Didn’t your Mama tell you, you better shop around?

What a wise woman! While on vacation, who wouldn’t want to check out what local shops have to offer? Whether you just want to browse or you’re looking for a souvenir or want to get rid of that bill burning a hole in your wallet, here’s a few shops you can visit to make Mama proud.

Fred’s General Mercantile

If we don’t have it, you don’t need it that has been Fred’s slogan since opening its doors in 1979. And boy, has Fred’s lived up to it! This General Store that has served as the center of our community is your one-stop shopping spot for fruits, vegetables (locally grown in season), fresh meats, poultry, homemade breads, non-homemade breads, canned goods, frozen foods, North Carolina wines and craft beers, domestic and imported wines and beers, candy, snacks, drinks, cleaning supplies… moving on to hardware, hand tools, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, electrical and plumbing supplies, fittings, adaptors, gardening tools, birding supplies, bird houses, bird feed,  home goods, decorative items… continuing with shoes, sandals, boots, t-shirts, sweatshirts, pants, jackets and caps, sun glasses, books, DVDs, cards, stamps, souvenirs, gifts, artwork, crafts, original photography and, of course, ski equipment are among a “few” of the items you’ll find at Fred’s. Who knew you could fit everything one could ever need into one store? Fred did.

The Gift Shop at White Wolf Lodge

This charming family owned shop has a wide variety of both winter and summer apparel along with home décor items, Beech Mountain souvenirs, kid’s books and the cutest “Beech” teddy bears! Their rental program includes: ski and snowboarding gear, Slingshots, mountain bikes, e-bikes, paddleboards and hayrides. But that’s not all, here you’ll also find locally sourced jams and jellies along with a true Beech Mountain delicacy– their incredibly delicious homemade fudge. Which, of course, makes perfect sense considering that they believe “Families are like FUDGE, mostly sweet with a few nuts!”

Beech Meadows Ski Shop

Everything you’ll need for skiing and more! Beech Meadows proclaims the best retail and rental prices in High Country. That’s because they believe that if they provide you with the best prices at the beginning of the ski season, you’ll come back time and time again. Plus, they carry quality brands like Columbia, White Sierra and Rawik as well as the finest ski and snowboard equipment including Head, Solomon, Atomic and K2. They have a large selection of apparel and equipment for both purchase and rental. Besides that, they have a selection of souvenirs and mementos, so you’ll never forget what a great time you had on Beech Mountain.