Oct. 11, 2016. Every day, twice a day the slopes at Sugar Mountain Resort are meticulously groomed. This season the resort has added a second Pisten Bully 600 winch groomer to the current fleet. This new powerhouse groomer provides extra hold and increased safety on the mountain.
Oct. 11, 2016. To reflect plans for growing energy services and solutions to its consumers, Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, a member-owned cooperative, and its propane/heating fuels subsidiary, Blue Ridge Energies, have announced they will do business under the single name of Blue Ridge Energy starting next spring.
Oct. 4, 2016. “I watched as Bonny Collard carefully sheared Coraline. Using electric shears and handheld shears, she skillfully removed her fiber in about 30 minutes,” said McEnery. “Once the fiber, known as mohair, is removed, it is turned into yarn.” Angora goats produce an average of 10 pounds of mohair each year and shearings are held in the spring and in the fall. Photos by Cindy McEnery.
Oct. 3, 2016. Chef Sam Ratchford and his team from Vidalia Restaurant and Wine Bar will soon participate in the Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series Battle of the Champions, which will include live dinner events Nov. 11-20 in Raleigh. Tickets are on sale this week and are expected to go fast, so get yours now if you plan to be there and support this High Country restaurant at the state competition. Ratchford said he and Vidalia Boom teammates will go and do their best to win and represent the High Country, and “it would be amazing” if some local folks showed up in Raleigh to support them. By Jessica Isaacs.
Sept. 30, 2016. Friends and neighbors convened to celebrate the grand opening of Graystone Eye’s new Boone facility on Thursday night over hors d’oeuvres, drinks and conversation. Guests enjoyed getting to meet the physicians and tour the beautiful brand new office. S&L Catering, Blowing Rock Brewing Company and Erick’s Cheese and Wine were on hand to make sure the crowd was well fed and having a good time.
Sept. 28, 2016. The public is invited to attend a grand opening celebration at the new Graystone Eye facility on N.C. Highway 105 in Boone on Thursday, Sept. 29, which will feature tours of the facility, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments and a meet-and-greet with the physicians. The new building puts Graystone’s former Boone and Linville locations under one roof and opened in late August. By Jessica Isaacs.
Sept. 16, 2016. The crowd gathered at the development’s new Sportsman’s Lodge, which sits on the northern reaches of the property and boasts a beautiful pavilion with indoor and outdoor facilities, a kitchen, an outdoor fireplace and a large deck overlooking the panoramic views. By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Jim Swinkola.
Sept. 15, 2016. With harvest season upon us, Grandfather Vineyard and Winery General Manager Dylan Tatum said that this year is turning into the best growing season he’s experienced in his six years in the business. “I’ve seen some bad ones in the past, but this one is really, really good,” Tatum said. “All this sun recently is great for ripening … we’ve gotten the biggest yields, and the best quality grapes I’ve every seen up here for a wine grape.” By Jesse Wood
Sept. 12, 2016. “It shows businesses are flourishing. They’re either coming to town, which is great for local business, or, in some cases, they’re celebrating grand re-openings or they’ve outgrown their space and they’re looking for new space. It highlights the fact that business is going well and it gives the businesses that have relocated or are just starting an opportunity to showcase themselves. When you get a lot of excited folks in the community out for an event like this I think that will only generate excitement about the new business itself.” Story and Photos by Jessica Isaacs.
Sept. 2, 2016. “Recreate yourself.” David Gindlesperger, owner of Curiosity Consignment Mega Warehouse, says that’s the secret to success. “Change when you need to and reinvent.” That’s how he built his business, which is growing by leaps and bounds, and that’s also what he does with the one-of-a-kind pieces in his shop. By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Ken Ketchie.
Aug. 23, 2016. The 5k run starts at 8:30 a.m. adjacent to the American Legion Hall and finishes in front of Bistro Roca restaurant, where post-race snacks will be provided and awards presented. The 1-Mile Fun Run presented by Blue Ridge Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine starts in the same location at 8:00, so parents can accompany their kids and still make the 5k start time. Photo by Lynn Willis.
Aug. 31, 2016. With the university back in full swing for the semester and fall weather on its way, the High Country now begins a transition from one season of excitement to another. The same can be said for Boone’s popular First Friday Art Crawl series, which will be back with something new for everyone.By Jessica Isaacs.
Aug. 31, 2016. The beautiful Hugh Chapman Center played host to the Avery County Chamber of Commerce for its annual business meeting and awards ceremony on Tuesday evening, which drew a large crowd and recognized several local leaders and organizations. Guests enjoyed a catered cocktail reception and an impressive view of Grandfather Mountain as the night’s events proceeded. By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Ken Ketchie.
Aug. 31, 2016. In August, Dr. Harry M. Davis, professor of finance and past chair of the Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance at Appalachian State University was presented the Wade Brown Award for Community Recognition by the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce.
Aug. 29. 2016. With Boone and Linville locations now under one roof, a brand new Graystone Eye facility opened up today along N.C. Highway 105 in Boone, establishing the practice’s permanent position in the High Country community. After a successful first day in the new facility, Gardner said the Graystone team looks forward to a bright future in the High Country, as it will now have a physician available for appointments every day of the week. By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Ken Ketchie.
Aug. 29, 2016.The Mast General Store in downtown Boone is having its annual tent sale beginning this Friday, Sept. 2. The sale will last until Monday, Sept. 5. Since their inception, the stores in Boone and Valle Crucis have served as staples in the High Country, not just as tourist attractions, but for the communities, as well. By Emily Willis
Aug. 25, 2016. If you’ve bought a bottle in the Blowing Rock ABC store lately, you probably noticed a crack-and-peel label on the brown bag thanking customers for shopping. “The Blowing Rock ABC Store appreciates your patronage very much! By buying here, you are helping contribute to the community and those that provide the services we all enjoy,” the label reads. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie
Aug. 19, 2016. Award-winning artist Jeremy Sams became a professional painter at age 19, “as a matter of survival,” he says. Meet Sams and hear his story on Saturday, August 27, at Alta Vista Gallery in Valle Crucis at the opening reception for his new show, “I Saw the Light,” hanging now through September 14.
Aug. 23, 2016. After four years in the High Country and nearly five decades in business, Graystone Eye, a full-service ophthalmology and subspecialty practice, will open its brand new location in Boone on Monday. The building, located at 2640 N.C. Highway 105 across from the Ingles shopping center, will bring Graystone’s existing Boone and Linville offices together under one roof. By Jessica Isaacs.
Aug. 22, 2016. The Hampton Inn and Suites is tentatively scheduled to open the first week of October, according to the hotel’s general manager Tara Brossa. “Everything is on schedule. We should start our training courses next month and w ill be ready to open in the beginning part of October,” Brossa said on Monday. By Jesse Wood
Aug. 22, 2016. August at Carlton Gallery signals it’s time for the Annual Jewelry Trunk Show and Boutique Day for Women. This event is planned for Saturday, August 27, 10 to 5 and is a part of the Avery Tour de Art, a coalition of area galleries and artists’ studios with special events on the fourth Saturday of June through November. Tour maps can be obtained from the gallery.
Aug. 18, 2016. On a weekday in early August, Melissa Reaves was sitting on the back patio of The Cardinal enjoying the Bisbee Roll, an appetizer that happened to be named in honor of the musician. (Reaves is a seasonal resident of Bisbee, Ariz.) “It’s awesome food and an awesome spot,” Reaves said, unprompted as we chatted for a minute. Reaves said that the owners – Seth Sullivan (of Naked Gods fame), Chris Varipapa and Scott Williford – “rock.” And she would know, of course, being a rock star herself. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie
Aug. 20, 2016. As the fatal Valle Landing fire was still burning, Don Cox, owner of Bald Guy Brew, was walking in the direction of Watauga River Road, away from the charred rubble, away from where he’s been roasting coffee beans for about three years. Cox parked down the road because emergency officials weren’t letting anyone near the fire, and as he walked away from his labor of love, Cox said it felt like a movie, one where a chapter of someone’s life is closing amidst the smoke and ash and rising sun. By Jesse Wood
Aug. 19, 2016. The husband-and-wife team Dimitrijus “Dima” and Merin Sazinas moved here from Charlotte and opened the center in April. The retreat boasts 13 beautiful new log cabins that are available for rent, and a host of exciting things to do while you’re there, including mountain biking and hiking, tubing and kayaking, paragliding and tandem rides, ballroom and Latin dance lessons and fitness classes. By Jessica Isaacs.
Aug. 18, 2016. If you’re looking for a good time this weekend (or any weekend, for that matter), you ought to sit for a spell at Carolina BBQ in Newland, where the food is great, the people are friendly and there’s always music in the air. Carolina BBQ is a family oriented business in more ways than one. Stop by to eat and you’ll find several members of the Calvert family at work, as well as longtime employees have become part of the Calvert clan, too. By Jessica Isaacs.