• Welcome To The Hickory Nut Gorge!



  • ByLaws Update

    The Board of the Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge recently updated the Chamber ByLaws. 

    Primary changes include:

    • Clarify the name of the Chamber
    • Updating Mission and Goals to be more flexible in nature
    • Update Membership levels and participation guidelines
    • Broaden the expectations of the Board of Directors
    • Update expectations of Officers
    • Update meeting requirements
    • Update finance disbursements
    • Update additional verbiage in accordance with creating a more streamlined document that reflects the needs of the Chamber and the businesses and community we serve.

    You can view the membership-approved, updated bylaws HERE.

  • Economic Development Efforts Economic Development Efforts




    • Worked with TOLL to change Food Truck Ordinance - Food Trucks are now allowed in the Town's jurisdiction, on any commercial property that "could" have a restaurant, with a once/year food truck permit w/the Town for $100.00.  Good for all events or food truck opportunities in Lake Lure for one year.
    • Currently working with TOLL Planning & Zoning - asking to adjust current alcohol ordinance language.  Currently, in the Town's jurisdiction, you must have a restaurant, 30% of sales must be food, with 36 seating capacity to serve alcohol (unless a brewery, vineyard, distillery - fall under different State rules).   All bars, pubs, clubs must be located in the General Commercial Shopping District - which is by Ingles.   
    • Continue to push the "Year of the Trail" with our live asset map connecting our businesses with our outdoor visitors.  Also serving on the Rutherford County Year of the Trail Coalition team.  More information to come regarding upcoming events.
    • Open House and Ribbon Cutting for Dwell Realty with promotion of the upcoming Gray Hawk Cafe & Garden
    • Revitalization of the Lake Lure Golf Course - held two community meetings to inform public of the proposal and the TOLL's stand on the issue.  TOLL is currently in conversations with the organization discussing the proposal.
  • Membership & Community Activities Membership & Community Activities




    • Offered Chamber Explorations tour of Michigan and Niagara Falls
    • Organized special discounts at local establishments for participants in the 2022 Rumble presented by The Riveter and the Carolina Climbers Coalition
    • Created new business networking opportunity: Monthly PowerHour held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa beginning at 5:30PM
    • Created new business and community seminars, OfCourse! offered monthly. See the lineup: https://hickorynutchamber.org/education-series