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published on 11/28/2006

Mountain Business Association Meets

By Contributed Article

David Broome with Byron Kelly,
Janice Roberts, Sarah and Russ Holmes.
The November 2, 2006, meeting of the Mountain Business Association was held in the Gold Room at Alexian Village. President, Gretchen Jones opened the meeting by welcoming everyone. Charles McQuaig, a board member, provided the invocation. Afterwards, the treasurer, Kitty Griffith gave the treasurer’s report.

A $500 check from the MBA for the Founders’ Fund was presented to Rob Philyaw, a member of the Founders’ Fund Executive Board. Rob thanked the association for the donation. Proceeds from the recent OctoberFest sponsored by the MBA benefited the FF.

Everyone was excited to hear about the next sponsored event by the MBA, Sunday on Signal, which took place Sunday, November 12, 2006, spreading across the mountaintop from Old Towne to the “North Pole” (a.k.a the Signal Mountain Nursery). This annual event has been in existence for over 20 years where businesses open up for one day to kick-off the holiday season with specials and discounts. This year, the MBA scheduled entertainment throughout the day, weather permitting, as well as a MBA “headquarters” located in the old Village Greenery where businesses without storefronts could open shop for one day. Most local businesses remain open Sundays between Sunday on Signal and Christmas.

The five corporate sponsors for Sunday on Signal were thanked. Each donated $200. They were SunTrust Bank, AmSouth Bank, First Tennessee Bank, McDonalds, and Frank Powell, Signal Mountain Plaza and Signal Crossing.

Because the room was full with the great turnout of members, introductions were limited to members introducing themselves and not telling about their businesses.

The next MBA event being planned is the “Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony” to be held in the Signal Plaza Shopping Center, Saturday, December 9, 2006. Pictures with Santa will be at the Mountain Arts Community Center with Greg and Jeanne Forehand. Santa will arrive at the Signal Plaza Shopping Center around 6:00 PM to light the Christmas tree and then head over to the MACC for pictures. Light refreshments will be served and merchants will be encouraged to stay open late. The theme is a winter wonderland.

New members announced were 517 Subs, Accents, Champion Cleaners, The Comb Goddess Workshop, Design Style, Mountain Top Toys, The Orchid Gallery, Prudential Realty Center, Romeo’s Jeans and Tees, Shannon Farr, CPA, Signal Mountain Cookie Lady, and The UPS Store.

A complete list of members of the MBA is available on the Signal Mountain Community web site, under Directory. Members who have not turned in their information were encouraged to do so.

The next meeting is Thursday, November 30 at 7:45 am in the Gold Room at Alexian Village. The cost is $12 for members and $10 for guests. Anyone is invited to attend these meetings and is welcome. For more information on joining the Mountain Business Association or for questions, contact Gretchen Jones at .

Pris Shartle
(Portions of this information were compiled from minutes of the meeting provided by MBA secretary Melanie Teter.)

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