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Sharing Hickory

Click above to see how the community shares its love of Hickory.


Dr. Akram Mahmoud

Dr. Akram Mahmoud moved to Hickory to perform neurosurgery for Frye Regional Medical Center's Brain Center. He says Hickory is a "jewel" with a lot to offer.

Gaither Hambrick

Being born and raised in the area, Gaither Hambrick has strong Hickory roots. After attending college in Greenville and Charlotte, NC, Gaither returned home to Hickory and plans to stay.

Kathee and Rick Martin

Originally from Wisconsin, Kathee and Rick Martin moved down south for Rick's career. They selected Hickory for its convenient location and abundant amenities.

Bill Pitts

Bill Pitts grew up in Aiken, SC, and attended pharmacy school at the University of South Carolina. He moved north to Hickory over 50 years ago to start his career as a pharmacist and has enjoyed raising a family in this beautiful community.

Elizabeth and Kou Yang

Born in Laos, Kou Yang lived in several states across the U.S. before settling in Hickory with his wife, Elizabeth. For the last fifteen years, the Yangs have enjoyed raising their kids here and attending the variety of events held in Downtown Hickory.

Jessica and Haynes King

Jessica and Haynes King met in Hickory's furniture industry and started crafting a life together. After living in Virginia for several years, the furniture industry brought them home to Hickory, where they are now raising two children.

Gretchen Oetting

Gretchen Oetting is originally from Kansas City, Missouri, but she has lived all across the globe - from Bangkok, Thailand and Jerusalem, Israel, to Florida, Arizona, and Ohio in the States. When her husband's career as a civil engineer brought their family to Hickory, Gretchen quickly fell in love with the City's small town charm and big city amenities.

Hani Nassar

Born in Lebanon, Hani Nassar came to the United States to continue his academic studies. Years later, his career brought him to Hickory, where he has raised his family and plans to stay.

Emily Stober

Emily Stober is a student at Hickory High School, where she participates in the Leadership 2000 and Beyond Program.  She spent a week interning with the City of Hickory and learning all about local government.  Emily loves Hickory's vibrant arts community, and enjoys learning guitar at the Hickory Music Factory, acting with the Hickory Community Theatre, and singing with the Hickory Jazz Orchestra.

Michael Richey

Michael Richey moved to Hickory from Chattanooga, TN in 1998.  He enjoys taking advantage of all Hickory has to offer, especially golfing on the local courses and attending classic car cruise-ins. 

Kristin Darbee

Originally from Bay City, Michigan, Kristin Darbee now calls Hickory home.  She currently serves as an Ambassador for the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce and is a recent graduate of the Leadership Catawba program.

Susan Reese

Susan Reese, a retired software engineer from the San Francisco Bay area of California, searched around the country for the perfect place to enjoy her retirement.  After three years of research, Susan decided on Hickory, NC, and couldn't be happier.

Charlie Cannon

Charlie Cannon is a student at Hickory High School. Watch this short video to learn why he loves his hometown and can't see any reason he would ever want to leave.

Jon Carfagno

Jon Carfagno, Executive Director for the Hickory Museum of Art, has followed his passion for art across the United States and abroad.  In this video, he shares his story of why he chose Hickory.

Clise Plant

Clise Plant grew up around Knoxville, TN and spent time in larger cities like Nashville. Her family has now built a life here in Hickory, where they enjoy the City's small town charm and family-friendly activities.


Chad Burel

Chad Burel is the owner of Lake Hickory Adventures, a company which offers dinner, party, and private boat charters on Lake Hickory.  After growing up in Hillsboro, NC, attending college in Raleigh, and serving in the United States Air Force, Burel settled in Hickory for an engineering job and to raise his family. “I’m building my life, my businesses, and my family, right here on the lake in Hickory,” said Burel.

Emily Kiziah

Emily Kiziah, a Hickory native and freshman at Lenoir-Rhyne University (LRU), decided to spend her college years in Hickory because she loves the community and was so impressed with Lenoir Rhyne’s campus and academics.  “Hickory is growing,” explained Kiziah. 

Meg Jenkins Locke

Meg Jenkins Locke, owner of Carolina Moon Hospitality, is a native of South Carolina, but has lived in Hickory since 1995.  She and her husband moved to Hickory for his job at Catawba Valley Medical Center and he opened his general surgery practice in the area. 

Candace Tait

A native of Troutman, NC, Candace Tait has lived in Hickory for only a year, but already appreciates the deep sense of community that she has experienced.  She moved to Hickory from Wilmington, NC. 

Sarah Taylor Wood

Sarah Taylor Wood, Executive Director of the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market, has lived in large cities like New York and Atlanta, and yet she chooses to make Hickory her home. 

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76 North Center Street
Hickory, North Carolina 28601
Phone: (828) 323-7400
Fax: (828) 323-7550



Life. Well Crafted.

Hickory is for doers and makers seeking a well-rounded community, located between Charlotte and Asheville at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along I-40, where a collective spirit of craftsmanship strengthens any endeavor with detail, artistry, and quality.


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