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.