Broadband Update - December 2018

The Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce shares the following information as part of our ongoing Broadband strategic initiative. We maintain active dialogues with area broadband providers regarding local network expansion and service improvements for area businesses and residents. We are pleased to continue these important discussions and communicate updates on this and other strategic initiative efforts. 

Northland Communications announced that the company was recently purchased in October, 2018 by a private equity firm GTCR. With new ownership in place, there is an effort to focus on the plateau communities, to immediately improve and upgrade the network and services available. A presentation of services is planned to be offered at an upcoming town meeting including details on a slated $50 Million investment for network improvements and commercial services. Read the full press release from Northland Communications here and more from GTCR here.


Community Celebrates at Christmas Parade Block Party

The Christmas Parade Block Party was held Tuesday, December 11 from 3:30-5:30PM on Frank Allen Road after a winter snowstorm rearranged plans for the annual Cashiers Christmas Parade that was scheduled for Saturday, December 8 at noon. The Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce announced the alternative event plans on Friday, December 7, based on deteriorating weather forecasts and after discussing safety concerns with local officials and parade participants as winter weather set in. 

Parade Grand Marshal, Camp Merrie-Woode, showcased their float along with their "horses" and others including Sapphire Valley Resort and local Scout Troop #222 featured impressive displays. Blue Ridge Public Safety showcased a sparkling squad car, and Citizen of the Year, Vanna Cameron and Businessperson of the Year, Sam Lupas were also featured while students from Cashiers Valley Preschool provided homemade cookies to attendees.

Rick Stargel of High South Ventures broadcast the festivities live on including highlight entertainment by JAM the Junior Appalachian Musicians. Cashiers Cares and Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley provided their traditional free hotdog meal in coordination with the event at the Fire Department as Santa and Mrs. Claus spread holiday cheer. The Cashiers Glenville Volunteer Fire Department, Glenville Cashiers Rescue Squad and Jackson County Sheriff's department were also in attendance and thank them for their ongoing support. 



Christmas Parade Block Party!

The Cashiers Christmas Parade WILL NOT take place this weekend. INSTEAD! Join us Tuesday, December 11 from 3:30 to 5:30PM for our "Cashiers Christmas Parade Block Party" on Frank Allen Road. This decision has been made based on forecast deteriorating weather conditions and after consulting local reports and discussing safety concerns with local officials.
You are invited to our Christmas Parade Block Party on Frank Allen Road starting at 3:30PM. Parade Participants will be lining up on a first come, first served basis and the road will remain one way from the Post Office to the Cashiers Glenville Volunteer Fire Department.  Come celebrate the holiday season with families, friends and support parade participants!
Parade Grand Marshal, Camp Merrie-Woode, will be featured in the Community Center Parking lot where holiday music and festivities will be broadcast over amplification system and live on Cashiers Cares and Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley will be providing a free hotdog meal in coordination with the event at the Fire Department. Judges will consider parade entries for the annual Christmas Parade Awards and winners will be announced the following day. Santa and Mrs. Claus are excited to attend! See map below and follow us on Facebook for updates along the way. We look forward to seeing you Tuesday!
**Please note! Access for parents at Boys & Girls Club will still be available during the event.
Thank you for your patience, community participation and ongoing support. Stay safe during this predicted winter storm. 
Safety is a key consideration when planning any event. We are especially thankful to the Glenville-Cashiers Rescue Squad, Cashiers Glenville Volunteer Fire Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Department and all who keep our community safe every day.

Birmingham Magazine features Cashiers Area

The Cashiers Area recently appeared in the November 2018 issue of Birmingham Magazine. The full article (here) highlights the Cashiers Area as a prime destination and features Canyon Kitchen, High Hampton Resort, The Orchard Restaurant and Whiteside Brewing Company, as well as mountain landmarks such as Whiteside Mountain, Whitewater and Silver Run Falls, Rainbow Falls in Gorges State Park and Bridal and Dry Falls in Highlands.

Historic Toxaway Foundation announces Toxaway Business Alliance

Historic Toxaway Foundation with strong support by the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce and Transylvania Tourism has announced the formation of the all new Toxaway Business Alliance - an opportunity for Toxaway Area business people to connect and collaborate.

Carole Hargis of The Blind Mule Restaurant at Toxaway Station, and Tony Austin of Lake Toxaway Company and Cashiers Area Chamber board member, have facilitated efforts to bring members of the Historic Toxaway Foundation, both area chambers, and invested business people of Toxaway together to continue efforts to develop a thriving year-round economy in the Historic Toxaway Corridor.

The TBA will announce meeting times and places for Towaway area business leaders in the Historic Toxaway area, including the geographic area from Hwy 215 (Headwaters) to the Jackson County line in Sapphire.

For more information on Toxaway Business Alliance efforts contact Carole Hargis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Annual Meeting and Celebration recognizes Chamber Board Leadership

The Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated their Annual Meeting & Celebration on Thursday, November 15 at The Orchard Restaurant Event Barn from 5:30-8:00 p.m. where retiring Chamber board members, new Chamber board appointees, Chamber board elected officers were recognized for their service and commitment to the Cashiers Area including Glenville, Lake Toxaway, Sapphire and surrounding townships. The event is an opportunity to celebrate all yearly developments while enjoying the upcoming holiday season.

A ticket to the event included abundant hors d’oeuvres catered by The Orchard Restaurant, entertainment provided by Steve HOTt of HOTt Acts and Sugar Cloud Baking Company “Berry Bramble Bars” as a take home treat to all attendees. Sponsors for the event included Entegra Bank, Hattler Properties, Landmark Realty Group, and Zoller Hardware Gifts and Gadgets Mercantile.

The Chamber is pleased to share the following 2018-2019 Chamber Board of Directors representation.

Board members nominated to serve as officers are:
Mary Lanning, President - Hampton Inn & Suites Cashiers - Sapphire Valley
Glenn Ubertino, President-Elect - Zoller Hardware
*Ben Harris, Treasurer - Harris Custom Builders
Stephanie Edwards, Secretary – Cashiers Area Chamber
Debby Hattler, Past President - Hattler Properties
*2021 Term

New Board members:
**Ashton Harris - Country Club of Sapphire Valley
**Lec Hobbs - Highlands Hiker/Cashiers
**Wendy Lupas - Gracewear
**Donnie Shuey - Signal Ridge Marina
** 2019 Term

Returning Board members:
**Justin Allman, FireMoss Pottery
**Tony Austin, Lake Toxaway Company
Ken Fernandez - Old Cashiers Realty
*Sarah Jennings - Lonesome Valley
Kathy Korb - Laurelwood Inn
*Brandy Letson - Cashiers Village Pharmacy

Retiring Board members:
Chris Conner - Cullasaja Club
Will Madden - Entegra Bank
Sonia Russell - Chile Loco


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