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

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admin in Announcements,Events on July 22 2014 » 0 comments

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.”

admin in Announcements,SAGE on July 22 2014 » 0 comments

Spend an evening downtown this Thursday at ArtWalk

aw.logo.cmykDowntown ArtWalk
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


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 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.

admin in Announcements,Events on July 14 2014 » 0 comments

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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admin in Announcements,Member Market on July 14 2014 » 0 comments

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
  • Cut flower bouquets
  • Herbs (basil, parsley, dill, tarragon)
  • Nasturtiums
  • Summer squash
  • Carrots
  • Hungarian hot wax peppers
  • Eggplants
  • Lemon cucumbers (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.

admin in Announcements,SAGE on July 11 2014 » 0 comments

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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admin in Announcements,Member Market on July 07 2014 » 0 comments

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.

admin in Announcements,Events,SAGE on June 27 2014 » 0 comments

Teams needed for Corporate Cook-Off on July 31

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Corporate Cook-Off

Thursday, July 31
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Location TBA
Tired of getting home late, hungry and settling on takeout to feed you and your family?Live Well Charlie West, a program of the Charleston Area Alliance, is here to help while simultaneously building team relationships at your workplace.Live Well Charlie West will host its next Corporate Cooking Cook-Off on July 31 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.We are currently seeking teams of three to five co-workers who are willing to take on five mystery ingredients and create a healthy, well-balanced dinner in 60 minutes.There is a $50 registration fee for teams. Deadline to register your team is July 18 at 5 p.m.

Registration is completed by emailing Madison Cochran at MCochran@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org 

Please include the following in the e-mail:

  • Team leader
  • Name and e-mail
  • Team member names
  • Name of employer

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.

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 commonly used in cooking.

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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

admin in Announcements,Events on June 25 2014 » 0 comments

FestivALL meets ArtWalk on Thursday

aw.logo.cmykDowntown ArtWalk
Thursday, June 26
5-8 p.m.

Downtown ArtWalk, the showcase of downtown Charleston’s thriving art scene, celebrates FestivALL for its June edition this Thursday.

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.

New to ArtWalk this month is The Art Store at 233 Hale Street and Only One Look at 110 Capitol Street.

The Carpenter Ants will perform on the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Bandwagon at the Lee Street Triangle during ArtWalk.

The ever popular Musical Easels will also occur at the Lee Street Triangle at 6:30 p.m.

FestivALL street performers,  including Qiet, The Snake and the Pot, and Mike Waldeck, Jr., will also be out entertaining ArtWalk patrons.

For a full lineup of FestivALL events, check out www.FestivALLCharleston.com.

For more information on ArtWalk, visit www.charlestonartwalk.org.

Click on the June 26 date from the home page to get a the list of venues for the month.

Check out what’s also in store for this special FestivALL ArtWalk:

Tony the Tailor
822 Virginia Street East

Tony the Tailor will host artist Sarah Frydrich, who has been adding to her incredible portfolio since her debut show at Tony’s earlier this year. In addition, Tony The Tailor will be having a preview of our “Go to Hale” sidewalk sale with sportswear and footwear up to 90 percent off.

Art Emporium
823 Quarrier Street

The Art Emporium will feature “The Greenbrier: A West Virginia Treasure”, new works by Kathy Boland for the June ArtWalk. The exhibit will run through July 12.

Uncork & Create
1031 Quarrier Street

Uncork & Create will be featuring Dr. Sketchy’s.

Delfine’s Jewelry
245 Capitol Street

Delfine’s Jewelry will be featuring artwork by Gregg Oxley.

Charleston Ballet
100 Capitol Street

Art walkers are invited to visit the Charleston Ballet studios to observe dancers and apprentices in class and rehearsals. They will be featuring artist Trevor Oxley, who has recently returned to West Virginia to continue creating his art.

Romano & Associates
230 Capitol Street

Romano and Associates will feature photography by Doug Maxwell. Many of Maxwell’s images will be from travels across the world, as well as still life and landscapes.    Maxwell first picked up an 8 mm movie camera at age nine and never looked at the world the same way again. Now a filmmaker based in Charleston, he draws his inspirations for his still photography from his favorite cinematographers and directors.

West Virginia Executive
8 Capitol Street

West Virginia Executive will showcase artist Glenn Toler. A retired teacher, lifelong outdoor enthusiast and avid traveler, Toler will demonstrate traditional forms in pottery.

Quarrier Diner
1022 Quarrier Street

Quarrier Diner will have chalk art along the sidewalk near the Quarrier Diner.  Also, Lola and Jamie ‘LoJam’ will be performing during ArtWalk. The Quarrier Diner menu will be served at Timothy’s in the lower level from 4 p.m. throughout the evening and served on the deck.

Chet Lowther Studio
223 Hale Street

Chet Lowther will be showcasing new works in encaustic, oil, and acrylic. Check out the website at www.chetlowther.com.

The Art Store
233 Hale Street

The Art Store will exhibit new and recent works of art by our local and national artists for ArtWalk and FestivALL. Join them for refreshments and fun during Artwalk for the first peek at the new gallery and our exhibition, “Gone to Hale” from 5-8 p.m.   The “Gone to Hale” exhibition will continue as The Art Store joins the businesses on Hale Street for “FestivALL: Go to Hale”, a weekend of music, special deals, exhibitions and events that begins Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. The events will resume on Sunday, June 29 at 11 a.m. and continue through 5 p.m. Go to www.theartstorewv.com for more information.

Woomer Nistendirk & Associates
231 Capitol Street

Woomer Nistendirk & Associates will be featuring Bill and Carolyn Hilborn for the June Artwalk. The Hilborns will be presenting photographs that represent the capture of light and are delicately post-processed to highlight the features of the subject.

Christina DiFillippo at Zando’s Catering Unlimited
241 Capitol Street

At Christina DiFillippo at Zando’s Catering Unlimited, Justin Gillispie will be exploring the Appalachian folk art tradition of whirligigs, which are kinetic, wind-powered sculpture.

Mission Savvy
202 Hale Street

Mission Savvy will hold an Instagram photo contest for a chance to win Mission Savvy money.

Good News Mountaineer Garage
222 Hale Street

“We Love Charleston” is the name of an exhibit at the Good News Mountaineer Garage for ArtWalk.  Local fine art photographers including: Todd Griffith, Thorney Lieberman, Chris Morris, Steve Payne, Al Peery, Betty Rivard, and Sally Swisher, will present their various views of the city.  The exhibit will be open during ArtWalk on June 26 from 5-8 p.m. and on June 27 and 28 from noon to 4 p.m.

Ivor’s Trunk
819 Lee Street

Ivor’s entire store will be 50 percent off including all summer apparel, handbags and jewelry.  Don’t miss their outdoor rack sale (cash only) $10, $20, $30 and $50 racks with values up to  $300. All sales are final as they get ready to receive their new fall lines.

Capitol Conference Center
815 Lee Street

Steven A. Holsclaw will be the featured artist at Capitol Conference Center for ArtWalk.

Only One Look
110 Capitol Street

Only One Look will showcase a large collection of West Virginia art glass for ArtWalk.

Gallery Eleven
1025 Quarrier Street

Gallery Eleven is having its first ever sale in June. Selected items will be featured at 40 percent off.

The Boutique by B.Belle Events 602 Virginia Street East, Suite 101
The Boutique by B.Belle Events will feature artist Judy Foxx.

Other participating venues include:
Taylor Books and Annex Gallery
The Purple Moon
Modern by Design


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