BEAUFORT | A stop in Beaufort Saturday gave Gov. Pat McCrory a look at some of the best in North Carolina and American-made products.
McCrory attended a ribbon cutting held by the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the opening of the Beaufort Home store on Middle Lane.
“You’ll want to buy something,” McCrory said of the products, including the wine barrels converted to tables and other furniture made by the store’s owners, Andy and Sharon Birmingham.
McCrory’s public appearance was a brief one at which he gave comments during the ribbon cutting ceremony and spoke briefly with The Daily News about the new business.
“Everything here is made in America and made in North Carolina, even this ribbon,” McCrory said referring to the red, white and blue ribbon he carried in his pocket.
McCrory said it was good to have the talents of the Birminghams, who are not only selling goods made in America but also design and build furniture right in North Carolina.
Andy Birmingham said their first business is Beaufort Furniture Company and Beaufort Home, is an extension of that work.
They not only sell their own furniture at the store but also design and custom make other items and have vetted a number of vendors from across North Carolina as well as states as far away as Alaska.
Shop their store and you’ll find salmon leather from Alaska and throws from Farm 2 Fashion, which recycled natural fiber from North Carolina to make its products.
Outside the store was a custom table for shucking oysters that has been a popular item.
“We made 10 for our neighbor Beaufort Wine & Food and people liked them,” Birmingham said.
Birmingham said they’ve tried to find vendors selling reasonably priced products right here at home. Many are North Carolina-based and many are small, family owned.
Birmingham said it was a pleasure to have the governor stop by but he said the attention isn’t for them only.
“It’s not just about us. It is to encourage other people to get out and (design and build) something as well. Everyone has different talents and it is great that they are right here,” Birmingham said.
Jerald and Carol Gartman of Morehead City attended the event and headed into the store to take a look after shaking McCrory’s hand.
“We’re members of the Chamber and we come to all the ribbon cuttings to see what (businesses) have opened,” Jerald Gartman said.