Local Gourmet Shops
Local Gourmet Food Shops • Gourmet Food Stores are an epicure’s delight. The shops below offer you a wide selection of local, regional, national, and international specialty foods such as caviar, cheese, foie gras and pate, gourmet chocolates, oils and vinegars, smoked salmon, specialty meats, teas, and many other gastronomic delights. Several of the country stores and gourmet shops below distribute local honey, jams, preserves, and specialty foods & sauces. Some of the shops are gourmet organic and offer healthy fresh local farm produced specialty foods. And some serve food on the premises.
Be Natural Market • www.facebook.com/BeNaturalMarket • www.benaturalmarket.com • Natural food stores like ours started a health care “revolution.” We may be smaller than those big supermarkets, but the size of our heart is what really matters. Founded in 1984 by local residents Mary Underwood and Ben Henderson, Be Natural Market is a homegrown natural food store. The new owners, Dave and Catherine Reczek will continue the Be Natural Market tradition of excellence. It is our intention to provide a continued, expanded and refined emphasis on local produce and healthy products, value and selection to our customers. For friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, and dedicated service, visit us at Be Natural Market! Stay tuned for some exciting changes coming to our store in the near future. And as always…Just BE!
Art of Oil • www.facebook.com/ArtofOil • www.theartofoil.com • Art of Oil is a store that offers you the opportunity to taste a variety of fine oil and vinegars from around world FREE everyday! With over 45 types on-tap, we feature extra virgin olive oils, organic extra virgin olive oils, and flavor fused oil and vinegars. In addition to the oil and vinegar, we carry local handmade pasta, cheese, wine and other gourmet food products. Stop by and try it out today!
Blowing Rock Market • www.facebook.com/pages/Blowing-Rock-Market/140574585977710 • www.blowingrockmarkets.com • “The Blowing Rock Market remodeled in 2001 has been called, ”The Nicest Gas Station in America” by Southern Living. The gourmet market / gas station dates back to the 1940’s as a small full-service Esso gas station. Today it offers many gourmet treats. In addition to the Boar’s Head Deli and the best cup of coffee in town, the Exxon Station on Main Street in Blowing Rock has a wine selection of over 800 labels, imported beers, cheeses, teas, hot sauces, cigars, cards, soft drinks, imported chocolates, juices, candies, snacks, groceries, maps, and travel books. Many people are amazed by the quality of products. From the unique wine selection, to the delectable Boar’s Head Deli it is worth your visit while in Blowing Rock!”
Erick’s Cheese & Wine Shop • www.facebook.com/EricksCheeseandWine • www.erickscheeseandwine.com • Erick’s Cheese & Wine Shop has been a favorite stop in Banner Elk for over 25 years. From the distinctive, collectible wines you’ll find in Erick’s temperature controlled fine wine room, to highly rated wines for under $10 a bottle, and everything in between – Erick’s inventory is hand picked for your enjoyment. If you don’t see what your looking for, Erick’s will special order
Earth Fare Boone • www.facebook.com/EarthFareBoone • http://bit.ly/Hltn5N • What really sets Earth Fare apart from other stores is the list of things we don’t offer… like any products containing high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial colors and sweeteners, and synthetic growth hormones in meat and milk. We believe food should be as close to the ground as it gets, and we are proud to read the labels so you don’t have to!
Tomato Shack • “The Tomato Shack sells more than just tomatoes. We specialize in carrying a wide variety of fruits such as apples, bananas, cantaloupes, citrus fruits, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, and watermelons. In addition, the tomato shack has a complete line of cooking vegetables like white or yellow corn, half-runner beans, Kirby pickling cucumbers, yellow crookneck squash, zucchini squash, okra, turnips, red and green bell peppers, and Vidalia onions for starters. Starting in late summer we offer an assortment of locally grown vegetables such as heirloom tomatoes, and old varieties of beans like cornfield and greasy cut-shorts.”
Savory Thymes • www.facebook.com/pages/Savory-Thymes/120211038048176 • www.savorythymes.com • Here at Savory Thymes, we believe the preparation, service and enjoyment of food can be both fun and beautiful. In our store you will find casual goods for your kitchen, dining room, pantry and grill. Everything is our collection – from Vietri dinnerware, to specialty dessert ingredients, to Wustof-Trident kitchen utensils – is a work of art. We also like to call attention to the beauty and quality of our artist created pottery, glass and metal ware. Our retail store location in Boone, NC showcases all that we have to offer. If you are in the High Country you need to stop by and see us!
Stick Boy Bread Company • www.themastfarminn.com/stick-boy • www.facebook.com/stickboybreadco • www.stickboybread.com • “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, steaming cappuccinos, delicious cinnamon rolls, and decadent chocolate tortes. The best part is that everything is made right here in our bakery using the best ingredients and methods. Nothing that we serve is shipped in frozen from thousands of miles away like in most “supermarket” bakeries. Nothing is taken out of a box, put in the oven for 10 minutes, and then labeled “fresh baked”. This is the real thing. We promise – and we promise that you will be able to taste the difference.”
The Country Gourmet • www.thecountrygourmet.com • The Country Gourmet is located at the base of Grandfather Mountain in the Blue Ridge of western North Carolina. This year-round resort area has attracted the most sophisticated travelers and shoppers for over 100 years. Owner Betsy Murrelle has been serving customers from around the world since 1974. Her shop abounds in style, selection and service. Shop with Betsy online and please stop by to say hello when in the High Country of North Carolina.
The Mast General Store • www.facebook.com/mastgeneralstore • www.mastgeneralstore.com • The Mast General Store, Quality goods at a fair price since 1883. Listed on the National Historic Register as one of the best remaining examples of an old country store. This historic landmark, in the heart of North Carolina’s first rural historic district, has featured quality goods and traditional clothing since 1883. The Original Mast Store location features mercantile items that you may remember from your grandma’s house like jams and jellies, real maple syrup, stoneground cornmeal, comfortable rocking chairs, sturdy hiking boots, comfortable casual shoes, and sandals.
Fred’s General Mercantile • www.facebook.com/Freds-General-Mercantile-106772806062007 • www.fredsgeneral.com • Fred’s General Mercantile of Beech Mountain is a purveyor of Fine Quality Goods” At Fred’s you find a little of everything. There’s hardware, birdfeeders, books, kites, sleds, gardening supplies, toys, crafts, unusual gifts, clothing, ski fashion and accessories for sale and rental and much more.
Old Hampton Store • www.facebook.com/pages/Old-Hampton-Store-BBQ-Restaurant/236915743022900 • www.oldhamptonstorenc.com • The Old Hampton Store today is a thriving place to gather for fun, family, food, art and crafts, and live bluegrass music. If you are looking for unusual gift items and a great meal, stop in, explore and shop in an authentic old-fashioned store and gristmill. Dine in our quaint country restaurant serving up great barbeque piled high on sourdough bread, bite into a smoked turkey sandwich on the front porch, or have banana pudding at the picnic tables underneath the trees.
Sunset & Vine • www.facebook.com/Christopherswine • www.blowingrockwine.com • Sunset & Vine is a wine shop destination offering wine tastings, wine by the glass, cheese, baskets and unique gifts in the heart of downtown Blowing Rock, NC. Sunset & Vine originally started as Christopher’s Wine & Cheese, a specialty wine shop. At that time, we realized that everyone around us was carrying so many of the mass produced, big box type wines. We hand select each wine to reflect the best taste and value of each wine region – locally and around the world. Our shop carries wines that are not the typical labels taking up space at the grocery stores; they are mostly from small producers. That doesn’t mean expensive – there is a great selection to fit any budget.
Ashe County Cheese • www.themastfarminn.com/ashe-county-cheese • www.facebook.com/pages/Ashe-County-Cheese/164118806976408 • www.ashecountycheese.com • North Carolina’s Largest Cheese Manufacturer. Established in 1930 in West Jefferson, NC we make on average 30,000 pounds of cheese per week and are now producing about 20 different varieties. Our viewing room is open daily and lets people watch the cheese making process at no charge. You can sample and purchase the products we make in our retail shop across the street from the factory.
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