Tribune Tribute: Meet Elizabeth King, the ‘Granny Liz’
by Anthony Gonzalez Staff Reporter
A new business has opened in downtown Elkin and is generating a bit of a buzz because of its style and affordability.
Elizabeth King, an Elkin native, relocated Mountain Peddlers from Pilot Mountain and opened up her doors at 126 W. Main St. Many in the business refer to King as “Granny Liz,” a brand of items sold by King.
“The country business originated eight years ago,” said King. “Look around. Help yourself to any item you find of interest and I’ll be able to spell out the specifics on it.”
Antiques, primitives and folk art provide a country atmosphere and relaxed shopping experience, according to King. When entering the store, shoppers are immediately drawn to the soft colors, the variety, and mostly, the affordable pricing.
“No sticker shock,” said King. “Everything has a price on it. It’s inexpensive. I’m retired and I’m happy with my prices.”
According to the store owner, she likes to display items that are different, creative, original and inspiring.
King invites consumers to step out of the everyday motions and complexities of life and walk into her store.
“Come and sit on Mountain Peddlers gathering bench and listen to vintage bluegrass, folk, or blues music,” she said. “Come take your mind off the everyday complexities out there.”
King is a member of the Meti’s Nation of America, a group organized by people dedicated to preserving the Native American part of their heritage. King carries a strong connection with Native American practices.
In the store, Native American handcrafts occupy a growing section of retail space.
“This store is filled with energy,” said King.
The items include traditional, but original woodworks that are functional and artistic. Home decor items for sale include candles, pottery, tin lighting, baskets, handcraft and restored antiques, and an array of seasonal items.
Shoppers will find two shops located in Mountain Peddlers. Numerous items are on sale by Molly Pop Farms and Front Porch Friends each with their own rendition of down home style.
“I can’t believe how inexpensive the items are,” said Roberta Harris of Wilkes County who was antique shopping.
Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas items are making way into the store. The store is open each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store is closed Sunday and Monday.
“Mountain Peddlers will change with the seasons, but will always remain country,” she said. “Come meet me at the gathering bench.”
Reach Anthony Gonzalez at 835-1513 or at email@example.com.
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