Business of the Week – Corrugated Replacements

First Machine constructed by Corrugated

First Machine constructed by Corrugated

Corrugated Replacements started in 1981 with a manual mill and two honest brothers. Back then, they machined parts in their grandfather’s barn and sold them to local box plants. With a niche for good business and reliable service, Corrugated Replacements saw swift growth. Within mere months of start-up, it was time to hire an employee. Four years later, operations doubled with an addition of 2000 square feet to the existing barn.

Today, Corrugated Replacements has become a major component of the corrugated and paperboard converting industries with 2400 clients worldwide who depend on them for parts and services. Visit their website at for more information.

Nominated for business of the week by General Manager, Jenny Chandler. The office staff of twenty enjoyed a lunch of  Chicken Francaise and Gorgonzola Pecan Salad on Friday, February 8, 2013.

The business of the week program is sponsored by Copperhead Lodge and provides a full lunch for one local business each week. Michelle Evans, spokesperson for Copperhead Lodge, said “this program has allowed us to serve those in our community who are working hard to build their small businesses in these tough economic times.”

Copperhead Lodge is a destination resort in Blairsville, Georgia with a full service restaurant and bar, Lodge rooms and Cozy Cabins for rent and sale. Located at 171 Copperhead Parkway, Blairsville, Georgia., 706-835-7433

Business of the Week – Foodland Grocery

foodland500Foodland has been serving Union County for over 42 years and is a well known landmark in Downtown Blairsville, Georgia. Owner Wayne Abercrombie says, “Bill Hunter and BJ Davis built the place in 1965. It was called the Superette. Tony Dyer and I bought it in 1968 and renamed it the A&D Supermarket. In 1974, I bought out Tony and named it Foodland.”

Wayne’s son Ricky started working at the store 29 years ago. Father and son have seen many changes. Wayne says, “The town of Blairsville has grown a lot over the years. We used to know everyone’s name but there are a lot of new faces now. There are also a lot more rules and regulations to keep up with.”

Foodland is a complete grocery store with fresh produce, a dairy department, meat department, canned goods, frozen section, household supplies, hardware, and more. One customer says, “Foodland has the best steaks in town. I never have to worry about using tenderizer.”

The meat department at Foodland is a busy place. Marty says, “We cut over 1500 pounds of meat every week including fresh deli meats, popular cuts of steak, roasts, ground beef, ground chuck, and ground round. We also have old-fashioned salt cured country hams, chicken, and pork.” If customers need cooking instructions, Marty is always glad to give out directions and recipes.

Foodland offers competitive pricing. They have a good selection of Christmas candy, local honey, local syrup, and other seasonal and specialty items. Many people depend on Foodland for special occasions. Foodland has delicious homemade coleslaw, baked hams, rotisserie turkeys, hoop cheese, and party platters. Call now to place an order!

Nominated for this honor by Jade Baker who says “I think FoodLand Grocery should be business of the week for next week. They’re the only hometown grocer left here, and the owner, Wayne Abercrombie, would go above and beyond to help anyone in need, even if it meant he had to go without. They have a wonderful and friendly staff who would give you the shirt off their back. I think they need a little recognition.” On Friday, February 1, 2013 the staff and some lucky customers were treated to a lunch of BBQ Chicken & Ribs, Au Gratin Potatoes, Fresh Salad, and Turtle Cheesecake for Dessert.

The store is located at 34 Haralson Drive. Business hours are Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m.

Copperhead Lodge is a destination resort in Blairsville, Georgia with a full service restaurant and bar, Lodge rooms and Cozy Cabins for rent and sale. Located at 171 Copperhead Parkway, Blairsville, Georgia., 706-835-7433

New Rental Cabin – #31

009.300Cabin #31 joins the Copperhead Cabin Rental Program for 2013. This cabin has been outfitted with a cozy cabin décor and will have a private garage for enthusiasts. Comfortable and private, yet located directly across from the Lodge and the hub of activity.

Perfect for a couples getaway, with additional sleeping on the full sleeper for groups. All of our cabins have a full kitchen with all dishes, refrigerator, stove, microwave, and coffee maker.  Satallite TV on new flat screen TV. Enjoy your morning coffee from the rocking chair front porch looking out at the views of Mystic Mountain, while the deer feed in your yard.










Make plans now for your North Georgia Mountain vacation and enjoy this or one of our many cozy cabins during your stay.

The Lodge at Copperhead, 171 Copperhead Parkway, Blairsville, GA is a destination resort offering lodging, casual fine dining, full service bar, special events, cabins and other amenities on the forty acre resort. Lodging reservations are available at website: or by calling 706-835-7433.

Stonepile Gap

Pass not by, Stranger! Stop! Silently bare your head, drop a stone upon her grave, and make a wish straight from your heart. The Spirit of Eternal Youth and Happiness hovers near to grant the wishes of all who love the hills and valleys of her native home

Song of Trahlyta

stonepilegapIf you’ve ever ridden through the area near Suches and Dahlonega, GA you probably recall seeing a pile of stones alongside the road where Highway 60 and Highway 19 split. This marks the grave of a Cherokee princess, Trahlyta. The rocks are said to be over the grave of a Cherokee Indian Princess who loved the forest and called the mountains of North Georgia home.

Trahlyta, according to legend, lived on a mountain near her grave. A Mountain Medicine Man told her to walk along a path, drink from a spring and wish to never grow old. “You will become more beautiful with each sip” the voice told her. She followed the path and drank from the spring. Word of her beauty quickly spread throughout the mountain.

Trahlyta rejected as her suitor a Cherokee warrior named Wahsega. So, Wahsega kidnapped Trahlyta and took her to his home. She begged and pleaded for her release, but Wahsega would not permit it. With each day her strength waned, her happiness gone, longing for her mountain forest. As she lay dying Trahlyta asked to be buried in the mountain paradise from which she had come. On her death bed she said: “Strangers, as they pass by, may drop a stone on my grave and they too shall be young and happy, as I once was,” she said, “What they wish for shall be theirs!.”

Over the years, as they passed the grave, Cherokee, and later whites, would pick up a nearby stone and add it to her grave for good luck.  Twice men have attempted to move the grave during road construction. Both times at least one person died in an accident while moving the pile. The stone grave remains today in the same place it has always been. The spring she’d once walked upon and drank from for her youth and beauty is now Porter Springs. In the latter half of the 19th Century became a stopping point for those seeking the water that Trahlyta had sipped to become eternally young.”

Credit to: and Rhonda Bruce, Cleveland, GA for photograph


Stone Pile Gap Rd, Dahlonega, GA

Directions: From Copperhead Lodge. Head south on Nottely Dam Road toward Highway 76. Left on Highway 76 for 2.2 miles, then turn right on Skeenah Gap Road. Continue to stop and turn left on Highway 60 South. Continue on Highway 60 South to intersection of Hwy 60/Hwy 19. (Complimentary Maps available in the gift shop at Copperhead Lodge)

From Dahlonega, drive north around eight miles on US 19/Hwy 60. The pile of stone and plaque that mark the grave are in the traffic intersection where US 19 and Hwy 60 spilt.

2013 Vacation Deal!

2upIntroducing our Two Wheel Vacation Club for 2013!

Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of North Georgia, The Lodge at Copperhead is a motorcycle themed high country resort offering Lodging, Casual Fine Dining, a Full Service Bar, Entertainment, and Special Events. We are centrally located in North East Georgia – in the heart of some of the USA’s greatest riding roads. Easy day trips to The Tail of the Dragon, Cherohala Skyway, Six Gap, Blue Ridge Parkway, Moonshiner 28 and many more. The Lodge at Copperhead is also HEADQUARTERS for the newest riding attraction – The Gauntlet. See more HERE

From the drive in, to the moment you step into the Grand Lobby with its massive stone fireplace, you will feel welcome. Rooms at The Lodge feature covered motorcycle parking. The Cabins at Copperhead feature private motorcycle garages, satellite TV, comfortable beds with luxury linens, fully furnished kitchens and spacious outdoor living areas, some units boast private hot tubs for your enjoyment. Want to take a day off from riding? May – September – Enjoy our large salt water swimming pool with plenty of room for you to relax.

The restaurant proudly offers American “Comfort Food with Attitude”. From Fried Pickles and hand-pattied Burgers, to Stuffed BBQ Chicken, the chef inspired specialty seasonal menu is sure to please. When you are seeking an inviting place to spend your motorcycle vacation, look no further than The Lodge at Copperhead.

Our 2013 Two Wheel Vacation Club features more value than any other!

No administration fees, No hidden costs!

5 nights at The Lodge starting at $459! 7 nights at The Lodge starting at $645

5 nights Cabins starting at $609! 7 nights Cabins starting at $855

See all the details here


Includes a complimentary $50 Gas Card!

  • Choose a room at The Lodge or a Cozy Cabin for more privacy
  • Choose 5 or 7 nights – both at exceptional discount
  • Salt water swimming pool, Elite Cabins have private hot tub
  • Complimentary Laundry Service
  • All access to non-ticketed Lodge events

Also included:

  • Complimentary maps, including The Best Rides in the North Georgia Mountains (by America Rides Maps)
  • Two complimentary Lodge at Copperhead T-shirts
  • $50 Restaurant Gift Card
  • $50 Gas Card
  • Complimentary Social Hour – Mon, Tues, Thur and Fri with two complimentary drinks per person

**Add Golf, White Water Rafting, Spa services, Horseback Riding and more at at great discounts!

Get started planning your North Georgia two wheel vacation NOW!

Use PROMO CODE MCLU when making reservations on our website to get the great deals

In the HEART of the greatest roads in America. The Gauntlet, Six Gap, Tail of the Dragon, Moonshiner 28, Blue Ridge Parkway, Cherohala Skyway and more….

New/Old name – same great Resort!

Copperhead LodgeIn October 2009, Anthony Cassulo and Michelle Evans purchased what was known as Copperhead Lodge, Blairsville, Georgia. At that time the name “Copperhead Lodge” and its corresponding website were not available. A new name, “The Lodge at Copperhead”, was chosen, but has been a tongue twister for many since. Copperhead Lodge just seems to roll off the tongue so much easier. In light of this, the website address has been secured and the company will undergo a re-branding back to Copperhead Lodge this winter.

This transition will be seamless to Lodge customers. The old website will automatically redirect to the new one, and everyone on the email list will continue to receive emails from the Lodge after the transition. Even the Lodge’s Facebook page name will transfer to the renewed name, but page interaction will not be interrupted.

Very soon the new logo, new collateral, and slight website design changes will be seen, as well as a new and expanded offering of branded merchandise available in the gift shop. Do not discard Lodge at Copperhead T-shirts, because there will be many opportunities to earn discounts when wearing the old shirts, as a thank-you to the Lodge’s long time customers.

The owners appreciate the support of their customers and friends over the last three years, and look forward to many more years of making memories at Copperhead Lodge.

Anthony & Michelle

Secret Roads

Friday, May 18th, Wayne Busch from America Rides Maps presented to a group of riders gathered at The Lodge at Copperhead, a couple hundred of his favorite Blue Ridge Motorcycle Rides to help find new places to ride and enjoy. Riders were updated on current road conditions, suggestions for your routes, and help finding the best secret roads in the mountains.

Then, on Saturday, May 19th the eager group of riders saddled up and enjoyed the wonder that is the North Georgia Mountains. A cool morning turned into a warm afternoon as a group of motorcycle enthusiasts joined Wayne Busch from America Rides Maps on a twisty, Spring journey that had no rules, no hassles, and no planning. It was meant to be an enjoyable experience where the goal was just to have fun riding together, and that’s exactly what happened. Suggestions were taken before the ride so participants could share places they wanted to go or types of scenery they wanted to see, and then it was time to just head out and let the journey bring what it would. What an adventure it was. About the only thing more beautiful than the Georgia Mountains in the Spring, is the Georgia mountains in the Fall. I think I see another ride on the horizon.

Wayne Busch, creator or America Rides Maps and the Smoky Mountain Rider Blog, makes your motorcycle vacation trips so easy because he rides the mountains searching out the most scenic and challenging motorcycle rides, he compares them and highlights the best ones on his maps, then he seeks out the best ways to connect them. You relax and enjoy knowing so many great ways to find your dream rides.

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America Rides Maps

Veteran’s Memorial Dedication Scheduled

3rd Anniversary celebration weekend for The Lodge at Copperhead April 7 – 8. The Lodge will be kicking off the 2012 season with their biggest event of the year, featuring

Installers for new flag pole

the dedication of their Veteran’s Memorial, Saturday April 7 at 2:00 pm. (Full details:

Car and Bike Show registration starts at 10 am with the show beginning at Noon. Cash, and prizes awarded at 3pm. See The Lodge’s website calendar for more information and registration forms. Registration fee is $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show.

Other activities include: Live music by local favorite Modern Vinyl, Noon to 3 pm. At 6pm The Mike Watson Band takes The Porch. There will also be a benefit motorcycle treasure hunt, a DYNO machine by Woods Performance Tuning, and vendors to shop.

The weekend festivities continue on Sunday with an Easter sunrise service, and Easter brunch. Full menu is available here

Countdown – 7 days to Anniversary Party

Let’s get the Anniversary Party Started!

We’ll kick off the celebration of our 3rd Season on Thursday, April 5, 2012. A full line up of events throughout the weekend. Come celebrate with us – afterall, you are the reason we are here!

Thursday – April 5

Season Kick off with Fish Fry Thursday, Bike Night, a FREE Swap Meet and live music on the Porch by Paul Constantine

Call today to reserve your space for the FREE Swap Meet. Chef inspired specials and the ONLY Bar in Union County. Help us kick off the 2012 season right.

Saturday – April 7

Bikers Helping Hands Treasure Hunt We’ve partnered with Georgia Cancer Specialists, and Helping Hands Foundation to host the First Annual Treasure Hunt to raise money for LOCAL people fighting cancer who need financial assistance. Win great prizes and ride the North Georgia Mountains for this great charity

Riders – $15, includes breakfast, long sleeve t-shirt and Treasure Map Passengers – $10, t-shirts available for purchase

Registration begins at 8 am, first bike out at 9 am. Last bike out at 10 am, last bike in at 2 pm – prizes awarded at 3 pm.


Biker Barn                                    The Whistle Stop Grill

Toccoa Riverside Restaurant    Pye Automotive Group

Elder Financial Services            TH Griffith Agency, Inc.

The Sawmill Place                        Double C Stables

Art Miller Real Estate                   Dr. Jennifer Jones

Excel Graphics                             The News Observer

Coosa Creek Marketing              McDonald’s-Blairsville

Jacksonville Nursing Consultants, Inc.

Spring Water Promotions

Local favorite MODERN VINYL plays Noon- 3 pm.

3rd Annual Car & Bike Show Registration starts at 10 am. Show kicks off at Noon – Cash Prizes and other awards at 3 pm $20 advance registration, $25 day of show – Get registered HERE!, or email


Free admission to spectators! Bring the family and make it a day

Sunday – April 8

Easter Sonrise Service 7 am, led by Marty Duncan, Fellowship of the Hills. Light refreshments and coffee for all before the service. Special guest – Keren Leppo

Easter Brunch – Chef has a full buffet of over 30 items you’ll love. Bring your family and enjoy your Easter Dinner with us. 9 am – 3pm, reservations requested. Full Menu

Limited Lodging remains available for the weekend – reserve yours today!