Uptown Lexington Inc. recognizes local businesses as the best


Bradley and Bobbie Key took to running and totally immersed themselves in the upscale neighborhoods of Lexington when they opened their Bristle + Pine store in March.

They moved their family from Randolph County outside the official Uptown Lexington business district to Vance Circle, opened their home decor and women’s accessories store on Main Street, and got involved in several Uptown events. Lexington Inc. Additionally, the couple are often seen with their children having dinner at one of the restaurants and food trucks in the downtown area or the historic depot district.

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Their effort to delve into all things Lexington has not gone unnoticed. Their store received the 2021 New Business Award on Tuesday night at Uptown Lexington Inc.’s annual meeting held at Café 35.

“We are so surprised, honored and excited,” said Bobbie Key after the awards ceremony. “We are so excited to be here in Lexington.”

Bradley Key said they see Uptown Lexington as their backyard and their neighbors, not just their business home.

Bristle + Pine isn’t the couple’s first store. The Keys opened and operated The Window Workshop in Asheboro before moving to Lexington. The Keys have said their Lexington store is constantly evolving and they want it to be. Surprising their customers with new inventory, different store layouts and possibly hands-on furniture and fixture painting workshops is a goal.

The Annie Sloan Chaulk Paint workshops will begin the second week of July at Bristle + Pine. The Keys worked to prepare their workshop space for the students in the back section of their store. Students from Lexington High School helped clean up the shop through the school’s volunteer program.

“The whole town has been so welcoming,” said Bobbie Key. “It hasn’t stopped and we are very grateful.”

Jacob Gordon, executive director of Uptown Lexington Inc, said Bristle + Pine was an obvious choice for the price. The board of directors and committees of the organization nominate and select the winners announced each year.

“I like the way they reused the space,” he said. “It’s a big space. And they’ve been really involved in everything we do.”

Wende Everhart (right), owner of Sinfully Delicious Custom Bakery, holds the award for best signage his company received at Uptown Lexington Inc.'s annual meeting on Tuesday night as ULI executive director Jacob Gordon, congratulate her.

Several other prizes were awarded on Tuesday evening. Some of the awards had a 2020 and 2021 winner because COVID-19 forced the ULI to cancel its annual meeting and several other events in 2020. The other awards and recipients on Tuesday are:

  • Uptown Champion Award, Robin Bivens, Executive Director of Lexington Visitor’s Center.
  • Outstanding Service Award, Lexington City Streets Department.
  • Best Showcase, The Butcher’s Block.
  • Best New Event, Matthew Hand of ASP Visual and Side Street Studio and Andrew Stuart of Skyworks Light for the St. Patrick’s Day Laser Light Show.
  • Best Social Media Use, 2020 Cooper Road Collection and 2021 2nd & Main. Mandy Barker, owner of 2nd & Main bar, said her award should go to Johnson & Co Photography, who took the photos used on their social media accounts and handles all social media.
  • Best Historical Preservation, The Eatery on Main. Mayor Newell Clark owns the building and Matt Jacobs is one of the owners of the business.
  • Best Building Renovation, Warfford Properties for the renovation of 22 S. Main St., home of In Bloom Naturals.
  • Best building extension, Textür Salon & Wellness Spa.
  • Best Signage, Sinfully Delicious Custom Bakery.
  • Best New Business 2020, Fetch Self Service Dog Wash
  • Helping Hand, Michaela Curlee, Uptown Lexington Board Member.
  • Spirt of Uptown, Immanuel Carrothers of My Geek Technologies and Matt Jacobs of The Eatery.

– Jill Doss-Raines is The Dispatch’s senior reporter on trending topics and personality profiles and is always on the lookout for advice on entertainment businesses and events, secret and new menu items and interesting people in the Davidson County. Contact me at [email protected] and subscribe to the-dispatch.com.

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