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Good Neighbors Choose Local

ISI is working with the Chamber of Commerce & Sparta Revitalization Committee on their shop local campaign. We’re volunteering several services – designing the logo, putting together a television ad for ACTV, making a facebook page that others in the Chamber and on the Committee can update.

The slogan of the campaign is “Good Neighbors Choose Local.” This isn’t just about shopping local or supporting your friends who own stores downtown (even though they’re pretty great folks).

“Choosing Local” is about building your community, in all the ways. It’s about choosing to be involved. In volunteering, in churches, in clubs, in recreation. Obviously, it would be wonderful if we had a very strong local economy. But it’s just as important to have strong local relationships.

We’re very proud to be associated with this campaign.

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Christmas Bookfest – December 8

Join us Thursday evening, December 8, for our Christmas Bookfest – book signings at The Sparta Store.

Authors Kate Clay Bodeen (NCSH Award Winner Pat Crisp, Like a Moth to the Flame) and Dr. Suzanne Mellow Irwin (The Stratford Oaks Tales), as well as illustrator Zach Hamm (The Stratford Oaks Tales) will be here from 3:00 till 6:00 that afternoon. A representative from High Country Hospice will also have copies of their award-winning cookbook, Meals and Memories, available.

In addition to having your book signed, you’ll have a chance to learn about their upcoming projects.

Also, you’ll be able to check out the latest release from Star Route Books, Regimental History of the 61st NC Infantry. This is the second in our popular history book series and others are planned for release next year.

We’ll also have some edible treats. The Alleghany Historical Museum is hosting a Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event and is planning to have goodies for everyone. Alleghany County Library is co-hosting the event.

Our neighboring shops on Main Street will also have extended hours December 8. Be sure to stop by Backwoods Bean, Murphy’s Mercantile, and Studio Redwood that evening and support our local merchants and businesses.

Download a PDF of the event flyer!

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Thursday, June 2, from 3-6:00 pm, we’ll host book signings at The Sparta Store for two books we’ve helped with.

Dr. Suzanne Mellow Irwin and Zach Hamm, author and illustrator of the children’s book, The Stratford Oaks Tales, The Tale of Gretchen, and Kate Clay Bodeen, author of Pat Crisp, Like a Moth to the Flame, a historical book about her grandfather, will be here. Both books are currently available at The Sparta Store, online and in-store.

Suzanne and Zach will be at the store, and Kay will be next door at the Alleghany Historical Museum.

The Museum is hosting Business After Hours for the Chamber of Commerce, but the food and drinks will in our store. It will definitely be a collaborative effort.

The event is co-hosted by Alleghany County Library. David, Gary, and Ernest Joines volunteered to supply old-time music.

Come out and see everyone!
If you really need a reason to come out on a Thursday night, you might want to…

Support our local authors.
Check out the Education in Alleghany Exhibit at the Museum.
Listen to David, Gary, and Ernest play.
Talk to Bob and Debbie and learn about the services the Chamber and Library offer our community.

We look forward to seeing you on June 2!

If you’ve got a book you need help with, or just a good idea, contact us today!


Now you check out video from the event:

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Giant 4’x20′ Banner at the Mountain Heritage Festival

Writing our book, coming up with that list of 75 business tips, and being interviewed on TV sure took a lot out of us. And we’re celebrating the Parkway’s 75th Anniversary.

But we wanted to focus on what’s happening next weekend in Sparta, the Mountain Heritage Festival. We’re sponsors of the event and we wanted to share our involvement with this year’s Festival.

20' 2010 Mountain Heritage Banner by Imaging Specialists
20 foot 2010 Mountain Heritage Banner by Imaging Specialists

The Chamber originally asked for a banner listing the names of the MH Sponsors, but we thought we could almost as easily add their logos.  So here is our contribution to the day, 46″ by 20′ and 9-colors- maybe the largest banner ever at the festival, certainly the largest out of our shop.

Heritage Day’s always a lot of fun. There are lots of food booths and craft vendors and all the shops downtown are open. Our prints at The Sparta Store will still be priced at 75%, in honor of the Parkway’s 75th. We’ll have the shop open all day (except for a little while in the middle of the day when we’ll close long enough to get ourselves some lunch. And hopefully a funnel cake. Or ribbon fries. or both.)

In between watching the bands and chowing down, come in to the store and say “Hey!” And be sure to stay till 3:00 to see the Possum Queen Contest at the Alleghany Jubilee.

If you need a 20′ banner with 21 local business logos or if you just need great yard-sale signs, stop by Imaging Specialists. Mention this post for a 10% discount on your next banner order through the month of October.

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Need marketing materials for the Business Expo?

Get your marketing materials for the Memorial Day Business & Tourism Expo at Village Park in Sparta, the kickoff event for the 2010 Summer Jamboree at Imaging Specialists.

If you’re planning an exhibition at the Expo, there is still time to get your signs or banners, flyers, sales sheets, or any other handouts you need. Place your order before May 14 to ensure you get everything in time for the Expo.

Call Today- 336-372-3002 or email for pricing and availability.

Wreath photo by Stewart Royall of Studio Roxie for Reeves Ridge Tree Farm.
Wreath photo by Stewart Royall of Studio Roxie for Reeves Ridge Tree Farm.