by Madison V. Fisler
July 26, 2013. Have you ever dreamed about being recognized by someone outside of our High Country microcosm that we call home?
Tim Miller of Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery, a local business that has been around for 19 years, experienced just that on a recent trip to New York.
During his flights there and back on U.S. Airways, Miller and his faithful pooch Ginger were twice recognized by fellow passengers sitting next to him on the plane from an extensive 24-page spread on the High Country in U.S. Airways Magazine’s July Issue.
“On the way to New York, the man sitting next to me was reading the article and when he got to the page, I didn’t say anything,” Miller said.
“Then he said, ‘this looks like you!’ and I told him all about it.”
According to Miller, the man, who was from New Jersey, was pretty excited to look at his website after meeting Miller.
On the way back from New York, on a seperate flight, Miller experienced the same reaction from yet another passenger.
“On Sunday when I flew back there was a guy next to me reading it, and when he was done I pointed out Ginger and said ‘that’s my dog’. It was pretty cool. We’ve been in business 19 years with over 100 art shows under our belt, and we’ve sold miles of frames but to be recognized outside of the High Country is pretty cool.”
After the article came out, Miller started to get recognized in the High Country area as well. He said that customers have recognized him at Earth Fare as well.
“It has definitely spurred some new business,” Miller said.
The extensive 24-page feature article focuses on tourism, local attractions, local businesses, trades and education establishments that would appeal to those looking to relocate.
The article, titled “Altitude is Everything,” mentions many High Country attractions like Grandfather Mountain, the Blue Ridge Parkway, The Mast General Store, Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park, Chetola Resort, Ashe County Cheese, the Boone Area Wine Trail, Grandfather Vineyards and Winery, Twigs, Vidalia, Mast Farm Inn, the Blue Ridge Music Trails, An Appalachian Summer Festival, Blowing Rock’s Art in the Park, Tweetsie Railroad, Christmas in July in West Jefferson, Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, the Blue Ridge Mountain Club, Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery, Westglow Resort and Spa, Morning Star Gallery, Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, ECRS, Appalachian State University, Lees-McRae College, Hawksnest Zipline, Beech Mountain, Seven Devils, Hanna’s Oriental Rugs and Gifts, Tazmaraz, Green Park Inn and Chestnut Grille, the Parkway Craft Center, Christmas in Blowing Rock, Blowing Rock Antique Center, Village Inns of Blowing Rock and Isabella Propeller.
This extensive article brings to light many fantastic things about the High Country that may otherwise remain the area’s best kept secrets. So watch out High Country Folks. If you plan on traveling on a U.S. Airways flight, you may just be recognized.
An online version of the article can be viewed here.