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Eat Local Shop Local Supports Businesses and Non-Profits

United Way of Transylvania County Board Members are ready to distribute yard signs to ‘Eat-erie’ and ‘Shop-erie’ partners for the Eat Local Shop Local event Saturday, May 12. Pictured (L-R) are Board Members Jessica Juergens, Liz Fuller, Nicola Karesh, Rick Houck, Maureen Sieber and Terry Decker.

Eat Local Shop Local is United Way of Transylvania County’s annual fund-raiser focusing on keeping things local. At this point, 50 restaurants, retailers and other businesses have signed on to take part in Eat Local Shop Local on Saturday, May 12.

Participating businesses have pledged to donate 10 percent of sales on that day to United Way of Transylvania County. Look for the Eat Local Shop Local logo in shop windows and on “yard signs” in front of participating businesses.

“We’re proud to support early childhood education and other focus areas in our community through United Way’s Eat Local Shop Local,” said Laura Morgan, manager of Jarrett’s IGA in Rosman.

A complete list of participating merchants is available under the “Partners” menu at The Eat Local Shop Local page features clickable links leading directly to each business partner’s internet information.

Taking ‘mom’ out to eat or shopping to celebrate Mothers Day (a day early) on Saturday, May 12, at an Eat Local Shop Local business will brighten more than one person’s day. Buying lunch, shopping for groceries, or pickup up some over-the counter medications are each a win-win-win for the local businesses, shoppers and the community service programs United Way supports.

“Eat Local Shop Local is a great way to demonstrate how various segments of our community collaborate to support each other. Shoppers support businesses, and that supports United Way, which supports our neighbors through important local programs.,” said Saunders Grommesh, Resource Development Director for United Way.

”As a new business in Lake Toxaway, we’re glad to start off by making a positive impact on our whole county through Eat Local Shop Local,” comments Robin Pickel, who with her husband, Chris Pickel, co-owns Historic Toxaway Market.

“Eat Local Shop Local will help us raise the $114,055 we need by June to meet our pledge goal of $510,000. United Way uses that money to support our neighbors through, TRAIN,  2-1-1, and other community programs,” Grommesh added.

People who expect to be out of town or who are otherwise unable to participate in Eat Local Shop Local are encouraged to support the community by donating directly to United Way of Transylvania County. Go to  or, call 828-883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard),  or send US Mail to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712.

Eat Local 2018 business partners

Bracken Mountain Bakery

Brevard Brewing

Cardinal Drive In

Cedar Mountain Café

Country Skillet

Creekside Subs

Downtown Chocolates

Dugan’s Pub

Ecusta Brewing

Hop Stop and Beer Garden

Jet’s Pizza

Kiwi Gelato

Maya’s Grill


Pad Thai

Pescado’s Burritos

Pisgah Fish Camp

Quixote Fine Cuisine

Rocky’s Soda Shop & Grill

Subway Restaurants

Sunrise Cafe

The Falls Café

The Phoenix and The Fox

Twin Dragons

 Wine Down on Main


Shop Local 2018 business partners


Area 22 Guitars

Blue Moon Gallery

Brevard Clay

Broad Street Wines

Creekside Market

Burlap & Lace

Charlie’s Tire Center

  Consignments & Consignments Gallery

D.D. Bullwinkel’s & Moose Tracks

Fashion Nails

Gordon Family Pharmacy

Healthy Harvest

Highland Books

Historic Toxaway Market


Lilly T’s Clothing Company

Local Color

Love’s Jewelry & Gifts

Main Street LTD

Mountain Quilts

O.P. Taylor’s

Spice it to a Tea

Squatch Bikes & Brews

The Bear & The Peacock-Jewels by Julie

The Brown Bean Coffee Roasters



About United Way of Transylvania County

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) empowers people to improve their lives.  Goals are for all residents to achieve their full academic potential, maintain a financially stable household, and live a healthy lifestyle.

Contributions support local health and human service initiatives including community-wide volunteer opportunity listings, the 2-1-1 information and referral service, TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access and Information Network) non-profit support, Familywize and Coast2Coast prescription discount cards, the Tiny House Initiative for Brevard, and free state and local tax preparation and filing assistance.

United Way of Transylvania County also awards approximately $300,000 annually to local health and human service non-profit programs and collaborative actions. UWTC has a particular focus on early childhood education, and has established the Early Childhood Education Mobile Unit Fund to drive programs to families with young children in remote and underserved areas of the county.

UWTC funds programs preventing homelessness, abuse and neglect, and programs providing housing, adult day care, after-school and summer youth education, health services, financial education and counseling, conflict resolution training, and parenting education and support.

To volunteer or financially support the United Way of Transylvania County, call 828-883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), send US Mail to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit  or

GREAT things happen when we LIVE UNITED for our community!