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September Featured Business of the Month – Avery County Habitat for Humanity

We at the Avery County Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Avery County Habitat for Humanity for being our Featured Business of the Month for September! A plaque will be presented at our October 2 breakfast at Life Care of Banner Elk. For 27 years Avery Habitat has been working hand-in-hand with hard working, low income families to bring the American Dream of homeownership to the residents and workers of Avery County, investing more than $4.5 million dollars into the affordable housing landscape of the county. Utilizing thousands of volunteers from across the country, Avery Habitat has built 47 homes with the 48th currently under construction in our newest development, White Oak Knoll, just off Vale Road in Newland. More than 210 Avery County residents now live in simple, decent, affordable, efficient shelter that they own and pay a mortgage on. These mortgage payments, along with donations from generous donors from near and far, help to build more homes for families in need year after year. Partner Families must meet three main criteria: Need, Ability to Repay, and Willingness to Partner. The process is lengthy and requires hundreds of hours of Sweat Equity that in the end means a stable and safe home to raise children and beyond. At present four families are working on their Sweat Equity hours in order to proceed toward achieving homeownership. In addition to building homes and servicing mortgages, Avery Habitat operates the ReStore, a thrift store for building materials, appliances, furniture and household goods on Millers Gap Hwy south of Newland. Donations always welcome! In order to provide accommodations to out of town volunteers, Avery Habitat built the Gilmer Center, where up to 38 stay while spending a week on the build site and enjoying all that the High Country has to offer. Avery Habitat is a diverse organization helping to enact a global vision, “where everyone has a decent place to…

September 4 After Hours

Join us tonight, September 4, at 5:30 PM for a Business After Hours at The Great Train Robbery, located in Banner Elk! Chamber Members in attendance will not only be able to take advantage of a 10% discount across the entire store for the duration of the event, but will also be entered to win a Vineyard Porch Rocking Chair – a $380 value! See you there!
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June 2018 Featured Business of the Month ~ Blue Ridge Partnership for Children

June 2018 Featured Business of the Month ~ Blue Ridge Partnership for Children

The Blue Ridge Partnership for Children is an independent, nonprofit organization, with a Board of Directors made up of community members from all three counties. The Board determines how best to invest local Smart Start funding to support programs designed to address community concerns in early care and education,  the health of young children, and services for their families.    Two locations serving Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties. 392 East Main Street / PO Box 1387, Burnsville, NC 28714, Phone: 828.682.0047 / Fax: 828.682.7987 215 Pineola Street / PO Box 1455, Newland, NC 28657, Phone: 828.733.2899 / Fax: 828.733.9122   Jennifer Simpson, Executive Director director@brpartnershipforchildren.org Visit us online at  www.blueridgechildren.org   or www.facebook.com/Blue-Ridge-Partnership-for-Children    What is the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children?  CLICK HERE   Blue Ridge Child Care Resource & Referral Information:  CLICK HERE                        …

May Featured Business of the Month- LifeStore Insurance

May Featured Business of the Month- LifeStore Insurance

LifeStore Insurance – YOUR North Carolina Insurance Specialist As an independent North Carolina Insurance Agency, LifeStore Insurance has seven  locations  (Boone, Greystone, West Jefferson, Elkin, Lenoir, North Wilkesboro, and Sparta) to serve your needs. By working together, our professional insurance agents will guide you through all    available insurance options so you find the policies that best fit your specific needs. As an independent agent, we work with most major insurance carriers and many times can get you a more competitive price than you could receive from the insurance carrier directly. So whether you are looking for individual coverage, family protection, auto, business, or health insurance, investment opportunities, or a custom policy, LifeStore is there for you . . . at every stage of your life. ~     Auto     ~     Home    ~    Business      ~     Life      ~     Health     ~ Karen McNeil , CBIA , Account Executive 1675 Blowing Rock Road Boone, NC 28607 (828) 263-1524 (800) 723-4718 www.lifestoreinsurance.com Email: kmcneil@golifestore.com…

April 2018 Featured Business of the Month- Blackpoint at Linville Falls

April 2018 Featured Business of the Month- Blackpoint at Linville Falls

Nestled in the stunningly beautiful North Carolina Appalachian mountains, Blackpoint at Linville Falls is moments from America’s favorite drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway. Featuring furnished luxury homes, this gated community offers all amenities including clubhouse, swimming pool, underground utilities, natural gas, cable/satellite, and high speed internet. Each home has an open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, top-end appliances, marble counters, hardwood floors, and stone. Perfect for vacation rentals, weddings, or retreats, Blackpoint at Linville Falls is across from Linville Falls Winery where you can sip delicious wine while watching the sunset over the majestic vistas of North Carolina’s Highlands. Karen M. Salle, Exclusive Broker          Office Phone: 828.765.1127              Direct Cell Phone 386-569-5854  Web Site: http://www.blackpointatlinvillefalls.net Email: karen@blackpointatlinvillefalls.com      …

March 2018 – Dr. Carol G. Schaffer

March 2018 – Dr. Carol G. Schaffer

Dr. Carol G. Schaffer has been practicing general dentistry in the High Country since 1987.  Dr. Schaffer is a 1981 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine.  She completed a one year General Practice of Residency at the University of Pennsylvania in 1982.  Then she moved to North Carolina in where she began to practice in Boone in 1987. She opened her Linville office in 2001 and loves being part of Avery County. In addition to regular cleaning and exams, her office offers restorative, cosmetic and implant dentistry. Dr. Carol Schaffer in her general dental practice treats adult  patients. She offers a full range of comprehensive dentistry services such as: preventive care, comprehensive exams, dental cleanings, digital x-rays, fillings, crowns and bridges, whitening, dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Carol G. Schaffer, general dentistry practice houses three operatory rooms, one dental hygiene room, and one laboratory / sterilization room, a waiting room, and an office which staffs five onsite employees including herself. Jillian Tenge- CDA Wendy Moody- CDA Carol G. Schaffer, DMD, PA Beth Whitehead- RDH Pam Watson- Office Manager In a recent interview, Dr. Carol Schaffer, explains that in her practice she values spending time discussing treatment options for her patients. She states, “An informed patient can make the best decision about his or her long term dental health, comfort and functionality. It is well worth the extra time spent with patients to provide a clear understanding of all dental health procedures and services that we can provide.” Her office is located at Sloop Medical Office Plaza, 436 Hospital Drive, Suite 105, Linville, NC 28646, and can be reached  828-737-7722 or by visiting www.carolschaffer.com….

February 2018 – Feeding Avery Families

February 2018 – Feeding Avery Families

Feeding Avery Families is a non-profit Christian organization in Avery County dedicated to eliminating hunger by any means possible including monetary donations, volunteerism, and food donations. FAF provided 60% of the food assistance in Avery County in 2017 and currently distributes approximately 500 boxes of food every month (generally on the last Friday), reaching over 1000 individuals, from their Food Distribution Center at 508 Pineola Street in Newland. Please get in touch with Dick Larson to donate or volunteer.   Dick Larson, Executive Director P.O. Box 1075 Banner Elk, NC 28604 (828) 783-8506…

January 2018 – Souvenir Shirts

January 2018 – Souvenir Shirts

Listed as one of the top ten “must-do’s” for the Banner Elk area, Souvenir Shirts is located on Hwy. 184 at the base of the Sugar Mountain ski slopes. They sell everything from local Woolly Worm tee-shirts and ski apparel to homemade fudge and ice cream, and have been providing Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain, and Banner Elk souvenirs and gifts since 1987!   Souvenir Shirts 3175 Tynecastle Hwy. Banner Elk, NC 28604 (828) 898-6441…

December 2017 – Mountain Jewelers

December 2017 – Mountain Jewelers

Tim and Karen Bounds started Mountain Jewelers in 1985 while attending Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, and have been in the same location ever since. Tim and Karen believe that jewelry should give a feeling of enjoyment for many years, so they specialize in classic styles of well-made jewelry. They treat their customers the way they would like to be treated. Mountain Jewelers sells well-made gold, sterling silver, diamonds, pearls, charms, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, watches and Seiko clocks.   Mountain Jewelers Tim & Karen Bounds 205 Pineola Street Newland, NC 28657 (828) 733 – 0186 jewelert@bellsouth.net Christmas Hours: Mon-Sat:…

November 2017 – River Dog Coffee & Cafe

November 2017 – River Dog Coffee & Cafe

The River Dog is located in beautiful Linville, NC in the Linville Village Shopping Plaza which is just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. We offer delicious espresso and coffee drinks, homemade baked goods, breakfast, lunch and soup items, free WiFi and much more in a warm and cozy mountain setting. Seasonal latte flavors are available now. The River Dog has a great staff with great smiles working to make your day a little better. Come and visit so they can brighten your day! Winter hours: Mon & Fri: 7-2 / Sat & Sun 8-2. River Dog Coffee & Cafe Yong Lomax 3616 Mitchell Ave Linville, North Carolina (828) 733-9333 yong@theriverdogcoffeehouse.com…

October 2017 – Guardian ad Litem

October 2017 – Guardian ad Litem

Established by statute in 1983, the North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program has been serving abused and neglected children for more than 30 years. Our mission is to provide trained independent advocates to represent and promote the best interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children in the state court system and to work expediently toward a plan that ensures these children are in a safe, permanent home. All Guardian ad Litem advocates are trained, supervised, and supported by program staff in each county of the state. The collaborative model of GAL attorney advocates, volunteers, and staff ensures that all North Carolina children who are alleged by the Division of Social Services to have been abused or neglected receive GAL legal advocacy services. NC Guardian ad Litem – 24 Judicial District Valerie Daniels 200 Montezuma Street Newland, North Carolina 28657 (828) 737-6721 valerie.r.daniels@nccourts.org…

September 2017 – Peak Real Estate

September 2017 – Peak Real Estate

Welcome to the High Country of North Carolina; no better place to live, no better place to work and no better place to play. The High Country has some of the most beautiful scenery nature has to offer and combines it with a gentleness and civility that beckons you to make this place your home. Come see why so many are making it their home…you’ll simply fall in love with who we are. Chris and Jim of Peak Real Estate, located in Banner Elk on Tynecastle Highway, will be happy to answer any questions you may have concerning the purchase of your new home or sale of your current home. They understand the importance of your investment. Peak Real Estate Jim Fitzpatrick 4501 Tynecastle Highway, Suite 6 Banner Elk, North Carolina 28604 828-898-1880 info@peakrealestatenc.com or fitz@skybest.com…

August 2017 – High Country Wealth Management

August 2017 – High Country Wealth Management

We are dedicated to providing investment management and strategic wealth planning to the High Country. Simply put, we strive to be our client’s trusted advisor. As a financial advisory firm, our primary focus is to provide unbiased opinions that are designed to achieve long term investment results. High Country Wealth Management does this with the highest levels of trust, integrity and respect while always collaborating using a team approach. We are dedicated to professionally supporting, educating, and providing informed direction to each and every client. High Country Wealth Management Jeff Davis 82 High Country Square Tynecastle Highway 184 Banner Elk, North Carolina 28604 828-898-3993 jdavis@highcountrywealth.com…

July 2017 – The Avery Journal Times

July 2017 – The Avery Journal Times

The Avery Journal Times has proudly served as Avery County’s newspaper of record since 1959, covering community news for the whole of Avery County, southern Watauga County, northern Mitchell County and Roan Mountain, Tennessee. The award winning Avery Journal Times produces a print newspaper every Thursday that is delivered to subscribers all over the country, as well as available at almost 100 rack locations in Newland, Banner Elk, Crossnore, Spruce Pine and Roan Mountain, TN. The Avery Journal Times 335 Linville Street Newland, NC 28657 (828) 733-2448 or (828) 733-0401…

June 2017 – Wahoo’s Adventures

June 2017 – Wahoo’s Adventures

Since 1978, or for 39 years, Wahoo’s has consistently offered the highest quality whitewater rafting, canoeing, tubing, and hiking experiences available east of the Rocky Mountains. Wahoo’s is nationally acclaimed for safety, cuisine, and award-winning service, while continually raising the bar in the Southeastern Paddle-sports Industry. We offer high-quality shower and restroom facilities, fulfilling meals, excellent camping sites, entertaining and well-trained guides. We have fully equipped Outposts on all our rivers in order to offer our customers the luxury of readying themselves for their next adventure here in the High Country. With outposts on the New River in Boone, NC, and on the Watauga River in Elizabethton, TN, we are conveniently close to Asheville, NC, Banner Elk, NC, Blowing Rock, NC, Erwin, TN, Johnson City, TN, and Elizabethton, TN. Any size group can be accommodated and Wahoo’s still offers the highest quality trips at the lowest prices in the region. Wahoo’s Adventures PO BOX 3094 Boone, NC 28607 (828) 262-5774 1-800-444-RAFT…

May 2017 – Holston Camp & Retreat Center

May 2017 – Holston Camp & Retreat Center

Since 1959, Holston Camp has welcomed kids seeking a refuge from the seasonal heat and a sanctuary for spiritual, mental and physical growth into 150 acres of forest, lakes and streams nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina. We encourage campers to “unplug” for the week and listen to the sounds of the wind in the trees, the mountain birds, and the rushing creek. It’s a time to make new friends, learn new activities and skills, and simply enjoy the outdoors. Our mission invites all people to experience a transformation of mind, body, and spirit as they engage in a community of faith, recognizing grace through our transcendent God, and seeking greater understanding of themselves, others, and the environment. Holston has a tradition of small group camping with a big group plan. We would love to host your group conference or retreat. We are open all year so that our guests can enjoy each season in the high country. Let us provide your group comfortable accommodations, delicious meals, challenging activities, and the serenity of a clear blue mountain lake. We are open all year so make reservations to stay with us today Holston Camp & Retreat Center PO BOX 428 Banner Elk, NC 28604 844-465-7866 info@holstoncenter.org…

April 2017 – Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

April 2017 – Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Grandfather Mountain is a mountain, a non-profit attraction, and a North Carolina state park near Linville, North Carolina. At 5,946 feet (1,812 m), it is the highest peak on the eastern escarpment of the Blue Ridge Mountains, one of the major chains of the Appalachian Mountains. The Blue Ridge Parkway passes by the south side of the mountain and also passes over the nearby Grandmother Gap. It is located at the meeting point of Avery, Caldwell (highest point), and Watauga (highest point) counties. The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established by the Morton family in 2009 to operate the scenic travel attraction Grandfather Mountain in Linville, N.C. The Foundation manages the roughly 720-acre property that includes the Mile High Swinging Bridge, Nature Museum and Animal Habitats. All proceeds from sales of tickets and souvenirs go toward preserving Grandfather Mountain and sharing its wonders in ways that deepen visitors’ appreciation of nature and inspire good stewardship of the Earth. The mission statement of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, adopted in 2014, is: “Inspiring conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain.” The Stewardship Foundation is managed by a seven-member Board of Directors, which in turn employs the leadership and staff of the Grandfather Mountain attraction. The Charlotte region and has expanded to Raleigh and Boone, NC. Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation US 221 & Blue Ridge Parkway Linville, NC 28646 828-733-4337…

March 2017 – Andrew Roby General Contractor

March 2017 – Andrew Roby General Contractor

Andrew Roby is the premier custom residential contractor in the Carolinas. Specializing in remodeling, kitchen and bath renovations, new homes and handyman services, Andrew Roby “makes it home” for clients through exceptional quality, craftsmanship and customer service for life. In 1950, Andrew Robicsek, a Hungarian immigrant, founded a one-man remodeling and handyman service in Charlotte, NC. Two years after starting the company, Roby (Robicsek changed his name) hired Glenn Haston as Superintendent. The two would work together for more than 25 years, establishing the growing organization’s reputation. In 1976, Haston bought the firm outright and today, the second and third generations of Haston’s extended family work for the company. Now, more than 66 years later, Andrew Roby General Contractor is the largest custom residential remodeler in the Charlotte region and has expanded to Raleigh and Boone, NC. Andrew Roby General Contractor 6858 NC Highway 105 South Boone, NC 28607 828.963.4747 Email: hellomountains@andrewroby.com…

February 2017 – Carolina Mountain Life

February 2017 – Carolina Mountain Life

For 20 years, Carolina Mountain Life Magazine has reflected the heartbeat of the High Country with stories showcasing the people and places that make living or visiting this area special. We are excited to promote this wonderful magazine during the month of February. Happy 20th Anniversary Carolina Mountain Life and Babette McAuliffe. Carolina Mountain Life PO Box 976 , Linville NC , US , 28646 Call: 828-737-0771 Email: livingcarolina@bellsouth.net Free distribution throughout the High Country including Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, Beech Mountain, Seven Devils, Foscoe, Valle Crucis, Linville and Newland, Morganton, Spruce Pine, and West Jefferson….

January 2017 – Appalachian Home Care

January 2017 – Appalachian Home Care

Appalachian Home Care is a leading provider of home care services in the High Country of North Carolina. Founded in 2003, with the vision to provide high quality health care to individuals of all ages, in the comfort of their own home, Appalachian Home Care has continued to please their clients whether they are longtime residents or seasonal visitors to this beautiful area. Appalachian Home Care 7929 NC Hwy. 105 South, Suite B Boone, NC (828) 963-8233 E-mail: info@apphomecare.com Appalachian Home Care serves eight surrounding counties including Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, Ashe, Burke, Yancey, Wilkes and Alleghany….

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