1. Veggies, Fruit, and More
This local, family-owned business just recently moved to a new store on King St. The businesses started about four years ago; it ran itself out of a truck the past summer before settling into the new shop right across from First Baptist Church. The store sells primarily local produce and meats as well as things like beans, jams, jellies, and rice.
2. Art Mart & Academy
Serving the area for over 30 years, Art Mart is situated downtown on King St and offers art classes for both children and adults in addition to offering a wide supply of diverse art products. The adult classes tend to be on a pay-as-you-go basis while children and teen classes are offered in weekly sessions. The store is as beautiful as it is functional, supplying the community with art and knowledge since 1975.
3. Stick Boy Bread Company
Even before I moved to Boone, I would always make a visit to Stick Boy a priority in order to grab some of their delicious ciabatta bread or an in-house cappuccino. Stick Boy has a wide assortment of fresh baked breads, pastries, cakes, cookies, and scones as well as an espresso/smoothie bar. Serving the area since 2001, Stick Boy is a favorite among tourists and locals alike, and if I do say so myself their Carolina Sourdough bread is one of the best sourdoughs I have ever tasted.
4. Mast General Store
Now Mast General isn’t necessarily Boone local, but the business is local to the High Country area. The original store was located in Valle Crucis, and has since expanded to several locations in the western part of the state. I put it on this list because downtown Boone would be much different without our two-story Mast General Store. From the numerous barrels of candy and toys to winter gear, shoes, backpacking gear, kitchen products, clothing, and delicious jams/preserves, Mast General Store is a staple with a history as rich and crucial as the products they sell.
Did you know that President Obama visited Mast General Store?