By David Rogers. June 21, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC — By Friday, the paint was barely dry on the new “Trailhead Welcome Center” of Blue Ridge Mountain Club (BRMC), but the Blowing Rock-based real estate development had everything in place for its celebratory ribbon cutting at The Martin House, on Blowing Rock’s Main Street.
Except where noted, photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News
There was plenty to celebrate. After trading places with Traditions Pottery, which migrated to BRMC’s old sales office location a block down Main Street, BRMC had to enlarge and renovate the space, turning it into a “showplace” sales office.
From the comfortable seating areas to the large screen monitors showing photos of the picturesque property that almost sells itself, the Trailhead Welcome Center is, as one observer told Blowing Rock News, “done right.”
An estimated 100+ High Country business and local government notables stopped by to celebrate BRMC’s “second coming” (the administrative offices opened on the second floor of The Martin House last year) — and partake of Blowing Rock Market-prepared hot dogs and a couple of different varieties of Blowing Rock Ale, compliments of Blowing Rock Brewery.
BRMC General Manager Jim Pitts and Sales Vice President Reggie Bray thanked a legion of staff members and partners in getting the building renovation project completed before Mayor J.B. Lawrence did the honors of cutting the ribbon. As someone in the crowd shouted, “On the count of three,” Lawrence smiled and quipped, “Better get your cameras ready because last time I did this I jumped the gun and cut it on ‘1’!”
Hizzoner kept himself in check until just the right moment, though, and the scarlet red ribbon fell away from the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce’s giant scissors right on cue.
Blue Ridge Mountain Club is a 6,212 acre development just minutes from downtown Blowing Rock, on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Geographic features include river valleys, waterfalls, creek beds, swimming holes and carrraige trails — and stunning views. For more information about Blue Ridge Mountain Club, visit www.blueridgemountainclub.com.