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Happy Tuesday!

Back to the wet weather, unfortunately. It'll be humid and hot (87) today with a good chance of a thunderstorm later on. Also, mosquito activity is rated Very High right now (7/10).
Need a little beach therapy? Here are 6 of our favorites within driving distance!
This week, we wanted to share a few of the other resources in Gaston County we love to keep tabs on to get news, insider looks, and opinions. Here are three area friends you should have on your radar.
Gaston Eats
Don't miss another restaurant news flash or have another argument about where to go for dinner. Gaston Eats crowd sources restaurant news, reviews, and openings so you can always have an rebuttal to the infamous What-Do-You-Want/I-Don't-Care argument. You can find them on Facebook and their blog.

Featured: Maya Rita Bakes
101 E 1st St, Lowell, NC 28098, USA

Custom Sugar Cookies, Muffins, and More in Downtown Lowell, NC.

Gaston Outside
If you aren't already keeping up with Gaston Outside, you should be. They're working in conjunction with several area development groups to help spotlight all that Gaston County has to offer for prospective residents, businesses, and everyone across county lines. You can find them on Facebook and Instagram.

"Advancement in technology has spurred a rebirth of textile manufacturing in the United States. But the downturn of the 1990s left the industry bereft of its most experienced personnel. Now, the Textile Technology Center in eastern Belmont has stepped in to keep innovation flowing."

Everything you're allowed to know about the Textile Technology Center, according to Gaston Outside.
Belmont Belles
These ladies have personality and excellent palettes. They work their way through the best food and drink spots around Belmont & share drool-worthy photos. You can find them on Instagram.

In celebration of the Garden's 20th anniversary this year, the Gaston County Board of Commissioners proclaimed the month of June Daniel Stowe Botanical Month! Plan your visit in June and enjoy Grandiflora: Gamrath Glass, the Butterfly Bungalow, Beer Garden and more. You can see all upcoming events or get details on glass and butterfly exhibits by checking them out on Facebook.

What to Do This Week

Thru September 29 at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden : Grandiflora: Gamrath Glass

June 14-23  Gaston All American Fair Info

June 17 YMCA Group Exercise & Aquatics Schedule

June 21  Friday Night Live in Belmont, featuring 20 Ride (Zac Brown tribute band)

June 21 Milltown Night Festival  Ranlo-DJ, bouncy houses and more.

June 21 City of Mount Holly Summer Concert Series featuring the Entertainers

June 21-23 Gaston Gem, Mineral and Faceters Club Summer Gemboree

Looking for day camps for the kiddos? Gaston Outside has a good starter list of day camps in our area!

Don't miss the next movie in the summer series from Gaston County Parks & Rec!
Interested in becoming a featured partner and reaching people all across Gaston County? Our advertising team can help. Contact us today to talk about how we can help your business thrive.
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Featured Pull at Your Heart Strings
Sake Express founder Phat Nguyen has passed away. We want to express our deepest sympathies.

From the family:

On Monday, June 3, Sake Express founder Phat Tan Nguyen passed away. He was not only an esteemed and beloved leader for his family, but also a leader of a popular local business and the Gaston County community. He was born July 24, 1955, passing away Monday at 12:50 a.m., at CaroMont Regional Medical Center. He founded Sake Express in Gastonia in 1998.

On Saturday, June 8, all Sake Express locations – Belmont, Gastonia and Mt. Holly – closed in honor of Phat Nguyen, providing a day-long tribute -- 
a moment to recognize and remember Nguyen’s life and legacy within the greater Gaston County region -- to Sake Express’ grieving restaurant family and followers.

Here are a few extra details on Nguyen and his impact on the area:

  • Nguyen was drafted, fighting in the Vietnam War with Americans. He was captured by the Viet Cong and held as a prisoner of war. He fled to the Philippines then the U.S., by sponsor, to begin a new life.
  • Prior to Sake Express, Nguyen and his wife, Nga Tran – whom he met in Gaston County, N.C. – worked in a factory together (SCT, later changing to Carlton Farm Mill). They strived to create a better life. The couple later owned and operated three coin-laundry locations, using many funds earned at the factory. All three were sold toward their dream of owning a restaurant.
  • Their first restaurant was located in Florence, S.C.
  • Their next restaurant, Sake Express, was on New Hope Road in Gastonia. It later relocated to nearby East Franklin Boulevard, which remains today.
  • Nguyen’s daughters, Lisa Nguyen and Linda Nguyen Park, assumed ownership and operations in 2004, several years after both began working at Sake Express as teenagers.

Nguyen’s daughters shared comments about their father as well:

Lisa Nguyen, “My father’s life has ended, but his legacy of wisdom, integrity and courage will go on forever.”

Linda Nguyen Park, “His presence is still instilled in Lisa and me every day. He taught us the meaning of hard work, compassion, communication, respect and love – that hard work and dreams can come true and never give up on them. He was our rock, hero and the core of our lives. Everything Lisa and I have today is from the foundation my father and mother taught us.”

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