A local resident and business owner was recently honored for her work in Mount Airy’s downtown area.
In March Jennie Lowry, owner of Olde Mill Music, was named the 2016 Mount Airy Main Street Champion at a statewide Main Street conference in Shelby.
“She has the most selfless heart, and we are so lucky to have a superwoman like Jennie in Mount Airy. We couldn’t do what we do without Jennie, and I am proud to call her my friend,” said Lizzie Morrison, Main Street Coordinator for Mount Airy Downtown, Inc.
In addition to being a small business owner on Main Street, Lowry serves on the boards of directors of Mount Airy Downtown, the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History and the Tourism Development Authority, according to Morrison. Lowry also serves as secretary of the Downtown Business Association and volunteers for the Surry Arts Council.
“Jennie Lowry wears many different hats, all of which contribute to our wonderful community,” noted Morrison. “She is the ultimate Main Street Champion, always volunteering her time and energy to make downtown better for citizens, visitors, and especially for future generations.”
According to Morrison, Lowry achieves all of that while homeschooling three children. She also works for local radio station WPAQ, hosting the weekly Merry-Go-Round on Saturday mornings at the Earle Theatre.
“Main Street Champions are individuals who work and advocate for downtown revitalization in North Carolina Main Street communities,” explained Morrison.
N.C. Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland attended the conference and spoke of the importance of supporting a town or city’s downtown area.
“Downtown districts are important economic engines in our state,” said Copeland. “The men and women we’re recognizing today are the people who keep those engines running, generating prosperity for communities all across North Carolina.”