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Our New Assistant Event Director!


Candace Tait, Assistant Event Director

The Locke family and The Crossing at Hollar Mill are delighted to announce and welcome Candace Tait as the Assistant Event Director. Candace will oversee events at The Crossing at Hollar Mill, Highland Avenue, and Music In The Mill.

Candace brings a wide range of event experience to the team. Having worked for many years in Wilmington, North Carolina at Bluewater Grill, she understands what it takes to create a hospitable and excellent event experience for guests.

“My goal is to provide extreme hospitality while executing unforgettable events. This goal has been easily achievable by working with such a supportive and inspirational team at The Crossing. From weddings and concerts to corporate gatherings, our vision is to not only host extraordinary events but to also create memories within our community. My love and passion for this industry has only grown since arriving here in April.  I am really looking forward to become an active member in the local event industry, as well as helping to build the Hickory community,” says Candace.

Candace grew up in Troutman, North Carolina before moving to Wilmington to earn her degree from East Carolina University. Candace has spent over a decade working in the hospitality industry, learning all aspects of the field.  Her attention to detail, enthusiasm, and creative imagination have made her an excellent addition to The Crossing.

“We are thrilled to welcome Candace to The Crossing event management team. Her innate Southern charm and grace are only surpassed by her professional approach to events both big and small, lavish and simple. Candace’s years of experience allows our guests to enjoy the celebration while being confident their expectations will be exceeded. In order to stand out in today’s competitive marketplace, Candace knows how to create an environment that influences how people interact with their hosts and with one another. The Crossing Event team designs hundreds of events each year, including product launches, benefits, award shows, brand anniversaries, experiential marketing events, weddings, premiere parties, and much more. Please help welcome our newlyweds to Hickory and know Candace is waiting to assist you with your next great event,” says Meg Jenkins Locke.

The Crossing opened in 2013 and is part of the Carolina Moon Hospitality family of restaurants. Located in Hollar Mill at 883 Highland Avenue SE in Hickory, The Crossing is Hickory’s premiere event venue.

Candace embraces the philosophy of making our guests feel comfortable and welcomed, and she specializes in customer service and client relations. Her initial contributions to the Hollar Mill team have been invaluable. The Crossing’s continued progression with reflect Candace’s enthusiasm and professionalism, along with valuable input from Meg Locke.

To contact Candace, please call 828.324.9464 or email at


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