May. 09, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Small Business Banquet honors local standouts

The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce honored three Sanford residents and veteran newscaster Larry Stogner during its 26th annual Small Business Banquet Thursday.

May. 08, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chinese company buys Static Control

An official from Static Control Components, the Sanford-based manufacturing company that announced a merger with Chinese manufacturer Apex Microelectronics Thursday

May. 07, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

SAGA CEO resigns after 10 months

Sanford Area Growth Alliance CEO Rodger Sauls has resigned from the fledgling organization after just 10 months on the job amid concerns about the effectiveness of the organization and the pace of its progress.

May. 03, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chamber chat: They profit most who serve best

On Thursday of this past week, I traveled to Roanoke, Virginia, to a Rotary district convention.

May. 03, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Everybody's business: ‘We’re small, but we pack a big punch’

With cars lined up at the window every day, many Sanford residents already are getting a taste of Sanford’s newest specialty coffee location, Roasted and Toasted, at 3078 S. Horner Blvd.

May. 02, 2015 @ 06:51 PM

Infusing new energy

Lori Allerton, owner of Stoneworks, began repurposing granite, quartz and metal into furniture and other household items when her home in Salisbury was being built.

Apr. 26, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chamber Chat: Becoming our best selves

This past Friday, LCI, formerly known as Lee County Industries Inc., held a breakfast at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center to bring together friends and supporters of the organization.

Apr. 25, 2015 @ 07:45 PM

Everybody's Business: The Smoke and Barrel set to open within two weeks

The Smoke and Barrel is expected to open its doors within the next two weeks at 120 S. Steele St. as Sanford’s newest “neighborhood bar,” featuring live music, craft beers and daily specials.

Apr. 19, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Petco holds grand opening celebration

Petco, the newest addition to Shops at Cameron Place, located at the 3000 block of South Horner Boulevard, opened its doors this week with dogs, deals and dozens of perks.

Apr. 19, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chamber Chat: Consumer sentiment is a valuable economic metric

I was listening to a report this week about consumer sentiment. The reporter, Stacy Smith, related a famous anecdote from 1978

Apr. 12, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Local businesses showcased in inspiration board

Local wedding coordinator and event planner Phyllis Dee Holt-Phillips is encouraging residents to “think local first”

Apr. 12, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

Chamber chat: Benefits abound from chamber membership

One of the most important tasks for business owners is budgeting.

Apr. 08, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Different look, same values

After King Since 1895, one of Sanford’s oldest businesses, merged with Aire Serv of The Sandhills heating and air conditioning company earlier this year, former employees and local residents

Apr. 07, 2015 @ 10:16 PM

Startup businesses highlight boons of entrepreneurial spirit

Ann Blakely loves nothing more than the hum of Common Threads’ 14 looms being put to work by the nonprofit’s volunteers.

Apr. 05, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Sanford natives open kayaking business

Sanford natives Chad Spivey and Donnie Hall kicked off their new kayaking business this week by taking the first tour group of the spring out on the Deep River.

Apr. 05, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chamber Chat: The business of Sunday

Industry experts predict retail sales this Easter to top $16.5 billion. According to the National Retail Federation, the average person will spend about $140 on everything from candy and flowers to food

Mar. 31, 2015 @ 01:18 PM

'Sanford's place' reopens

When a fire gutted the Fairview Dairy Bar last July, longtime customers of the iconic Sanford eatery were devastated. When the restaurant reopened its doors Monday, many of those same patrons flocked to the restaurant to savor the meals they had missed over the last eight months.

"I came to Sanford in 1972," said Alex Thompson as he waited for his Reuben sandwich in the Dairy Bar's packed dining room Monday afternoon. "This was probably one of the first restaurants my family and I came to. It was a staple while I was in high school."

Mar. 29, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: More businesses set to open in Sanford

Many new commercial businesses are closer to setting up shop in Sanford's Shops at Cameron Place shopping center, located at the 3000 block of South Horner Boulevard, including Dunkin Donuts.

Mar. 29, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chamber Chat: What it will take to compete

Every day of this past week, I received something from a tourism promotion entity. Granted, I’ve brought this on myself.

Mar. 19, 2015 @ 06:03 PM

Business is blooming

When Dale's Greenhouse and Garden Center closed its doors in April 2013, many of Dale McKinney's long-time customers were at a loss.

Mar. 18, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

The Pantry to lay off 250 over next 18 months

The North Carolina Department of Commerce announced Tuesday that The Pantry, a Cary-based convenience store chain originally founded in Sanford, will lay off 250 employees at the Sanford and Cary offices during the next 18 months.

Mar. 17, 2015 @ 04:06 PM

The Pantry announces 250 layoffs in Sanford, Cary

The North Carolina Department of Commerce announced today that The Pantry, a Cary-based convenience store chain originally founded in Sanford, will be laying off 250 employees at the Sanford and Cary offices over the next 18 months.

Mar. 15, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Coming weeks will see return, debut of several businesses

After the opening of Marshalls this week, other businesses in the works, including Rack Room Shoes and the Smoke and Barrel, are closer to their own grand openings.

Mar. 15, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

Chamber Chat: Telling our story

In just a few weeks, the 2015 edition of Lee County Living Magazine will go to print.