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Welcome …

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to Banner Elk — it’s just better here!

Pictured from left are Patty Robinson, secretary; Deka Tate, vice president, Jo-Ann McMurray, president; Suzette Fronk, treasurer; and Liz Lanham, staff.


Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce President Jo-Ann McMurray


t’s all here in the beautiful mountain town of Banner Elk. With beautiful mountain scenery, four distinct seasons and a small -town college atmosphere, Banner Elk has become the destination for visitors to the High Country! If your interests are winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, tubing or snowshoeing, Banner Elk has it all. Nestled between the two largest winter sports venues in the South, Sugar Mountain and Beech Mountain, Banner Elk offers the perfect place to stay. Whether your preference is a stay

at a traditional B&B in a historic home, a cozy vacation home, or a pet-friendly hotel, Banner Elk offers accommodations to meet every need and budget. The summer time offers world-class fly-fishing, hiking, road and mountain cycling. Banner Elk is just minutes from all levels of hiking at Grandfather Mountain, and the spectacular Linville Gorge. The nearby Blue Ridge Parkway offers spectacular views, and Banner Elk is the nearest exit to the renowned Linn Cove Viaduct. Taking advantage of our mountain location, Lees-McRae College offers one of the pre-

mier cycling programs in the country, not to mention a full season of shows, plays and performances at its state-of-the-art entertainment facilities and theater. Banner Elk offers the widest array of dining in the High Country, too! Whether your tastes lean towards Italian, Chinese, Cajun, Vietnamese, seafood, prime rib or maybe you just want a great sandwich or salad, Banner Elk has a restaurant for every taste, and every wallet, with most restaurants having full ABC licensing. So, come and enjoy a walk around our pedestrian-friendly town, filled

with quaint restaurants, shops and galleries, while taking in the spectacular, ever-changing views that the mountains of the High Country offer. If you need any assistance with your business or family relocation, retirement planning or help with a vacation itinerary, just give us a call at (828) 8988395. The Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce is here to make you feel like a local, because — it’s just better here! Jo-Ann McMurray President, Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce

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arm greetings from the town council of beautiful and historic Banner Elk. We are so glad you found our unique, special part of Western North Carolina. We are steeped in rich history. Drop by the Banner Elk Museum while you are here for a walk through this history. Banner Elk has the honor of wearing two hats. We share the town with historic Lees-McRae College, which has been here for 100 years. We have also earned the distinction of being a tourist destination. Why do tourists come to Banner Elk? Our small town is blessed with two snow ski resorts within 15 minutes of our one stoplight. In the summer we are near six golf courses, some of which are considered the best in the country. Summer temperatures are 15to 20-degrees cooler than off our mountain. We are 3,740 feet above sea level, and the panoramic views in the High Country are picture postcard perfect. The third weekend of October is the world famous Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk. To learn more about this event, click to www. Parades are dear to our hearts here. The Banner Elk Fourth of July Parade and the Christmas Parade of Lights are highlights of the year. Anyone who wants to be in the parade is allowed. Simply show up prepared to wow the crowds. The crowds are dedicated and in a festive mood. Rain doesn’t dampen our spirits. Everyone is determined to celebrate on. Banner Elk has scenic greenway trails, a multi-purpose park and a dog park. Our residents and visitors put all of these facilities to good use, so much so that we have expanded the park and walking and biking trails. The new pavilion in the park is conducive for weddings, birthdays and family gatherings. Also very popular in the summer are our Thursday evening free Concerts in the Park. You must come early to stake out a good seat.

Banner Elk recently acquired the historic Banner Elk Elementary School in the heart of town. There is so much nostalgia for this facility. People in our area either attended school there, their children and/ or grandchildren attended the school or they taught school in this facility. We are coming together to determine the use of this landmark and the property surrounding it. We are excited at the possibilities. If you are looking for a tax deduction, we are shamelessly soliciting donations to fund the purchase of this treasure. Please come by Town Hall if you want to help. Banner Elk’s biggest assets are the citizens and town employees. You will find the staff at Town Hall friendly and helpful. The police department is highly professional and most helpful to citizens and visitors. Banner Elk people have a special quality about them. We have a sense of pride in our community and heritage, and there is definitely an atmosphere of caring. One newcomer to Banner Elk mentioned to me recently that she had never been in an area where people are so quick to volunteer to help with so many causes. Any of our citizens will tell you that life is just better here. Sincerely, Brenda Lyerly Banner Elk Mayor

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Welcome … to Avery County

Avery County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Melynda Martin Pepple


he Avery County Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to Avery County, North Carolina, located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where we welcome fun seekers of all ages and where you are able to experience all four distinct seasons. Our knowledgeable staff and centrally located visitor center is available to assist our businesses, residents and individuals seven days a week. This mountainous and beautiful region offers activities that abound year round, including hiking, biking, rafting, tubing, horseback riding, antiquing, fine art festivals, art galleries and more. We are home to the world famous Woolly Worm Festival, one of the top 10 fall festivals in the country.

Skiing is also available at our three state-of-the-art ski resorts, Appalachian Ski Mountain, Beech Mountain Resort and Sugar Mountain Resort. The chamber is dedicated to serving residents, businesses and visitors through social media, networking, a user-friendly website, monthly marketing outreach events, exciting events that promote tourism, partnerships with state and government organizations and officials and business promotion within and outside of the community. Our enterprises with local businesses and organizations allow our members to reap benefits from far and wide no matter which season we are enjoying in the High Country. The Avery County Chamber of

Commerce motto is “What can we do for YOU?” and we welcome you to join today and allow our enthusiastic and creative team to work for You! For more information, please call (828) 898-5605 or come by for a visit. We are open seven days per week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winter weather hours may apply. Note: If you are a new member, bring this article when joining and you will receive a 10 percent discount off of your primary business membership dues. Best regards, Melynda Martin Pepple Executive Director, Avery County Chamber of Commerce

Welcome …

Avery County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Melynda Martin Pepple.


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to small town America Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye


hen the thoughts of small town America play in my mind, the picture of Banner Elk is what I see. The Banner Elk area has such a dichotomy, on the surface it gives the appearance of the simple times of old, but look a bit closer

and you see a state-of-the art area with the best of restaurants, boutiques and shops. As sheriff of Avery County, in which Banner Elk is the face for so many visitors each year, I cordially invite you to come by, visit, spend some time and get to know the best area and the best county in the entire

state. I can assure those who come by, you will come back — our Southern hospitality and our local charm will win you over like it does thousands of others each year. So if you like small town atmosphere but want the best of modern conveniences; if you want one of the safest places in America

but still want to have and be close to active night activities; if you want four true seasons to see God’s handiwork in nature, then you want to come to Banner Elk, in Avery County, N.C.

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Welcome ‌ to our top-tier education system

ACS Superintendent Dr. David Burleson ACS Superintendent Dr. David Burleson, with wife, Beth. PHOTO SUBMITTED


anner Elk School, located in the beautiful community of Banner Elk, enrolls 175 pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students. The school community strives daily to fulfill their mission to provide a safe, secure environment that is essential to learning and prepare all students to become responsible citizens, life-long learners and to be globally prepared for life in the 21st century. Banner Elk Elementary School opened its doors for the first time in fall 2011. The state-of-the-art facility offers geothermal heating, a full-size gym, spacious classrooms with ample storage and an abundance of natural lighting for each classroom. The new building is a wonderful asset for both the school and the community. BES was the first school to participate in the one-to-one initiative for Avery County Schools and was instrumental in leading the way for a district-wide

initiative to provide an iPad for every student in grades kindergarten through fifth and a MacBook Air for students in grades six through 12. In addition to providing quality education for students, the school serves as the Professional Development School for Lees-McRae College and is part of the Appalachian State University Public School Partnership. Many wonderful events and activities occur throughout the year at Banner Elk School. Favorites include an annual Fall Fling supported by a very involved Parent Teacher Organization, an annual Christmas school and community program and a spring parent night that focuses on literacy and on preparing for the end-of-grade assessments. BES is an Arts A+ school that embraces the integration of the arts into curriculum and annually supports an artist in residency program. Banner Elk Elementary School is one of

eight schools in Avery County. There are a total of five elementary and two middle schools, and one Avery High School — all fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Avery County Schools has the highest cohort graduation rate in the state. Through diligent work of quality professionals, caring parents and supportive community, students are attending school with conviction. Our students continue to surpass state averages in nearly every EOG/EOC-tested area, and rank consistently above the average of the Northwest Region. Based on recently released test results, our school system performed well on the End-ofGrade and End-of-Course tests. Avery County Schools has achieved some of the highest proficiency ever and our growth status has improved from last year. ACS believes that our children are our greatest resource and the key to a pro-

ductive future. Our educational pathway begins with a Five Star state-funded prekindergarten program, and aggressively strives to meet the needs of each student. Avery Middle and Cranberry Middle schools are Arts A+ schools. Each focus on basic learning skills so that students will enter high school with a solid academic foundation. Avery High School, home of the Vikings, is dedicating to assisting each student in gradating college and career ready. As Avery County Schools moves forward into an exciting future, we aspire to become a national model of education graduating every student globally prepared for life in the 21st century. For more information, click to Sincerely, Dr. David Burleson Avery County Schools superintendent


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Welcome … to Banner Elk’s college, Lees-McRae

Dr. Barry M. Buxton, 15th president of Lees-McRae College, and his wife, Deborah Keyes Buxton, an artist.


Lees-McRae College President Dr. Barry M. Buxton


s natives of this region, Debbie and I are grateful to have the opportunity to serve Lees-McRae College and to live in Avery County. From our perspective, there is no more beautiful and soulful place than Banner Elk. At Lees-McRae College, we are dedicated to the intellectual, spiritual and physical growth of our students. The college is committed to providing a quality, values-based education, inspiring and enabling individuals to contribute to a changing society with integrity and civic responsibility. While there are many distinguishing characteristics of Lees-McRae College, none is more important than location. At 3,740 feet above sea level, we are the highest campus in the eastern United States. With a campus of more than 460 acres, LeesMcRae is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream graced with forests, rivers, lakes and fields near the base of Beech Mountain, with Grandfather Mountain and Sugar Mountain, the Pisgah and Cherokee National Forests and the Linville Gorge Wilderness nearby. Our natural ecosystems are among the most diverse in the world and serve as laboratories for study in many disciplines.

The beautiful native stone buildings that grace our campus date back to the early 1900s. We are dedicated to their preservation and adaptive reuse. As a matter of fact, the college recently received the Caraway Award from the State of North Carolina for our preservation efforts. I encourage you to visit the Lees-McRae campus and experience the beauty for yourself. Take a campus tour, meet our dedicated faculty and staff and talk with some of our amazing students who come from all across the globe. Stop by the historic Mill Pond and Cheese House (visitor center) and learn more about our history. Tour the Dianne and Dan May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center on the Elk River and see firsthand this unique academic program. Attend some of our highly acclaimed theatre productions or stop in our sports complex and experience the excitement of our student-athletes as they compete in 15 different NCAA sports. We are grateful and we are blessed at Lees-McRae College. Sincerely, Dr. Barry M. Buxton LMC president

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Banner Elk, the home of outdoor sports JUSTIN GRIMES



f Thornton Wilder had chosen Banner Elk as the guide for his great play “Our Town,” most likely all the characters would have been outdoor sports enthusiasts. Few places on earth can compete with the plethora outdoor activities available to people of all ages right out the front doors of the village. From the backyards of Banner Elk residents, hiking, canoeing, championship biking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, bear and dear and wild-turkey hunting, fly fishing, swimming, golfing, marathon running, horseback riding, caving, hanggliding, snowboarding, skiing, snow-tubing and snowshoeing are only a stone’s throw away. In fact, one can cast for native trout within the town limits in crystal clear creeks originating up high on the slopes of Beech and Sugar mountains. Hiking trails begin in the village, too. This abundance fuels the local economy year-round as thousands of visitors flock to the hamlet and enjoy the sport’s paradise. During winter, Sugar and Beech mountains, which tower above Main Street, provide a winter wonderland of snowsports. It’s not uncommon to find a PhD tuning skis at the resorts or in a local ski shop, having traded a past life for the grandeur of the highest Appalachians. As well as serving the piedmont populations of the Southeastern states,

New for the 2014-15 season, Sugar Mountain Resort added a ski slope, Gunther’s Way, which can be seen on the far right side of the photo. PHOTO BY JUSTIN GRIMES

the resorts attract an international clientele from all over the world. A local ski instructor kept track last winter and reported that his clients came from more than 50 countries. Minutes away, the venerable Grandfather Mountain and state park dominates the landscape, providing

it’s own Mecca of outdoor challenges, exhilarating climbs and breathtaking views. In summer, professional and amateur highland athletes from all over converge to compete in the Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. World-class downhill bikers participate

in several local events annually and the Lees-McRae College downhillers are known nationwide for their winning competitive skills. Waitresses can tell you about serving the many visiting bicyclists who use the area’s steeps to train for the Tour de France. Private and public golf clubs are a golf cart’s ride away from the center of town. It’s not uncommon to see helicopters overhead ferrying club members or private planes landing, delivering patrons to the area’s exclusive golf communities. Both Beech and Sugar mountains have challenging golf courses that are open to the public. Wildcat Lake, a comfortable bike or horse ride from town, offers swimming, canoeing, picnic facilities, a playground, volleyball and a beach. Sailors, boat fishermen, water skiers and houseboat owners can travel in about 30 minutes from Banner Elk to the grand and huge TVA Watauga Lake, located near the Tennessee state line. If you are a world-class athletic looking for a challenge or someone just wanting a stroll through the Rhododendron, Banner Elk is the place you want to be; with this one caution: when a resident of Banner Elk talks about racing, they mean “Wacing.” Every October, more than 20,000 people attend Banner Elk’s Woolly Worm Festival. The event features thousands of competing woolly worms “wacing” up strings for prizes.

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Step back into the past in Banner Elk CAROLINE HARRIS



he town of Banner Elk, originally called Banner’s Elk, has a long and interesting history that stretches back to before the Civil War. A Cherokee hunting and fishing ground prior to western settlement, Martin L. Banner immigrated to the area from Wales in 1848 and established the first permanent settlement. Legend has it that the town was given its name after the last elk in the region was shot. When the town was incorporated in 1911, Banner’s Elk was shortened to Banner Elk. In 1892, the community established the historic Banner Elk Hotel to serve the growing number of visitors who were drawn to the natural beauty of the mountains, a tourism trend that continues today. In 1900, the Rev. Edgar Tufts founded what is now Lees-McRae College in the heart of Banner Elk. In 1914, Tufts founded Grandfather Home for Children. Both institutions are still in operation more than 100 years later. With many twists and turns, Banner Elk’s history proves its hearty settlers and their descendents were determined to not only live, but thrive in its hills and valleys. To learn more about Banner Elk’s history, visit Banner House museum or click to The museum’s hours change seasonally, so call ahead at (828) 898-3634 to plan your visit. Von Cannon’s Ford dealership in Banner Elk. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MICHAEL HARDY

Avery County Schools Four Year Cohort Graduation Rate: 95%, First in the State Vision: to become a national model of education Mission: to graduate every student from high school globally prepared for life in the 21st century through supportive relationships with students, parents, and community. “Our schools and administrators offer programs, innovative classes, extra-curricular activities and the latest technology to every student. WE believe in meeting the need of each student, helping them to discover their talents and abilities so they will be abler to pursue their dreams upon graduation.” David Burleson, ACS Superintendent All Avery County Schools are fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. • 8 Schools: 5 elementary, 2 middle and one Avery High School • Total Enrollment: 2,221 • Highly Qualified Teachers: 99.4% • 2012 Graduates: 165 • One to One District-wide: All students: grades K-5, an iPad - grades 6-12, Macbook • 100+ Volunteers District-wide • 6 Five Star State-Funded NC Pre-K Programs

The weaving room at Banner Elk’s Lees-McRae College in the early 1900s.

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No place like (a new) home ...

Banner Elk beckons with prime real estate opportunities JAMIE SHELL



s the secret of the picturesque High Country as a permanent destination continues to spread, it is only natural that after spending time here, plans to call Banner Elk and the surrounding area home abound. The real estate market in Banner Elk and the High Country continues to rebound in recent years. According to Laurie Phillips, executive officer with High Country Association of Realtors, there are certain times

and trends to look for when considering a purchase in the area. “Summer is traditionally a strong buying season with an additional market influx in the fall. With low interest rates and a solid inventory, we are seeing more buyers looking to invest in the High Country,” Phillips said. “Intriguing factors when considering a purchase locally include climate, natural beauty, community involvement, activities and festivals.” According to various realtors in the local area, the real estate market for local homes and properties in

the past couple of years has thrived. “The market has increased over the past few years, and this year’s numbers are slightly higher than last year’s as we go into the close of the year,” Phillips added. The prime opportunity to purchase real estate or a home in Banner Elk has become part of a growing trend in prosperity among the market. With sales increasing over the course of more than two years, experts believe now is as good a time as ever to consider finding that home of your dreams. “There are many great areas in Banner Elk for a

buyer to explore and consider, both in town and rural,” Phillips explained. “Whether you’re here for the mountain living and in-town atmosphere, or just want to get away from everything and enjoy the quiet living our mountains offer, we have what you’re looking for.” According to Phillips, it is important that a prospective buyer know the potential problems when it comes to making the right decisions and maximizing the home or property-purchasing experience, and she offered tips and insights that will serve explorers well. “Working with a Realtor

Perfect views and prime property await potential buyers in Banner Elk and the High Country. PHOTO SAM CALHOUN

is important because they are the area specialists and can guide you through the entire process, whether it be getting a perc test or just knowing the history of the property and surrounding area,” Phillips added. “It’s important to also get a home inspection by a licensed inspector. Again, working with a Realtor will get you through without worrying about the pitfalls.” Average rates on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages have been mostly steady in the past year, while commercial mortgages have dropped slightly. According to Phil-

lips, the trends continue to show positive signs and are conducive to continued growth in Banner Elk and the outlying areas of the High Country. “We’re seeing some new construction, and we look for it to steadily increase in the next year,” Phillips said. For more information on local real estate opportunities, call Phillips with High Country Realtors at (828) 262-5437, visit the High Country Association of Realtors’ website by clicking to www.highcountryrealtors. org or email

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Banner Elk’s local brewery and winery

North Carolina is quickly becoming a destination for wine tasting, and Banner Elk is no exception to the trend. The state’s diverse landscape of coast, piedmont and mountainous regions make for a wine country with endless possibilities. As the only state in the country that can sustain any European varietal of grape, no matter its climate of origin, local wineries are sprouting up everywhere, including the High Country. Banner Elk Winery is carving out their corner of the viticultural new world with its awardwinning wines. For the beer drinkers, Flat Top Brewing Company, Banner Elk’s own craft brewery, is named for a mountain situated near the center of the county. The motto “refreshingly elevated” reflects the mountain location as well

Banner Elk Winery 135 Deer Run Lane (828) 260-1790 Flat Top Brewery 567 Main Street East (828) 898-8677

as the brewery’s aim for a high-quality beer. Flat Top’s brews are already served in more than a dozen locations in the High Country and beyond.

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Bite into Banner Elk




anner Elk offers a surprising number of dining options for its small-town size. You can grab a burger and a pint, enjoy the latest culinary masterpiece of a world-renowned chef or chow down on some authentic local cuisine. Some restaurants in Banner Elk change their hours seasonally, so call ahead before making dinner plans.

Artisanal 1200 Dobbins Road (828) 898-5395 For those seeking the elegance of an upscale experience, Artisanal is the restaurant of choice. With daily menu changes to reflect the availability of the finest ingredients, Anita and Bill Greene take pride in creating a memorable experience down to the finest detail.

Banner Elk Café and Lodge Espresso Bar and Eatery 119 Central Way (828) 898-4040 Settled squarely in the heart of downtown, Banner Elk Café is ready and able to serve up three meals each day, ensuring that diners can always have a destination in Banner Elk, no matter the time or season. The Lodge Espresso Bar and Eatery adds a coffee-house atmosphere along with a selection of coffees, drinks, fresh-baked goods and gourmet food.

Barra Wings Café and Sports Bar 140 Azalea Circle (828) 898-7727 With seven flat-screen televisions mounted around a room filled with comfortable leather couches and Bostonstyle wood bar, Barra Wings Café and Sports Bar is the place to sit back and watch the game with friends in style.

From fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs to mouth-watering pork belly tacos, the Pedalin’ Pig offers a menu aimed to please. PHOTOS SUBMITTED

marsala to lasagna to pizza, Bella’s offers a wide variety of crowd pleasers as well as catering to sophisticated tastes. Cam Ranh Bay 110 High Country Square (828) 898-4121 Cam Ranh Bay offers authentic Vietnamese and Japanese food served in a modern, American way. China House 3581 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-3533

Bayou Smokehouse and Grill 130 Main Street East (828) 898-8952 Bayou Smokehouse and Grill is the place for a good time in Cajun style, offering everything guests need to eat, play and shop under one roof. In addition to deepSouthern style food, Bayou Smokehouse and Grill maintains a general store where visitors can lay claim to any of dozens of hot sauces, local crafts and North Carolina and Louisiana gourmet cooking ingredients.

Dunn’s Deli 134 Main Street West (828) 898-6731 Mike Dunn makes his sandwiches to order from high quality ingredients, and he makes them overstuffed, a perfect companion to a relaxing bottle of beer, bowl of soup or cup of coffee. Dunn’s Deli is easy to find at the crossroads of downtown Banner Elk.

Bella’s Italian Restaurant 3585 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-9022 Bella’s carries on a tradition of neighborhood Italian restaurants with something for everyone. From chicken

Fred and Larry’s Coffee Shop 3591 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-2110 In addition to an ever-updating list of coffees, teas and fresh pastries, Fred and Larry’s Coffee Shop maintains a relaxed atmosphere with the help of open-mic

nights on Fridays and Saturdays. Whether they are on the lookout for an early morning pick-me-up or a late evening jam session, visitors can find what they are looking for at Fred and Larry’s. Louisiana Purchase Food and Spirits 397 Shawneehaw Avenue (866) 734-4124 www.louisianapurchasefoodandspirits. com Since 1984, Louisiana Purchase has provided Banner Elk’s residents and visitors with an appetizing assortment of Cajun, Creole, French and Northern Italian cuisine. Seasonal selections and an awardwinning wine list add variety to a menu that has garnered Louisiana Purchase a three-diamond AAA-rating. Mountain Grounds Coffee and Tea Company Suite 10, 3390 Highway 105 (828) 898-5878 Looking up at Grandfather Mountain, Mountain Grounds Coffee and Tea Company offers a lodge-style shop with a cozy atmosphere that is perfect for warming up on a winter’s day or relaxing after a long day hiking or skiing the local slopes. Mountain Grounds maintains a full staff of fully trained baristas to guide

guests through a comprehensive menu of coffee and tea choices. Nick’s Restaurant and Pub 4527 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-9613 After more than 25 years in business, Nick’s Restaurant and Pub knows a thing or two about how to give their guests the casual, relaxed dining experience they are looking for. Visitors can always stop in for lunch, dinner, drinks or to watch the game on one of Nick’s big screens. Friday night is Karaoke starting at 8 p.m. The Painted Fish Café and Beer Bar 2941 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-6800 Great food with fun beer and superb wines is the combination The Painted Fish looks to offer guests. Guests can always expect to find familiar dishes with a new twist to keep them exciting. The Pedalin’ Pig 4235 Highway 105 South (828) 898-6777 The Pedalin’ Pig opened its doors in 2014 bringing fresh gourmet flair to some SEE BITE, PAGE 16

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Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce

Welcome to Banner Elk The Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce, located in downtown Banner Elk, North Carolina.

Welcome Center

The Chamber is staffed entirely by hard working volunteers that donate their time to ensure the smooth day-to-day operation of the chamber and to represent all the Chamber businesses. As a new Chamber member, we will send an email blast to all other members letting them know you have joined and we will feature your business on the home page of our website.


and they extend beyond advertising and marketing.

• Chamber Website and Business Directory Listing: All members are listed on the chamber website. Businesses are listed in categories including Lodging, Hotels, Bed and Breakfast, Attractions, Recreation, Real Estate, Restaurant, Shopping, Services, Arts and Galleries, and more. The directory is displayed at the Chamber of Commerce on a large touch screen computer for visitors to use and is easy to use on a smartphone or tablet.


• Referrals: The Chamber Office located at the center of Banner Elk and is a hotspot for area visitors. Everyone entering the Chamber is looking for something. The looking for; hotels, food, activities, shopping and much more. Businesses are also encouraged to bring printed material to the Chamber office for display to visitors and guests.

• Chamber Events: Each year the Chamber puts on great


community events including Summer Concerts in the Park, the Fourth of July Parade, and Christmas in the Park with the Parade of Lights. We encourage members to become involved in these events!

• Networking: The Business After Hours Program is an opportunity for businesses to host other Chamber members and showcase their business. It’s also a chance for members to meet each other and learn about other businesses and how they can work together. 100 W. Main Street, Banner Elk, NC 28604 • (828) 898-8395

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Since 1984, Louisiana Purchase has provided Banner Elk’s residents and visitors with an appetizing assortment of Cajun, Creole, French and Northern Italian cuisine.

BITE: FROM PAGE 14 smoky, down-South favorites. From falloff-the-bone baby back ribs to mouthwatering pork belly tacos, the Pedalin’ Pig offers a menu aimed to please. Seasonal, local ingredients pair unique flavors like a blackberry bourbon glaze or the sweet and spicy bite of a signature honey chipotle rub. BBQ pits are fired up nightly, slowroasting locally sourced meats over hickory smoked hardwoods. Puerto Nuevo 2120 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-3332 With authentic Mexican cuisine, a full bar and a fun, stylish atmosphere, Puerto Nuevo offers a complete Mexican dining experience. Puerto Nuevo features a full bar with two big screen televisions and a separate banquet hall for large events. Sushi Club 140 Azalea Circle (828) 898-1940 Banner Elk’s Sushi Club combines good food and dancing in an atmosphere designed to provide a lively escape. SisterLees Café 142 Main Street East (828) 898-4000 SisterLees is a cozy cafe specializing in breakfast, brunch, lunch and made-fromscratch sweets.

Sorrento’s Italian Bistro 140 Azalea Circle (828) 898-5214 Although the Sorrento’s menu is a classic array of regional Italian delights, the bistro takes special pride in accommodating large groups for events and parties. Stonewalls Restaurant 344 Shawneehaw Avenue (828) 898-5550 A long time staple of Banner Elk dining, Stonewalls has developed a reputation over the past 27 years for its prime rib, other specialty steaks and expansive salad bar. Valle De Bravo Mexican Grill 4501 Tynecastle Highway Unit 1 (828) 898-4949 Yum-Yum Café 3440 Tynecastle Highway (828) 897-1798 A coffee house, bakery, bagelry and creamery with a great view. Zuzda Tapas Restaurant and Bar 502 Main Street West (828) 898-4166 Zuzda provides the unique and creative dining experience of tapas to Banner Elk. With more than 100 items on the menu, Zuzda has something to please any palate all in a relaxed but classy atmosphere. The expansive menu insures that every trip to Zuzdas is as unique as you make it.

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anner Elk retail stores have your shopping needs covered for everything from the essentials to the eccentric. You can antique all over town, get outfitted to go skiing, bargain hunt or snag the latest trends. Window shop through this varied list of Banner Elk stores.


Those Were the Days 3440 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-5505 This shop of sundries has more than 4,000 square feet of antiques, collectibles and consignments. Those Were the Days focuses on the era of the 1940s and 50s, but offers curiosities of all kinds, including a record store.

Clothing BJ’s Resort Wear 145 Main St. (828) 898-4229 BJ’s Resort Wear offers the latest in ready-to-wear and has been serving customers for more than 33 years. The Dande Lion 4501 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-3566 The Dande Lion offers fun, flattering fashions, shoes, accessories and gifts, and specializes in personal shopping. Flora Ottimer Children’s Boutique 4501 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-5112 A fine retailer of children’s apparel and toys since 1945, Flora Ottimer offers classic, high-quality brands that can outlast any rambunctious youngster.

is an association of area farmers that produce organic and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables. Other wares for sale include jams, jellies, breads, honey, maple syrup, fresh eggs and more. Bayou Smokehouse General Store 130 East Main Street (828) 898-8953 The General Store is stocked with craft beer, wine, gourmet foods, gifts items and local goods. The General Store also offers “wine amnesty,” where a bottle of wine can be purchased at retail cost in the store and enjoyed with your meal in the Bayou restaurant at no extra charge. Erick’s Cheese and Wine 4004 Highway 105 South (828) 898-9424 Erick’s Cheese and Wine shop has been a Banner Elk favorite for more than 30 years. Erick’s offers wines at all price points, from highly-rated wines at $10 a bottle to fine wine, as well as a large selection of cheese and specialty foods.

Home and Garden Banner Elk Consignment Cottage 414 Shawneehaw Ave. (828) 898-5733 Banner Elk Consignment Cottage specializes in classic furniture, art and home goods. The Great Train Robbery 2120 Tynecastle Highway Suite 3 (828) 898-8645 Featuring antiques, furnishing, collectibles, art and a little bit of everything, the Great Train Robbery is a one-stop shop to decorate your entire home.

Baltzley’s Fine Jewelry 163 Shawneehaw Avenue (828) 898-8883 Baltzley’s Fine Jewelry carries a unique selection of fine European jewelry, gemstones and pearls from around the world, as well as handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces.

Mountaineer Garden Center Florist and Greenhouses 1735 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-5219 Mountaineer Garden Center has everything you need to keep your garden growing throughout the seasons. The layout is sprawling but organized, easy to shop with lots to look at. In addition to houseplants, shrubs, and every garden plant imaginable, there is also outdoor furniture and pottery.

Hardin Fine Jewelry 920 Shawneehaw Avenue (828) 898-4653 Hardin Fine Jewelry features unique gems, dazzling diamonds and eclectic gifts for that special someone, or if you just feel like indulging a little. The elegant jewelry showroom offers precious and semiprecious gemstones in exquisite settings.

Northern Parker Interiors 4501 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-9636 Northern Parker Interiors is a fullservice interior design firm and retail shop offering the finest wall coverings, fabrics, furniture and accessories the design trade has to offer, all aimed at maintaining the quintessential comfort of the South.


Specialty Foods Avery County Farmers’ Market This seasonal, weekly farmers’ market

Rustic Rooster 4501 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-5161 SEE SHOP, PAGE 18

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Banner Elk Important Numbers Fire, Rescue, Police in Emergency: 911 Town of Banner Elk: (828) 898-5398 Avery County Chamber of Commerce: (828) 898-5605 (800) 972-2183 Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce: (828) 898-8395 Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce: (828) 387-9283 The Avery Journal-Times newspaper: (828) 733-2448 (828) 733-0401 (classifieds) Banner House Museum: (828) 898-3634 Banner Elk Town Hall: (828) 898-5398 Banner Elk Police Department: (828) 898-4300 Banner Elk Fire Department: (828) 898-4623 Banner Elk Exxon: (828) 898-5210 Lees-McRae College: (828) 898-5241 Avery County Sheriff’s Office: (828) 733-2071 Avery County Schools: (828) 733-6006 Cannon Memorial Hospital: (828) 737-7000 Mountain Electric Cooperative: (828) 733-0159 Williams YMCA of Avery County: (828) 737-5500 Beech Mountain Resort: (828) 387-2011 Beech Mountain Police Department: (828) 387-2342 Sugar Mountain Resort: (828) 898-4521 Sugar Mountain Police Department: (828) 898-4349 Avery County Board of Elections: (828) 733-8282 Avery County Emergency Management and Burn Permits: (828) 733-8213 Avery County Communications/911 Office: (828) 733-5855 Avery County Board of Commissioners Office: (828) 733-8212 Avery County Emergency Medical Services: (828) 733-8286 Avery County Health Department: (828) 733-6031 Avery County Humane Society: (828) 733-2333 Avery County Mapping: (828) 733-7001 Avery County Planning Department: (828) 733-8204

During warmer weather, shop for locally grown fruits and vegetables at the Avery County Farmer’s Market.

SHOP: FROM PAGE 17 Avery County Register of Deeds: (828) 733-8260 Avery County Parks and Recreation: (828) 733-8266 Avery County Social Services: (828) 733-8230 Avery County Senior Services: (828) 733-8220 Avery County Solid Waste: (828) 737-5420 Avery County Tax Office: (828) 733-8214 Avery County Transportation Department: (828) 733-0005 Avery County Veteran’s Services: (828) 733-8211 Avery County Museum: (828) 733-7111

Banner Elk clubs and organizations APPEL — Avery Partnership for People at the End of Life Avery Association for Exceptional Citizens Avery County Cooperative Extension Avery County Farmers’ Market Avery County Habitat for Humanity Avery County Habitat for Humanity ReStore Avery County Historical Museum Avery County Humane Society Avery County JobLink Avery County Pregnancy and Resource Center Avery County Shrine Club Avery Smooth Dancers and Mt. Laurel Booster Club Banner House Museum/Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation Beech Mountain Club

Beech Mountain Community Club Beech Mountain Bike Club Disabled American Veterans Chapter 87 Grandfather Home for Children High Country Caregivers Foundation High Country United Way Holston Center Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk MAY Coalition OASIS Rotary Club of Avery County VFW Pat Ray Post 4286 Volunteer Avery County and Community Service Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge

Specializing in one-of-a-kind antiques, imports and custom-made furniture, Rustic Rooster can custom-build most items according to your exact choice of finishes, hardware and measurements. Special Additions 3990 Highway 105 South (828) 898-8949 Special Additions features decor, furniture, gifts and unique accessories for the home, in a “mountain elegant” style. WingN’It 441 Shawneehaw Ave (828) 898-5008 Located in the distinctive red caboose downtown, WingN’It is an eclectic shop that offers quality products for enthusiastic bird watchers, including birdhouses, bird seed, planters, yard art, garden flags, home linens, jewelry, local artisan crafts and more.

Pets My Best Friend’s Barkery 176 Shawneehaw Ave. (828) 898-5625 My Best Friend’s Barkery offers a complete line of quality products for dogs and cats, including high-quality foods and recycled, eco-friendly toys.

Skiing Outfitters Alpine Ski Center 3150 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-9701


Located high atop Beech Mountain, Action Realty and Accommodations Center of Beech Mountain offers you the finest service, and comfortable rentals for your stay, long or short.


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Edge of the World 394 Shawneehaw Avenue (828) 898-9550 Extreme Snowboard and Skis 3071 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-7669 Ski Country Sports 3149 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-9787 Snow Toys 1757 Highway 184 (828) 898-4199

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Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory Attractions and Activities 3D Fitness Contact Person: Melissa Thompson Email: Address: 1444 Grouse Moor Drive, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-783-0307 Apple Hill Farm Contact Person: Lee Rankin Email: Address: 400 Apple Hill Rd., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-963-1662 Website: Banner House Museum Contact Person: Judy Hilsmier Email: Address: 7990 Hickory Nut Gap Rd., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-3634 Fax: 828-898-3634 Website: Dutch Creek Trails Contact Person: Keith Ward Email: Address: 793 Rubin Walker Rd., Vilas, NC 28691 Phone: 828-297-7117 Website: Edge of the World Outfitters Contact Person: Jake Barrow Email: Address: Hwy. 184, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 800-789-3343 Fax: 898-6060 Website: Elk River Club Contact Person: Toni Littleton Email: Address: 1000 Clubhouse Dr., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-9773 Fax: 828-898-6118 Website: FORUM at Lees-McRae College Contact Person: Sandy Ramsey Email: Address: PO Box 128, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-8748 Fax: 828-898-8716 Website: Grandfather Mountain Contact Person: Katie Casella Email: Address: 2033 Blowing Rock Hwy., Linville, NC 28646 Phone: 828-733-2013 Fax: 828-733-2608 Website: High Mountain Expeditions Contact Person: Bill Leonard Email: Address: 3149 Tynecastle Hwy., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-264-7368 Fax: 828-262-0572 Website: Mountain Top Promotions Contact Person: Pat Harris Email: Address: 601 Mountain Glen Dr., Newland, NC 28657 Phone: 828-963-5391 Website: Rock Dimensions Climbing Guides Contact Person: Ryan Beasley & Jenny Allen Email: Address: 131-B S. Depot St., Boone, NC 28607 Phone: 828-265-3544 Website: Sugar Mountain Resort Inc. Contact Person: Kim Jochl Email:

Address: 1009 Sugar Mountain Dr, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-4521 Website: Contact Person: Todd & Miel Mortensen Email: Address: 1990 Big Hill Rd., Boone, NC 28607 Phone: 828-964-5405 Website: Banking and Investments Fifth-Third Bank Contact Person: Sam Stephenson Email: Address: 1667 Tynecastle Hwy., Banner Elk, NC28604 Phone: 828-898-6351 Website: Highlands Union Bank Contact Person: Bettie Shomaker Email: Address: 115 Main St. E., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5100 Website: High Country Wealth Management Contact Person: Jeff Davis Email: Address: 82 High Country Square, Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-3993 Fax: 828-898-3996 Website: Mountain Community Bank, a branch of Carter County Bank Contact Person: Carolyn Davis Email: Address: 3828 Hwy. 105, Sugar Mountain, NC 28604 Phone: 865-898-1888 Website:

Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living Contact Person: Elizabeth Young Email: Address: 287 Bamboo Rd., Boone, NC 28607 Phone: 828-264-0336 Fax: 828-264-0338 Website: Life Care Center of Banner Elk Contact Person: Ben Crider Email: Address: 185 Norwood Hollow Rd., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5136 Fax: 828-898-8426 Website:

Dentists John L. Johnson, DDS Contact Person: John Johnson Email: Address: 122 Hardee’s Ln., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-4656 Carol G. Schaffer, DMD, PA Contact Person: Carol G. Schaffer Email: Address: 436 Hospital Dr. Sloop Medical Office Plaza, Suite 105, Linville, NC 28646 Phone: 828-737-7722 Website:

Pharmacies Banner Elk Pharmacy Contact Person: Jay Ogburn & Debbie Turner Email: Address: 110 Park Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-4271

Home Improvement Design

Suntrust Mortgage Contact Person: Bill Hagna Email: Address: 395 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-6898 Fax: 828-898-6915 Website:

Education Lees-McRae College Contact Person: Megan Hall (Director of Communications) Email: Address: 191 Main St., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5241 Fax: 828-898-8814 Website: Mayland Community College Contact Person: Melissa Phillips Email: Address: 785 Cranberry St., Newland, NC 28657 Phone: 828-733-5883 Fax: 828-733-8877 Website:

Health Assisted Living Facilities Appalachian Brian Estates Contact Person: Rick Looper Email: Address: 163 Shadowline Dr., Boone, NC 28607 Phone: 828-264-1006 Fax: 828-265-4738 Website: Cranberry House Memory Care Contact Person: Hiedi Legg Email: Address: 6215 N. US Highway 19, Newland, NC 28657 Phone: 828-733-5558 Website:

Attic Design, PLLC Contact Person: Bob Mann Email: Address: 200 Park Ave., Suite B, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-8244 Website: Dianne Davant & Associates Contact Person: Amanda Clopton Email: Address: 5111 Hwy. 105 S., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-9887 Website: Distinctive Cabinetry and Design Contact Person: Pat & Dave Parks Email: Address: 7883 Hwy. 105 S., Suite A, Boone, NC 28607 Phone: 828-963-9633 Website:

Builders Eagle Ridge Builders Inc. Contact Person: Richard McGuire Email: Address: 190 McGuire Mountain Rd, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-963-5299 Fax: 828-963-7680 Website: Isley Construction Co, Inc. Contact Person: Roy Isley Email: Address: 4236 Linville Falls Hwy., Newland, NC 28657 Phone: 828-898-7544, 828-733-4209 Website: Mountain Construction Enterprises, Inc. Contact Person: Mark Kirkpatrick Email: Address: 1345 Poplar Grove Rd., Banner Elk, NC 28607 Phone: 828-963-8090 Website:

Construction Materials Isley Materials Contact Person: Roy Isley Email: Address: 4236 Linville Falls Highway, Newland, NC 28657 Phone: 828-733-4209 Fax: 828-733-4498 Website: Volunteer Floor Covering Contact Person: John Edney & Rob Honeycutt Email: Address: 8497 Highway 19-E, Roan Mountain, TN 37687 Phone: 423-772-4947 Fax: 423-772-4937 Website:

Equipment Rentals Avery Rent-All Contact Person: Jimmy Greene Email: Street: 1829 Tynecastle Hwy., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-6301 Website:

Individual Members Fred & Sherry Abernathy Email: Address: 130 Tree Top Lane, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-504-0122 Allen & Rebecca Bolick Email: Address: P.O. Box 1326, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-1934 Kathy Boone Email: Street: 1735 Grouse Moor Dr., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-262-4614 Sara Brewer Email: Street: P.O. Box 1508, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-260-2060 John F. Collier Email: Address: 234 Kaylor Lane, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5366 David & Linda Coutts Email: Address: 5204 White Oak Ln., Tamarac, FL 33319 Phone: 954-868-4741 Bobby Duke Email: Address: 423 Valle Ridge Dr., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-963-2820 Douglas Egem Email: Address: 149 Meadow Knoll Ct., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-2243 Marsha Fuller Email: Address: 148-D Caribou Ct., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 404-731-1142 Carroll Hickman Email: Address: P.O. Box 2367, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-963-5345 Roy & Marion Krege Email: Address: P.O. Box 22, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5899


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Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory Charlie Lester Email: Address: 1955 Musket Court, Stone Mountain, GA 30087 Phone: 770-938-2533

FROM PAGE 19 Patricia Ashley Smith Email: Address: Banner Elk, NC

Dev Looper Email: Address: 236 Shawnee Rd., Banner Elk, NC 28604

Roseanne Snow Email: Address: 180 Cinnamon Fern Lane, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 769-216-0347

Brenda Lyerly Email: Address: P.O. Box 127, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5382

Susan and David Staton Email: Address: 5669 Hickory Nut Gap Rd., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-7820

The Rev. J. Houston Matthews Email: Address: 192 Farm Knoll Court, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-4098

Barry Sutton Email: Address: 9373 Hwy. 19E, Roan Mountain, TN 37187 Phone: 778-6746

Dick & Joyce Newman Email: Address: 1212 Santona St., Coral Gables, FL 33146 Phone: 828-895-5962

Jim and Ann Swinkola Email: Address: P.O. Box 692, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-2579

Judith Nye Email: Address: PO Box 2320, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-260-2148

Deka Tate Email: Address: 193 Maple Court, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-9203

Gene Ormond Email: Address: 126 Bear Club Ln., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 727-460-7788

Frank & Mary Watts Email: Address: 1 Spillway Ln., Spartanburg, SC 29307 Phone: 828-898-8555

Sharon Robbins Email: Address: Banner Elk, NC Phone: 828-898-4334

Susan Whatmore Email: Address: 599 Summit Park Drive, Banner Elk, NC 28604

Ted Silver Email: Address: Banner Elk, NC

John & Linda Williams Email: Address: 525 Grey Fox Ridge Rd., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-2010

Lodging 1902 Turnpike House Contact Person: Paul & Cindy Goedhart Email: Address: 317 Old Turnpike Rd W, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5611 Website: The Banner Elk Inn, B&B, and Cottages Contact Person: Beverly Lait Email: Address: 407 E. Main St., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-6223, Fax: 828-898-6224 Website: Banner Elk Mtn Cabins Contact Person: Marsha Ruppard Email: Address: 344 Valle Vista Drive, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-387-1209 Website: Best Western Plus Mountain Lodge Contact Person: Shannon Wooten, Gen. Mgr. Email: Address: 1615 Tynecastle Hwy., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone:828- 898-4571 Website: Cornerstone Cabins and Lodge of Banner Elk Contact Person: Ray & Kim Schrader Email: Address: 64 Cornerstone Cir., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-3115 Website: Dereka’s Sugar Mountain Accommodations Center and Realty Inc. Contact Person: Dereka Plyler Email: Address: 106 Sugar Mountain Dr., Sugar Mtn, NC 28604

Phone: 800-545-9475 Fax: 898-8620 Website: IFC Properties, LLC Contact Person: Rosemary Stein Email: Address: 875 Eagles Nest Trail, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 336-212-1200 Fax: 336-570-0012 Website: The Inn at Elk River Contact Person: Darlene Calvert Email: Address: 875 Main St. West, Hwy. 194, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-9669 Fax: 828-898-2567 Website: Little Main St. Inn & Suites Contact Person: Phil & Lori Dean Email: Address: 607 E. Main St., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-6109 Fax: 828-898-6377 Website: Mountain Retreats Realty Contact Person: Diane Martin Email: Address: P.O. Box 2437, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-963-6325 Fax: 828-898-7664 Website: The Perry House Contact Person: Mike & Robin Dunn Email: Address: 153 Klonteska Drive, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-3535 Website:


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Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory FROM PAGE 20 Resort Real Estate and Rentals at Sugar Mountain Contact Person: Jack & Janet Anderson Email: Address: 3390 Tynecastle Hwy., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-9746 Website: Sell My Timeshare NOW Banner Elk Email: Phone: 877-815-4227 Fax: 603-516-0757 Website: Serenity Haven Cabin Rentals Contact Person: Floyd & Patsy Townsend Email: Address: 676 Old Turnpike Rd., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5762 Website: Sugar Ski and Country Club HOA Inc Contact Person: Hope Harvey Email: Address: 100 Sugar Ski Dr., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-9784 Website: Taylor House Inn Contact Person: Bernard & Tessa Russo Email: Address: 4584 Hwy 194 S, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-963-5581 & 800-963-5581 Website:

Municipal Seven Devils TDA Contact Person: Debbie Powers Email: Address: 1356 Seven Devils Rd., Seven Devils, NC 28604 Phone: 828-963-5343 Website: Town of Banner Elk Contact Person: Rick Owen Email: Address: 200 Park Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5398 Website:

Village of Sugar Mountain TDA Contact Person: Sherri A. Herland, Tax Collector & TDA Coordinator Email: Address: 251 Dick Trundy Ln., Sugar Mountain, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-9292 Fax: 828-898-9293 Website:

Nonprofit Organizations

Avery County Habitat for Humanity Contact Person: Jordan Slagle Email: Address: P.O. Box 1016, Newland, NC 28657 Phone: 828-733-1909 Website: Grandfather Home for Children Contact Person: Abby Lord Email: Address: P.O. Box 98, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5465 Fax: 828-898-8513 Website: High Country Caregiver Foundation Contact Person: Brenda Reece Email: Address: 468 New Market Blvd., Boone, NC 28607 Phone: 828-265-5434 Fax: 828-265-5439 Website: Hospitality House of Boone Contact Person: Todd Carter Email: Address: 338 Brook Hollow Rd., Boone, NC 28607 Phone: 828-264-1237 Fax: 828-265-2541 Website:

Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk Contact Person: Ann Swinkola Email: Address: P.O. Box 2321, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-9044 Website:

Churches Banner Elk Presbyterian Church Contact Person: Donna Dicks Email: Street: 420 College Dr., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5406 Fax: 828-898-7615 Website: Banner Elk United Methodist Church Contact Person: Daniel Brubaker Email: Address: 486 College Dr., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-9729 Website: Crossnore Presbyterian Church Contact Person: Rev. Kathy Campbell Email: Address: 200 Chapell Dr., Crossnore, NC 28616 Phone: 828-733-1939 Website:

Real Estate Antler Realty Contact Person: Julia Heinlein Email: Address: 146 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-3111 Fax: 828-898-2393 Website: Banner Elk Realty Contact Person: John Davis, III Email: Address: 161 Silver Springs Drive, Suite #2, Banner Elk, NC 28604 P.O. Box 336, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-9756 Fax: 828-898-4898 Website: Elk River Property Owners Association, Inc. Contact Person: Bob Littleton Email: Address: 643 Banner Elk Hwy., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-9791 Fax: 828-898-4856 Website: Elk River Realty, Inc. Contact Person: Rick Foster/Spencer Robbins Email: Address: 539 Banner Elk Hwy., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-9777 Website: The Farm at Banner Elk Contact Person: Mark Lehmann Email: Address: Dobbins Rd./Farm Loop Rd., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-4416 Website: Preferred Mountain Real Estate Contact Person: Lindsey Lacey Email: Address: 110 Main St., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-9828 Fax: 828-898-9283 Website: Silver Springs Farms, LLC Contact Person: George Meyer Jr. & Bev Payne Email: Address: 600 Old Turnpike Rd., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-6896 Website: The Sterling Company Real Estate Brokers Inc. Contact Person: Emily Bish Email: Address: 1900 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC

Phone: 828-898-5525 Website: Sugartop Resort Condominium Association Contact Person: Dennis Lacey Email: Address: 303 Sugar Top Dr., Sugar Mountain, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5226 Fax: 828-898-8627 Website: The Vistas at Banner Elk Contact Person: Kent Smith Email: Address: 1873-A Penny Lane, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-3380 Website:

Breweries Flat Top Brewing Company Contact Person: Nathan Paris Email: Address: 567 Main St. Unit 1, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-8677 Website:

Restaurants Banner Elk Cafe and Lodge Espresso Bar and Eatery Contact Person: Les Broussard Email: Address: Hwy. 184, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-4040 or 828-898-4242 (Lodge) Website: Banner Elk Subway Contact Person: Aaron Barlow Email: Address: 3579 Tynecastle Hwy., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-8544 Fax: 828-898-8690 Bayou Smokehouse and Grill and Bayou Store Contact Person: Winston & David Ammann Email: Address: 130 Main St. E., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-8952 Website: Bella’s Italian Restaurant Contact Person: Craig & Nicole Simmons Email: Address: 3585 Tynecastle Hwy., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-9022 Fax: 828-898-2231 Website: Carolina Barbeque Contact Person: Dave Calvert Email: Address: 500 Pineola St, Newland, NC 28657 Phone: 828-737-0700, Fax: 828-737-0708 Website: Dunn’s Deli Contact Person: Mike & Robin Dunn Email: Address: 134 Main St. W., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-6731 Fax: 828-898-6751 Website: Famous Fast Eddies Contact Person: Ed Plante Email: Address: 1005 Beech Mtn. Pkwy., Beech Mountain, NC 28604 Phone: 828-387-3647 Website: Jackalopes View Restaurant and Archer’s Mountain Inn Contact Person: Elizabeth Taft Email: Address: 2489 Beech Mountain Parkway, Beech Mountain, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-9004 Website: Sister Lee’s Cafe and Bakery Contact Person: Cathy Lee Rudisill

Email: Address: 142 Main St. East, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-4000 Sorrento’s Italian Bistro Contact Person: Maria Accettura Email: Address: 140 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5214 Website: Stonewalls Restaurant and Banner Elk Olive Oil & Balsamics Contact Person: John & Ann Carriere Email: Address: 344 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5550 Fax: 828-898-8043 Website:

Retail Shops Art Galleries Alta Vista Gallery Contact Person: Maris Hyde Email: Address: 2839 Broadstone Rd., Valle Crucis, NC 28691 Phone: 828-963-5247 Website:

Garden Centers Mountaineer Garden Center Contact Person: Sara & Allen Gregory Email: Address: 1735 Tynecastle Hwy., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5219 Fax: 828-898-5196 Website:

Home Furnishings Banner Elk Consignment Cottage Contact Person: Susan Brown Email: Address: 414 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5733 Website: Maple’s Leather Furniture Inc. Contact Person: Zoe Schmidinger Email: Address: 177 Dick Trundy Ln., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-6110 Fax: 828-898-6113 Website:

Gifts and More WingN’It Contact Person: Edith Crosby Email: Address: 441 Shawneehaw Avenue, The Red Caboose!, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5008 Website:

Jewelry Baltzley’s Fine Jewelry Contact Person: Eric Baltzley Email: Address: 163 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-8883 Hardin Fine Jewelry Contact Person: Susan Hardin Email: Address: 920 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-4653

Linens DeWoolfson Down Contact Person: Susan Bracewell Email: Address: 9452 NC Hwy 105 S., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 800-833-3696 Website:


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Pet Supplies and Services


General Stores

Avery County Humane Society Contact Person: Bruce Malfatone Email: Address: P.O. Box 1213, Newland, NC 28657 Phone: 828-733-2333 Fax: 828-733-9937 Website:

The Dollar Zone Contact Person: Syed J Shan Email: Address: High Country Square, Tynecastle Highway, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5548

My Best Friend’s Barkery Contact Person: Erika Siegel Email: Street: 176 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5625 Website: Mountain Dog and Friends Contact Person: Cathy Johnson Email: Street: 126 Taylor Road, Hwy. 105, Foscoe, NC 28604 Phone: 828-963-2470 Website:

Specialty Food and Wine Avery County Farmers Market Contact Person: Waightstill Avery Address: P.O. Box 190, Plum Tree, NC 28644 Phone: 828-733-5052 Website: Erick’s Cheese and Wine Contact Person: Randall Ray Email: Address: 4004 Hwy. 105, Grandfather Ctr., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-9424 Website: Mookies Kettle Korn Contact Person: Fran Wilson Email: Address: PO Box 2047, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 727-723-0445 Fax: 813-925-1630 Website:

Services Accounting and Billing Services Patty’s Billing Services, Inc. Contact Person: Patty Robinson Email: Address: P.O. Box 2102, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-4504 Website:

Auto Repair Flanagan’s Auto Service, Inc. Contact Person: Charles Flanagan, Jr. Email: Address: 78 Orchard Ln., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-3709 Fax: 828-898-3709

Auto Sales Ross Chrysler Jeep Ram Contact Person: Richard Miller Email: Address: 2282 Hwy 105 South, Boone, NC 28607 Phone: 828-264-2875 Website:

Cleaning and Restoration

Window Treatments Carolina Window Fashions Contact Person: Greg Seiz Email: Street: 66 Pershing St., Newland, NC 28657 Phone: 828-733-3318 Fax: 828-733-3341 Website:

Womens Apparel BJ’s Resort Wear Contact Person: Sally Breslauer & BJ Russell Email: Address: 145 Main St., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-4229

Highland Pro Clean, Inc Contact Person: Andrew Johansen Email: Address: 136 Asa St, Newland, NC 28657 Phone: 828-733-5089 Website:

Computer Parts, Sales, & Service The Computer Studio Contact Person: Peter & Stephanie Paglen Email: Address: 219A Beech Mountain Pkwy., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-355-6162 Website:

Counselors & Therapists

Tanger Outlets in Blowing Rock Contact Person: Heidi Ellis Email: Address: 278 Shoppes on the Parkway Suite 33, Blowing Rock, NC 28605 Phone: 828-295-4444 Fax: 828-295-0095

Better Days and Nights Contact Person: Peter Paglen MA, NCC, LPCA Email: Address: 600 Silver Springs Dr., Suite 1A, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-333-4170

Custom Mapping

Contact Person: Eric Neel Email: Address: 395 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-7720 Website:

Hair and Beauty Salons Alternatives Natural Hair Studio Contact Person: Todd & Lori Bush Email: Street: 2989-A Tynecastle Hwy., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5262

Insurance Fortner Insurance Agency, Inc. Contact Person: Tim Ganley Email: Address: 156 Main St. E., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-6366 Website:

Landscape and Tree Care Fairway Lawns of Banner Elk Contact Person: Dewayne Krege Email: Address: P.O. Box 1643, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-4600 Hunter’s Tree Service, Inc. Contact Person: Tony & Judy Hunter Email: Address: 1731 Beech Mountain Road, Elk Park, NC 28622 Phone: 828-733-3320 Fax: 828-733-0023 Website:

Lawyers and Attorneys Appalachian Law Center Contact Person: Tom McMurray Email: Address: 756 W. King St, Boone, NC 28607 and 257 Park Ave, Newland, NC 28657 Phone: 828-386-1116 Fax: 828-386-1119 Website: Nancy Schleifer, Attorney at Law Email: Address: PO Box 427, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-386-1212 Website:

Photography Todd Bush Photography Contact Person: Todd & Lori Bush Email: Address: 2989-C Tynecastle Hwy., Hwy. 184, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-8088 Website:

Printing, Signs, Mailing Services Go Postal Contact Person: Ken Gottfried Email: Address: New Market Center, Boone, NC 28607 Phone: 828-262-0027 Website: The Sign Shop Contact Person: Bill Dicks Email: Address: P.O. Box 426, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-4437 Fax: 828-898-7586

Storage Facilities Lock & Key Mini-Storage Contact Person: James Heaton Email: Address: 2535 Tynecastle Hwy., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5003 Morningstar Mini Storage Contact Person: Sheree Brown Email: Address: 161 Silver Springs Dr. & 10675 Hwy. 105, Banner Elk, NC Phone: 828-963-6362 Website:

Telecommunications and Internet Skyline Membership Corporation Contact Person: Brent Keith, Business; Paige Phillips, Customer Service; Karen Powell, Public Relations Email: Address: 16 High Country Square, Banner Elk, NC 28604 & 157 Seven Devils Road, Seven Devils, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-1350 Website:

Taxi Services

Magazines Carolina Mountain Life Magazine Contact Person: Babette McAuliffe Email: Address Street: P.O. Box 976, Linville, NC 28646 Phone: 828-737-0771 Website: Pest Control Services Appalachian Pest Control Contact Person: Max Brown Email: Address: 2686 Morganton Blvd. S.W., Lenoir, NC 28645 Phone: 800-532-7378 & 828-963-8600

Taxi Driver Contact Person: Lee Holleman Email: Address: Elk Park, NC 28622 Phone: 828-789-9958

Weather Ray’s Weather Center Contact Person: Ray Russell Email: Address: 215 Boone Heights Dr., Suite 209, Boone, NC 28607 Phone: 828-264-2030 Website:

Highland Mapping, Inc.

Places of worship in Banner Elk and Avery County • Aaron Baptist Church • All Saints Mission • Altamont United Methodist • Arbor Dale Presbyterian • Avery United Methodist • Banner Elk Church of Christ • Banner Elk Presbyterian • Banner Elk Seventh Adventist • Banner Elk United Methodist • Beech Mountain Baptist • Belview Baptist Church • Big Meadows Baptist

• Chapel In The Woods • Chestnut Dale Baptist • Church of Jesus Christ • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints • Church of the Savior • Crab Orchard FWB • Cranberry Baptist • Crossnore Baptist • Crossnore Presbyterian • Curtis Creek Baptist • Elk Mountain FWB

• Elk Park Baptist • Elk Park Christian • Elk Park United Methodist • Emmanuel Baptist • Evangelical Methodist • Faith Baptist • Fall Creek Baptist • Fellowship Baptist • Fellowship Presbyterian • First Baptist Church • Forest Home Community • Fletcher Presbyterian

• Green Valley Baptist • Heaton Christian • Henson Creek Baptist • Ivey Heights FWB • Jehovah’s Witnesses • Jonas Ridge Baptist • Linville Falls Community Church • Linville United Methodist • Matney Liberty Church • Midway Holiness Church • Minneapolis Baptist • Minneapolis Christian

• Minneapolis Methodist Mt. Calvary Baptist • Mt. Pleasant Baptist • Mountain View FWB • Newland Christian • Newland Presbyterian • Newland United Methodist • Open Door Baptist • Pineola Baptist • Pineola Church of God • Pineola Presbyterian • Pleasant Hill Baptist

• Plumtree Presbyterian • Powdermill Baptist • Roaring Creek Baptist • Roaring Creek FWB • St. Bernadette Catholic • Stamey Town Baptist • Sugar Mountain Baptist • Yellow Mountain Baptist • Vale FWB • Victory Baptist • Walnut Grove Presbyterian

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