Weathervane Winery is ready to answer wine emergencies with its new van

Weathervane Winery is ready to answer wine emergencies with its new van

Got a wine emergency? Call Weathervane Winery

If you see Weathervane Winery’s newest addition to their fleet coming up behind you in your rearview mirror, pull over and clear the road — someone is having a wine emergency.

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Sid and Miranda Proctor, the owners of the North Davidson winery, have a new marketing tool in their business portfolio that is turning heads in Davidson County — the Weathervane Winery Emergency Wine Service.  The 2021 Dodge van’s design resembles an ambulance, but uses purple colors, like a grape, and a modified emergency medical service cross logo with a wine glass in the middle in place of the serpent.

“We joked around for years about needing a ‘winebulance’,” Proctor said. “I think this is a good thing. It gives people something to talk about. At the Rotary Club meeting in downtown Lexington, people were talking about it and taking pictures. It gives us good exposure. It’s a good eye catcher.”

The Dodge van was purchased on July 21 from M&L Motors and was in service for the first time on July 24 at the Summer on Liberty Music Festival in Winston-Salem.

Weathervane Winery, located on Welcome-Arcadia Road, uses its new 'Emergency Wine Service' van to offer wine tastings at large festivals and events and small gatherings.

While the emergency wine service vehicle is not answering truly urgent calls, it is filling the need for Proctor and his staff to get their wines, glasses and staff to large events and festivals where they offer wine tastings and sell their product to grow the name brand. Before the EWS vehicle, Proctor and his staff used a pickup truck and trailer to get their supplies to events.

Trevor Walterman of Glast Graphics brought the Proctors’ design to life, creating the large graphic vehicle wrap for it.

In addition to taking the Emergency Wine Service vehicle for wine tastings to large functions, Proctor said they can host educational wine tastings at smaller parties and gatherings, but would not be able to sell their wine at these events.

Randy Turner (right), president of the Northern Davidson Chamber of Commerce, holds the ribbon as Ken and Ashley Lay cut the ribbon at Ashley Lay Real Estate's new office in northern Davidson County. The Lays own the company.

Ashley Lay Real Estate opens new office

One of the top-selling real estate companies in Davidson County has a new address and has become a property owner.

Ashley Lay Real Estate with Keller Williams Realty Elite moved to 303 Fair Oaks Lane, near Arcadia Family Restaurant off N.C Highway 150 and held a grand opening on July 22. Prior to this move, the real estate company rented office space near its new address.

“It’s important for us to be visible in the community we are selling in,” said owner Ashley Lay. 

The company also has an office on Charlois Boulevard in Winston-Salem.

The team at Ashley Lay Real Estate stands outside their new office building at 303 Fair Oaks Lane in Arcadia.

The north Davidson office employs 19 people and had $44 million in sales in 2020. They have already reached that in sales this year and are on track to realize $70 million in sales for 2021, Lay said.

Lay, who currently lives in Forsyth County, is building a home on High Rock Lake now.

“We’re excited about purchasing new office space,” she said. “We know the value of being property owners over renting.”

The West Davidson Public Library has added a summer film festival series to its offerings that will teach lessons about kindness.

Library adds summer film festival 

The West Davidson branch of the Davidson County Public Library has decided to move its community kindness film series inside from outdoors.

Earlier this year, West Davidson Public Library was selected as one of 300 libraries to participate in “Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries,” an American Library Association initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and rural communities.

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