You Too Can Become A Beervangelist

We took a break from the office yesterday and walked down to The Parson’s Pub for lunch. After back-to-back days of two-hour delays and a hot mess schedule, we clearly deserved a lunch date. As we were enjoying our meal and a beer, we heard a gentleman at the bar asking about the Beer Club. Upon returning to our office, we learned that our very own Barry Clayton is in fact, a legit Beervangelist.

Apparently you can join this Beer Club for free and enjoy some great prizes along the way. So here’s how this works…

When you try:
                       10 different beers  –  a free draft
                       15 different beers – a free appetizer
                       25 different beers – a free pint glass
                       50 different beers – a Parson’s Pub T-shirt
                       75 different beers – Free dinner for 2
             and 100 different beers – a 22 oz Parson’s Pub glass beer stein with your name on it!

The Parson’s Pub is know for its extensive beer selection, so this is definitely a challenge we can accept. Next time we visit, we’ll even bring our girls so we can share their favorite, the Giant Pretzels with Guinness cheese. We’ll be sure to inquire about this awesome club as we enjoy one of their savory dishes and great atmosphere. It may take a while, but we’ll let you know when we officially become Beervangelists.

If you’re strolling through downtown Murphy, be sure to visit us at 75 Tennessee Street…just a block from The Parson’s Pub. Planning a visit to Murphy? Let us know so we can meet you and welcome you to our awesome community!

Alpacas for Stress Relief

I always say you can’t be sad when you’re holding a cupcake… I can now say the same is true of petting an alpaca.

We took a break from our crazy schedule and visited Two Crows Farm in Murphy. My children fell in love with the animals and instantly begged to add an alpaca to our pet mix of 1 cat and 3 dogs. One small problem, they are herd animals and you are encouraged to own at least five… which became 6 because “I mean, duh! We each have to have the same number of pet alpacas, mom!”

They asked for a herd for Christmas, but Santa and I have a No living animals on Christmas morning agreement and he’s a man of his word. Fortunately, we can schedule an appointment to visit Two Crows Farm and keep our pet count at just four. Just know it will be difficult to tell them goodbye…

If you’re looking to live the farm life, just give us a call or message us and we can help you make that dream for a simpler life a reality.

Sunday is a Great Day for a Parade

The coordination required to plan an event such as A Very Murphy Christmas is an undertaking, but to attempt to reschedule it…wow! We knew we were at the mercy of weather going into this, but thunder and lightning is far too risky and safety was the deciding factor.

I am so grateful that our community came together to salvage this part of the day’s events. So many churches and organizations invested a lot of time and resources to create a float for the parade. As I type this now, listening to the thunder and pouring rain, I can only imagine the chaos if we had been forced to cancel last-minute.

Thank you to our Murphy Police & Fire Departments, Murphy Business Association, WKRK, First United Methodist Church of Murphy, Cherokee County Schools, MHS volunteers, Cherokee Scout, Town Manager, Town Council, and Mayor of Murphy for acting so quickly this morning and spreading the word throughout our community.

To the vendors and talent that were scheduled earlier today, I am truly sorry! I was genuinely excited to enjoy your performances and locally crafted goods. I know how hard you all worked and I hope you will be a part of The MAC & Valley River Arts Guild’s final Art Walk of 2018 this Friday, December 7th.

So for now, put on a Christmas movie and rest up… tomorrow we wear ugly Christmas sweaters in the sunshine, enjoy our Christmas Parade, and watch as our beautifully decorated tree gets lit!

Thank you to the following businesses and individuals for donating the money to purchase the decorations:

Walmart Murphy
Brenda McPherson Mahoney of Rocking M Retreat
Matt Walters of Murphy / Peace Valley KOA Holiday
Mayor and Mrs. Rick Ramsey
Cale & Annette Curtis of Circuit World-Murphy
Jeff & Karen Allen Gooch of Gooch Trucking
Dex Hubbard of REMAX Mountain Properties
Bonnie DuPree of Dupree Realty Group
Jessica & John Poltrock of the The POLTROCK TEAM at RE/MAX Mountain Properties in Murphy NC
Johnny & Shawn Chastain of Wells Tire Inc
PNC Bank of Murphy
Rotary Club of Murphy, NC
Becca-Lawrence McNabb of McNabb Properties
John & Debbie Bonnette Bruce of Bruce & Hook Insurance Barry L Watson DDS Murphy Dental Center of Murphy Dental Center
Veldia Dockery of Mountain Insurance LLC.
Steve Forrister Carport
Bill Grove of Cell Plus of Murphy
Chevelles Restaurant & Bar 66 Murphy
Sandy Dobson, CPA
David Hilton


Very Murphy Christmas Festival Stage

From church and school choirs, to comedians and cellists, our festival stage on Tennessee Street in Downtown Murphy has an impressive lineup.

Talent Schedule 2018 (1)

Finish off this festive day with Murphy’s first evening parade and Christmas tree lighting as Murphy Gets Lit.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

As we hosted Santa pictures in the lobby of McNabb Properties, we watched kids of all ages get to know Santa before taking their annual picture. We heard their excitement as they talked about their wish list, a precious request for Santa to think of a deployed father, and the cutest conversations as the little ones slowly became comfortable enough to get that picture.

Kara and I can’t wait to meet more families in our community! We welcome kids of all ages, so join us in downtown Murphy and support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cherokee County. Book your Santa appointment online here:

Tuesday November 27     Thursday November 29     Friday November 30



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Selfie Scavenger Hunt!

Charge up your cell phone and get that ugly Christmas sweater ready! The Murphy Business Association’s Selfie Scavenger Hunt begins Small Business Saturday (11/24) and ends at noon on A Very Murphy Christmas (12/1).

Be sure to stop by McNabb Properties and find our hint. You might even be able to peek through the windows and see some sweet kids getting Santa Pics, just don’t go in and interrupt please… giving your wish list to Santa is serious business.

Be sure to add #selfiescavengerhunt2018 to your posts! Rules and Scavenger Hunt hints:

Selfie Scavenger Hunt 2018 flyer

Selfie Scavenger Hunt ALL (2)

With Gratitude…

Happy Thanksgiving

Santa Pics in Downtown Murphy!

We always talk about shopping locally… let’s talk to the gift-giving guy locally too! Visit Santa in Downtown Murphy and support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cherokee County.

Local photographer, Kara Crowe has teamed up with McNabb Properties to simplify the lives of mamas during this busy and festive season. Your private photo session with Santa is captured by this mama who knows how to capture that precious memory without all the stress and hassle of driving to a mall hours away.

We also know you may not have time to go pick up prints, so we provide you with a digital package. You’ll have complete rights to make those custom Christmas cards and personalized gifts for all your loved ones.

Book your Appointment here!

*Additional appointments available Monday November 26th, then Saturday December 1st as appointments fill up.

Kara Crowe Photography


It’s OK, I had no clue what it was either. Let me explain…

Cherokee County Arts Council throws a fabulous costume party each year and this year, we have chosen this fantastic theme.

Steampunk definition

Our local arts council is a fantastic organization that works with the Valley River Arts Guild at the Murphy Art Center (the MAC) in downtown Murphy, just around the corner from us. With an art gallery, a boutique offering creations by local Guild members, and art classes for all ages, we are fortunate to have a thriving art community.

This is a fun opportunity to support all that the Cherokee County Arts Council does in our schools and beautiful mountain towns. Have some fun creating your costume and we’ll see you Saturday October 27th!

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