The High Country Local First members you find in this directory are locally-owned, independent businesses who are committed to quality of life in our region. Each strives to improve business practices for the benefit of our community, economy, environment and workplaces.
When you support those listed in this directory, you support good business for a great community. Thank you for choosing to do business with High Country Local First members. Friends and neighbors depend on each other to keep our community strong.
Click below to view a catagory:Art & Design | Beer/Wine/Spirits | Building Materials | Landscape | Cleaning Services | Coffee and Tea | Computer Services & Supplies | Construction/Carpentry | Government | Health Practitioners | Human Services | Legal | Marketing and Communications |Organizations | Pet and Family Care | Photography | Printing, Copies, Signs | Restaurants, Bakeries, Cafes, Delis | Retail | Salons and Spas | Specialty Shops | Sporting Goods | Travel and Tourism/Outdoor Recreation | Web Hosting and Design
The Escape Artist
High end design services with a local attitude. The Escape Artist believes your creative should be exactly that ... creative; definitively art, and distinctly "you". Your creative should be unique and thoughtful, as well as technically sound. This is what The Escape Artist does best. From custom art, to logos and marketing materials, we create it from scratch, with you, just for you. The Escape Artist will work within any budget to help local owners and entrepreneurs look their absolute best.
Art Mart & Academy
Art Mart has been in the High Country for over 30 years and has extremely knowledgeable staff to answer all of your art supply questions. We offer the greenest selection of supplies around, including drawing pads, pencils, xatives, storage boxes, and more. Art classes for children and adults are offered as well. Call for our schedule.
Orchard Hill Media
Orchard Hill Media offers professional graphic design, illustration, and photography. Services include logo design, identity systems, posters, signs, brochures, displays, website design, technical illustration, information graphics, courtroom exhibits, photography, and more. Based in the High Country and available to meet with you in person about your project.
Appalachian Mountain Brewery
163 Boone Creek Dr.
Boone, NC 28607
AMB is a craft brewery that supplies fresh, flavorful beer while maintaining a strong emphasis on both sustainable values and the local community. Although our craft is beer, AMB is much more than a brewery. The founding goals and principles of AMB go well beyond the pint glass and focus on ideals that strive to empower individuals, support local enterprise, and give back to the greater Appalachian region.
Mountain Lumber Company
Banner Elk: 828.898.8545
9877 Hwy 105 South
Boone, NC 28607
2059 Tynecastle Hwy
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Mountain Lumber is a locally owned building supply offering a wide selection of custom and specialty architectural materials for building professionals, designers and homeowners, with emphasis on locally sourced green building materials.
We are a locally-owned manufacturer of the finest Eastern White Pine materials for log and timber homes. We have our own dry kilns and our own planer mill, giving us control of the process to ensure quality and consistency. We are fanatical about quality and value. We are environmentally aware and strive to reduce our impact on the planet. Most of our materials are harvested within 50 miles of our plant, resulting in low embedded energy. Because of the carbon storage value of wood, log and timber homes result in negative carbon footprints. We offer solid wall logs in all profiles and sizes for log homes; matched siding for each log profile; tongue and groove paneling; timbers and beams, including rounds up to 12” and more.
Miller's Supply, Inc.
Miller's Supply is a family owned and operated business since 1977. We carry a large variety of farming, gardening, livestock and building needs.
Headwaters Enterprises, Inc
Headwaters Enterprises, Inc. is a small, quality oriented company located in the North Carolina High Country. We hold an Unlimited Building License with the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors, which allows us to do both residential and commercial building projects, our work is a mix of residential and commercial, new construction and remodeling.
Mark H. Kirkpatrick
We are full service general contractors, re-modelers and log and timber frame builders. Mountain Construction is an NAHB Certified Green Professional and Energy Star partner.
Resource Wood Inc.
Local Lumber and custom woodworking. We specialize in crafting projects from heirloom & orphaned logs, wide slab boards and mantels
Wren's Nest Landscape and Garden Center
Warren Keyser and Brett Clement, Owners
Address of Business:
158 Broadstone Rd
Banner Elk, NC 28604
We are a family-owned, full service landscape provider offering landscape design and installation, water features, hardscape installation, and more since 1999. We are a fully-insured company with a North Carolina state pesticide license, and are also a registered North Carolina Landscape Contractor. Our Garden Center is open from mid-April through October, and we carry a wide variety of annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees. Our plant material comes from North Carolina growers and Johnson County, TN growers. We also carry pottery, glassware, and garden products including organic fertilizer, soil, and compost. During winter months we also offer snow-removal services.
One Earth Natural Cleaning L.L.C.
Founded in May of 2011, One Earth Natural Cleaning L.L.C. is a new business in the High Country that focuses on maintaining clean homes while not sacrificing the health of the people and animals that live there. One Earth uses only all-natural, biodegradable products that are environmentally sustainable and safe to use around both people and animals. We are currently serving residential and vacation homes in the Boone, Blowing Rock and Valle Crucis areas. Special events and moving in/out cleanings are also available. Please call or visit our website to set up a free walk-through of your home. If you are looking for a healthier way to keep your home clean, look no further than One Earth Natural Cleaning L.L.C., Your High Country Natural Cleaning Solution.
368-4 Hwy 105 Bypass
Boone, NC 28607
The BGB is committed to using organic, shade grown beans to support farmers using sustainable practices which maintain an equitable partnership between birds, farmers, consumers, and the environment. By offering certified fair trade coffees, we are making an ethical choice because every pound we sell will make a difference in coffee growing communities. Call it what you will, but there is an art to roasting coffee. By cupping all of our coffees, we are able to determine the right time & temp. profile for roasting our coffee…ensuring that our customers get what they pay for: the best stinking cup of fresh roasted coffee they ever tasted!
Espresso News/Mosaic Books
267 Howard St.
Boone, NC 28607
Since 1994 Espresso News/Mosaic Books has been a local favorite in Boone. Coffee beans are roasted on site, muffins, scones and soups are made fresh daily, there are books and magazines and places to sit and chat or nooks to hide in to enjoy some solitude. If you want to get a taste of the High Country local scene, stop by Espresso!
Watauga County Economic Development Commission and Office of Economic Development
331 Queen Street, Suite A
Boone, NC 28607
The mission of the Watauga County Economic Development Commission and Office of Economic Development is to aid in the creation and retention of jobs, to help sustain and grow local businesses, and to increase the incomes of the citizens of Watauga County.
Burton Moomaw Acupuncture
184 South Depot St.
Boone, NC 28607
Personalized, professional healthcare in a quiet, relaxing setting. Using natural medicine to restore and maintain health.
David Brumfield / Christa Capua
Stepping Stone is a private, outpatient medication assisted addiction treatment program that specializes in helping individuals and families in the High Country who are struggling with dependency. Our mission is to be a positive and supportive presence in the community, through the lives of the people we serve, in our collective pursuit to successfully cope with the disease of addiction.
164 Depot St.
Boone, NC 28607
At Capua Law Firm, PA, our trial lawyers have decades of experience representing companies and individuals in complex state and federal trials, as well as international and domestic arbitrations. Our mission is to apply the focus and preparation we learned through our experience as lawyers at large firms with flexibility and efficiency in a boutique firm setting. We strive for strategic yet practical results and long-lasting client relationships. We are a trial firm representing companies and individuals in business and fraud disputes, insurance recovery and personal injury claims, real estate litigation, consumer protection suits, and construction and employment cases and class actions. The firm was founded in part because of its desire to undertake complex engagements on alternative fee bases, such as contingency and flat-fee arrangements.
di Santi Watson Capua & Wilson is a premier law firm that strives to achieve results that exceed expectations through our commitment to our clients. We handle complex and sophisticated matters being accessible, efficient, responsive and technologically sophisticated.
ToddsCalendar.com is the The High Country's only comprehensive and searchable online community events calendar. We feature 30 event categories, town/county/keyword searches, and anyone can post a public event for FREE. We offer great monthly giveaways to local events or for local merchandise and we partner with a non-profit each month to raise awareness about the important work being done in our community.
P.O. Box 67, Boone, NC 28607
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA) is dedicated to strengthening the High Country's local food system by supporting women and their families with resources, education, and skills related to sustainable food and agriculture.
Caleb Crowell - Marketer
New River Organic Growers (NROG) is a nonprofit cooperative of farmers located in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. Our goal is to provide fresh produce and humanely raised meats to consumers in North Carolina, to help preserve farmland by improving the success of our own farms through the pooling of resources for marketing and transport, bulk purchasing of farming supplies, sharing and coordination of information, and to educate the general public about the benefits of sustainable, local farming and consumption.
High Country CSA is a multi-farm CSA, which reduces the risk of crop failure for the consumer, as any member farm can provide if one comes up short. This model also increases the variety of food available: each season HCCSA members typically receive varieties of over 50 different vegetables in their share.
Jim Hamilton, director
971 West King St.
Boone, NC 28607
Watauga County Cooperative Extension provides residents easy access to resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University on a wide array of topics.
Heifer USA, a division of Heifer International, is preparing to launch a bold new effort to create living-wage jobs, combat hunger and diet-related diseases right here in the High Country region of NC and TN. This summer Heifer USA will unveil a multi-year investment plan for promoting self-reliance, financial sustainability and improved health throughout the High Country where some of our nation’s poorest people live.
The Pet Place
240 Shadowline Dr.
Boone, NC 28607
For over 11 years our goal has been to provide good information and high quality foods and products to help pet lovers in the area take good care of their pets. We have small animals, companion birds, freshwater fish and reptiles and all the supplies to take care of them along with cat & dog supplies. We encourage our customers to adopt cats and dogs and offer a discount for anyone who does so from The Humane Society, Animal Control or Friends for Life. We have a loyal customer card to help our customers save money on supplies , treats toys etc for all their pets. We offer several dog and cat food frequent buyer programs to help with the cost of premium foods. We pride ourselves on our friendly and knowledgable customer service and are open 7 days a week.
Appalachian Local Photography
Beautiful press printed products featuring local photography from Appalachian farms and neighborhood farmer's markets. Postcards, Prints, Posters. Also available for your specific photography needs: portraiture, homes and pets.
Photography by Tommy White
Weddings, Fine Art Portraiture, Area Landscapes
Creative Printing is here for all your printing, copying, signs and multimedia needs. We have the most affordable and reliable printers, offering you the following services: printing, copying, online print ordering, wide-format printing, full color printing of brochures, newsletters, business cards and more. Web design and hosting, 8mm, 16mm, Hi8, digital 8, miniDV, BETA or VHS to DVD conversions, signs, banners, yard signs. You name it . . . We can do it all. We offer discounts, as well as a wide variety of marketing and logo design services. Now offering full color wide format scanning (up to 36 inches wide by 50 feet long).
M-Prints offers custom screen printed and embroidered apparel. All work is done in-house. Serving the High Country since 1991, M-Prints offers friendly, professional service from a staff with over 65 years of combined experience. Whether you need a dozen shirts for your staff or hundreds of shirts for an event, call M-Prints and shop ‘Local First’.
PJ and Liz Ollis
We are your one-stop-shop! We produce digital printing, offset printing and large format printing. Our specialty services include bindery, foil stamping, padding, pocket folders, etc. We provide promotional products, such as, hats, pens, t-shirts, tote bags, etc. We are your source for any kind of mailing needs. Our sign shop produces vehicle graphics, sand blasted signs, corrugated signs, aluminum signs, polymetal signs, komotex signs, vinyl banners, license plates, and magnetics. Our specialty is the best customer service in the High Country and quick turn-around meeting your deadline on time, every time. We look forward to serving you!
130 N Depot Street.
Boone, NC 28607
Local, dependable print and copy facility, including full color, since 1973. Only a short walk from Appalachian State University and downtown Boone. This is a family owned business that does excellent work with bumper stickers, posters, letterhead, business cards... you name it!
The 1861 Farmhouse offers a dining experience unlike any other. This 151-year-old, elegant Victorian farmhouse sits at the top of a gentle hill in timeless Valle Crucis. Visitors can "sit a spell" in the rocking chairs on the spacious front porch while enjoying a glass of private label 1861 Farmhouse wine, while taking in the peaceful views of the Valle. Come inside, and step back in time in this beautifully restored Civil War-era home, featuring two Victorian dining rooms and an "old world" wine room constructed from the two original brick rooms of the house. The 1861 Farmhouse has its own organic garden which produces the vegetables we serve in our restaurant. It doesn't get any more authentic than this!
1521 Blowing Rock Rd.
Boone, NC 28607
Come Back Shack offers hand-pattied burgers, all-natural chicken sandwiches, vegetarian burgers, hand-cut fries, and homemade sweet potato chips. They offer an array of fresh toppings from blue cheese and bacon to spinach and avocado. They make their sauces and dressings from scratch in-house. Their own crew renovated the building to create a warm and friendly local vibe. Eat inside their cozy dining room, or outside on one of their two decks--or drive-thru if you're in a hurry!
1087 West King St.
Boone, NC 28607
Galileo's is a locally owned family business that is happy to be a part of Boone. We strive to provide our customers an interesting menu featuring as much local food as we can provide, a dynamic nightlife featuring: Trivia Night Mondays, Karaoke Fridays & Live Music Shows and a relax atmosphere that anyone can enjoy. To show our commitment to local causes, we have partnered with OASIS to give back 1% of our sales to help end domestic violence here in Watauga County.
Hours Monday through Thursday 3pm-12am
Ken and Wendy Gordon
The Gamekeeper Restaurant features locally grown produce, humanely farm raised meats, game and fresh seafood prepared over a hickory wood-fire. Our "comfort food" is served in a rustic stone home with a cozy fireplace and a great view. We have all ABC permits, outdoor dining and a room for private parties. Recommended by the Charlotte Observer, Blue Ridge magazine, Smokey Mtn Living, Southern Living and Gourmet.
Mike and Nova Nelson
Hob Nob Farm Cafe is located in the heart of downtown Boone. We offer fresh flavors from around the world made with foods from around the corner. We are proud to serve local beef, sausage & chicken year round as well as rotating produce with the seasons. We have our own farm where we grow shitakes, grapes, berries, apples, pears and annual veggies. In order to keep our quality high, prices low and our employees wages fair we accept cash and check only, no credit or debit cards! See ya soon!
Proper, delicious, local southern fare at reasonable prices. Serving lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday 11:30-9:00 and Sunday Brunch from 11:30-3:00.
Seed to Plate Catering, LLC
Travis and Sarah Sparks
Farm Driven, Locally Grown, Sustainable Catering. We cater everything from private dinner parties to wedding receptions and everything in between. If we don't grow it, we source it from our neighborhood farms. This allows for the ingredients to be as fresh as possible. Chef Travis Sparks was trained at the French Culinary Institute in NYC, and has worked in some of the most notable kitchens in the country.
Carson and Mindy Coatney
We are a small, family-owned artisan bakery where high quality baked goods and great service come together to create a special experience for you, our customer. We offer everything from fresh baked breads, delicious pastries, real fruit smoothies and full espresso bar, wedding cakes and decadent desserts. The best part is that everything is made right here in our bakery using the best ingredients and methods.
One of the classic restaurants in BooneNC, the Red Onion Café opens daily at 11am and serves continuously into the evening. Across from Appalachian State University on Highway 321 near downtown Boone, the restaurant offers convenient dining for Appalachian football and basketball games and other campus events. The Red Onion Café is unique among Boone restaurants, offering a menu stocked with one-of-a-kind items such as the Artichoke Dip appetizer, our famous blond brownie - the Horace Cookie, weekly dinner specials, vegetarian meals, lunch specials, pasta, pizza, salads, a large children's menu and homemade desserts.
The TApp Room in Boone, NC is a casual place to kick back and enjoy some good food, a great selection of beer on tap, and good times. We always have 12 different beers on tap featuring domestic, imported and craft beers. The TApp Room offers up burgers, tacos, wings, fish and chips, and more. It’s not just bar food – it’s GOOD bar food. So, check out our menu and then come down and enjoy.
Kevin and Liz Tincher
BRPP is a Local and Specialty food retail store. We have over forty-five local vendors which supply our meats, eggs, cheese, breads, baked goods, produce, etc. We also carry craft beers and fine wines. Included in our selections are various gift items such as pottery, wrought iron, framed photos, original artwork and other locally produced items.
240 Shadowline Dr. Boone, NC 28607
Audio and Visual equipment and service
Since July of 1971, Footsloggers has served the outdoor community. By focusing on items that we would purchase for ourselves, we have a selection of quality goods that offers great value and a long life of use. We offer clothing and gear that will keep you comfortable in any season, for any adventure. Our product buyers work on the sales floor daily; this is an important note, as we feel that there is no better way to serve our loyal customers and stay in tune to their needs.
For the Looks you Crave ... The Lines you Love: Urban Chicwear. Shop the boutique brands you know and love along with fresh up and coming smaller design labels at Gladiola Girls. A delightfully charming downtown boutique and regional shopping favorite for eight plus years! Unpretentious shopping in a fun and friendly atmosphere.
116 W. King St
Boone, NC 28607
Green Mother Goods is a local, woman owned and operated business. We research the products we carry. If you buy it here you can rest easy, knowing that the product is a good choice for you, your family and our Earth. We will not buy from companies who use sweatshop labor. Our products are fair-trade which means a good wage is provided as well as good working conditions for the employees. The companies we do business with have a real commitment to our planet and its people. We also buy and consign local goods whenever possible.
The Incredible Toy Company is a "mom and pop" store, with old fashioned standards. We have the best quality toys, with unbeatable service. Give us a call, or stop on by, we'll prove it!
693 West King Street
Boone, NC 28607
Hip boutique located in downtown Boone. Bringing trend driven fashion to the high country. All items retail under $100. Clothing, shoes, and accessories! Be unique, shop lucky penny.
630 West King Street, Boone, NC
Hwy. 194, Valle Crucis, NC
When general stores first opened, they were a vital link for the community...a place to learn the news, get your mail, market your goods, or just pass the time of day. The Mast General Store continues those traditions in each of its locations with a relaxed atmosphere, wide variety of goods, and even a selection of items made in the local region. Stop by to see why some times are just too good to leave behind.
Valle Crucis, NC
Made in the USA is more than a motto at Rivercross Market in rural Valle Crucis. From wall to wall and floor to ceiling, Rivercross Market is filled with pottery, blown glass, fiber arts, and works in wood crafted by artists across the United States and featuring a large contingent from right here in the High Country. A great selection of ideas for weddings, housewarmings, hostess gifts, and more, including a fun selection for kids.
1542 US Hwy. 421 S. Suite E
Boone, NC 28607
Changes Salon is open Tuesday through Saturday and offers excellent hair care service and products. Call today to make an appointment with a professional stylist and you won't be disappointed!
Charlotte Sweeney Baxter
Shear Shakti is a full service trendy loft salon located in the heart of downtown Boone. We offer a full list of hair, nail, waxing and skin care services as well as massage services. Our massage therapist is Megan Ward, NC LMBT #10580 specializing in Swedish Massage, Trigger Point Release, Deep Tissue, as well as stretching and range of motion exercises while always being sure to listen and focus on the specific needs of each individual. Our stylists include Charlotte Baxter, Serena Crawford, Lorie Cole, and Lindsey Gantt. Come in and check out our monthly featured artist along with free wireless and treat yourself to relaxation and rejuvenation!
Devin Lattin/Eric Lippert
An alternative nightlife source for students and community members alike. Up In Smoke is a fun and social place where guests can come in and enjoy a hookah and entertainment. Hours: (tentatively) 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Sunday - Wednesday and 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Thursday - Saturday
JP and Ashley Pardy
1158 Highway 105
Boone, NC 28607
Recess is a locally owned Skateboard and Snowboard shop. Catering to the High Country area we supply Skateboards, Snowboards, Footwear, Apparel, Outerwear, Accessories, Snowboard Rentals, Tunes/repairs and more... We all ride what we sell and are stoked to get our customers in the right product for them. We are open year round 7 days a week. Come by and check out the latest product available or cruise around a bit on the mini ramp!
Regear Outdoors is a consignment shop specializing in outdoor adventure clothing and equipment. We are creating a place for people in our area to find high-quality, lightly used gear at affordable prices; so that we can all enjoy the many types of activities around the High Country correctly equipped for the utmost excitement. Bring seasonably appropriate gear and clothing by our shop today for sports like: hiking, camping, climbing, paddling, cycling, skiing, snowboarding and even fishing and yoga!
Established in 1985, Leatherwood Mountains is a family owned and operated business in Ferguson NC, 15 miles from Boone. We are a luxury vacation resort that is centered around the Equestrian Lifestyle. Guests can rent beautifully appointed vacation homes perched on high ridges or nestled in wooded valleys. Our Equine Center offers year round horseback riding for the public as well as a full service boarding facility. When guests get off the trail they can enjoy Saddlebrook Bar & Grill, our onsite restaurant. Recently we have expanded our gift shop to include Leatherwood Mountains souvenirs as well as hand-crafted merchandise from local artisans. Our Creekside Camp ground has full service hook-ups and is located along the banks of Elk Creek. Our 1 mile section of Elk Creek is managed and stocked by the NC Department of Natural Resources stocking program for Brook , Brown & Rainbow trout. We can help plan your next family reunion, weekend getaway, or High Country wedding. Family fun and recreation awaits you in the Leatherwood Mountains!
More than a traditional Bed & Breakfast or Country Inn. The Mast Farm Inn is a world renowned historic country inn and restaurant in the Valle Crucis Historical District of Watauga County, North Carolina, which has been welcoming guests since the 1800s. "So Much More… The world renowned Mast Farm Inn of Valle Crucis is nothing short of a handcrafted masterpiece of North Carolina Folk Art." ~ Emma Johnson
Appnet is a professional web consulting and design company. We specialize in best-in-class website design, flash multimedia, corporate identity, and marketing graphics. Appnet features an integrated team of web consultants, creative designers, writers, programmers and marketing professionals that know how to get online results.
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- Books and Magazines
- Building Materials
- Business Support Services
- Coffee and Tea
- Community Development
- Computer Services and Supplies
- Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
- Facilitation, Training, Coaching
- Farmers Markets
- Financial Consulting
- Funeral Provider
- Health Practitioners
- Home Furnishing
- Independent Media
- Maintenance Repair, Cleaning
- Marketing and Communications
- Office Supplies
- Outdoor Adventures
- Personal Development
- Pest Control
- Pet and Family Care
- Printing, Copies, Signs
- Property Management
- Real Estate
- Recycling and Waste Management
- Renewable Energy
- Rental Services
- Restaurants, Bakeries, Cafes, Delis
- Salons and Spas
- Senior Services
- Specialty Shops
- Sporting Goods
- Travel and Tourism
- Video Production
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