Don Rickert Musical Instruments is a premiere designer and maker of innovative custom and historic musical instruments. Since starting our musical instruments enterprise in 2007, we have dealt primarily in those of the bowed variety (e.g. violins, fiddles and related instruments such as octave fiddles). We have also designed and made a number of fretted instruments along the way: mandolins, parlor guitars, acoustic bass guitars, tenor guitars and the like. Donald Rickert, Ph.D., has been playing, designing, making and modifying stringed musical instruments for more than 40 years. Dr. Rickert is a Professional Member of the Industrial Designers Society of America (designated IDSA).
Dean Robinson builds professional grade banjos with tasteful and artistic designs. A woodworker for most of his life, Dean applies his skills to produce 15 – 20 finely crafted banjos each year. These banjos are not only beautiful but are set up for excellent tone and play-ability, providing a lifetime of enjoyment.
…offers decorative and functional pottery with a unique flare! They are a family run small business, based in the heart of North Carolina. We create unique pieces with glazes that are all lead-free and food safe.
…is at the forefront of one of the most sustainable and exciting new crops: Elderberry. The Norm’s Farms family believes in the sustainable production of healing foods made with natural, simple ingredients–just like the elderberries Norm’s Farms grows.
…creates shirts, tapestries and more in the retro fashion art that never goes out of style!
makes handcrafted woodenwares — Appalachian-style dough bowls, spoons, cutting boards and chopping blocks, handcrafted walking sticks and canes, and old-style wooden fishing lures. Joe Lackey’s work has won blue ribbons in the Charlotte Showcase of Woodcarving and Catawba Valley Woodworkers shows.
The Country Pedaler
has handturned wooden home and garden tools, handcrafted wooden toys,
up-cycled trinket signs, appliqué kitchen items, and re-purposed pillows and wall decor.
Shakori Hills Pizza – homemade pizza, New York Style
Shakori Hills BBQ – slow cooked to perfection with traditional sides
The Coffee Barn – coffee, quick breakfast, pastries, sweet treats & Homeland Creamery Ice Cream