Business briefs for July 26, 2013

Jul. 26, 2013 @ 01:40 AM

Thrift store celebrates anniversary

The Purple Ribbon Thrift Store is celebrating its ninth anniversary on Wednesday by offering refreshments and shopping deals. The Purple Ribbon, operated by The Family Guidance Center, opened in July 2004. It’s slogan, “Shop to Stop Domestic Violence,” reflects the store’s purpose: to increase awareness about domestic violence and to help support the agency’s Shelter for Battered Women. The Shelter, a safe haven for women and children fleeing domestic violence, provides a temporary home, services to heal the emotional wounds caused by domestic violence and other supportive services. The store is at 360 U.S. 70 SW in Hickory. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 828-322-3423.

Blue Ridge Electric wins awards

Awards for effective communications were recently presented to Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp. by The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and Council of Rural Electric Communicators.

The cooperative was recognized with a top award of excellence for its newsletter, Membership Matters, which includes a monthly cover wrap the cooperative sends to members through the statewide magazine Carolina Country published for electric cooperative members. Blue Ridge Electric also received awards of merit for: its New Member Guide, an informational piece sent to every new member as they join the cooperative; an informational blog for the cooperative's Community Leaders Council; and a patriotic photograph of a line truck taken during power restoration work after Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to 6,000 Blue Ridge members last fall.

Assisting with the winning pieces were: G&T Communications of Boone and Gotham Images of Hickory for cover wraps; Paragon Design Group of Lenoir for the New Member Guide; Nick Greene for the CLC blog; and Grey Scheer for the photograph.

The annual Spotlight on Excellence competition recognizes the top-rated communication and marketing efforts by electric cooperatives and related organizations across the country. Electric cooperative communicators submitted more than 740 entries this year. Faculty members from the University of Missouri – Columbia, University of South Carolina and Ohio University Scripps-Howard School of Journalism judged the entries.