Southwest Trading Company in Spruce Pine NC

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Southwest Trading Company is located at 279 Oak Avenue (locally known as Upper Street) Spruce Pine, NC 28777. They are located next to neighboring businesses Rivers Edge Outfitters & Moose Crossing. We spoke with Gregg & Lisa Henline, the owners of Southwest Trading Company. Here is what they had to say:

“We provide handmade rustic log and distressed furniture, for any room in your home: bedroom, living room, dining room and bathroom. Home decor including window treatments, pictures, lamps, quilts and comforter sets, rugs, mirrors, candles and lots more. Most furniture made in USA. Many other items either made locally or in the US. We also carry the outdoor furniture built by the Amish, of recycled plastic, which will virtually last a lifetime. The business started out 13 years ago with mostly Southwest/Mexican style furniture. Over the years it transitioned to more cabin/lodge rustic style. We do still carry a limited selection of the Southwest style. We purchased the existing business 6 years ago, and added home decor and accessories.

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Our staff includes Gregg and Lisa Henline – active owners and sales, Guy Pitman – sales, and Chris Henline – sales. Our ideal customer is the person who is interested in furnishing a new or existing log home with complete rustic motif for the entire home. We offer FREE delivery and set up in the local area. Most of our furniture is unique, one-of-a-kind handmade pieces, where no two are exactly alike. We love seeing the beauty in the hand crafted cedar, hickory, oak, sassafras and other types of wood. Greeting and assisting our customers in making the perfect purchase for their home is very rewarding. 

Southwest Trading Company is open Monday – Saturday 9:00 – 5:00. By Appointment at other times. The phone number is 828-765-8261. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

Western North Carolina Nature Center Visit … A Must!

There are so many fun things to do in Asheville, and only so many hours in a weekend to fit them. If you find yourself looking for a great way to spend a few hours outdoors, may I suggest a trip to the Western North Carolina Nature Center. 

Nestled in the trees off of Azalea Road, The Nature Center is a quiet and peaceful place to look at many of the animals who call the Southern Appalachians their home. They house over “220 animals who represent more than 60 species.”  From snakes and frogs, to wolves and cougars, to bears and otters, it really is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon.     I’ve visited the Nature Center twice in six months with my now three year old.  She doesn’t get bored because she gets to run and jump and look at really cool animals hanging out in their homes.  Our favorite exhibit is the Otter Habitat.  In her words, “Mom, they are so funny!”  

 The Amphibian Room is a really cool place to see the local snakes, turtles, and frogs. This exhibit offers a hands-on experience to feel the animal pelts and view the rocks and tree trunks up close.  

 The North Carolina Farm is a great place to get up close and personal with the farm animals.  The farm includes a section where you can pet the angora goats and sheep.  This area is monitored by a Nature Center employee and there’s plenty of hand sanitizer.  

Just a few tips on preparing for your visit: 

 There are hills. We live in the mountains so this is to be expected, but it is wheelchair friendly.  Parking Lot A is handicap accessible for those who need it.  There are plenty of spots to stop and take in the scenery if hills aren’t your thing.  To parents, I would suggest bringing a stroller. As energetic and excited as my three year old is, she still had spots where she became tired.  The first time I made the trip, I didn’t bring the stroller and I wished I had.  Also, the Nature Center is a great place to pack a lunch.  They

have a picnic area inside the center.  

I hope you enjoy your visit, and also hope you get to hear the white wolf howl!


Address: 75 GashesCreek Rd., Asheville, NC 28805,  (828) 259-8080

Hours: Open 7 days a week from 10am – 5pm.

Admission: Adults: $8, Kids (Ages 3-15): $4, Seniors (65+): $7


 *I took the information of hours and admission from the Nature Center’s website.  I would suggest visiting their website to make sure the prices and hours have not changed.*




Tracy Tanner is a Mom. Artist. Photographer. Lover of all things on and off the beaten path. Retired Roller Derby Queen, lover of Alice in Wonderland & Doctor Who.

YMCA’s in Western North Carolina Join Together

The Boards of Directors of the Henderson County Family YMCA and the YMCA of Western North Carolina have officially voted to combine forces in having the Henderson County Family YMCA become a member of the YMCA of Western North Carolina effective January 1, 2012.

HCFYMCA, located on Sixth Avenue in Hendersonville and Y-WNC, an Association with four centers located throughout western North Carolina are both deeply rooted community organizations with strong histories in community service.

After two years of merger discussions and a Henderson County community forum, HCFYMCA and Y-WNC Boards of Directors voted to form a partnership. The two Y’s will combine their resources and operate as the YMCA of Western North Carolina, where Paul Vest will continue to serve as CEO. “This unity will enable us to be more innovative, to create and launch new programs, improve facilities, and offer more benefits to our members,” said Vest. “We will expand our base of volunteers, donors and partners, enabling us to positively impact more children and families, especially in under-served communities.”

A transition team is being formed of board members and staff from both organizations to facilitate the formal implementation of the partnership. Legal aspects should be finalized by the end of the year. “Our focus will remain on connecting with our members and the community. We will continue to strive to create extraordinary experiences that exceed your expectations,” said John Mikos, Chief Operating Officer of Y-WNC. “We have an exciting future ahead of us, and we are well positioned to make even greater contributions to the community that we serve.”

Although the official date of the union will not occur until January 1, 2012, members of either the HCFYMCA or Y-WNC will be granted full facility access effective immediately with all membership privileges, guidelines, procedures and policies being followed for the respective Y center. Please check with each center to learn more about these membership privileges and policies. The Y center membership facility access includes Corpening Memorial Y in Marion, Asheville Y in downtown Asheville, Reuter Y in South Buncombe County and the Neighborhood Y in Woodfin, and Henderson County Family YMCA in downtown Hendersonville.

There will be no discernible program or membership changes for members of either YMCA, and all future changes will be gradual and geared toward enhancing and expanding members’ experience at their local facility.