mistakes. Why not plan a simple Thanksgiving this year with hopes of a grand party in 2021.

The CDC recommends sharing holiday meals with household members only.  Fewer guests equals less stress and leftovers. Take this opportunity to share favorite family recipes with your kids and give them more responsibilities in preparing dinner. With a lighter work load and less table clean up, you've got time to enjoy a game of cards or perhaps Monopoly. 

If it's just you and your partner, consider having your Thanksgiving catered by a local restaurant. Sixth and Main and Brushy Mountain Smokehouse offer this easy, helpful and delicious service. Maybe try an exotic dish or vegan side that wouldn't normally fly with the extended family.  

While you may celebrate a smaller, simpler in-person holiday, you can still connect with other loved ones virtually using Zoom, Google Meet, Skype or Face Time. Or take it back old school and make a phone call. 

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. 

Oct 23

Halloween in a time of Corona

Posted on October 23, 2020 at 12:59 PM by Crystal Keener

The last months have, at times, seemed like a Stephen King novel or young adult dystopian thriller. But there are glimmers of hope and better days to come. And while most  traditional holiday events this year will need alterations, there are creative ways to enjoy them and possibly create new traditions. Halloween will certainly look and feel different, however there are a number of  ways to safely celebrate this spooky season?
  • Create an outdoor Halloween-themed scavenger hunt.
  • Visit a pumpkin patch or apple orchard, we have plenty here. 
  • Explore a haunted forest or corn maze.
  • Take a stroll on the new StoryWalk at Smoot Park. Featuring "Leonardo, the Terrible Monster" by Mo Willems. 
  • Visit downtown where shops on Main and 10th have large read along book pages for "The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything,"  displayed in their windows. 
  • Host a virtual costume party. 

  • Huddle up and share ghost stories. 
  • Hide Halloween treats in and around your house. 

  • Put on an outdoor costume parade. 

  • Host an outdoor Halloween movie.

  • Hold a family or neighborhood jack-o-lantern carving contest and share pictures on social media. 
  • Take a swing at making a Halloween piñata.

family costumes
However you decide to safely celebrate the holiday, we'd love to see your costumes and decorating photos, so use the hashtag #wilcosafehalloween when posting pics on social media.