2022-03 Member Meeting

Summer Fest is downtown Pittsboro, July 3rd from 4:30-9 pm. There will be vendors, food trucks, the laser show and more. We’re looking for sponsors! Contact Maria Parker-Lewis if you’d like to advertise at the event! We also need volunteers to pull off the event.

The Board and membership decided to survey the members about how the PBA is doing. Please take the survey and send/forward the link to other businesses who may not be on the PBA email list but you know would want us to know their opinion. The survey link will be posted on the PBA Shoppittsboro.com website and will be put on Chatlist, and will be on the Pittsboro Town website.

Please take it. It should take only about 3 minutes according to Survey Monkey.

THE SURVEY: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DZW39SD

Membership dues were due in January. Please go to the website Shoppittsboro.com to join for the 2022 calendar year. If you need an invoice contact, Cindy Schmidt.
March Notes from the Members

  • Caroline from Cackalacky said they are in their 22nd year of business! They have a Cheerwine partnership and a partnership with Tobacco Wood Brewing for a new American Pale Ale! She’s excited to be coming to PBA!
  • Carol from Mark Hewitt Pottery is happy to be coming back to meetings in person. She’d like people to view an arts program on WRAL Thursday, March 10th from 7-8 featuring some local artists, including Mark!, to raise money for other artists. The Pottery will have a kiln opening June 11-12 and 18-19 stay tuned for more info!
  • Cindy from the Chatham County Historical Association told us the Association would have a program on the Geology of Chatham County May 15th, at 2 pm at the Historic Courthouse at 9 Hillsboro Street. As always the program is free.
  • Gloria from Chatham News + Record said the next issue of La Voz De Chatham, a twice yearly publication, is next month and is mailed to all Spanish speaking residents of Chatham County. For information about advertising contact her at the newspaper at gloria@chathamnr.com
  • Melissa from Chatham Magazine said Shannon Media has evolved to Triangle Media. Triangle Digital, a part of Triangle Media, can help you with geofenced custom emails , SEO (search engine optimization) and SEM (search engine marketing). The April/May edition of Chatham Magazine features downtown Pittsboro, Women of Achievement, and Home and Garden.
  • Karen Tiede reminded us to get our events to her for the ShopPittsboro website. She also reminded all the members PBA would be having First Sunday in April and to think about what do in their stores for the day.
  • Mary from New Horizons and New Horizons West said there is new spring gear for hiking, getting outside and travel at New Horizons West. Take a look a the website for great Downtown sales.
  • Ann Fitts from Chatham Economic Development has been doing A LOT of site visits for businesses who are looking to relocate to North Carolina. The current international environment makes basing businesses here very attractive.
  • Phillip Pappas talked about the Small Business Center and the Chatham Spark Program. For more info, come the meetings and talk to him or give him a call at 919-545-8015.
  • Greg from the Sycamore said he will be conducting a Whiskey class on a Wednesday evening in April, limited to about 30 folks.
  • 39 West catering has reinitiated family meals Thursdays and Fridays, see the posting on Facebook.
  • J.A. Farrell, Pittsboro Commissioner, joined us, added information and answered questions about Chatham Park. Thanks!
  • Maria said Mainstreet Pittsboro (MSP) is having the second annual Rabbit Hunt on April 9th. There will be 6 ceramic painted bunnies hidden around downtown. The first 25 visitors to bring selfies with 4 of the 6 bunnies to the Welcome Center will get at $10 voucher to be used at a local merchant. The entire week of April 9-16 there will also be a story book walk with pages from a children’s book in windows of businesses downtown. Visitors will find the map at the Welcome Center and will get a raffle ticket for one of the bunnies! Raffle tickets can also be purchased.

Debbie Andleton from Chatham Park

gave us all updates on Chatham Park and answered questions.

  • The North Village, Vineyards will have 500 plus homes. The expectation is to have about 200 sold in FY22. 2-7 house are going under contract per week.
  • The Knight Family Farm Park has been turned over to Pittsboro. The splash park will operate during warm weather.
  • Paddles, a private swim club (not HOA club), has a goal of opening on Memorial Day! It will have 8 pickle ball courts as well.
  • Explorers is a new 6-month to 12 year old day care focusing on math, science, technology and engineering.
  • The walking and biking trails and lanes are going in, please don’t park in them!!
  • Thales Academy will open in April with K-6. There are plans for another building in the future and 7-12.
  • The Mosaic Buildings are open with businesses as well as the Refuel station.
  • Building F will have or has Jersey Mikes, Harris Insurance, Oya, Peoples Coffee, a Welcome Center and others. Building T will have the relocated Greek Kouzina, a nail salon, GMC Financial, and others.
  • Northwoods Landing will have a Lowes Grocery but has been affected with the unavailability of building steel until July. This will be like the Lowes grocery in Southport. There will be a Chick-fil-a as well as a Zaxby’s and apartments.
  • There will be a YMCA in the Village Center.
  • The water recovery center on east business 64 is a new idea. The only other one is at Emery University. It uses hydroponics to clear some waste water. Chatham Park has laid a lot of purple pipe (special waste piping) to do this green technology.
  • When asked about the schedule for the sewer to Sanford, J.A. Farrel responded that it will be 2-3 years before it’s opened. As developers put sewer allocation requests before the town board of commissioners they make allocations.
  • Chatham Park has a cap on investor pool and conglomerate purchasing and enforces the cap.
    The town Board of Commissioners approved rental homes to be built. There will be apartments called The Guild with a pool. Several of the Condo’s under construction have been sold.
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