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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
June  2018
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Leading the way to economic vitality and quality of life in Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Morganton and all of beautiful Fannin County, Georgia.

Community Participation July 17-19
For Copper Basin Renaissance Project
The University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute recently announced a Renaissance Strategic and Planning Process for the Copper Basin, including the cities of McCaysville, Copperhill and Ducktown, funded by the Lyndhurst Foundation.  The Chamber will assist in coordination of the project, which will take a year to complete.
The next step is public participation and input on July 17, 18 and 19, including focus groups and interviews of interested citizens and groups.  If you are interested in participating in a group or interview, please email Jan Hackett,, or Sarah Mickens,
The Renaissance project assists downtowns through the creation of a community-supported vision and plan. The RSVP is a downtown master planning process that result in the creation of a downtown planning document that illustrates the community’s vision for the future and provides the steps to get there. The final RSVP planning document helps local governments and community partners prioritize top downtown issues and work to establish a consensus around what must be achieved in the short and long-term.

Member News & Events

Taste of Amish Has Moved
Same great products, new location! Be sure and visit Taste of Amish at their new location, 1412
Appalachian Hwy., Blue Ridge.

Mercier Orchards Downtown
 Visit Mercier Orchards Downtown for deli and bakery goods as well as hard cider and wine tastings! Serving breakfast and lunch. You can find them in the historic 1926 People’s Bank building at 260 West Main St., Blue Ridge. (706) 946-3411
Scenic Railway Celebrates 20 Years
Congratulations to the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.  They recently celebrated 20 years and more than one million riders during that time! In 1995 Wilds Pierce, owner of GNRR Railroad, met with members of the Blue Ridge Mountains Preservation Foundation, a local group hoping to save the rail line railway between Blue Ridge and McCaysville. Subsequently GDOT purchased the line from CSX, Members of the Preservation Foundation and North American Railcar Owners’ Assn. began clearing the line from Ellijay north to Blue Ridge, which had not handled traffic in over 20 years. In June 1997, GDOT leased the line to GNRR and on May 30, 1998, the first tourist excursion was made between Blue Ridge and McCaysville.

Welcome New Members!
A River Runs Through It
Albert ”Skip” Smelko
A River Runs Through It is a cabin rental available through Mountain Laurel Cabin Rentals. Enjoy this newly renovated 3 bedroom 3 bath cabin located just steps from the Toccoa River in beautiful Blue Ridge, Georgia. Enjoy fishing, kayaking and tubing from the property. Some amenities include a charcoal grill, pool table, hot tub, gas log fireplace and wifi.

Black Dog Mountain Rentals

Mineral Bluff, GA, 30559
(678) 739-9251
Pamela Abbott
Black Dog Mountain Rentals is a full service cabin rental company, serving Blue Ridge, Georgia. Introducing their flagship rental, Huckleberry Hill on VRBO and Airbnb.

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Buck Bald Brewing

Patrick Keenan
Coming August 2018 to Copperhill, Tennessee!
Born in the mountains of Blue Ridge, GA, Buck Bald Brewing is dedicated to brewing the highest quality beer. They combine the best quality ingredients with careful attention to every detail. So when you’re thirstin’ for a tasty brew, look for the Hollerin’ Man on your tap handle or bottle. You’re sure to find beers that will whet your whistle and make you holler for more.
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Copperhill Brewery

Harrison Abbott
Coming August 2018 to Copperhill, Tennessee!
Copperhill Brewery has a passion. A passion to brew high quality, diverse, and exceptional tasting craft beer. Brewing craft beer is truly an art form, and our goal is to brew an exceptional selection of craft beers that will set Copperhill Brewery apart from all others. They plan to create a tap room that will become a local hangout and loved establishment.
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Duane Thomas, Anchor Brokerage

(678) 772-8723
Duane Thomas
Duane Thomas is a Real Estate Agent with Anchor Brokerage, a Real Estate Agency that specializes in lakefront and commercial property.

Okinawa Steak & Sushi
Wade Gill
Okinawa Steak & Sushi has been serving Ellijay a variety of fresh sushi delicacies and Japanese style cooking for 10 years. At Okinawa, each Sushi roll is an edible work of art masterfully created by trained Sushi Chefs. Now serving delicious Italian Desserts.
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Skyfall Cabin

(813) 340-6454
Christopher Gunn
Skyfall is a brand-new, 3200 square foot modern cabin nestled in the North Georgia mountains. Skyfall is situated on a 1.5 acre lot with 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, sleeps up to 8 adults and 4 children, 4 fireplaces, 3 levels, over 1500 square feet of outdoor deck with fireplace, hot tub, 65 inch TV, hammock, grill and stunning sunrise views over the mountains. Located in a brand-new, gated community with access to the Toccoa river, 10 minutes from downtown Blue Ridge, GA. 30 minutes to Aska Adventure area.

Ribbon Cuttings – Congratulations!
Congratulations to Wrapsody in Blue! They cut a ribbon to open their beautiful new addition, a porch custom designed to showcase the outdoor living space options available. 

Chamber Member Anniversaries!

3 Monkeys Home Accents
Georgia Foothills Hand Surgery
Reel ‘Em In Guide Service
Total Lifestyle Concepts

June Community Events Calendar
May 29 – June 10 – SAAG Spring Art Show, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association
June 9 – Bergonzi Quartet Stage Production, Blue Ridge Community Theater
June 16 – Community Quilt and Fiber Arts Exhibit, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association
June 16 – Blue Ridge Wine and Jazz Festival, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park
June 16 – Blue Ridge Chamber Music Festival – PULSE Trio, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
June 19 – Summer Youth Art Camps, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association
June 23-24 – Ride the Rails Festival, Mineral Bluff Depot
June 25 – Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise In, Dairy Queen
June 29-30 – Riverfest, Downtown McCaysville
June 29 – Firecracker Special, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
June 29 – Lake Blue Ridge Boat Parade, Lake Blue Ridge
June 29 – McCaysville Fireworks, Downtown McCaysville and Copperhill
June 30 – Old Timers Parade, Downtown Blue Ridge
June 30 – Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks, Lake Blue Ridge Dam
July 4 – 4th of July Observance, Epworth Community Club
July 4 – Blue Ridge Freedom 5k and 10k, Downtown Blue Ridge
July 4 – 4th of July Fireworks, Meeks Park
Recurring Events
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot

Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Pickin’ in the Park
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing

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In This Issue
Business After Hours
Copper Basin Renaissance
Member News
Welcome New Members
Ribbon Cuttings
Chamber Member Anniversaries
Community Events Calendar

Chamber Calendar of Events
June 1 – Ribbon Cutting for Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
11:00 a.m.
June 1 – Ribbon Cutting for Wrapsody in Blue, 652 East Main St., Blue Ridge
4:00 p.m.
June 5 – Get Noticed with Google, Bear Claw Vineyards, 2494 Tennis Court Rd., Blue Ridge
10:00 a.m.
June 6 – Lunch N Leads, Blue Jeans Pizza and Pasta Factory, 11 Mountain St.
12:00 p.m.
June 12 – Ribbon Cutting for Duane Thomas, Realtor with Anchor Brokerage at the Chamber
1:30 p.m.
June 13 – Ribbon Cutting for Impact Design & Creations at the Chamber
11:00 a.m.
June 19 – Business After Hours, Blue Smoke Barbecue, 3365 East First St., Blue Ridge
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
June 27 – Board of Directors Meeting, Chamber Board Room, Executive Committee at 11:00 a.m, Board of Directors
12:00 p.m.

June 28 – Ambassador Lunch at Mesquite Grill, 4860 Appalachian Hwy., Blue Ridge
12:00 p.m.
Member Renewals

A Simple Pleasure
Advanced Disposal Services
AJ Petrillo, RE/MAX – Town & Country
AngelFire 7 BBQ
Baugh Home Builders, Inc.
Best Solar Control
Bill Banzhaf, Harry Norman Realtors
Blue Ridge Community Theater
Blue Ridge Cotton Company
Blue Ridge Flowers
Blue Ridge Framing Company
Blue Ridge Inn Bed & Breakfast, LLC
Blue Ridge Mineral Springs RV Park and Tent Camping
Blue Ridge Mountain Moving & Packing, LLC
Blue Ridge Village
Bodyplex Blue Ridge
Broadview Cove Apartments
Carolina Ocoee
Chester Brunnemeyer’s Bar & Grill
Chester’s Provisions
Copperhill Country Cabins
Custom Installations
Edward Jones, Amanda Payne
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Evolutionary K9
Fannin County Democratic Party
Fannin County Empty Stocking Program, Inc.
First Baptist Church of Blue Ridge
Flying Trout Restaurant
Frank X. Moore Law
Georgia Cancer Specialists
Georgia Foothills Hand Surgery
Georgia Luxury Vacation Rentals – Buckhorn Lodge
Glass Doctor
Hair Studio, Jennifer Bryant
Heartwood Community
High Speed Tactical & Safety Solutions
Hilburn Solutions, Inc.
Humble Pie Boutique
Jon Ron Toccoa River Outfitters
Life is Good in the Mountains
Margo’s Polish Bistro and Deli
Michael Konkel, Coldwell Banker High Country Realty
Morganton Grill
Morganton Point Bed and Breakfast Inn
Mountain Periodontics, Gregg R. Codelli D.D.S.
Nancy MacLean, Century 21 In The Mountains
Nevaeh Cabin Rentals
RE/MAX – Town & Country
Real Estate Around the Mountains
Shamrock Septic Service
SHEC (Southern Highlands Employee Committee)
Silks for Less
South State Bank
Southern Car & Truck Center
The Mailman Did It
The Shops at Sycamore Crossing
Toccoa Riverside Restaurant
Tru Mountain Realty, LLC
WildSide Custom Trailers
Member Events

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