Tonight we kicked off the #ShaveThePounds challenge with Mayor Rick Ramsey of Murphy, Tim Radford of WKRK, and Mayor James Reid of Andrews. It was a festive evening as we celebrated the Grand Re-Opening of Murphy Health & Fitness with a Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting, Murphy’s Chophouse catering, Kona Ice, and The Daily Grind and Wine coffee with many of our neighbors.

The weigh-in involved a lot of trash talking and fun, but we are most excited to see the communities come together and focus on the health and wellness of Cherokee County. You can watch the WKRK Facebook Live video of the weigh-in and follow our blog to keep up with their progress on #wellnessWednesdays!

P.S. Did we mention that the loser of the challenge gets their head shaved by our very own Becca McNabb?! You definitely want to follow the blog…


Foodie Love

Love Day has come and gone, with many of you celebrating your Valentine at a local restaurant. I am a definite foodie that Yelps local eateries to plan my vacations so I fully support this date idea. I have been to some amazing restaurants in cities throughout the country and our small mountain town can certainly hold its own! The best part, we’re not talking franchises that you can find anywhere else, these restaurants are owned by our neighbors and friends. Just to name a few…

  • Bistro 29– We celebrated Junior Beta induction and the McNabb Properties Christmas here because the variety is phenomenal, as is the quality of food. They have a great selection of wine, bourbon, and cocktails so definitely a great happy hour spot after work. My family always loves the sushi, not to mention the soup, surf and turf, and scallops. Be sure to save room, everything on the dessert menu is delicious!
  • The Copper Door– My husband treated me to a kid-free 40th birthday dinner here and I was not disappointed. The steak is always perfection, as is the Tusquittee salad and dessert. Y’all for real, that creme brûlée is something you don’t want to share with your date but you know you have to make good life choices so you get that extra spoon.
  • Valley River Brewery and Eatery– This is our neighbor and the smell of brick oven pizza is heavenly! I recommend the barnyard if you’re a meat lover but my youngest is a huge fan of the veggie pizza. Our oldest always loves to get a gyro when she comes home from college and trust me on this, order extra sauce so you can dip your fries. It’s worth the extra time at the gym, I promise!
  • Red Brick Deli– Our neighbor on the other side of McNabb Properties offers deli perfection and portions that will require a to-go box. Everything from the adult grilled cheese to the reuben is scrumptious and I personally recommend the potato salad as your side. I’m pretty sure my children would trade a sister for one of Bram’s brownie sundaes, so definitely save room for dessert or get some Key lime pie to go.
  • Shoebootie’s Cafe & Shoetini’s Lounge– My girls love the all you can eat crab night and I personally love the upstairs Shoetinis Lounge to meet up with friends for appetizers and a glass of wine. It’s a quaint little eatery that has been owned by the same family and often has live music or trivia.

I could go on and on about food, but I’ll let you try some and see for yourself… here is a list of local options!

Oh, and a few quick recommendations for the travel junkies out there: Buvette or Marlow Bistro in NYC, Ponce City Market or South City Kitchen in Atlanta, Rue Cler or Luna Rotisserie & Empanadas in Durham, and Husk Nashville.

Okay, okay I may live by the travel rule that calories don’t count outside of your own zipcode. Much to my family’s dismay, I am a firm believer in walking to explore the city we are visiting, so just know that I rack up the steps and work off a little bit of that deliciousness. Just a little bit. If you’re visiting us in Murphy, check out the Murphy River Walk or Piney Knob Trails to work off your delicious eats and take in the beauty of our mountains!

Folk School Flash Mob in Murphy

As I walked to my car after meeting a friend to celebrate her birthday last night, I ran into someone else I had’t seen in a while. We chatted for a minute in front of The Parson’s Pub when I noticed a group of dancers. I went inside to find out about the dancers, one of whom was my daughter’s math teacher, only to happen upon one of the lovely mamas from our local swim team. Her son was the other dancer in this group, better known as The Magic Rappers.

This was one of many stops in their flash mob style pub crawl through downtown Murphy to raise funds for an upcoming competition. I followed the group to their next stop and enjoyed the curiosity as everyone in Valley River Brewery and Eatery tried to understand what was about to happen…

My video was interrupted by my daughter’s call (sorry for hanging up on you, Sofia but your math teacher was performing). Here is the rest of their well-received performance…

You obviously missed your chance to support this group as they passed their hat throughout the pubs, but if you’re interested in sponsoring this group, reach out to the John C. Campbell Folk School. I’m sure they can put you in touch.

Mrs. Brenda, it was wonderful to see you and best of luck to the Magic Rappers!

“How I See It”- Imagery by Abstract Artists

You can escape the winter weather and enjoy the abstract artworks of a select few in downtown Murphy. The Cherokee County Arts Council has invited a small group of artists including: S.J. Worsham, Dean Williams, David Rabhan, Sarah Hembree, Jeoffrey William Vasquez, and Geoffrey Karr to exhibit through February 28th, 2019.

“How I See It” – Imagery by Abstract Artists – will be on display at the Murphy Art Center (The MAC), 33 Valley River Avenue, in beautiful Murphy, North Carolina. This thought provoking exhibit boasts a variety of abstract styles, such as this painting depicting the artist’s life and overcoming addiction. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience the less conventional ways to express the many emotions of daily life through art.

ccac abstract exhibit
Oxy Heart, Jeoffrey William Vasquez

The obvious beauty of our quaint mountain towns, paired with the cost of living and proximity to many Southern cities are inviting for young families, retirees, and entrepreneurs, especially artists. Cherokee County and the surrounding North Georgia communities in the mountains are home to a great many artists, enriching the lives of all residents. We are truly blessed by the Cherokee County Arts Council and Valley River Arts Guild.

Looking to pursue life as an artist or simply love the idea of moving to the mountains? Send us a message, we’ll be happy to introduce you to our community!

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


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