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Dr Dave’s Chickory

Dr Dave’s Chickory Coffee Chicory Coffee 4 Tbsp. coffee 1 Tbsp. chicory root, ground 4 cups water Brew coffee and ground chicory mix as you normally would plain coffee * Cook’s Hint: using this 4:1 ratio will brew coffee that has a distinct chicory taste but will still have a palatable coffee base flavor. Increase the amount of chicory for a more pure chicory taste. If brewing chicory alone, double the amount of water you use to brew the same amount of coffee, as the chicory flavor is extremely concentrated. This recipe is from Oak Grove United Methodist Church Recipe Book compiled by Executive Chef, Dr. Dave. Dave’s recipes are all complied from the 18th and 19th centuries. If you would like to purchase Dr. Dave’s recipe book, call Dr. Dave at 252-312- 0295 All proceeds are given to the Oak Grove Methodist Church Youth Program. 20 Albemarle Tradewinds March 2016

The Flour Girls Named Winner of the Jump-Start Downtown Business Plan Competition (Elizabeth City, NC, Feb. 23, 2016) – Two local entrepreneurs, with plans to open a bakery-cafe this spring, are the winners of the Jump-Start Elizabeth City Downtown Business Plan Competition, contest sponsors announced this week. Carrie Hays and Talia Krites submitted the winning entry, detailing how they would open and operate the Flour Girls Café and Bakery, featuring designer cakes, fresh-baked pastries and breads and deli sandwiches. “We are very happy to see the Flour Girls coming into the Downtown district,” said Wade Nichols, director of Elizabeth City Downtown Inc., a Jump-Start sponsor. “They arrive with lots of respect from the community, and we are eager to have the aromas and tastes become part of the Downtown experience in Elizabeth City.” Having operated their own separate baking businesses (Hays owned Carrie Cakes in Shiloh and Krites operated the online Krites Cakes and Sweets), the Flour Girls are ready to roll. Their bakery-café will occupy a prime downtown spot at 102 Water Street, vacated several years ago by City Wine Sellar, a popular deli. Hays and Krites, who worked together at the former deli, said they have a good feeling about running their own business in the same location. “Our customers kept telling us, ‘please open a restaurant where we can come and enjoy your food’,” said Hays. “We’ve always loved the building, and the space is perfect for what we want our own business to be.” Hays said they plan to open in March, serving breakfast and lunch, plus pick-up orders. The menu will include an assortment of freshly baked goods and homemade foods, including cinnamon rolls, scones, muffins, cupcakes, waffle sandwiches, soups and “awesome lunch specials.” Their former customers will be glad to know where to order the Flour Girls’ signature specialty cakes, including a dark chocolate cake topped with cream cheese icing and chocolate-covered strawberries. Fresh-baked bread will be available daily, including white, wheat, pumpernickel, sour dough, Italian, rye and bread bowls. “We’ll offer basic to gourmet and everything will be made from scratch,” said Hays. Now in its second year, the Jump-Start Downtown Business Plan Competition was open to entrepreneurs interested in opening or relocating their business in Elizabeth City’s downtown before Nov. 18, 2016. The competition is sponsored by Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc., the Elizabeth City Area Committee of 100 and the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Economic Development Commission. “A number of potential business owners expressed interest in the competition, but the Flour Girls was the stand-out applicant,” said ECPCEDC Director Wayne Harris. Hays and Krites will receive a $5,000 cash prize to use for start-up capital, $3,500 worth of business services including a free advertising package in the Daily Advance newspaper, six months of free Internet service from InteliPort, a free one-year Chamber of Commerce membership, a free one-year Downtown Business & Professional Association membership and one set of business cards from MMT Printers. Harris said there was no second-place winner for this year’s contest. Wayne Harris, ECPCEDC (252) 338-0169; Elizabeth Evans, (757) 705-7153 All Together Now! By: T. Wade Nichols, Executive Director Sponsored By: With a nod to the Beattles, I want to use that great lyric as jumping off point for talking about Downtown revitalization, especially what’s happening in Elizabeth City Downtown. Obviously we are working to get ready for 30,000 coming to the NC Potato Festival (May 20-22nd). Then the monthly First Friday ArtWalks, and setting plans for the 2016 Mariners Wharf Film Festival (June & July). It takes volunteers, and as a relative new-comer, I’m pleased we have people who step up and get things done. It is what keeps us going too. Thanks to Sponsors and volunteers alike. As a matter of fact, Elizabeth City Downtown ranks very high among all of the Main Street communities in NC with 300 volunteers and 3,000+ hours of volunteer service. That is a great point of pride for us. But the role of volunteers, cooperation and investment doesn’t stop there. We have to be coordinating everything with Arts of the Albemarle, Port Discover and Museum of the Albemarle, the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, the Chamber of Commerce, ECSU, ECHNA and both City and Pasquotank County government. Our organizations have different forms and missions, but we all share a common goal: A Better Community. You might think I’m warming up for all of us to sit around a campfire with some guitars strumming in the background. When Spring gets here, maybe we can do that. But the real point is that making Elizabeth City Downtown a truly revitalized community will take all of us cooperating in all of the hard work we do every day. The hope here is that we can all get into a nice habit of cooperating and cheering each other along. We’re not that far from it anyway, but we can bridge that gap and turn Elizabeth City into a legendary city by a beautiful harbor and share the beauty with our region and our state. Albemarle Tradewinds March 2016 21