In 1999 John & Barbara Norman were operating an old-time general store in their hometown of East Bend. Looking for an effective way to tell folks about the store, here’s an idea… expand the store newsletter to a magazine format, promoting the store, but also area points of interest as well as other neighborhood stores.
Over the next year the couple worked on the idea and were lucky enough to find a firm in the nearby town of Boonville to help understand the complexities of desktop publishing. In September of 2000, the magazine known as Yadkin Valley Living launched, found a niche, and took off!
The couple wound up closing their retail store to devote full effort to the publication.
The magazine operated for many years in what was a horse barn, turned offices, in the middle of the Norman family farm. The out in the country feel and theme to the magazine continues to celebrate home and garden, family, inspiring stories and great Southern Foods.
In March of 2017, the magazine earned a new name: Yadkin Valley Magazine! A name that symbolizes exactly what it is, the Yadkin Valley’s regional magazine.
Now time comes full circle as the Normans retire from the magazine and once again enjoy operating a country themed retail store: Cherry Street Farmhouse.