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to Banner Elk — it’s just better here!


Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce, located in downtown Banner Elk.

Banner Elk Chamber 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 summertime offers world-class flyfishing, 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 premier cycling programs in the country, not to mention a full season of shows, plays and performances at its state-of-the-art enter-

tainment facilities and theater. Banner Elk offers the widest array of dining in the High Country, too. Whether your tastes lean toward 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) 898-8395. 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


Pictured from left are Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce Vice President Deka Tate and Chamber President Jo-Ann McMurray.

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Avery County

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a very nice place to be


Avery Chamber of Commerce member and owner of High Country Wealth, Jeff Davis, visits with Banner Elk Mayor Brenda Lyerly during a Chamber After Hours event in Banner Elk.


The Avery County Chamber of Commerce executive director is Melynda Martin Pepple.

Avery County Schools Four Year Cohort Graduation Rate, 2013-2014: 95%, (first in the state); 2014-2015: 93.7% (third in 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: 2,192 • Highly Qualified Teachers: 99.4% • 2015 Graduates: 168 • 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

Avery County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Melynda Martin Pepple


very County, N.C., located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, welcomes fun seekers of all ages. This beautiful and unique area offers four distinct seasons and the Avery County Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to live the dream and enjoy true Southern hospitality. We are even the home to the world famous Woolly Worm Festival, one of the Top 10 fall festivals in the country. Ski the highest summits of the South at our three

state-of-the-art ski resorts, Appalachian Ski Mountain, Beech Mountain Resort and Sugar Mountain Resort. Activities abound yearround, including hiking, biking, rafting, golfing, tubing, horseback riding, antiquing, fine art festivals, art galleries and more. Cross the Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain, explore the Civil War trail, swim, fish and canoe at beautiful Wildcat Lake or take a thrilling ride on a zip line. Visit the Blue Ridge Parkway, America’s favorite scenic drive, or see the majestic mountains

from the comfort of a trolley tour while visiting our award-winning wineries. 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 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. For more information, visit our website by clicking to, call (828) 898-5605 or come by for a visit. We are located in the Shoppes at Tynecastle (4501 Tynecastle Highway, Unit 2, Banner Elk). We are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sincerely, Melynda Martin Pepple Avery County Chamber of Commerce, executive director

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to Banner Elk, our town and our home

Banner Elk Mayor Brenda Leerily


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 LeesMcRae 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 15 to 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 multipurpose 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 grand-


Banner Elk Town Hall houses the Banner Elk Town Council’s monthly meetings and is located alongside Tate-Evans Town Park.

children 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 Leerily Banner Elk mayor

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to our portion of 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 envision. Banner Elk has such a dichotomy. On its 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 that you will come back — our Southern hospitality and 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. Kevin Frye Avery County sheriff

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to our top-tier education system

ACS Superintendent Dr. David Burleson


anner Elk School, located in the beautiful community of Banner Elk, enrolls 175 prekindergarten 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, lifelong 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 districtwide 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 nine schools in Avery County. There are a total of five elementary and two middle schools, Blue Ridge Academy and Avery High School — all fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Avery County Schools consistently achieves among the highest cohort graduation rate in the state. Through diligent

ACS Superintendent Dr. David Burleson.

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. Avery County Schools has achieved some of the highest proficiency ever and our growth status continues an improving trend. ACS believes that our children are our greatest resource and the key to a productive 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 focused 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 being 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

Banner Elk School is home to 175 prekindergarten through fifth-grade students, and serves as the Professional Development School for Lees-McRae College and is part of the Appalachian State University Public School Partnership.

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to Banner Elk’s college, Lees-McRae


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

North Carolina Building is among the most recognizable on the historic campus of Lees-McRae College, founded by Edgar Tufts in Banner Elk in 1900.

Lees-McRae College President Dr. Barry M. Buxton


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s natives of this region, Debbie and I are grateful to have the opportunity to serve LeesMcRae 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, Lees-McRae 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 theater 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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BE Historic School The Banner Elk Historic School is back in session, and while it will no longer functions as a place of learning for elementary-aged children, the building will still play an important role for townspeople in its retirement. Purchased from Avery County in September 2014 by the town of Banner Elk, the old school property is well on its way to becoming an important community center. Currently in the midst of extensive renovations, Banner Elk Historic School was built by the Works Progress Administration in 1939 and served as an elementary school for 71 years. The town purchased the property in an effort to preserve the historic site, as well as to provide parking for ever expanding downtown businesses. The town also anticipates that the school will “promote and sustain its tourism economy by providing a convenient and beautiful central area for festivals, fairs and other cultural events, while enhancing the appearance and character of downtown Banner Elk.” If the school’s impact stopped there, it would still be impressive, but thanks to the attentive work of a variety of volunteers and concerned citizens, it is much more. The school’s grounds, a 5.9-acre plot in the center of downtown

Banner Elk, plays host to a long list of town functions, including the huge annual crush of visitors that comprise the Woolly Worm Festival, Trunk-or-Treat, the farmer’s market and a variety of arts and crafts shows. According to the town, functions such as these are responsible for “bringing the community together on a social and business level,” which has far-reaching implications outside of the festival grounds. In addition to the school’s ample grounds, the building itself has huge potential for Banner Elk’s future. The town has already entered into an agreement with Mayland Community College, which is using three of the classrooms to expand its offerings. In addition to Mayland and several offices that have moved into the building, the Historic School is now host to the Banner Elk Historic School Book Exchange. The “take one, leave one” library is the flagship of the renovation project at the school and already boasts an inventory of more than 5,000 books. While essentially in the infancy of its new life, the Historic School is already making an impact for Banner Elk residents that only promises to increase as the renovations continue.


The Weaving Room was abuzz with activity at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk in the early 20th century.

Banner Elk boasts rich history While New York state lays claim to the motto “Excelsior,” the high-minded phrase meaning upwards must have been on the minds of early High Country settlers. From the fertile valleys and river bottoms of North Carolina’s Piedmont, the settlers chose instead to ascend the Blue Ridge and adopt the hardscrabble life of a mountaineer. The first Anglo settlers of Banner Elk were no exception. First explored by the Cherokees, the Banner Elk area, part of the Elk River valley, was likely used as a hunting ground as opposed to a permanent settlement by the tribe. The first white settlers to come to the area were John Holtsclaw and Delilah Baird, who laid claim to 480 acres in 1825. The Banner family, from which the town now derives its name, would arrive some 25 years later. Like many Appalachian towns, Banner Elk’s common family names are much the same as they were at the

town’s founding. Along with Banners are names such as Moody, Dugger, Von Canon, Keller, Smith, Lineback and Foster. While at the time Avery County remained a part of a region since termed “the lost provinces” because of its logistical and geographic separation from the rest of the state, the foundation of a hotel in 1892 spurred the tourism industry upon which the town now depends. Banner Elk would officially be incorporated as a town in 1911, the same year Avery County was birthed as North Carolina’s 100th and final county. Today, the town of Banner Elk is flourishing. Home to Lees-McRae College, wellestablished winter sports areas and ample opportunity for myriad outdoor activities, the town is a must for anyone visiting the High Country.


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Variety of eateries spices up region Dine Local There is no need to travel to Charlotte or Raleigh for incredible cuisine, there is plenty available right here in Banner Elk. Whether you have a taste for wine and cheese or a burger and a beer, you’ll find what you need in Banner Elk. Some restaurants in the area do have varying seasonal hours, so call ahead to make dinner plans. Artisanal 1200 Dobbins Road (828) 898-5395 For those seeking the elegance of an upscale experience, Artisanal is a 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. Artisanal is open seasonally, call ahead for hours. Banner Elk Cafe and Lodge Espresso Bar and Eatery 119 Central Way (828) 898-4040 Settled squarely in the heart of downtown, Banner Elk Cafe is ready and able to serve up three meals each day, ensuring that diners can always have a destination


Puerto Nuevo Mexican Restaurant, located on Hwy. 184, is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike during all seasons.

in Banner Elk, no matter the time or season. The Lodge Espresso Bar and Eatery adds a coffeehouse atmosphere along with a selection of coffees, drinks, fresh-baked goods and gourmet food. Barra Wings Cafe and Sports Bar 140 Azalea Circle (828) 898-7727 With seven flat-screen televisions mounted around a room filled with comfortable leather couches and a Boston-style

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wood bar, Barra Wings Cafe and Sports Bar is the place to sit back and watch the game with friends in style.

soup or cup of coffee. Dunn’s Deli is easy to find at the crossroads of downtown Banner Elk.

Bayou Smokehouse and Grill 130 Main St. 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 Deep Southern-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.

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.

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 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 Dunn’s Deli 134 Main St. 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

Louisiana Purchase Food and Spirits 397 Shawneehaw Ave. (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. SEE EAT, PAGE 16

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Important Banner Elk numbers Emergency: 911 Town of Banner Elk: (828) 898-5398

Banner Elk Fire Department: (828) 898-4623 Banner Elk Exxon: (828) 898-5210

Avery County Chamber of Commerce: (828) 898-5605

Lees-McRae: (828) 898-5241

Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce: (828) 898-8395

Avery County Sheriff’s Office: (828) 733-2071

Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce: (828) 387-9283

Avery County Schools: (828) 733-6006

The Avery Journal-Times: (828) 733-2448

Cannon Memorial Hospital: (828) 737-7000

Banner House Museum: (828) 898-3634

Mountain Electric: (828) 733-0159

Banner Elk Town Hall: (828) 898-5398

Beech Mountain Resort: (828) 387-2011

Banner Elk Police: (828) 898-4300

Beech Mountain Police Department: (828) 387-2342

Sugar Mountain Resort: (828) 898-4521 Avery County Board of Elections: (828) 733-8282 Avery County Emergency Management/Burn Permits: (828) 733-8213 Avery County Communications: (828) 733-5855

Department: (828) 733-8204 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 Commissioners: (828) 733-8212

Avery County Solid Waste: (828) 737-5420 Avery County Tax Office: (828) 733-8214

Avery County EMS: (828) 733-8286 Avery County Health Department: (828) 733-6031 Avery County Planning

Avery County Transportation Department: (828) 733-0005 Avery County Museum: (828) 733-7111

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Hops and Grapes With the recent uptick in local brewing that is making North Carolina a destination for craft beer enthusiasts, it is little wonder that the mountains are feeling the impact of this thriving new industry. Banner Elk is home to both Banner Elk Winery and Flat Top Brewery, giving beer and wine aficionados two destinations worth paying a visit. Banner Elk Winery is carving out its corner of the viticultural new world with its award-winning wines. The winery strives to assist local vineyards in cultivating French-American and American varieties of grapes. Banner Elk Winery holds tastings year-round from noon until 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, and conducts tours on weekends from May to October. For the beer drinkers, Flat Top Brewing Company, Banner Elk’s own craft brewery, is named for a mountain situated near the center of Avery County. The motto “refreshingly elevated” reflects the mountain location, as well 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.

Banner Elk Winery 135 Deer Run Lane (828) 260-1790 Flat Top Brewery 567 Main St. East (828) 898-8677 The brewery is open to the public for tasting of the establishment’s eight varieties of beer, which range from pale ales to dark stouts.

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BITE: FROM PAGE 14 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 its 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 features karaoke starting at 8 p.m.

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The Painted Fish Cafe 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 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 such as a blackberry bourbon glaze or the sweet and spicy bite of a signature honey chipotle rub. BBQ pits are fired up nightly, slow roasting 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.

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SisterLees Café 142 Main St. East (828) 898-4000 SisterLees is a cozy cafe specializing in breakfast, brunch, lunch and made-fromscratch sweets.


Zuzda is one of many options available for fine Banner Elk cuisine. Zuzda provides a unique dining experience of tapas. Zuzda is conveniently located at the base of Beech Mountain.

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 longtime staple of Banner Elk dining, Stonewalls has developed a reputation during 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 2139 Linville Falls Hwy. (828) 260-7220 A coffeehouse, bakery, bagelry and creamery with a great view. Zuzda Tapas Restaurant and Bar 502 Main St. West (828) 898-4166 Zuzda provides the unique and creative dining experience of tapas to Banner Elk. Zuzda has something to please any palate, all in a relaxed but classy atmosphere. The expansive menu ensures that every trip to Zuzda is as unique as you make it.

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Banner Elk Farmer’s Market is a popular summer destination for fresh produce, food, bread and other wares.

Browse and buy in Banner Elk Banner Elk has shopping covered. If you are interested in antiques or bargain hunting, the town’s shops can provide. For the outdoor enthusiast, there are gear shops that can outfit any kind of trip, from skiing to hiking.



Baltzley’s Fine Jewelry 163 Shawneehaw Ave. (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.

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.

Hardin Fine Jewelry 920 Shawneehaw Ave. (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.


Specialty Foods

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 the discriminating customer in Banner Elk for more than 33 years.

Avery County Farmers’ Market This seasonal, weekly farmers’ market 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.

Below is a list of shopping opportunities in Banner Elk.

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.

(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. SEE SHOP, PAGE 18

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Bayou Smokehouse General Store 130 East Main St. (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


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Banner Elk: Your (new) Hometown While Banner Elk and the surrounding area draw thousands of tourists each year, more and more people are seeking to experience the type of hometown living the town has to offer. Whether buying to move to the area permanently or looking for a home away from home, a wide variety of real estate awaits prospective homeowners interested in experiencing Banner Elk year-round. 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. “This is the best market we have seen in seven years,” Phillips said. The prime opportunity to purchase real estate or a home in Banner Elk has become part of a growing trend in prosperity with the market. With sales increasing during the course of more than three 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 said. “Whether you’re here for the mountain living and in-town atmosphere, or just

Local organizations and clubs

• Avery Partnership for People at the End of Life • Avery Association for Exceptional Citizens • Avery County Cooperative Extension • Avery County Habitat for Humanity • Avery County Historical Museum • 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 • DAV Chapter 87 • High Co. Caregivers • HC United Way • Kiwanis Club • MAY Coalition • OASIS • Rotary Club • VFW Pat Ray Post 4286 • Volunteer Avery • Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge

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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 knows 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 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 said. “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


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. 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. Northern Parker Interiors 4501 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-9636 Northern Parker Interiors is a full-service 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. Rustic Rooster 4501 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-5161 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

have dropped slightly. According to Phillips, the trends continue to show positive signs and are conducive to continued growth in Banner Elk and the outlying areas of the High Country. The High Country is following some national trends, including an increase in overall sales activity. According to a recent NAR survey, sellers realized a median equity gain of $40,000 this year over their home’s original purchase price. Factors motivating buyers include strong job growth, improving affordability and mortgage rates below four percent. For more information on local real estate opportunities, call Phillips with High Country Realtors at (828) 2625437, visit the High Country Association of Realtors’ website by visiting www. or email

4501 Tynecastle Highway (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 Edge of the World 394 Shawneehaw Ave. (828) 898-9550 Extreme Snowboard and Skis 3071 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-7669 Ski Country Sports 3149 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-9787 Snow Toys 40 High Country Square (828) 898-4199

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Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory Attractions and Activities Apple Hill Farm Contact Person: Lee Rankin Email: Address: 400 Apple Hill Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 963-1662 Website: Banner House Museum Contact Person: Judy Hilsmier Email: Address: 7990 Hickory Nut Gap Road, 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 Road, 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 Drive, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-9773 Fax: (828) 898-6118 Website: Contact Person: Todd and Miel Mortensen Email: Address: 1990 Big Hill Road, 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, NC 28604 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:

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:

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:

Grandfather Mountain Contact Person: Katie Casella Email: Address: 2033 Blowing Rock Hwy., Linville, NC 28646 Phone: (828) 733-2013 Fax: (828) 733-2608 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:

Holston Presbytery Camp and Retreat Center Contact: Jim Austin Email: Address: 6993 Hickory Nut Gap Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-6611 Website: Snow Toys Contact Person: Ric Crosby Email: Address: 40 High Country Square, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-4199 Website: Sugar Mountain Resort Inc. Contact Person: Kim Jochl Email: Address: 1009 Sugar Mountain Drive, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-4521 Website:

Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living Contact Person: Elizabeth Young Email: Address: 287 Bamboo Road, 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 Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-5136 Fax: (828) 898-8426 Website:

Dentists 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:

FORUM at Lees-McRae College Contact Person: Sandy Ramsey Email: Address: P.O. Box 128, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-8748 Fax: (828) 898-8716 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:

Email: Address: 6215 N. U.S. Highway 19, Newland, NC 28657 Phone: (828) 733-5558 Website: cranberryhouse

Health & Fitness Fitness Williams YMCA of Avery County Contact Person: Trey Oakley Email: Address: 436 Hospital Drive, Linville, NC 28646 Phone: (828) 737-5500 Website:

Assisted Living Facilities and Home Care

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

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

Home Improvements Design 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 and Dave Parks Email: Address: 7883 Hwy. 105 S., Suite A, Boone, NC 28607 Phone: (828) 963-9633 Website:


Appalachian Brian Estates Contact Person: Rick Looper Email: Address: 163 Shadowline Drive, Boone, NC 28607 Phone: (828) 264-1006 Fax: (828) 265-4738 Website:

Eagle Ridge Builders Inc. Contact Person: Richard McGuire Email: Address: 190 McGuire Mountain Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 963-5299 Fax: (828) 963-7680 Website:

Appalachian Home Care Contact Person: Ellen Harrell Email: Address: 7929 N.C. Hwy. 105 Suite B, Boone NC 29607 Phone: (828) 963-8233 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:

Cranberry House Memory Care Contact Person: Hiedi Legg

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: New Lifestyles Carpet One Floor & Home Contact Person: Art Scurlock Email: Address: 2862 Tynecastle Hwy. (Hwy. 184) 28604 City: Banner Elk Phone: (828) 528-4013 Website:

Volunteer Floor Covering Contact Person: John Edney and Rob Honeycutt Email: Address: 8497 Highway 19-E, Roan Mountain, TN 37687 Phone: (423) 772-4947 Website:

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

Lodging 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: Carolina Cabin Rentals Inc. Contact Person: John White Email: Address: 197 Old US Highway 321, Blowing Rock, NC 28605 Phone: (828) 295-6000 Website: Cornerstone Cabins and Lodge of Banner Elk Contact Person: Ray and 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 Drive, Sugar Mtn., NC 28604 Phone: (800) 545-9475 Fax: 898-8620 Website:


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Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory FROM PAGE 19 Honey Bear Cabin Contact Person: Barbara Swiatlowski Email: Address: 180 Sugar Bear Ridge Lane, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (561) 573-8426 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 and 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 and Robin Dunn Email: Address: 153 Klonteska Drive, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-3535

Website: Rainbow Run Lodge Contact Person: Laura and Ray Ball Email: Address: 2981 Banner Elk Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-4709 Website:

White Wolf Lodge Contact Person: Laura Watren Email: Address: 3363 South Beech Mountain Parkway, Beech Mountain, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 387-4200 Website:

Municipal Resort Real Estate and Rentals at Sugar Mountain Contact Person: Jack and 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 and Patsy Townsend Email: Address: 676 Old Turnpike Road, 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 Drive, 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:

Seven Devils TDA Contact Person: Debbie Powers Email: Address: 1356 Seven Devils Road, 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 and 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: 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: 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: Hospitality House of Boone Contact Person: Todd Carter Email: Address: 338 Brook Hollow Road, 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 Drive, 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 Drive, Banner Elk, NC 28604


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Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory FROM PAGE 20 Phone: (828) 898-9729 Website:

Address: 415 Shawneehaw Ave., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-3500 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:

Sugartop Resort Condominium Association Contact Person: Dennis Lacey Email: Address: 303 Sugar Top Drive, 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:

Restaurants & Breweries & Wineries Breweries & Wineries

Bear Real Estate Contact Person: Kim Hyatt Email: Address: 185 Azalea Circle, Box 2498, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 260-5338 Website:

Banner Elk Winery & Villa Contact Person: Valerie Cogdill Email: Address: 135 Deer Run Ln., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-9090 Website:

Blue Ridge Realty and Investments Contact Person: Todd Rice and Bill Acceto Email: Address: 110 Main St., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 737-3100 Website:

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

Eagles Nest Realty LLC Contact Person: Mary Sue Street Email: Address: 51 Eagles Nest Trail, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (800) 770-9311 Website:

Aramark — Lees-McRae Dining Contact Person: Benjamin Sullivan Email: Address: P.O. Box 116, Banner Elk, NC Phone: (828) 260-5900

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:

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:

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:

Banner Elk Subway Contact Person: Aaron Barlow Email: Address: 3579 Tynecastle Hwy., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-8544 Fax: (828) 898-8690

The Farm at Banner Elk Contact Person: Mark Lehmann Email: Address: Dobbins Road/Farm Loop Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-4416 Website:

Barra and Sushi Club Contact Person: Angelo Accetturo Email: Address: 140 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-7727

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: Premier Sotheby’s International Realty Contact Person: Deena Levy and Meghan McSwain Email: Address: 2120 Tynecastle Hwy., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-8965 Fax: (828) 898-3695 Website: Silver Springs Farms LLC Contact Person: George Meyer Jr. and Bev Payne Email: Address: 600 Old Turnpike Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-6896 Website: The Summit Group of the Carolinas Contact Person: Allison Phillips Email:


Bayou Smokehouse and Grill and Bayou Store Contact Person: Winston and David Ammann Email: Address: 130 Main St. E., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-8952 Website: Bella’s Italian Restaurant Contact Person: Craig and 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: Dunns Deli Contact Person: Mike and Robin Dunn Email: Address: 134 Main St. W., Banner Elk, NC 28604

Phone: (828) 898-6731 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:

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: Ashley Email: Address: 9452 N.C. Hwy. 105 S., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (800) 833-3696 Website:

Pet Supplies and Services Stonewalls Restaurant and Banner Elk Olive Oil & Balsamics Contact Person: John and Ann Carriere Email: Address: 344 Shawneehaw Ave., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-5550 Website:

My Best Friend’s Barkery Contact Person: Erika Siegel Email: Street: 176 Shawneehaw Ave., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-5625 Website:

Retail Shops Art Galleries Alta Vista Gallery Contact Person: Maris Hyde Email: Address: 2839 Broadstone Road, Valle Crucis, NC 28691 Phone: (828) 963-5247 Website: The Art Cellar Gallery Contact Person: Mike and Pam McKay Email: Address: 920 Shawneehaw Ave., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-5175 Website: Studio 140 Art Gallery Contact Person: Angelo Accetturo Email: Address: 140 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-1940 Website: Garden Centers Mountaineer Garden Center Contact Person: Sara and 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 Ave., 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

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, Plumtree, 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: P.O. Box 2047, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (727) 723-0445 Fax: (813) 925-1630 Website: Mountain Grounds Coffee & Tea Co. Contact Person: Gina Phenneger Email: Address: 3990 Hwy. 105, Suite 10, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-5878 Website: Mountain Rooster Produce Contact Person: Boe Barinowski Email: Address: 1947 Tynecastle Hwy., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 963-9491 Website:

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:

Women’s Apparel BJ’s Resort Wear Contact Person: Sally Breslauer and BJ Russell Email: Address: 145 Main St., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-4229 Tanger Outlets in Blowing Rock Contact Person: Heidi Ellis


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Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory FROM PAGE 21 Email: Address: 278 Shoppes on the Parkway Suite 33, Blowing Rock, NC 28605 Phone: (828) 295-4444 Fax: (828) 295-0095 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:

Address: 156 Main St. E., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-6366 Website: Greystone Insurance Associates Inc. Contact Person: Linda Gilleland Email: Address: 148 Highway 105 Extension, Boone, NC 28607 Phone: (828) 264-2626 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

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

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

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

Custom Mapping Highland Mapping Inc. 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 and Lori Bush Email: Street: 2989-A Tynecastle Hwy., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-5262 Blue Door Spa, Salon and Coffee House at Eagles Nest Contact Person: Nicky Nagy Email: Street: 2340 Banner Elk Hwy., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-5111 Fax: (828) 898-5119 The Spa and Salon at Banner Elk Street: 144 Azalea Circle Postcode: 28604 City: Banner Elk, NC Phone: (828) 898-3344 Website:

Insurance Fortner Insurance Agency Inc. Contact Person: Tim Ganley Email:

Hunter’s Tree Service Inc. Contact Person: Tony and Judy Hunter Email: Address: 1731 Beech Mountain Road, Elk Park, NC 28622 Phone: (828) 733-3320 Fax: (828) 733-0023 Website:

Lawyers and Attorneys Blue Ridge Advocacy Center Contact Person: Tom McMurray Email: Address: P.O. Box 2171 Phone: (828) 386-1116 Fax: (828) 386-1119 Website: Nancy Schleifer, Attorney at Law Email: Address: P.O. Box 427, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 386-1212 Website: Ron Cox Law Associates Contact Person: Ron Cox Email: Address: 2501 FoxMoor Drive, Monroe, NC 28110 Phone: (704) 909-9100

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

Photography Todd Bush Photography Contact Person: Todd and 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 Centre, 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 Drive & 10675 Hwy. 105, Banner Elk, NC Phone: (828) 963-6362 Website:

December 23, 2015 Phone: (828) 898-5382 Sherry McManus Email: Address: P.O. Box 2211, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Dick and Joyce Newman Email: Address: 1212 Santona St., Coral Gables, FL 33146 Phone: (828) 895-5962

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 and 157 Seven Devils Road, Seven Devils, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-1350 Website:

Weather Ray’s Weather Center Contact Person: Ray Russell Email: Address: 1675 Blowing Rock Road, Suite 402, Boone, NC 28607 Phone: (828) 260-3151 Website:

Individual Members Fred and Sherry Abernathy Email: Address: 130 Tree Top Lane, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 504-0122 Allen and Rebecca Bolick Email: Address: P.O. Box 1326, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-1934 Kathy Boone Email: Street: 1735 Grouse Moor Drive, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 262-4614 Sara Brewer Email: Street: P.O. Box 1508, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 260-2060 Mary Jo and Dan Brubaker Email: Address: 645 Old Farm Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 260-4792 Alt, Email: Leslie Carter Email: Address: 138 Walnut Way, Banner Elk, NC 28604 David and Linda Coutts Email: Address: 5204 White Oak Ln., Tamarac, FL 33319 Phone: (954) 868-4741 Bobby Duke Email: Address: 423 Valle Ridge Drive, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 963-2820 Carroll Hickman Email: Address: P.O. Box 2367, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 963-5345 Roy and Marion Krege Email: Address: P.O. Box 22, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-5899 Charlie Lester Email: Address: 1955 Musket Court, Stone Mountain, GA. 30087 Phone: (770) 938-2533 Jim Long Email: Address: 165 Heather Lane, Banner Elk, NC 286041 Phone: (954) 873-7071 Dev Looper Email: Address: 236 Shawnee Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Brenda Lyerly Email: Address: P.O. Box 127, Banner Elk, NC 28604

Nickos, Alena Contact Person: Alena Nickos Email: Address: 3229 Duncan Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239 Phone: (941) 321-1075 Judith Nye Email: Address: P.O. Box 2320, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 260-2148 Paul and Susie O’Connell Email: Address: 132 Grassy Gap Loop Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Gene Ormond Email: Address: 126 Bear Club Ln., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (727) 460-7788 Cammy Pittman Email: Address: 1251 Edgar Tufts Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 260-0015 Sharon Robbins Email: Address: Banner Elk, NC Phone: (828) 898-4334 Ted Silver Email: Address: Banner Elk, NC 28604 Patricia Ashley Smith Email: Address: Banner Elk, NC 28604 Roseanne Snow Email: Address: 180 Cinnamon Fern Lane, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (769) 216-0347 Ruth and Jack Sparks Email: Address: 351-B Silver Springs Drive, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Susan and David Staton Email: Address: 5669 Hickory Nut Gap Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-7820 Stevenson, Nancy and Bill Contact Person: Nancy and Bill Stevenson Email: Address: 314 A Silver Springs Drive, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Barry Sutton Email: Address: 9373 Hwy. 19E, Roan Mountain, TN 37187 Phone: 778-6746 Jim and Ann Swinkola Email: Address: P.O. Box 692, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-2579 Deka Tate Email: Address: 193 Maple Court, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-9203 Bob and Sandy Testani Email: Address: 311 Penny Lane, #2-C, Banner Elk NC 28604 Phone: (828) 367-6204 Frank and Mary Watts Email: Address: 1 Spillway Ln., Spartanburg, SC 29307 Phone: (828) 898-8555 John and Linda Williams Email: Address: 525 Grey Fox Ridge Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 898-2010

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