Nancy & Joseph's Visit to Appalachian Mercantile in Bryson City, Nc

Appalachian Mercantile

Nancy & Joseph’s Visit to Bryson City!

                It is not every day that we get the amazing opportunity to go out into the field and visit our accounts.  However we was presented with the chance to visit Appalachian Mercantile in Bryson City, Nc a few weeks ago.  While preparing for the trip and Damon working hard to pour the order for the account we had no idea what to expect out of our visit.  We set out on a rainy day, venturing through the back roads of East TN, arriving at interstate 26, cruising along the mountain tops, finally making the decent into Marshall and the Asheville, Nc area.  Stopping at this extremely local gas station and having a harrowing adventure with the bathroom door, we hop in the car for the last 30 minutes of our journey.  It was a wonderful drive alongside the Tuckasegee River, looking into my rearview mirror I see the train coming around the bend and making the last stretch into Bryson City.  We make our way into the downtown district of Bryson City while viewing the wonderful storefronts of the local and revitalized downtown.  Which we must say is extremely homey and welcoming.   We pull up to our store Appalachian Mercantile.   While slowly approaching the store and taking photos we notice a candle in the window that had a black and while label with a fragrance of maple bourbon.  We open the door to the wonderful greeting welcome to Appalachian Mercantile in Bryson City.  We were shocked because the man behind the counter was Willie Nelson, ok not Willie Nelson but a very close second.  While browsing the store after bringing in literally a ton of candles we browse the store, only to find some serious one of a kind local merchandise such as Blackberry Wine BBQ sauce (which is amazing) and walnut syrup.  After spending time with the shop owner Lance aka Willie Nelson, we hop on over across the street to a buzzing little sandwich shop.  The name of this buzzing joint was High Octante, while poking fun of the sandwich shops name wondering if our sandwiches were going to be supercharged, we walked into the deli.  It is decorated with an old gas station feel, everyone laughing, singing and all interacting with one another as if we weren’t strangers.  The sandwiches were amazing, we both had the Octane which to most normal folks is a club sandwich with a unique sauce.  We continued to browse around the cute shops in Bryson, receiving the same warm greeting into every store we went in.  Being quiet surprised at the amount of visitors to the town, the friendliness we make our adventure back to Mountain City, TN.  We were so excited about Bryson City that we were already planning our next trip on our way back.  If you ever make it down to Bryson City, Nc we highly encourage you to take a train ride which last about 4 hours, visit Appalachian Mercantile and have a wonderful sandwich at the High Octane Deli and browse all of the cute downtown merchants!  We promise you will not be disappointed with your trip. 

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Our Story!

Appalachian Candle Company was born in the home of Joseph Townsend in 2011, we have now expanded to a separate building on our property.  I always found an extreme interest in candles as a child, they were mysterious, unique, creative and in general amazing. 

 

                What sets Appalachian Candle Company apart other than the completely custom candles we offer is my story, a story of struggle, strength and triumph.  As a child I was abused and suffered a minor learning disability most refer to ADHD.  As I grew older I turned to alcohol to help ease the feeling and thoughts from my younger days.  As I now know, that didn’t work very well at all.  As I trudged the road of addiction and lost many friends in the process and looking at life through a bottle.  I realized there had to be more, there had to be more than just merely existing.  At the advice and strong suggestions of friends and a local doctor I entered a detox and rehab facility in Dobson, Nc.  During this time was a major reflecting period, learning to find who I was and where I wanted to be in the world.  Upon exiting rehab, I entered a local recovery group.  It was during this time that I met a very important man that had a major difference in my life.  So, I had seen the verse Philippians 4:13 several times throughout the week and with a talk to this man about it.  It was that that point I realized God was leading me in a direction.  It was with $50.00 , a few jars and some old fragrance and a dream the Appalachian Candle Company was born. 

 

Till this day I never would realize at that point what it would grow to represent.  One look at our labels and you think of Jack Daniels, one look at our fragrance lineup and you see a lot of alcohol inspired fragrances such as Maple Bourbon or Hillbilly Homebrew.  We have become famous for our true to life, alcohol inspired fragrances.  But most do not realize that im a recovering alcoholic.  You look at our labels and see unique.  We look at our labels and see a daily victory, a way out, a way of life for so many.   It is with our labels and our products that I can share my personal journey with the world.  A story of strength and hope.  If anybody out there is reading this that may need help, it is out there, if you are struggling with addiction, please know that you are not alone. 

 

We strive to promote addiction awareness, the issues around recovery.  We strive to be the light in the world when so many people have lost that light.  It is why I started Appalachian Candle Company, to let others know it can be done, there is help, and this is what you can do.  If we can we do our best to offer people in recovery different positions within ACC.  Without addiction followed by a recovery program ACC would not be possible.  

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