New businesses come to Maggie Valley

By Jessica Swink | Apr 29, 2014
Photo by: Jessica Swink Pat from Pat's Salon

New businesses are finding their way into Maggie Valley just in time for tourism season.

Travelers might have noticed the plaza near BB&T on Soco Road slowly filling up with businesses. What they might not know is that every business in the plaza is newly located.

WNC Overstock Shop

Owners William and Amanda Brigman used to own a shop called Overstock Outlet, but they moved to Florida with the decision to leave their business behind. It didn't take long, however, for them to decide to move back to Maggie Valley and open the WNC Overstock Shop in March. The shop carries everything from electronics and apparel, and the inventory changes weekly, with everything marked from 50 to 80 percent off.

“We were looking for a place to start our shop, and we kept praying about it,” Amanda Brigman said. “And this is where we felt led.”

The White Picket Fence

There are a multitude of rooms in The White Picket Fence, and that's how Monica Mitchell likes it. She moved here from Colorado as a retired school teacher. Asheville was recommended to her by a friend, but through Asheville, she found Waynesville, and she fell in love. Now she sells antique and vintage items and features local artists in each one of her little rooms.

“I've had antique booths for years, but I couldn't find a place I was pleased with,” Mitchell said. “Then I found this place, and I thought I'd go into business for myself.”

Justice House Graphics

In the past, Justice House Graphics was located on Montgomery Street in Waynesville, but after a year, owner Sheila Justice decided to move due to a lack of business. Now they've re-opened in the plaza.

Justice herself is originally from Winterhaven, California, and had a shop there, but it was mostly printed goods. Now she's happy to selling signs in Maggie Valley and is even a member of the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce.

“It's a good location, a good price and a very nice owner,” Justice said, then added with a laugh, “I did all the signs for the building, that kept me busy.”

Maggie Valley Computer Repair

Technical Consultant Travis Sinclair moved to Maggie Valley to be closer to his family, and he's determined to bring the truth about computer repair with him. He's not afraid to tell customers the truth about the state of their computer, even if it means that he'll lose money.

“I don't want to make a million dollars off one sale,” Sinclair said. “I'd rather make a million dollars off three or four hundred sales over the years.”

The shop also carries “full rugged” computers that are made to be extra durable.

Pat's Hair Salon

Pat Burton has been visiting Maggie Valley since her kids were small, and when she set out to retire in 2000, she decided it was her best destination. But after owning a salon for most of her life, retirement was just a bit too boring. She re-opened her salon in the plaza and is glad to be doing something she loves.

“Maggie Valley is ‘hometownsy,’ quiet, and has a good, sweet feeling,” Burton said. “It reminds me of where I grew up, and I liked that. It felt like coming home, really.”

Cool Gifts from A2Z

Cool Gifts from A2Z was a shop that was originally meant to be set up in Asheville, but owner David Moore had visited Maggie Valley a few times and decided against the big city.

They offer letter art in the form of photography, as well as jewelry, Build-A-Bear products, and other miscellaneous gift items. They own a few shops in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, as well.

“I called my friend and asked if there was any reason I wouldn't want to live in Maggie Valley,” Moore said. “He asked if I minded winter, and I love winter. So it's the perfect place.”