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Member Market: Brick Salt Bar + Kitchen to host Aug. 14 event

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By Alliance Members for Alliance Members

This “Member Market” is a paid announcement sent by the Alliance on behalf of a member to business and community leaders and young professionals.

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Don’t miss the cooking event of the summer

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Corporate Cook-Off

Thursday, July 31
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Capitol Market

Register now to attend the Live Well Charlie West Corporate Cook-Off on Thursday, July 31.

The event pits the employees of 11 businesses against each other in an “Iron Chef” style cooking competition.

Each team will be provided five mystery ingredients to create the meal. Teams will have access to a pantry filled with spices, condiments, oils and other ingredients.

Teams will prepare their meals in 60 minutes and present them to a panel of judges who will critique the meal. Prizes and bragging rights will be granted to the top team.

The corporate teams participating are:

  • City of Charleston Engineering Department
  • DOW
  • Omni Strategic Technologies
  • WCHS-TV
  • Flaherty Sensabaugh & Bonasso PLLC
  • Spilman, Thomas & Battle PLLC
  • Mountain Stage
  • Ramsey Eye Care
  • Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
  • Triana Energy
  • Dismas Charities

The Corporate Cook-off aims to demonstrate how to make a quick, healthy meal using seasonal produce. All produce will be supplied by the SAGE microfarms located on Charleston’s West Side.

Registration to attend is $15. Food (cooked elsewhere) and beverages will be provided.

Click HERE to register.

For more information, please contact Cullen Naumoff at CNaumoff@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org.

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Register now for West Side Main Street Business Expo on Aug. 7

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Alliance agricultural program promotes entrepreneurship and local food

SAGE_withCAAAccording to the West Virginia Small Farm Center, West Virginians spent $7.8 billion on food in 2012, but agriculture in the state only grossed $550 million.

Capturing more of the food market in West Virginia, promoting local foods and teaching entrepreneurship are three key goals of the Charleston Area Alliance’s Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurs (SAGE) program.

SAGE creates economic opportunities and jobs for participants, while minimizing the impact to the environment through sustainable agriculture practices and improving access to healthier food options. Their hard work means more fresh, local produce in Charleston. SAGE began in 2013 with the creation of the first urban micro-farm on Ohio Avenue on Charleston’s West Side.

The Alliance continues to support SAGE graduates who have used their training to form a growing collective they’ve named, “SAGEgrown.” These graduates prepared for the growing season by forming a business plan that included growing cooperatively in urban spaces and selling sustainable micro-farm products to local consumers and restaurants.

The newly minted “SAGEgrown” operators expanded to a new site in early March, when SAGE’s second micro-farm opened near Rebecca Street on Charleston’s West Side. SAGE graduates will continue to be incubated at Rebecca Street through support provided by the Alliance, as they gain more experience and launch their “agri-enterprise.”

The Rebecca Street micro-farm doubled the amount of growing space. The micro-farm includes heirloom tomatoes, red and golden beets, cooking greens, cut flowers and much more.

“It’s an exciting venture that requires hard work,” said Kathy Moore, a SAGE graduate and current grower. “The SAGE business model allows us to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities while addressing a serious need of the community — access to fresh, local and sustainably grown produce.”

“SAGEgrown” sell their produce at the East End Bazaar every Saturday throughout the summer. Shoppers can purchase a variety of fresh produce, herbs and cut flowers through the growing season. The East End Bazaar is located at the corner of Ruffner Avenue and Washington Street West. It is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Saturday.

If you would like to get products from one of the two SAGE farms in downtown Charleston, please contact Kathy Moore at SAGEgrown@gmail.com.

“This program is exemplifies sustainable economic and community development,” said Matthew Ballard, President/CEO of the Charleston Area Alliance.

“SAGE positively impacts Charleston’s West Side. It builds entrepreneurship, it creates positive local economic impact, it promotes local foods and reduces costs that restaurants pay for transporting foods from outside the area. It builds economic wealth, it’s sustainable, and it’s healthy. The Alliance couldn’t be more thrilled to see the success of these agriculture entrepreneurs and their hard work.”

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Spend an evening downtown this Thursday at ArtWalk

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Thursday, July 17
5-8 p.m.

Downtown ArtWalk continues its twelfth season with the July edition on Thursday, July 17 from 5-8 p.m.

ArtWalk, a Charleston Area Alliance program sponsored by Masters Law Firm, is a monthly event that draws hundreds of residents and visitors to downtown Charleston for a festive evening of culture and commerce.

The purpose of ArtWalk is to help revitalize downtown and to promote economic development through the arts.

The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame will have their bandwagon on the Lee Street Triangle providing free live music from Mark Bates and the Carpenter Ants during ArtWalk.

Check out what’s also in store for the July ArtWalk:

Art Emporium
823 Quarrier Street

The Art Emporium will feature, “Janet Ripper Chambers: Simply Natural.” The show will run until Aug. 16, with an artist reception during ArtWalk from 5-8 p.m.

Uncork & Create
1031 Quarrier Street

Uncork & Create will feature works of art in various mediums by members of Allied Artists. The featured works will also be available for purchase and 100 percent of all sales go directly to artists.

Only One Look
110 Capitol Street

New to ArtWalk this month, Only One Look will feature 20 percent off all of its West Virginia glass, excluding cameo and bronze look exclusive limited edition glass. The shop will also offer small, original unframed watercolors for $7 by artist Jack Scott.

The Art Store
233 Hale Street

The Art Store will exhibit “Summer in the City,” a selection of artwork from our collection featuring our locally and nationally represented artists. The exhibition will include paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, handmade pottery items, and mixed media works by our talented artists. Fine crafts from North America will also be featured in the main gallery.

Charleston Ballet
100 Capitol Street

Art walkers are invited to visit the Charleston Ballet studios from 5- 8 p.m. for a drink and a snack. The artwork of Judy Foxx will be displayed at the ballet studios, along with photos from our extensive library of ballets. Learn about our Fall semester or inquire about classes for yourself or your child.

Christina DiFillippo at Zando’s Catering Unlimited
241 Capitol Street

Christina Di Filippo will feature Purple Ferret Photography for the July 17 ArtWalk. Purple Ferret Photography, located in Nitro, is an eclectic creative business owned and operated by Becca Saunders. Handmade photo keepsakes and photo-jewelry are a few ways Purple Ferret Photography offers to display your photos.

Gallery Eleven
1025 Quarrier Street

Impressionist painter Tony Papa is the featured artist this month at Gallery Eleven.

Good News Mountaineer Garage
222 Hale Street

After eight years of being the most offbeat gallery on the ArtWalk trail, Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery will host its last show. In appreciation of their many wonderful donors, artists and years on Hale Street, the shop will feature a multiple screen slide show of over 2,000 families who’ve received vehicles since 2001. Come celebrate their success with live music, food and refreshments.

Woomer Nistendirk & Associates
231 Capitol Street

Woomer Nistendirk & Associates will feature oil paintings by Awyn Danielle McQueen-Milam.

Timothy’s at the Quarrier Diner
1022 Quarrier Street

Timothy’s at the Quarrier Diner will feature LoJam, Lola and Jamie who will be performing on its newly roofed deck. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., 3rd Eye Cabaret will perform until 10 p.m. or later.

Delfine’s Jewelry
245 Capitol Street

Delfine’s Jewelry will feature the artwork of Newman Jackson.

Other participating venues include:

The Boutique by B.Belle Events
Capitol Conference Center
Chet Lowther Studio
Ivor’s Trunk
Modern by Design
The Purple Moon
Romano & Associates
Taylor Books and Annex Gallery
West Virginia Executive

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Business After Hours on July 24 at Thornhill Acura

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Business After Hours
Thursday, July 24
5-7 p.m.
131 MacCorkle Ave SW South Charleston

Join Thornhill Acura and the Charleston Area Alliance for the next Business After Hours on Thursday, July 24.   Enjoy delicious catering in a festive atmosphere with giveaways and live music from The Pennington Project.  Network with area businesses while enjoying the sights and sounds of the Thornhill Acura showroom. Tour the dealership and see the latest additions in the Acura family at this exciting summer networking event.

Business After Hours offer fantastic opportunities to meet the region’s leaders in a relaxed setting, all while enjoying food, drinks and entertainment.

Register here

Early bird rates are $15 for Alliance members and $25 for future members.

Early bird rates expire on Wednesday, July 23 at 5 p.m. After that, prices go up to $25 for Alliance members and $35 for future members. Business After Hours offer fantastic opportunities to meet the region’s leaders in a relaxed setting, all while enjoying food, drinks and entertainment.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. The Alliance cannot issue cancelation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.

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Member Market: Register now for AlignHR Supervisory Series

Member Market:
By Alliance Members for Alliance Members

This “Member Market” is a paid announcement sent by the Alliance on behalf of a member to business and community leaders and young professionals.

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Get fresh, locally grown produce this Saturday

SAGE_withCAAMembers of the Charleston Area Alliance’s SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurs) program will be selling produce this Saturday at the East End Bazaar from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. SAGE is a multipronged economic development initiative with the goal of training and developing prospective urban agriculture entrepreneurs, or “agripreneurs.” Participants in the program receive education and training in farming and business practices that are both economically and environmentally sustainable. Produce that will be available this Saturday include:

  • Swiss chard
  • Cut flower bouquets
  • Herbs (basil, tarragon, oregano, bee balm, sage)
  • Nasturtiums
  • Summer squash
  • Carrots
  • Hungarian hot wax peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Lemon cucumbers
  • Purple hot peppers (NEW this week)
  • Green tomatoes (NEW this week)
  • Buttercup squash (NEW this week)
  • Pattypan squash (NEW this week)

The East End Bazaar is located at the corner of Washington Street East and Ruffner Avenue. The crops were cultivated at micro-farms located on Charleston’s West Side. The micro-farms, which were constructed by SAGE participants and volunteers, are where trainings for the program takes place. SAGE aims to create economic opportunities and jobs for participants, while minimizing impact to the environment through sustainable agriculture practices and improving access to healthier food options. SAGE is a program of Vision 2030, the Alliance’s 20-year economic development initiative.

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Member Market: The business of helping your business grow

Member Market:
By Alliance Members for Alliance Members

This “Member Market” is a paid announcement sent by the Alliance on behalf of a member to business and community leaders and young professionals.

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Get fresh, locally grown produce this Saturday

SAGE_withCAAMembers of the Charleston Area Alliance’s SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurs) program will be selling produce this Saturday at the East End Bazaar from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. SAGE is a multipronged economic development initiative with the goal of training and developing prospective urban agriculture entrepreneurs, or “agripreneurs.” Participants in the program receive education and training in farming and business practices that are both economically and environmentally sustainable. Produce that will be available this Saturday include:

  • Kale
  • Swiss chard
  • Beets
  • Radishes
  • Lettuce (leaf and head)
  • Snow peas
  • Herbs (basil, parsley, dill, tarragon)
  • Garlic
  • Nasturtiums
  • Summer squash
  • Carrots
  • Hungarian hot wax peppers (NEW this week)
  • Eggplant (NEW this week)

The East End Bazaar is located at the corner of Washington Street East and Ruffner Avenue. The crops were cultivated at micro-farms located on Charleston’s West Side. The micro-farms, which were constructed by SAGE participants and volunteers, are where trainings for the program takes place. SAGE aims to create economic opportunities and jobs for participants, while minimizing impact to the environment through sustainable agriculture practices and improving access to healthier food options. SAGE is a program of Vision 2030, the Alliance’s 20-year economic development initiative.

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