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Welcome Avery Co.

Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce President Jo-Ann McMurray.

To Banner Elk, Our Hometown


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 premier

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) 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

Avery County Chamber of Commerce Director Melynda Pepple.

A Very Exceptional Place to Be


very County, North Carolina, located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains welcomes fun seekers of all ages. While visiting experience our distinct four seasons in an area that offers true Southern hospitality and home of the Official Woolly Worm Festival of North Carolina, one of the top 10 fall festivals in the region. 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 year round, including hiking, biking, rafting, tubing, horseback riding, antiquing, zipline, swimming, fine art festivals, art galleries and more. Cross the Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain, explore the Civil War Trails, be amazed on the Linn Cove Viaduct — the last link to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and have fun discovering Linville Caverns. Experience the Blue Ridge Parkway, America’s favorite scenic drive, or see the majestic mountains while traveling to our award-winning wineries and breweries. You do not want to miss a trip to Newland, the highest county seat east of the Mississippi, and celebrate our rich

mountain heritage and venture to Beech Mountain, Eastern America’s highest town. Shop and dine in the county’s wide variety of excellent restaurants and unique shopping pleasures where any taste and budget is satisfied. The Avery Chamber is dedicated to serving residents, businesses and visitors through a wide range of marketing partnerships, and 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 at, call (828) 898-5605, or drop by for a friendly visit. We are located in the Shoppes at Tynecastle (4501 Tynecastle Highway, Unit 2, Banner Elk). Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Live the dream. Avery County is a sought-after place to live work and play. From our top-notch schools and colleges to our entrepreneurial spirit, why live anywhere else? Melynda Martin Pepple Executive Director, Avery County Chamber of Commerce



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Welcome to our town from your Superintendent


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 grade 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 Appa-

PHOTO SUBMITTED Dr. Bryan Taylor, Superintendent, Avery County Schools

lachian 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

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are our greatest resource and the key to a productive future. Our educational pathway begins with a Five Star state-funded pre-kindergarten 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 www. Sincerely, Dr. Bryan Taylor Superintendent, Avery County Schools

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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 rates 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. Avery County Schools has achieved some of the highest proficiency ever and our growth status continues an improving trend. ACS believes that our children

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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A town, home and place for all seasons On behalf of the Banner Elk Town Council and town staff, welcome to our special town. The transformation of Banner Elk in the past couple of years is spectacular. The Corner on Main at our one stop light is a beautiful new park with a striking clock town (no pun intended). This is the site of our Christmas tree lighting that kicks off our Small Town Christmas weekend, as well as many other events. Our downtown restaurants and businesses have transformed, including fun places for kids. The setting is so inviting to pedestrian traffic, with our beautiful elk still being the most photographed entity in Banner Elk. Banner Elk is no longer a pass-through between Sugar Mountain and Beech Mountain. We are a destination, with our Historic Banner Elk School full of fun and exciting activities. The Ensemble stage, our 99-seat playhouse, has year-round plays, now

SUBMITTED PHOTO Banner Elk Mayor Brenda Lyerly.

to sell out capacity. The Historic Banner Elk School also has an Art Co-op available with wares from juried, local artists. Mayland Community College offers a variety of interesting classes year-round. The Book Exchange is a wonderful go-to place for adults and children with a full schedule of events. Also available in this facility are the offices of Carolina Mountain Life Magazine and a portrait photographer. Other opportunities for education and fun are Lees-McRae College’s May Wildlife Rehabilita-

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tion Center. The College’s flagship major is the best in the nation. Guests are welcome to visit the facility to observe care of injured Eagles and raptors and other wildlife. Also of interest is the Banner Elk Museum. Here guests can learn about the founding families of Banner Elk, see artifacts, and secure space and dates for upcoming events. Particularly popular are the historic bus tours and the cemetery tours. The Banner Elk Park is always full of children, dogs, walkers and picnickers. The park has been so popular that the town has expanded its size and activities. Our area offers four beautiful seasons. Of course, the winter is dedicated to skiing and snowboarding in our area. Summer offers hiking and biking trails, golf and tennis, and the Lees-McRae Summer Theatre. With this Summer Theatre and the Ensemble Stage, we are now considered a Theater District. Our fall foliage draws many guests to our area to observe the beauty. Fall brings the Wooly Worm Festival in Banner Elk. Summer brings four fabulous art festivals the July 4th parade and festivities. Winter brings the Small Town Christmas weekend, complete with a light parade and Santa. Banner Elk has its own brewery and winery, and there are others within the area. These are popular places for weddings and events year round. Banner Elk is located off the Scenic Parkway and close to the Appalachian Trail. Welcome visitors; and locals, aren’t we glad we live in the most special place on earth? Brenda Lyerly Banner Elk Mayor

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Lees-McRae College

Banner Elk’s hometown institution The simple word “hometown” invokes deep feelings of belonging, warmth and a connection that lasts for generations. Lees-McRae College is proud to call Banner Elk its hometown, and we are even more proud to be Banner Elk’s hometown institution. The town and the college are forever linked in our dual histories, and we depend upon each other to thrive. Our relationship with our hometown has never been stronger! Lees-McRae College is a unique gem in the higher education marketplace. Our founding motto —


In the Mountains, Of the Mountains, For the Mountains — guides not just our relationship with our local community but also our academic and co-curricular programs. Our well-known programs in wildlife biology,

wildlife rehabilitation, cycling studies, outdoor recreation management, nursing, and others give us a unique place in the higher education sphere. Lees-McRae College thrives because our natural environment and small town charm allow us to deliver our brand of education like no other college in America. We hope you will visit our campus while visiting Banner Elk and the High Country. I promise that you will fall in love with what you see! Lee King President, Lees-McRae College

Numbers to know

Important phone numbers in Banner Elk, Avery Co. The following is a listing of important area phone numbers at a glance for your convenience: 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) 8988395 Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce: (828) 387-9283 The Avery Journal-Times newspaper: (828) 733-2448 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) 7338282 Avery County Emergency Management/ Burn Permits: (828) 733-8213 Avery County Communications/911 Office: (828) 733-5855 Avery County Board of Commissioners Of-

fice: (828) 733-8212 Avery County Emergency Medical Services: (828) 733-8286 Avery County Health Department: (828) 7336031 Avery County Mapping: (828) 733-7001 Avery County Planning 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 Solid Waste: (828) 737-5420 Avery County Tax Office: (828) 733-8214 Avery County Transportation Department: (828) 733-0005 Avery County Veterans Services: (828) 733-8211 Avery County Museum: (828) 733-7111

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Where to satisfy the palate among Banner Elk’s vibrant food scene BY CARL BLANKENSHIP

Whether visiting for a weekend or putting down roots, Banner Elk offers a wide variety of culinary delicacies certain to delight the discerning palate. With options ranging from wine and cheese to burger and beer, there’s something for every taste in Banner Elk. Some restaurants in the area do have varying seasonal hours, so call ahead when making 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 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. A new addition this year is a 2,000-square-foot tavern that holds all original handmade, hand-carved furniture and fixtures made from white pine, oak and maple wood, intentionally designed to capture the clean and rustic feel of the mountains it rests in, complete with bar specials and trivia nights.

FILE PHOTO Bodegas Kitchen and Wine Bar is one of the most-recent additions to Banner Elk’s restaurant scene.

Barra Wings Cafe and Sports Bar 140 Azalea Circle (828) 898-7727 www.bannerlkbarra. com With seven flat-screen televisions mounted around a room filled with comfortable leather couches and a Boston-style wood bar, Barra Wings Cafe and Sports Bar is the place to sit back and watch the game with friends in style. Bayou Smokehouse and Grill 130 Main St. East (828) 898-8952 www.bayousmokehouse. com 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.

Bella’s Breakfast 142 Main Street (828) 898-2594 Serving both breakfast and lunch at affordable prices, Bella’s Breakfast is a new addition to the Banner Elk dining scene. Bella’s Italian Restaurant 3585 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-9022 www.bellasofbannerelk. com 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. Bodegas Kitchen and Wine Bar 488 Main Street West (828) 898-7773 Bodegas offers Caribbean-inspired dishes including tacos, sandwiches, shareable dishes and more. Bodegas even has a CaribSEE DINING ON PAGE 9

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Hometown libations await in Banner Elk STAFF REPORT

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 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. The winery holds tastings year-round from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. every day of the week 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. The brewery is open to the public for tasting of the establishment’s 13 different beers, which are separated by tiers, with first tier being the easiest to drink and the third tier being the richest.

BANNER ELK WINERY AND VILLA 135 Deer Run Lane (828) 898-9090 www.bannerelkwinery. com

FLAT TOP BREWERY 567 Main St. East (828) 898-8677

FILE PHOTO Using large steel vats, the brew crew at Flat Top Brewery crafts quality beers, all of which are available for sample in the brewery’s taproom.

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bean Sunday brunch menu on offer. Cam Ranh Bay 110 High Country Square (828) 898-4121 www.camranhbaync. com Cam Ranh Bay offers authentic Vietnamese and Japanese food served in a modern, American way. Chef’s Table at Sorrentos 140 Azalea Circle (828) 898-1940 The Chef’s Table restaurant of Banner Elk offers an eclectic menu featuring American, Italian and Japanese dishes. Featuring fresh farm to table ingredients, award-winning chef Nicole Palazzo creates a menu that offers the best of Western North Carolina’s heritage and cuisine. China House 3581 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-3533 Offering a buffet for eat in or take out, China House serves a wide variety of Chinese cuisine for the discerning diner. 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 soup or cup of coffee. Dunn’s Deli is easy to find at the crossroads of downtown Banner Elk. Einstein Bros. Bagels 191 Main Street West (828) 898-8808 Einstein Bros. Bagels proudly serves gourmet bagels baked fresh in store every day and delicious egg sandwiches, signature lunch sandwiches, piping hot coffee, cookies, muffins, juices, smoothies and more. Elevations Restaurant 3990 NC-105 (828) 898-9880 Adorned with rustic

decor like antler chandeliers and live-edge tables, Elevations upscale cuisine is conveniently located in the Tynecastle area off Hwy. 105. 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 on the lookout for an early morning pick-meup or a late evening jam session, visitors can find what they are looking for at Fred and Larry’s. Hickerman’s Country Kitchen 2015 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-4223 Hickerman’s Country Kitchen offers down home country cuisine seven days a week, serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Breakfast lovers won’t want to miss the all-youcan-eat breakfast buffet on Sundays. Louisiana Purchase Food and Spirits 397 Shawneehaw Ave. (866) 734-4124 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 award-winning 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 www.mountaingrounds. com Looking up at Grandfather Mountain, Mountain Grounds Coffee and Tea Company offers a lodgestyle shop with a cozy atmosphere that is perfect for warming up on a winter’s day or relaxing after

BANNER ELK MY HOMETOWN 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. Highlander’s Grill and Tavern 4527 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-9613 Freshly reopened, Highlander’s, formerly known as Nick’s Restaurant and Pub, offers visitors a convenient stop where they can enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks. The Painted Fish Cafe and Beer Bar 2941 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-6800 www.paintedfishcafe. com 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 fall-offthe-bone baby back ribs to mouth-watering 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 www.puertonuevonc. com 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. Ramble Juice 144 Azalea Circle (828) 385-3386 Ramble Juice offers a de-

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licious fruit juice, ice cream and smoothies. Reid’s Cafe and Catering 4004 Highway 105, Suite 8 (828) 268-9600 Reid’s Cafe, which boasts a beautiful new space, a great wine list and an ever-changing menu that features all of your traditional homemade favorites. Sorrento’s Italian Bistro 140 Azalea Circle (828) 898-5214 www.sorrentosbistro. com 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. Times Square Restaurant 6460 Banner Elk Hwy.


(828) 742-1802 Technically outside of Banner Elk and in Nearby Elk Park, Times Square Restaurant is a resurrection of an old standby. Serving up traditional Southern fare at reasonable prices, the restaurant reopened its doors under new owners earlier this year. Valle De Bravo Mexican Grill 4501 Tynecastle Highway Unit 1 (828) 898-4949 Offering authentic Mexican dishes, Valle De Bravo has a variety of dishes available from savory and mild to hot and spicy.

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Whether you’re looking for antiques, clothing, home decor, art or jewelry, Banner Elk is home to retailers that specialize in it all. Below is a list of shopping opportunities in Banner Elk.

ANTIQUES AND CONSIGNMENT Those Were the Days 3440 Tynecastle Highway, Unit C (828) 898-5505 This shop has more than 4,000 square feet of antiques, collectibles and consignment. Those Were the Days focuses on the era of the 1940s and ‘50s, but offers curiosities of all kinds, including a record store. The Twisted Twig Antiques and Accents 2780 Tynecastle Highway (619) 964-0038 With an eclectic selection of antique furnishings and decorations, the Twisted Twig offers a variety of interests for the discerning interior decorator. Banner Elk Consign-

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Banner Elk provides plenty of retail options

ment Cottage 414 Shawneehaw Ave. (828) 898-5733 Banner Elk Consignment Cottage specializes in classic furniture, art and home goods.

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 in Banner Elk for more than 34 years. The Dande Lion 4501 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-3566 www.dandelionstyles. com The Dande Lion features fun, flattering fashions, shoes, accessories and gifts, and specializes in personal shopping. Souvenir Shirts 3175 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-6441 Opened as a family business in 1987, Souvenir Shirts offers shirts and gifts of the best quality for a reasonable price. The store sells a variety of shirts, hoodies and winter apparel. Basecamp BE 441 Shawneehaw Ave.

PHOTO BY JAMES BRANCH The interior of the tavern connected to the Banner Elk Cafe and Lodge, which was completed earlier this year, which features craft beer, mixed drinks and appetizers, as well as trivia nights.

(706) 346-4509 Located in the distinctive red caboose downtown, Base Camp B.E. features clothing, equipment and accessories for hiking, backpacking, camping, paddling, cycling, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, fly fishing and other outdoor activities.


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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 Pricing is competitive and fair, in regard to competition and work needed.

Jack of All Handyman Services Michael McLendon, Owner 828.387.6240

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. Bayou Smokehouse General Store 130 E. Main St. (828) 898-8953 www.bayousmokehouse. com The general store is stocked with craft beer, wine, gourmet foods, gift 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. Red Door Candy Store 358 Shawneehaw Ave. (931) 261-5323 For those looking to satisfy their sweet spot, Red

Door Candy Store has a variety of candies for every taste.

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. Rustik by Underwood 65 Orchard Lane (828) 394-9663 Whether you are looking for a beatiful, handcrafted, spalted hickory coffee table, a solid oak dining room table, or need a solid birchwood bench as a vocal point in your foyer, Rustik by Underwood can design and build a majestic, natural hardwood furniture creation to suit your style. Special Additions 4501 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-8949 Special Additions features decor, furniture, gifts and unique accessories for the home, in a “mountain elegant” style.

HOME AND GARDEN The Great Train Robbery 2120 Tynecastle Highway (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, and 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. Creative Interiors 4501 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-9636 Creative Interiors is a full-service interior design firm and retail shop

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 www.alpineskicenter. com Edge of the World 394 Shawneehaw Ave. (828) 898-9550 www.edgeoftheworld. com Extreme Snowboard and Skis 3701 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-7669 Ski Country Sports 3149 Tynecastle Highway (828) 898-9786 www.skicountrysports. com

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PHOTO BY LOGAN PARKS Throughout the summer months, Banner Elk hosts a series of Concerts in the Park every Thursday evening at Tate-Evans Town Park.

Historic Banner Elk School to share and sell their creations. Proceeds from lot fees are used to help benefit the renovation project for the school. Events take place on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. Concerts in the Park Every Thursday night during the summer months, community members gather at Tate-Evans Town Park for live concerts in the park. The events host stellar bands ranging from classic rock to soul and funk, as well as beer, wine and food vendors. Lees-McRae Theatre Arts Performing a variety of fun and exciting shows throughout the year, the Theatre Arts Department at Lees-McRae College is well known for its dedication to quality theatre. Shows are known to feature up-andcoming student actors, musical talent, choreography and stunning sets, all organized by faculty directors. For a full listing

of upcoming performances, click to https://www.lmc. edu/academics/programs/ theatre-arts/calendar.htm. Lees-McRae Summer Theatre In addition to the Theatre Arts Department’s works throughout the semester, Lees-McRae Summer Theatre has a long-standing tradition of bringing engaging musical theatre to the community. Bringing in professional actors from across the country, the LMC Summer Theatre lineup features three unique musicals targeted at all ages. For more details about this summer’s shows, click to https://www.lmc. edu/community/summer-theatre. Art Galleries With six art galleries in Banner Elk, and even more throughout the county, lovers of the visual arts have plenty to take in. Gallery hours vary by season, so it’s best to call ahead. Banner Elk Artists Gallery 185 Azalea Circle


A town of art and culture


There are few communities that emphasize art and culture like Banner Elk. From art galleries to stage shows and live music, rarely is there a weekend without an event that draws the community together. To help get a taste of what Banner Elk has to offer, consider checking out some of the area’s hubs for art and culture. Cultural Art Center at the Historic Banner Elk School Located in the heart of Banner Elk, the Cultural Arts Center at the Historic Banner Elk School has been renovated through recent years to become a thriving focal point of arts, entertainment and community for the town. Within the recently renovated historic building, visitors will find a number of opportunities to satisfy their creative interests. Whether perusing through jewelry, painting, pottery, wood carving and photography from regional artists at the Banner Elk Artists Gallery or sitting back and enjoying one of Ensemble Stage’s productions in the renovated gymnasium, the residents of the old schoolhouse are happy to share their creations with the community. Bookworms are also welcome at the Cultural Arts Center, as it houses the Banner Elk Book Exchange, which holds a wide array of books for readers to indulge in. For those looking to express their creativity, the school is also home to a satellite campus of Mayland Community College. With art classes offered throughout the year, the school has become a place for beginner artists to hone their skills. Art on the Greene Three times each summer, artists from across the region gather in front of the

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(828) 260-2189 www.beartistsgallery. com One of the more recent additions to the Avery County art community, the BE Artists Gallery resides within the Cultural Arts Center at the Historic Banner Elk School. The gallery features the works of more than 20 local and regional artists who specialize in a variety of mediums, including painting, jewelry, photography, woodwork, ceramics and graphic design. Art Cellar Gallery 920 Shawneehaw Ave. (828) 898-5175 www.artcellaronline. com For 25 years, the Art Cellar Gallery has been a destination for art lovers visiting Banner Elk. Featuring works from regionally, nationally and internationally renowned artists, the gallery’s collection includes paintings, glass, wood, stone, metal and clay. With an ever-changing array of displays and exhibitions,

the Art Cellar has something for every artistic trade. Carlton Gallery 10360 Hwy. 105 S. (828) 963-4288 One of the most established fine art galleries in the High Country of Western North Carolina, Carlton Gallery features a spirited collection of artwork in all mediums with over 200 local, regional and national artists. With 35 years of history in the area, the Carlton Gallery is a must-visit location for any art lover visiting the High Country. Mountain Blue Gallery 151 Shawneehaw Ave. (828) 898-4477 The newest addition to the Banner Elk art scene, Mountain Blue Gallery features fine art from renowned local and regional artists, as well as emerging artists. The gallery provides a diverse selection of encaustics, oils, acrylics, mixed media, kiln-formed glass, stoneware, pottery, silk, fabrics, jewelry and

more. Sally Nooney Gallery 7137 Hwy. 194 S. (828) 963-7347 Featuring the art of local artist Sally Shelton Nooney, this gallery is located on Hwy. 194 between Banner Elk and Valle Crucis. With a specialty in painting and glass art, Nooney’s work explores a variety of themes, including animals, still life and women with attitude. Studio 140 140 Azalea Circle (828) 352-8853 An open studio located in the heart of Banner Elk, Studio 140 is home to local artists Kent Paulette and David Banegas, a pair who draw their inspiration from their beautiful mountain surroundings. As an open studio, visitors are welcome to drop in and see the artists at work and learn about their creative process. Situated in the shopping center that houses Sorrento’s Italian Bistro and a number of other restaurants, the studio is a great place to see art come to life.


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Banner Elk: A great outdoors paradise BY JAMIE SHELL

North Carolina’s latest mantra is “North Carolina, Nothing Compares,” and while the state tourism board likely intended that motto to have a statewide focus, when it comes to outdoor sports, Banner Elk has it covered. There are few places in America that can offer such a diverse range of outdoor opportunities. Just a short drive from downtown Banner Elk, visitors can enjoy hiking, canoeing, rafting or hunting. There is also fishing, swimming, golfing, caving, snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing and tubing. Any visitor would be hardpressed to find any outdoor activity they couldn’t accomplish in the town and its outskirts. During the winter months, Sugar and Beech Mountain ski resorts pack the area with

FILE PHOTO Outdoors enthusiasts love the vast degrees of mountainous terrain for hiking and other sports and activities Banner Elk has offer.

skiers and snowboarders who find a veritable paradise in the Appalachians. Constantly updating their equipment, Sugar and Beech are every bit as well equipped as their Rocky

Mountain cousins. Beech offers the highest ski elevations east of the Mississippi and Sugar, prior to the 201516 ski season, installed a new lift, the Summit Express, which ferries passengers to

the mountain’s summit in just five minutes. While Sugar and Beech mountains soar over Banner Elk, perhaps no mountain on the East Coast has such an impressive countenance

as Grandfather Mountain. Rugged and vast, the mountain is named for its profile, from which some angles looks like the face of a bearded old man. The mountain maintains several animal habitats through the Grandfather Mountain attraction, as well as offering some truly incredible hiking. Some of the trails on Grandfather will carry hikers to the loftiest, most exposed peaks in the Appalachians. In the summer months, the mountain plays host to the Highland Games, which draws highland athletes from all over the world to compete in traditional games. For visitors looking for a more relaxed outdoor experience, Banner Elk is also home to plenty of well-appointed golf courses, both Sugar and Beech have challenging courses that are available to the public. Just minutes from

downtown is Wildcat Lake. The lake offers swimming, canoeing, picnic facilitates, volleyball courts, a playground and a beach. Perhaps Banner Elk’s most well-known sport is racing — woolly worm racing. Every October, more than 20,000 people pack the town for the annual Woolly Worm Festival. Participants are invited to bring their own worm or to buy one at the festival to try their hand at worm piloting. The worms race up a vertical string under the encouragement of their handlers. The winning worm on the day is given the honor of predicting the coming winter’s weather. If you are looking for a casual hike in the woods or a craggy difficult romp at more than a mile in elevation, Banner Elk can meet your needs. All of your outdoor aspirations can be met in the town and its surroundings.

Tate-Evans Town Park

A place for relaxation, recreation and family BY JAMIE SHELL



115 Main St E, Banner Elk, NC 1013 NC 105, Boone, NC


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For a time of relaxation, a pet-friendly environment, or simply somewhere to take time to see nature or get a little exercise, Tate-Evans Town Park offers myriad possibilities when it comes to personal and family entertainment. Tate-Evans Park is a striking symbol of the dedication of the town of Banner Elk to providing its residents with the best in public services, including recreation. Rather than serving any single purpose, Tate-Evans Town Park is designed to be used for a number of purposes and events, and the residents of Banner Elk put it to good use. Whether for daily exercise, family functions or community congregations, Tate-Ev-

ans Town Park serves as a central gathering place for the tightly knit Banner Elk community. While Tate-Evans Park provides a setting for a variety of familiar, family-oriented outdoor activities, including a walking trail, wading pools, volleyball court, picnic tables, picnic shelter, a playground area for smaller children and the renowned Fort VonCanon for more active children, the park also serves as a venue for a variety of exciting scheduled events sponsored by the town, local organizations and businesses. Tate-Evans Town Park includes an amphitheater that plays host to Banner Elk Concerts in the Park each Thursday night throughout the summer months, beginning in June. A variety of other fes-

tivities are also centered around the park, including Fourth of July celebrations, the annual gathering around the campfire (a final farewell to summer), the annual Christmas in the Park and Tree Lighting, caroling and various public classes. In addition to community events, families often take advantage of the park’s many facilities, which include restrooms open from April to September. Banner Elk families regularly host birthday parties, reunions and weddings at different sites around the park’s beautiful grounds. While Tate-Evans Town Park and its walking trails meander near much of downtown Banner Elk, the most direct entrance is right next to Banner Elk Town Hall, located at 200 Park Avenue.

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Housing market continues to thrive in Banner Elk


When the going gets tough and summer gets a little too warm, there’s nothing like retreating to the fresh mountain air of the High Country to wind down and step away from it all. After visiting Banner Elk and the surrounding area, chances are the scenic views and easy way of living have you hooked. If you’re considering investing in a new home for you and your family, Banner Elk might be the place to look. Whether you’re looking for a picturesque vacation home or a full-time residence, there are plenty of realtors in the High Country who are ready and willing to help you in your search to find the perfect place to call home. Avery

PHOTO BY TODD BUSH PHOTOGRAPHY Banner Elk offers a variety of home options for those looking to settle down in the High Country, such as this home at Grandfather Glen Subdivision.

County features a wide variety of properties for all to enjoy. The housing market for the region as a whole has seen a steady trend of

growth since home sales bottomed out in 2010. As demand has gone up in recent years, Lawson Fields, local director for the Banner Elk area with the

Civic organizations and philanthropic efforts in Banner Elk BY CARL BLANKENSHIP

Civic organizations have a major presence in Banner Elk, with active Kiwanis and Rotary chapters meeting each week and engaging in charitable causes throughout the year. Below is information for the service-minded who want to join up with the groups. Banner Elk Kiwanis Club Dedicated to serving children, the club meets every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Lees McRae College. Meetings are held in Miller Commons, which is the private dining room adjacent to the MacDonald Student Dining Room. To fill out a membership

application, click to www. Avery County Rotary Club Serving the community through fundraising and service projects, the club meets at noon on Thursdays at Puerto Nuevo Restaurant in Banner Elk. For more information about becoming a Rotarian, email averycountyrotary@ Kiwanis Young Professionals Bringing together young adults of different vocations to serve the community, Kiwanis Club of the Blue Ridge Young Professionals meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Banner Elk Winery. For more informa-

tion, call Dan Brubaker at (828) 260-4792. Area Organizations In addition to the clubs, there are a number of nonprofits in the Avery County dedicated to causes such as hunger, poverty and affordable housing. A quick web search for any of the following organizations will give information if you are interested in volunteering with any of the organizations. Listed alongside each organization, in parentheses, is the cause supported by each. • Avery Association for Exceptional Citizens (Adults with disabilities) • Avery County SEE CIVIC ON PAGE 18

High Country Association of Realtors, said that the market continues to thrive. “This has been one of the best years since the market crashed in 2007,”

Fields said. “I’ve seen a big increase in lot sales.” As properties continue to sell, the large inventory of open lots in the High Country provide home buyers with plenty of potential to develop a brand new home. Finished houses in the $500,000 and less range have mostly been picked through, Fields noted, so lots are the next best thing. For those not willing to wait for the construction process, Fields also said that the $200,000 and less range has seen the most activity throughout the year, although between $200,000 and $500,000 is still considered the sweet spot. “Beech Mountain has had a really good year,” Fields said. Home buyers are typically drawn to resort properties in the area, including

Land Harbor, considering many of them remain within the $500,000 range. The market is still torn between buyers and sellers, Fields added. “If it’s under $500,000, it’s a sellers market,” Fields said. “In the upper tier it’s a buyers market.” Although modest homes are slim pickings in the area after this year, there are many opportunities available in the $500,000plus range for those looking to find a luxury home with a spectacular view. For more information on the High Country Association of Realtors, as well as monthly updates on the area housing market, click to To browse homes available in the area, click to

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Banner Elk in days gone by COMPILED BY JAMIE SHELL

Take a look back through time at historic images of Banner Elk through the years.

PHOTO COURTESY MICHAEL HARDY VonCannon’s Ford dealership in Banner Elk. PHOTO COURTESY MICHAEL HARDY The weaving room at Lees-McRae College in the early 1900s.

PHOTO COURTESY MICHAEL HARDY Polly Presnell poses in front of Banner Elk’s Grace Hospital in 1935.

PHOTO COURTESY MICHAEL HARDY Banner Elk, a once remote Appalachian community, is the home of major and ongoing missions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Three church related institutions – Lees-McRae College, Grandfather Home and Orphanage and Grace (later Cannon) Hospital, pictured – were established around the turn of the century, primarily through the efforts of the Presbyterian Church, U.S., and the Rev. Edgar Tufts. In 1923, a makeshift hospital in Banner Elk was averaging five patients per night and the need for more space was critical. Helen Hartley Jenkins donated $22,000 to build a 25-bed hospital, which was named after her sister, Grace. According to historical archives, the new hospital had running water, electricity and a coal-fired furnace. The kitchen was on the first floor along with living quarters for the director of nursing and the dietitian. Patient rooms were on the second and third floors and the operating room and nurses’ quarters were on the top floor.

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Lees-McRae College: Diverse mountain learning BY THOMAS SHERRILL

At 3,740 feet, Lees-McRae College in the highest college on the East Coast. Nestled in the town of Banner Elk, the private four-year institution offers 20 majors and 20 minors that looks to prepare its nearly 1,000 students for a brighter future. “We have one mission: Lees-McRae educates and inspires students to approach life and work from a creative, collaborative, and critical perspective in preparation for diverse careers and environments,” according to the college’s website. “Through common ambition, we maintain our focus on the needs of all learners — residential on the main campus and degree-completion through our online programs. Some are athletes, some are in the honors program, and some are working while returning to school. Regardless of where you are and where you want to go, our expert faculty and committed staff will help you get there.” Founded in 1899 as an all-female high school by Presbyterian minister Rev. Edgar Tufts, the school eventually morphed into LMC in 1931, going to four-year degrees in 1990. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Boasting a 13-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio and offering 20 majors and 20 minors and through a strate-


Educational Foundation (Educational opportunities) • Avery County Habitat for Humanity (Affordable Housing) • Avery County Historical Museum (Historic

PHOTO COURTESY LEES-MCRAE COLLEGE An early photo of Lees-McRae College.

gic plan and its new president Herbert L. King, Jr, who took office in June 2018, LMC looks to continually evolve to meet the changing demands of the workforce. “Over a hundred years after its founding, Lees-McRae College continues in the vision of the Rev. Tufts, meeting the educational needs of the Southern Appalachian region and beyond,” LMC’s website adds. “The college continues to live by its motto — in the mountains, of the mountains, and for the mountains — while extending educational opportunities and service to diverse populations.” Athletics are a big part of

Preservation) • Avery County Humane Society (Animal Care and Adoption) • Avery County Shrine Club (Children) • Banner House Museum/Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation (Historical Preservation) • Beech Mountain Com-

LMC campus life. Approximately 40 percent of LMC residential students compete in one of LMC’s 21 varsity sports. Most of LMC’s varsity sports are in the NCAA Division II and compete in Conference Carolinas. Men’s and women’s cycling compete in Division I and have won numerous national championships. Campus life is centered on LMC’s 400 acres in downtown Banner Elk. Recently, LMC was named No. 2 on College Raptor’s list of pet-friendly colleges and universities. “We are one of a handful of campuses in the nation to allow you and your pet to enroll,” LMC’s website states.

munity Club (Community Group) • Children’s Hope Alliance (Children) • Disabled American Veterans Chapter 87 (Veterans Organization) • Feeding Avery Families (Hunger) • High Country Caregivers Foundation (Care for

PHOTO BY CARTER NORTH Cheerleaders Sierra Beane and Raven Lewellen proudly carry the Lees-McRae College banner during the annual Fourth of July Parade in Banner Elk.

the Elderly) • High Country Charitable Foundation (Philanthropy) • High Country United Way (Philanthropy) • MAY Coalition (Economic Empowerment) • Move with Compassion Ministry (Hunger, Clothing)

• New Opportunity School for Women (Economic Empowerment) • OASIS (Abuse and Sexual Assault) • Reaching Avery Ministry (Hunger, Clothing) • VFW Pat Ray Post 4286 (Veterans Services) • Volunteer Avery (Community Service)

• Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge (Economic Empowerment) • WAMY Community Action (Economic Empowerment) • Williams Academy (Children) • Yellow Mountain Enterprises (Adults with Disabilities)

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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-Day 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 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 • God’s Blessing Church • 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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Banner Elk before the Banners Editor’s Note: The following story appears courtesy of Michael C. Hardy. Hardy is the 2010 North Carolina Historian of the Year and the author of 21 books. When not researching the depths of North Carolina’s role in the Civil War, he dabbles with local history. Learn more by clicking to www.



any of our local communities are named for prominent local families. Most residents and even most visitors know that the name of Banner Elk is tied to the Banner family, but there is a long history of settlement centered around the area that is today Banner Elk, a history that actually predates the Banners themselves and which has other names stamped upon it. The story of how the Banner family came to the region is a wellknown piece of local history. Martin L. Banner traveled into these parts from Forsyth County about 1848; he promptly bought property and built a cabin. He soon became bored with his surroundings and sold out to the Dugger family. Banner then moved on to Carter County, Tenn. Martin eventually returned to area a few years later and settled in the Montezuma community. In 1856, Lewis Banner, a brother to Martin, moved to the area and purchased 200 acres of land on Elk Creek. He brought with him his five sons and three daughters. They are the ones who gave the name “Banner” to Banner Elk. A post office called Banner’s Elk opened on June 16, 1875. Today, Banner Elk is considered one of the premier vacation sites in western North Carolina.

FILE PHOTO A highway marker placed in Banner Elk honors one of the town’s more widely known citizens, Shepherd Monroe Dugger, who was touted on the marker as “educator and humorist.”

However, there were pioneers in the area prior to the Banners. One of the first was David Hix. About the same time that Samuel Bright was settling down near the present-day site of the Avery County Airport, near Ingalls, David Hix was settling in the Valle Crucis area of Watauga County. His home was surrounded by a palisade wall and was generally known as Hix’s Fort. He was living there with his family, including his two sons, Samuel and David; his two son-in-laws, Thomas and Mikel Asher; two other men named Lucus and Asher, and a hired woman named Ireland, along with her daughter, Jenny. For a brief amount of time, the group moved further down the Watauga River, living near Dugger’s Iron Works

in what is present-day Carter County, Tenn. It was here that Jenny was abducted, probably by the Shawnee; she lived for seven years near the Ohio River and married one of their warriors. She was later purchased by some “Indian traders” and was eventually able to return to her mother. Hix lived at Dugger’s Iron Works for maybe a year before returning to Valle Crucis. One source puts him back on the upper section of the Watauga River about 1776 or 1777. As the American Revolution broke out on the frontier as well as in the more populated sections of the Colonies, Hix’s position became more complicated and difficult. In fact, it is not even very clear where his loyalties actually were. One source considered Hix a Tory, while another

considered him to be of a more neutral position. Clearly, Col. Benjamin Cleveland, Patriot leader and legendary foe of Tories in the backcountry, believed Hix was an enemy to the Patriot cause. At one point, Cleveland traveled from Wilkesboro and laid siege to Hix’s Fort. After a few days, Hix believed that Cleveland had retreated, and when the settlers ventured forth, Cleveland ambushed them, killing Hix’s son-in-law. Mikel, and wounding David Hix. Cleveland’s men then plundered Hix’s Fort. At some point, it appears that the Hix family fled their fort in Valle Crucis. The family came to the area near present-day Banner Elk, presumably at some point during the American Revolution. John Preston Arthur, in his history of

Watauga County, tells us that Hix eventually “became uneasy and retired to the wilderness near what is now Banner Elk, where he made camp and supported himself by hunting and making maple syrup and sugar, thus avoiding service as an American or a Tory.” Hix did manage to avoid swearing allegiance to either side during the war. Arthur goes on to tell us that people 100 years ago still plowed up coal “near the Lybrook farm, near the Grandfather Orphanage” and that local people knew the area as the Hix Improvement, “that being the place here Samuel Hix ‘laid out during the Revolutionary War.’” It is possible that David Hix died in the Banner Elk area in 1792 or 1793. His will, drawn up by a resident from Washington County (now Tennessee), was probated in Wilkes County. Arthur adds that there “were no clearings of any extent at Banner Elk, except those at the Hix Improvement, which was very small, and at Big Bottoms but there were two ‘deadenings,’ one called the Moses Deadening and the other the Lark Chopping.” These last two were probably locations where trees had been cut in such a way where their death was certain, thus opening up new ground for cultivation. Arthur also tells us that David Hix soon had neighbors: Baker King and Ben Dugger. There are plenty of Duggers still in the area. Members of the Hix family are also still here in Avery County, but, over time, the name has morphed into the more familiar Hicks. Though there were others seeking to settle in the region well before the 1840, it would be the Banner family whose name would stick to the community.


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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 Rd., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-963-1662 Website: Banner Elk Book Exchange Contact Person: Donna Dicks Email: Address: 357 Old Turnpike Rd, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-6667 Website: Banner House Museum/The Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation Contact Person: Meredith Olan Email: Address: 7990 Hickory Nut Gap Rd., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-3634 Fax: 828-898-3634 Website: Camp Big Contact Person: Stacy Stern Email: Address: 6993 Hickory Nut Gap, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 888-613-2267 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: Ensemble Stage Contact Person: Lisa Lamont Email: Addresss: 182 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-414-1844 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: Holston Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center Contact: Jim Austin Email: Address: 6993 Hickory Nut Gap Rd, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 844-465-7866 Website: Rock Dimensions Climbing Guides Contact Person: Ryan Beasley & Jenny Allen Email: Address: 131-B S. Depot St., Boone, NC 28604 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 Edward Jones Contact Person: Cody Hoilman Email: Address: 3616 Mitchell Avenue, Suite 7, Newland, NC 28657 Phone: 828-733-1684 Website: Fifth-Third Bank Contact Person: Kathy Boone Email: Address: 1667 Tynecastle Hwy. Phone: 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: Pittman, Cammy- Mortgage Banking Consultant Email: Address: 1251 Edgar Tufts Rd, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-260-0015 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 and Fitness Appalachian Brian Estates Contact Person: Anna Wilson Email: Address: 163 Shadowline Dr., Boone, NC 28607 Phone: 828-264-1006 Fax: 828-265-4738 Website: Appalachian Home Care Contact Person: Ellen Harrell Email: Address: 7929 NC Hwy 105 Suite B,, Boone NC 29607 Phone: 828-963-8233 Website: Back in Action Chiropractic Contact Person: Dr. Joseph Nitti Email: Address: 141 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk 28604 Phone: 828-898-9000 Website: Banner Elk Pharmacy Contact Person: Jay Ogburn & Hannah Stewart Email: Address: 110 Park Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-4271 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 Cranberry House Memory Care Contact Person: Hiedi Legg Email: Address: 6215 N. US Highway 19, Newland, NC 28657 Phone: 828-733-5558 Website: Life Care Center of Banner Elk Contact Person: Aubrie Bunton Email: Address: 185 Norwood Hollow Rd., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5136 Fax: 828-898-8426 Website: Williams YMCA of Avery County Contact Person: Trey Oakley Email: Address: 436 Hospital Drive, Linville, NC 28646 Phone: 828-737-5500 Website:

Builders and Home Improvements A.T.T.I.C. Design, PLLC Contact Person: Bob Mann Email: Address: 200 Park Ave., Suite B, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-8244 Website: Avery Rent-All Contact Person: Jimmy Greene Email: Address: 1829 Tynecastle Hwy., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-6301 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 & Design Contact Person: Pat & Dave Parks Email:

Address: 3990 NC 105 South, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 963-9633 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: Isley Materials Contact Person: Roy Isley Email: Address: 4236 Linville Falls Highway, Newland, NC 28657 Phone: 828-733-4209 Fax: 828-733-4498 Website: J.A.C.K.S. Glass and Mirror Contact Person: Kevin Williams Email: Address: 65 Orchard Lane, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-733-9600 Mountain Construction Enterprises, Inc. Contact Person: Mark Kirkpatrick Email: Address: 1345 Poplar Grove Rd., Banner Elk, NC 28607 Phone: 828-963-8090 Website: Mountain Craft Builders Contact Person: Bill Tuck Email: Address: 142 Teaberry Trail, Beech Mountain, NC 28607 Phone: 828-260-0013 Website: New Lifestyles Carpet One Floor & Home Contact Person: Art Scurlock Email: Address: 2862 Tynecastle Hwy. (Hwy. 184) Postcode: 28604 City: Banner Elk Phone: 828.528.4013 Website: Ray Knowles Craftsman’s Services Contact Person: Ray Knowles Email: Address: Banner Elk, NC 2860 Phone: 828-504-0052 Sky House L.L.C. Contact Person: Jeff Pell, General Contractor Email: Address: P.O. Box 427, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-3717 Website: VPC Builders Contact Person: Matt Vincent Email: Address: 2059 Tynecastle Highway, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-295-0707 Fax: 828-832-3882

Lodging The Azalea Inn Contact Person: Thomas Fraley Email: Address: 140 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-7727 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 Mountain Cabins Contact Person: Marsha Ruppard Email: Address: 344 Valle Vista Drive, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-387-1209 Website: Best Western Mountain Lodge Contact Person: Shannon Maness, 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 & 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: Festiva Blue Ridge Village Resort Contact Person: Kim Dalton Email: Address: 3781 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-9737 Fax: 828-898-5967 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: McNamara Properties Contact Person: June McNamara Email: Address: 1208 Glen Eden Dr, Raleigh, NC 27612 Phone: 919-971-6001 The Lodge at River Run Contact Person: Bobbie Parks Email: Address: 2981 Banner Elk Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-4709 Website: The Moose and Squirrel Chalet Contact Person: Ann Simons Email: 129 South Hull Avenue, Deland, FL 32720 Phone: 407-495-9897 Website: Mountain Retreats Realty Contact Person: Diane Martin Email: Address: P.O. Box 2437, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-6325 Fax: 828-898-7664 Website: The Perry House Bed & Breakfast Contact Person: Mike Dunn Email: Address: 153 Klonteska Dr., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 877-806-4280 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 Mountain Lodging, Inc. Contact Person: Cody Hughes Email: Address: 3440 Tynecastle Hwy., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-7800 Fax: 828-898-7805 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: Swiss Mountain Village Contact Person: Charles Wilson Email: Address: 2324 Flat Top Rd., Blowing Rock, NC 28605 Phone: 828-295-3373 Website:

Municipal Town of Banner Elk Contact Person: Rick Owen Email: Address: 200 Park Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5398 Website: Town of Banner Elk TDA Contact Person: Craig Distl, PR representative SEE DIRECTORY ON PAGE 22

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Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory DIRECTORY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21 Email: Phone: 704-466-3744 Town of Seven Devils TDA Contact Person: Debbie Powers Email: Address: 1356 Seven Devils Rd., Seven Devils, NC 28604 Phone: 828-963-5343 Website:

Non-Profit Organizations Community 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: Children’s Hope Alliance/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: Feeding Avery Families Contact Person: Dick Larson Email: Address: 508 Pineola St., Newland, NC 28657 Phone: 828-783-8506 Website: Hospitality House of Northwest North Carolina Contact Person: Todd Carter Email: Address: P.O. Box 309, Boone, NC 28607 / 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: Spirit Ride Therapeutic Riding Center Contact Person: Patty Adams Email: 7156 NC Highway 194S, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 904-704-2244 Website:

Churches Banner Elk Presbyterian Church Contact Person: Rob Clemmer Email: Address: 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:

Real Estate Anderson Mountain Realty & Rentals, Inc. Contact Person: Wendy Raines Email: Address: 184 N Water St #13, Boone, NC 28607 Phone: 828-963-4091 Website: Antler Realty Contact Person: Jim Edsall 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 / Cell: 828-260-1550 Fax: 828-898-4898 Website: Bear Real Estate Contact Person: Kim Hyatt Email:

Address: 185 Azalea Circle, Box 2498, Banner Elk, NC Phone: 828-260-5338 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: Eagles Nest Realty LLC Contact Person: Mary Sue Address Email: Address: 51 Eagles Nest Trail, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 800-770-9311 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: Engel & Volkers Banner Elk Contact Person: Jami Prince Email: Address: 610 Banner Elk Highway, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-3808 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: Harry Berry Realty, Inc. Contact Person: Harry Berry Email: Address: 3812 Cleveland Street, Hollywood, FL 33021 Phone: 954-816-6521 Fax: 954-862-3087 Website: Premier Sotheby’s International Realty Contact Person: Sarah Whitfield and Paige Taylor Email: Address: 1900 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5022 Fax: 828-898-3695 Website: Ridgefront Realty Contact Person: Cheri Pulcini Email: Address: P.O. Box 1982, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-4100 Fax: 828-898-4111 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 Summit Group of the Carolinas Contact Person: Allison Phillips Email: Address: 415 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-3500 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: Restaurants & Breweries & Wineries Aramark- Lees McRae Dining Contact Person: David Masonoff Email: Address: PO Box 116, Banner Elk, NC Phone: 828-898-8088 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 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 Banner Elk Winery & Villa Contact Person: Valerie Cogdill Email: Address: 135 Deer Run Ln., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-9090 Website: Barra, Sushi Club and Chef’s Table Contact Person: Angelo Accetturo Email: Address: 140 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-7727 Website: 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: Bodegas Kitchen and Wine Bar Contact Person: Paul Alcazar Email: Address: 496 West Main St, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Website: Cam Ranh Bay Contact Person: Julia Vu Email: Address: 110 High Country Square, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-4121 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 Dunn Email: Address: 134 Main Street East, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-6731 Website: Elevations Tavern and Grill Contact Person: Ed Plante Email: Address: 3990 NC 105 South, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-9880 Website: Reid’s Cafe and Catering Co. Contact Person: Tina Houston Email: Address: 4004 Highway 105 S. Ste.8, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-9200 Fax: 828-268-9600 Website: Sorrento’s Italian Bistro Contact Person: Angelo Accetturo Email: Address: 140 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5214 Website: Stonewalls Restaurant and Banner Elk Olive Oil & Balsamics Contact Person: Scott Garland Email: Address: 344 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5550 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: The Art Cellar Gallery Contact Person: Mike and Pam McKay Email: Address: 920 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5175 Website: BE Artists Gallery Contact Person: Dick Larson Email: Location: Rooms 4 and 5 Cultural Arts Center / Historic Banner Elk School, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-260-5389 Website: Mountain Blue Gallery Contact Person: Page Smoak Email: Address: 151 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-4477 Website: Sheppard Art Gallery Contact Person: Linda Sheppard Email: 2780 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 843-379-4633 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 & 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: Larson’s Fine Furniture Contact Person: Dick Larson Email: Address: 152 John Erwin Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-260-5389 Website: The Twisted Twig Antiques and Accents Contact Person: Susan McCulloch Email: Address: 2780 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 619-964-0038 Website:

Jewelry Hardin Fine Jewelry Contact Person: Susan Hardin Email: Address: 920 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-4653 Website: Linens DeWoolfson Down Contact Person: Ashley Mitchell Email: Address: 9452 NC Hwy 105 S., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 800-833-3696 Website:

Pet Supplies and Services My Best Friend’s Barkery Contact Person: Erika Siegel Email: Address: 176 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5625 Website: Pet Prairie Dog Retreat Contact Person: Lora Anne Campbell Email: Address: Sugar Grove, NC 28679 Phone: 828-297-9522 Website: Positive Partners Dog Training Contact Person: Brianne Harris Email: Address: 103 B Falcon View Drive, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 919-690-5252 Website: Ruth Ann’s Pet Grooming Contact Person: Ruth Ann Liberatore Email: Address: 114 Laurel Lane, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-260-4454 Website: Sherry’s Pawsitively Pampered Dog Sitting Contact Person: Sherry McManus Email: Address: PO Box 2211, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-260-1144 Website:

Specialty Food and Wine Avery County Farmers Market Contact Person: Waightstill Avery Email: Address: P.O. Box 190, Plum Tree, NC 28644 Phone: 828-733-5052 Website: Banner Elk Olive Oil and Balsamics Contact Person: Amanda Siegel Email: Address: 155 Banner Rd, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-4441 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: Mountain Grounds Coffee & Tea Co. Contact Person: Heather and Will Mitchell SEE DIRECTORY ON PAGE 23


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Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory DIRECTORY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22 Email: Address: 3990 Hwy. 105, Suite 10, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5878 Website: Ramble Juice and Ice Cream Contact Person: Natalie Houston Email: Address: 144 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk, NC 2860 Phone: 828 385-3386 Website:

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

Apparel Base Camp BE Contact Person: Mandy Loorham Email: Address: 441 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 706-346-4509 Website: BJ’s Resort Wear Contact Person: Sally Breslaue Email: Address: 145 Main St., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-4229

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 Auto Sales Ross Chrysler Jeep Ram Contact Person: Richard Miller Email: Address: 2282 Hwy. 105 South, Boone, NC 28607 Phone: 828-264-2875 Website: Car Wash Contact Person: Matt Bagley Email: Address: 1944 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-719-7462 Cleaning and Restoration Highland Pro Clean, Inc. Contact Person: Andrew Johansen Email: Address: 136 Asa St, Newland, NC 28657 Phone: 828-733-5089 Website: Pinacle Network Inc. Contact Person: Deborah Campa Email: Address: 505 Beachland Blvd #251,Vero Beach, NC 32963 Website: Computer Services Fred France and Associates Contact Person: Fred France Email: Address: 108 Lower Grouse Ridge Rd., Beech Mountain, NC 28604 Phone: 828-387-0073 Website: Highland Mapping, Inc. Contact Person: Laura Wilson Email: Address: 395 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-7720 Website: Electrical Utility Mountain Electric Cooperative, Inc. Contact Person: Joseph A Thacker III, General Manager Email: Address: 1373 Elk Park Hwy, Newland, NC 28657 Phone: 828-733-0159 Fax: 828-733-3213 Website:

Entertainment RYGID AV Contact Person: Ryan Gilbert Email: Address: 145 Locust Point Dr, Boone, NC 28607 Phone: 980-263-9194 Website: Welter Entertainment Contact Person: Pete Welter Email: Address: 8693 Laurel Springs W, Newland, NC 28657

Phone: 828-565-2345 Website:

Funeral Homes Austin & Barnes Funeral Home And Crematory Contact Person: E. Bruce Shomaker Email: Address: 194 Queen Address, Boone, NC 28607 Phone: 804-384-7921 Fax: 828-264-8889 Website:

Hair and Beauty Alternatives Natural Hair Studio Contact Person: Todd & Lori Bush Email: Address: 2989-A Tynecastle Hwy., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5262 Mountain Gypsies- The Spa and Salon at Banner Elk Contact Person: Donna Gwaltney, Cat Young and Tess Hughes Email: Address: 358 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-260-4955 Website:

Heating & Air Conditioning Boone Heating and Air Conditioning Email: Address: 164 Mr. Bish Blvd., Boone, NC 28607 Phone: 828-268-1125 Website:

Insurance Business First Insurance Contact Person: Tom Petcoff Email: Address: PO Box 175, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 863-665-6060 Website: Fortner Insurance Agency, Inc. Contact Person: Tim Ganley Email: 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 Website: 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 Blue Ridge Advocacy Center Contact Person: Tom McMurray Email: Address: PO Box 2171 Phone: 828-386-1116 Fax: 828-386-1119 Website:

Magazines Carolina Mountain Life Magazine Contact Person: Babette McAuliffe Email: Address Address: P.O. Box 976, Linville, NC 28646 Phone: 828-737-0771 Website:

Pest Control Services A-1 Termite and Pest Control, Inc. Contact Person: Max Brown Email: Address: 2686 Morganton Blvd. S.W., Lenoir, NC 28645 Phone: 800-532-7378 & 828-963-8600 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 Banner Manor Self Storage Contact Person: Yvonne Bailey Cantrell Email: Address: 161 Silver Springs Dr. & 10675 Hwy. 105, Banner Elk, NC Phone: 828-898-5896 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, Hwy 184, Banner Elk, NC 28604 & 217 Wilson Drive, Boone, NC, 28607 Phone: 828-898-1350 Website:

Travel Agents Cruise Planners- Rennard Contact Person: Donald Rennard Email: Address: 2331 Tynecastle Hwy. Suite #8, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-789-9236 Website: Encore Travel Contact Person: Wendy Snider Email: 2331 Tynecastle Hwy, Suite 4, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-719-6955 Website: Event Planning & Wedding Services Overlook Barn Contact Person: Katie Elder Email: Address: 830 Elderberry Ridge Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-414-1156 Website:

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

Individual Members Fred & Sherry Abernathy Email: Address: 130 Tree Top Lane, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-504-0122 Michelle Aheron Email: Address: 129 Bear Cub Lane, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-528-2775 Allen & Rebecca Bolick Email: Address: P.O. Box 1326, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-1934 Sara Brewer Email: Address: P.O. Box 1508, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-260-2060 Mary Jo and Dan Brubaker Email: Address: 645 Old Farm Rd, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-260-4792 Alt Email: David & Linda Coutts Email: Address: 5204 White Oak Ln., Tamarac, FL 33319 Phone: 954-868-4741 Sharilynn & Charles Dolab Email: Address: 1069 Beech Mtn. Parkway, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 843-368-3476 Vance & Laura Duggan Email: Address: PO Box 1707, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-260-4510 Peter & Yvonne Finne Email: Address: 189 Stoneybrook Lane, Banner Elk, NC 2860 Phone: 843-693-9903 Bud & Silvia Hahn Email: Address: P.O. Box 151, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-1942 Carroll & Karin 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 Charles & Nancy Lester Email: Address: 1955 Musket Court, Stone Mountain, 30087 Phone: 770-938-2533 Jim Long Email: Address: 165 Heather Lane, Banner Elk, NC 286041 Phone: 954-873-7071 Brenda Lyerly Email: Address: P.O. Box 127, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-5382 Leonard & Keiko Mulhall Address: 139 Cinnamon Fern Lane, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 407-341-3297 Dick & Joyce Newman Email: Address: 1212 Santona St., Coral Gables, FL 33146 Phone: 828-895-5962 Kevin & Jan Niehaus Email: Address: 201 Silver Springs Dr, Unit 201A, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Judith Nye Email: Address: PO Box 2320, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-260-2148 Paul & Susie O’Connell Email: Address: 132 Grassy Gap Loop Rd, Banner Elk Meredith & Tony Olan Email: Address: 225 Hillside Dr, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 704-608-2863 Linda and Gene Ormond Email: Address: 126 Bear Club Ln., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 727-460-7788 Allison Penegar Email: Address: 84 Billy Goat Bluff, Elk Park, NC 28622 Phone: 704-661-4523 Neil & Marilyn Ramo Email: Address: 302 Water Court Lane, Linville, NC 28646 Roy & Cathy Reynolds Email: Address: 294 Highland Drive, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Sandra Privatte-Robinson & Gene Hemrick Address: 109 Robert Cook Ln, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Paul Rovengo Email: Address: 754 Shelter Rock Rd, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 919-362-1110 William & Carol Seitz Email: Address: 164 Copper Hills, Boone, NC 28607 Phone: 513-284-4274 Ted Silver & Carol Berns Email: Address: Banner Elk, NC Nancy & Stephen Simmons Email: Address: 470 Banner Grande Lane, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-8363 Ruth & Jack Sparks Email: Address: 351-B Silver Springs Dr., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Susan & David Staton Email: Address: 5669 Hickory Nut Gap Rd., Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 828-898-7820 Nancy & Bill Stevenson Email: Address: 314 A Silver Springs Drive, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Barry & Linda Sutton Email: Address: 9373 Hwy. 19E, Roan Mountain, TN 37187 Phone: 828-778-6746 Jim & 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 & Sandy Testani Email: Address:311 Penny Lane, #2-C, Banner Elk NC Phone: 828-367-6204 Mary Watts Email: Address: 1 Spillway Ln., Spartanburg, SC 29307 Phone: 828-898-8555 Bob & Ellie Wernick Address: 9204 NW 2nd Street, Coral Springs, FL 33071 John & Linda Williams III Larry & Chris Zimmer Email: Address: 125 Tweetsie Lane East, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: 585-230-4928

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