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Envision Williamston to offer two fall activities

Envision Williamston to offer two fall activities

Envision Williamston is gearing up for two fall events.
Lisa Cope, who was recently named the EW Executive Director, said Williamston’s fall scarecrow decorating contest is to begin soon. “We WILL be having it again and what better time to have fun than now?”
Details and registration will be announced soon.
Voting will end on Oct 19th and awards given out on Nov 2nd. Voting will be online on the EW Facebook page.
“Secondly, we’ll be doing a positive vibe activity starting next week,” Cope said. “This will be an ongoing art project for all. The project is being called “Chalk It Up Positive”.
A supply of sidewalk chalk has been ordered and participants can stop by town hall and get a bag or use their own.
The ONLY rule is that ONLY positive, friendly art is allowed. Anything offensive will be washed off.”

“We encourage people of all ages to participate by creating art, liking favorites, and sharing on social media. This is a way to bring joy and a sense of unity while social distancing and practicing safety during the pandemic.”

From the new Executive Director

I am thrilled to have been chosen as the Executive Director of Envision Williamston. I’ve been working with nonprofit organizations for the past 30 years in volunteer, board member, board executive, outreach employee, and CEO roles. I’m ever grateful for the experience I’ve gained in each aspect of this field and for the mentors I’ve had over those years. There is always more to learn and strategy to share and I believe that while we’re living we need to be learning. As a nonprofit leader, fund management is important to me and in 2014 the nonprofit organization I was leading was the recipient of the Angel Award from SC Secretary of State Mark Hammond. This is an annual award given to 10 nonprofit organizations in SC for responsible fund management. I bring that same diligence and sense of responsibility to Envision Williamston and look forward to standing alongside others to bring opportunity, vitality, and engagement to Williamston and her residents.

I was raised in rural WV and am grateful for my roots. I was taught early to work hard and learned to garden, cook, butcher, and preserve foods. I still have a passion for cooking and baking, as well as small town and locally owned business. My husband and I make an effort to support small businesses and love to see them thrive. My hope for Williamston is the same as the hope I have for my own hometown and others like it; to experience growth, prosperity, community engagement, small-town values, safety, and peace.

The challenges we currently face are like none we have experienced before but I know we can take this time to make ourselves better and stronger than ever. I look forward to the end of the pandemic and a return to events and gatherings. May we have a celebration like no one has seen when this is over!

​Lisa Cope
Executive Director, Envision Williamston
12 West Main Street
Williamston, SC 29697

Lisa Cope named Executive Director

Envision Williamston has named Lisa Cope the new Executive Director of the organization.
Cope is a resident of Liberty. She brings over thirty years of experience in working with non-profit organizations to her new role at Envision Williamston.

Heart & Home Designs and Boutique named Main Street Challenge Winners

Heart & Home Designs and Boutique recently held a ribbon cutting for their new businesses located in Williamston.
Owners are Debbie Alexander and Paula Phillips.

Alexander and Phillips have been long time friends for almost 20 years and both are residents of the Williamston and Pelzer area.

After doing several area craft festivals including Westy’s Vintage Market in West Pelzer and the Spring Water Festival in Williamston, they decided to open in Williamston. Their business idea was chosen as one of the winners of the Envision Williamston Main Street Challenge, which provides grant money to help a new local small business open. “We are so proud of this award,” Phillips said.

Home & Heart Designs and Boutique offer unique quality handmade items including farmhouse decor as well as repurposing vintage items into one-of-a-kind home decor.
They have jewelry including earrings, bracelets and necklaces and offer a variety of women’s apparel and accessories.
They have candles and wax melts and even face masks.

Home & Heart Designs and Boutique is located at 1110 Anderson Drive in Williamston.
Store Hours are: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm

For more information, visit us on Facebook @ Heart & Home Designs and Boutique


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Envision Williamston, like so many other organizations, put a number of projects, events and promotional plans on hold during 2020. We hope to return our mission of promoting the Town of Williamston soon!