It is the end of another year in our fair town of Tryon.

Published 10:32 am Monday, January 2, 2012

Let me take this opportunity to tell all of our citizens how much we appreciate another “Nearly perfect; Always Tryon” year.
As we look back at 2011, the economy stands out as one of our greatest concerns. The country itself had many economic woes, and Tryonites faced money issues too. Our Tryon business owners struggled valiantly, though, and their efforts led to a slight increase in the Town’s financial figures. My hat is off to the shopkeepers who worked hard to carry our economy forward.
It is amazing to consider the broad spectrum of shopping opportunities we have here, and  I offer a hearty thank you to those townsfolk who shopped locally this year. Harriet and I purchased groceries from the IGA (many locally grown); parts for sinks, doors and new electrical outlets from Cowan’s; fuel from the Triangle Stop; lunch from 10 North Trade; dinner from My Place; a shirt from The Tryon House; medicine from Tryon Pharmacy; local news from the Tryon Daily Bulletin; coffee from Trade Street and Open Road coffeehouses; movies at Tryon Theatre; new books from The Bookshelf; ironwork from the Saluda Forge; vitamins from the Storehouse; repairs at Stott’s Ford; watch batteries and bands at Bill’s Jewelers; and other purchases too numerous to mention.
Since the New Year is just around the corner, I have a great suggestion! Begin January 1st with a pledge to spend whenever you can with the local merchants: this includes Tryon, Columbus, Saluda, Landrum and the remainder of Polk County.
On New Year’s Day why not mosey on over to view the impressive local art at Rich Nelson’s Skyuka Fine Art. He’ll be open 1-5 p.m. When you have finished there, stop by and see Richard Baker’s studio just a couple of doors down. Bob Morgan, who is a master framer, is conveniently located between these two exceptional artists, and he can take care of all your framing needs.
Again thanks to all of you for living in a great town with wonderful people!
– J Alan Peoples, Tryon Mayor

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