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Old 08-20-2006, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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It's just too cold, too rude, and too expensive here in America's Home Town (Plymouth). My wife and I and business partner are looking to relocate south and NC seems to be a good choice. We want to open an alternative health practice and school (tai-chi, qigong, bodywork, etc.) so I guess we're looking for someplace that has an active "alternative" community, i.e. Asheville. I love the mountains but being realistic, and I know you have a very big and diverse state, what areas might be amenable to this type of business? Also obviously we are concerned about cost, climate, etc. I know I'm going to miss little necks, steamers, and 5.99/lb lobster, but I'll visit back here in the summers for those things. Any help from my southern neighbors?
The most receptive area for that type of business would be Raleigh-Durham & Chapel Hill.

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Old 08-20-2006, 11:00 AM
 
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does any one have an idea about the cost of utilities -- energy bills and water bills etc? do the taxes include garbage pick-up? trying to learn more about the realities of relocating to NC -- what would it cost to run a 2500 - 3000 sq ft house in NC?
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Old 08-20-2006, 04:06 PM
 
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Great mm,
Can you tell me about those ares? Why are they better than Asheville?
Thanks in advance,
Buddy
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Old 08-20-2006, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Great mm,
Can you tell me about those ares? Why are they better than Asheville?
Thanks in advance,
Buddy
Much higher population (one million +), i.e. potential customers, plus it's a younger population who would be more open to new things. Three very large universities are clustered in that area, Duke University in Durham, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and N.C. State University in Raleigh.

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Old 08-20-2006, 08:10 PM
 
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You guys from the NE may find the weather mild but for me it will probably be harsh and I'm kinda looking forward to it.
Ask my husband and he'll say the winters are far from mild, but that's because he can't stand the harsh winters with the snow, and we even had a snow blower.
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Old 08-20-2006, 10:47 PM
 
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Default Lenoir (Avery County) North Carolina

Hi,
Could you give me as much information on the Lenoir (Avery County) North Carolina. Like the area, crime, school and people. This would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-21-2006, 09:48 AM
 
Location: MI
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Great mm,
Can you tell me about those ares? Why are they better than Asheville?
Thanks in advance,
Buddy
BuddyT

Either Raleigh or Charlotte will work for you. Reason I say this is a lot of New Englanders and Californians (let's say blue states) people are moving down there, and in general they tend to be more liberal and they have been exposed to these things as part of culture from where they are from. Not to say NC's won't adopt it or want it, but you will have a ready made base for you in these 2 towns. In Raleigh area, Cary is probably the place to set up shop as this seems to be the haven for North east US refugees. I read a post in Charlotte forum that 9 of the 20 houses in his block (in Union County I believe) were people from Long Island. So you get the idea.

If you plan on having a physical location (studio) - then just open it up next to a Trader's Joe or Whole Food Market as these seem to be the "must haves" for the folks moving down from the NE.

In all seriousness with the huge influx of people from these areas, it sounds like a good business model to bring services from the north that are not commonplace in the south. Maybe I am being naive and there could already be a ton of alternative health services already in RTP or Charlotte but I assume not.
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Old 08-21-2006, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Alamance County, NC
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Talking Laughing at the visual . . . ha!

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NYer,
Your last post made me laugh. I went to the grocery store today and went out of my way to be more friendly. I was a smiling fool. One older woman smiled back. Everyone else completely ignored me. Somebody actually did a double take. She must have thought she knew me-otherwise why else would I be smiling at her? It was a good lesson.


ROTFL @ this! Especially someone actually doing a double take!


Thanks for sharing that story, Jerseymom. I know you posted it a while back, but I just read it yesterday and your experiences as a "smiling fool" struck me funny for some reason. Hehehehe.

Most of the time, I love to smile and greet or nod at people in stores and wave to folks as they pass through the neighborhood, though I've gotten a bit more wary of it in recent years. Today at the bank, I walked in as a customer was explaining to the teller that she has one child who is a momma's boy and another who is a daddy's boy. Can't believe folks don't share stuff like that all over the nation.
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Old 08-21-2006, 01:07 PM
 
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22k views. Is it a record? YIKES!
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Old 08-21-2006, 03:28 PM
 
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Thanks thisguy,
I'm from near Boston so the thought of New Yawkahs being neighbors is not one I relish. But, their moneys green
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