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Much of the merchandise in Snowy Mountain Christmas Shop and Sweets is crafted locally
or by the Cuthbertsons.
Photo by Matthew Hundley



Originally published: 2012-11-29 09:56:15
Last modified: 2012-11-29 09:56:15

Snowy Mountain Christmas Shop and Sweets

Matthew Hundley / (matthew.hundley@averyjournal.com)

The closer Christmas comes, the more the streets and businesses of Avery County take on a holiday theme. Some businesses, like Snowy Mountain Christmas Shop and Sweets, do not wait for December to get into the holiday spirit. In fact, Snowy Mountain Christmas Shop and Sweets ensures that anyone passing through Crossnore can get into the Christmas spirit and prepare to deck their halls eight months out of the year. Not only does Snowy Mountain encourage the spirit of the holidays from May to Christmas Eve each year, it also encourages and supports local and regional craftspeople by providing a highly-visible venue for their Christmas-themed creations.

Snowy Mountain Christmas Shop and Sweets is easy to find on Highway 221 in Crossnore, where it stays open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays, beginning each year in May and remaining open until Christmas Eve. More information is available by clicking to http://www.snowymountainchristmastreefarm.com or by calling (828) 737-9313 or checking Snowy Mountain Christmas Tree Farm’s Facebook page.

“We feature anything you need to decorate you home for Christmas: Christmas ornaments, Christmas figurines, custom-made garlands, boughs and wall decorations,” said Beverly Cuthbertson, who owns and operates Snowy Mountain along with her husband, Clay Cuthbertson. “Mostly we feature decorations for your home.”

The shop features a variety products, some by famous names like Jim Shore; others by regional crafters like the Manual Woodworkers and Weavers in Hendersonville; and a great deal of work by artists and craftspeople right in Avery County and the surrounding area.

“We have a lot of local crafts made by local people,” said Beverly, explaining that the inspiration for Snowy Mountain Christmas Shop and Sweets came from the creativity within the Cuthbertson family. “My daughter in-law, Shelly Cuthbertson, is a craftsperson. She makes quilted ornaments and that is where the idea sprang. We wanted to help her and promote our farm products.”

The focus on local products is an ongoing process, but Beverly hopes to become more and more locally focused as time goes on.

“I would rather have more local than overseas products if possible,” Beverly said. “We do lots of homemade goodies. I make jams and jellies from local berries. We feature Avery Farms’ fresh ciders, which they make just 10 miles from here.”

Beverly also added an invitation for any craftsperson to bring their work by the shop to see if it would fit into the shop’s theme.

“I encourage local artists to come by and see if they might want to let us help retail their products,” Beverly said, adding that any craftsperson whose work may not necessarily have a place in the Christmas Shop should stop by anyway to discuss the possibility of using the shop’s spacious outdoor area as a location for a craft booth on busy weekends. 

In addition to supplying guests with Christmas commodities and providing a venue for local crafters, Snowy Mountain Shop is also the gateway to the Cuthbertson’s Choose and Cut Christmas Tree Farm and all of the products that come with it. 

“We have a Choose and Cut Christmas tree farm. We also have Christmas trees fresh cut right here at the shop and fresh greenery that we offer,” Beverly said.

Keeping a Christmas shop open from May to the end of the year may seem counterintuitive, but Beverly said that people can always get into the Christmas spirit and that having the shop is good for business later and good for the industry as a whole. 

“It helps remind tourists that all the farming around here is Christmas trees,” Beverly said. “Fraser fir is the big one here in Avery County, and it is a reminder that they can come back and get their Christmas tree here.”

Just because they open up in May does not mean that the Cuthbertsons do not up the ante for the Christmas season.

“Santa Claus comes in every Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and every Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. He has a large gathering of children who come just to see him,” said Beverly, who also invited anyone to come visit for an afternoon of special music on Saturday, Dec. 15.

“We are also having a harpist on Dec. 15. Ann Appleton will be here all afternoon,” Beverly said.

In addition to the Christmas events, wide selection of local crafts, expansive decorations and Christmas trees, Snowy Mountain Shop also includes a small cafe, were guests take a load off and enjoy something to warm them up.

“We have a small kitchen, so we like to make full use of it,” Beverly said. “We make our own brittles, fudges, cookies and small cakes. We can sell a limited number of ice cream products. We use Breyers ice cream to make banana splits, hot fudge cakes, sundaes, floats and ice cream cones. We also have hot cider, hot chocolate, coffee products, espressos, cappuccinos and frappes.”

When asked if eight months of Christmas ever grows tiresome, Beverly’s response matched the enthusiasm of her shop.

“My husband and I never get tired of Christmas. Even though he is a tree farmer, he never gets tired of Christmas. So far, I have to say, it is fun working in here every day. It is fun, even from May to December.” 

Snowy Mountain Christmas Shop and Sweets is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays at its convenient location just off of Highway 221 in Crossnore. For more information, click to http://www.snowymountainchristmastreefarm.com, call (828) 737-9313 or check Snowy Mountain Christmas Tree Farm’s Facebook page.