Hickory Area Happenings!

It's not too early to think about when to ship holiday gifts.

FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service all expect to deliver a record number of packages this holiday season, which is Read more..

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Posted by Shane Greene on December 3rd, 2019 3:47 PM

This past Thursday my Daughter Ashlynn had her wisdom teeth removed at Foothills Oral Surgery. Not only did I get some great laughs at her expense but Dr. Richardson and his assistant took really good care of her during the procedure. She is recovering well and everything seems to be healing nicely.  She is still having some headaches and pain but has managed to get back to school and work yesterday. If you are looking for an Oral Surgeon here is the link to their website. Read More...

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Posted by Shane Greene on September 17th, 2019 12:51 PM

A 12-year-old girl has come up with an ingenious little toy to ease the anxieties of young hospital patients just like her.

Ella Casano was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura when she was just 7 years old.

The disease means that Ella’s...Read More

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Posted by Shane Greene on June 18th, 2019 1:54 PM

Many Americans are moving because they want more space, according to a new survey of 1,000 consumers from Porch.com, a home remodeling website. Read More

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Posted by Shane Greene on May 24th, 2019 1:17 PM

A decade ago, when the real-estate bubble was reaching its peak and homeowners were giddy about the rise in home values, plugging in addresses at the new website Zillow became a national pastime.

“People ‘Zillowed’ their Christmas list. They would go and look up the home value of their boss and ex-girlfriend and ex-wife and their neighbors,” said Spencer Rascoff, Zillow’s CEO. The site was originally built around these automated valuations (or “Zestimates”)—in 2006, not a single for-sale listing was posted on the site. It now has millions of listings and agent reviews, among other features. 

Knowing the estimated value of a home was power—or at the very least, juicy gossip. That’s why it was so surprising that Rascoff sold a Seattle investment property earlier this year for $1.1 million—far less than its Zestimate of $1.7 million. This particular house, he said, was located on a major arterial street, a fact that wasn’t baked into the Zestimate...Read more


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Posted by Shane Greene on September 21st, 2016 11:48 AM

Friends of Hickory to break ground on new park

Friends of Hickory will celebrate the groundbreaking of a visionary new park in Downtown Hickory on Wednesday, May 11 at noon.  The park, located just west of Union Square on the corner of Third Street and Main Avenue NW, is the culmination of over two years of planning and fundraising by the non-profit group. 

Friends of Hickory board members collaborated with representatives from Lowes Foods, CommScope, and Corning, as well as additional donors, to symbolically transform the present overflow parking lot into a new community gathering space. “The front door of any city is its downtown,” says Co-Chair and Founder, Allison Holtzman. “We want to make a strong first impression by highlighting the many strengths of Hickory’s community and region.”

The park...



Friends of Hickory will celebrate the groundbreaking of a visionary new park in Downtown Hickory on Wednesday, May 11 at noon.  The park, located just west of Union Square on the corner of Third Street and Main Avenue NW, is the culmination of over two years of planning and fundraising by the non-profit group. 

Friends of Hickory board members collaborated with representatives from Lowes Foods, CommScope, and Corning, as well as additional donors, to symbolically transform the present overflow parking lot into a new community gathering space. “The front door of any city is its downtown,” says Co-Chair and Founder, Allison Holtzman. “We want to make a strong first impression by highlighting the many strengths of Hickory’s community and region.” 

The park

Friends of Hickory will celebrate the groundbreaking of a visionary new park in Downtown Hickory on Wednesday, May 11 at noon.  The park, located just west of Union Square on the corner of Third Street and Main Avenue NW, is the culmination of over two years of planning and fundraising by the non-profit group. 

Friends of Hickory board members collaborated with representatives from Lowes Foods, CommScope, and Corning, as well as additional donors, to symbolically transform the present overflow parking lot into a new community gathering space. “The front door of any city is its downtown,” says Co-Chair and Founder, Allison Holtzman. “We want to make a strong first impression by highlighting the many strengths of Hickory’s community and region.” 

The park

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Posted by Shane Greene on May 9th, 2016 1:04 PM
According to the Real Estate staging institute a staged home sells 70 times faster than a non-staged home. Here are some of the most common mistakes made according to expert stagers.

1)Not creating space: People often move for more space. Make sure your home feels spacious. Remove clutter from closets and shelves. Closets should not be jam-packed full of stuff, you should be able to see the floor. Make sure that furniture fits in the room and its not to big or to small. Bedrooms should have a bed, dresser, and nightstand. Pull furniture away from the walls and allow the corners of the room to be seen.

2)Excessive furniture: There should be enough room for people to walk in and out of every room in your home. if you doubt a piece of furniture take it out of the room so it does not distract the buyer.

3)Smells:Decluttering and having a clean house are very important. Having an odd smell such as a litter box, dogs, or foods can cause a prospective buyer to walk away. Open the windows before a showing to let in fresh air, do not use mask such as potpourri. 
     Have someone come in and clean carpets, walls, and windows, it will make a huge difference in appearance and smell. If that does not help you may need to replace carpet.

4)Edit personal effects:Those hallway walls full of family photo's need to be cleaned off. Get rid of clutter and make decor mild. Your goal is to make the buyer see their family in the home not your family in it. Use accessories in groups of three, three pieces of wall art, candlesticks, something tall, medium, and short. Shapes and color help draw a buyer through the room and make it visually interesting.

5)Don't have more than one focal point in a room:Every room needs a focal point. usually for a bedroom it's the headboard, living room it's the fireplace, TV, or window.

6)Don't have drastic color shifts:It's important to maintain the flow of neutral paint colors throughout the main areas of the home, it provides a sense of openness. Everything doesn't have to be tan or beige either. Certain shades of grey, green and even purple can be neutral.

7)Don't cover light:You want as much light as possible coming into your home. Pull drapes aside and take unnecessary blinds down. You want your home nice and bright inside.

8)Skipping a walk-through:Make time to walk-through your home and test cupboards, cabinets, and drawers to make sure they open and close. If a door needs fixed or a wall needs painted this is the time to so it. Damages make a buyer think that your home is not well taken care of so its best to go ahead and do these things before you list.

9)Neglecting the exterior:Your front porch is the first impression, paint the front door and put out some seasonal flower pots on each side. Keep the yard mowed and bushes pruned. Pressure wash decks and aluminum siding, it makes that first impression much better.
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Posted by Melissa Watts on September 22nd, 2014 10:05 AM
Hickory is in the Top 10 of Best Cities in NC according to this study by CreditDonkey. Best Cities in NC

If you're shopping around for some new furniture to go with your new home, Hickory has all you need to outfit your digs in style. At the Hickory Furniture Mart, you'll find everything from handcrafted Amish dining tables to the latest in contemporary designs. When the winter weather sets in, you can hit the slopes at nearby Sugar Mountain, and during the summer, tour the Catawba River by canoe. Commute times here are among the shortest, and residents have more than 200 dining options to choose from in their off hours.

  • Odds of Being a Victim of a Violent Crime: 1 in 152 
  • Commute Time: 18.4 minutes
  • Income: $38,750
  • Residents Who Attended Some College, No Degree: 20.3% 
  • Restaurants: 1 per 184 inhabitants

Did You Know: In June 1944, Hickory experienced a polio outbreak so large that residents banded together to build a hospital in 54 hours just to accommodate the sick patients.


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Posted by Shane Greene on September 16th, 2014 10:20 PM
There is good news for the former ACE Hardware in Viewmont! Food Matters Market will be opening in early 2015.

Here is the full story:

 

http://m.hickoryrecord.com/news/new-grocery-store-slated-to-open-in/article_560ecd8e-17fb-11e4-808d-0017a43b2370.html?mode=jqm#.U9_Q65uiYAh.google

Here is a link to their website:
http://foodmattersmarket.com/
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Posted by Shane Greene on August 4th, 2014 2:22 PM



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Posted by Shane Greene on March 4th, 2014 9:38 AM
OPEN HOUSE! March 9th 2-4:00
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$229,900.00
5699 GOLD CREEK BAY

Hickory, NC 28601



Beds: 3 Rooms: 0
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 3480
Garage: 0 Built: 1997
 

We are having an open house at this home
Sunday, March 9th from 2-4:00. Visit this
listing online to see more
photos of the property,
Google Earth satellite
images, and much more.
 

If you have any questions
about this property or
require more information,
please feel free to call.

Shane Greene
Faith Parker Properties
828-612-2757
www.hickoryareahomes.com



 
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Posted by Shane Greene on March 1st, 2014 3:26 PM
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$59,900.00
1325 19TH ST SW

Hickory, NC 28602



Beds: 2 Rooms: 0
Full Baths: 1 Sq. Ft.: 904
Garage: 0 Built: 1951
 

This is a new listing that
I thought you might be
interested in. Visit this
listing online to see more
photos of the property,
Google? Earth satellite
images, and much more.
 

If you have any questions
about this property or
require more information,
please feel free to call.

Shane Greene
Faith Parker Properties
8286122757
www.hickoryareahomes.com



 
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Posted by Shane Greene on March 1st, 2014 3:02 PM
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$159,900.00
1759 IRON PEBBLE DR

Hickory, NC 28602



Beds: 3 Rooms: 0
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 1782
Garage: 0 Built: 1992
 

This is a new listing that
I thought you might be
interested in. Visit this
listing online to see more
photos of the property,
Google? Earth satellite
images, and much more.
 

If you have any questions
about this property or
require more information,
please feel free to call.

Shane Greene
Faith Parker Properties
8286122757
www.hickoryareahomes.com



 
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Posted by Shane Greene on March 1st, 2014 2:35 PM

HICKORY, NC — Like many Americans, Russ Perkins will be at home Friday night watching the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.

He will watch the American athletes enter the stadium in Russia wearing their red, white and blue uniforms.

But unlike most of his countrymen, Perkins has a special connection to the uniforms.

Perkins and his 11 employees at Longview Yarns dyed the yarn used in the sweaters the athletes will wear during the opening ceremonies.

That’s more than 6,000 pounds, or three tons, of yarn Perkins’ employees dyed that is part of 650 uniforms.

“That was a big order for us,” Perkins said.

The wool was harvested at the Imperial Stock Ranch in Oregon, and then moved to Kraemer Yarns in Nazareth, Pa., to be spun into yarn. It was then sent to Long View to Longview Yarns to be dyed. From there, the yarn was sent to Ball of Cotton in California to be turned into the Olympic sweaters, according to a video on Ralph Lauren’s website.

The uniforms were made in the U.S. for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Ralph Lauren got some backlash after word got out the uniforms for the 2012 London games were outsourced to places such as China. The designer vowed the 2014 Olympic clothing would be made in the U.S. Forty vendors in the U.S. were used to create the clothing, Perkins said.

Perkins got the call around September 2012 and his company started matching shades.

“That process took a while, and Polo was helpful and patient with us,” Perkins said.

Longview Yarns got the yarn in late December 2012 and January 2013 in several shipments.

Working one shift, it took Longview Yarns employees four to five weeks from start to finish to complete the job, Perkins said. It was a lot of red, white and blue, he said. Perkins’ father, Cecil, started the business in 1955, the year Russ was born.

“We’re really proud and honored to have been asked,” Perkins said. “And we’re proud to have been able to do it and proud that our athletes are going to be wearing them in the opening ceremonies.”

So Perkins will be in front of his TV and admitted he might even shed some tears of pride.

“My hope is we have a safe Olympics and America can do well — bring back the gold,” Perkins said.

LONGVIEW YARNS DYES OLYMPIC YARN

Russ Perkins, owner of Longview Yarns, displays cones of red,white and blue yarn at his plant. Perkins' facility dyed 6,000 pounds of wool yarn for the United States Olympic sweaters that will be worn during the opening ceremonies tonight.


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Posted by Shane Greene on February 6th, 2014 10:00 PM

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