Alexander’s Store – Business of the Week

Everything Under the Sun….and then some. We selected Alexander’s Store as Business of the Week and provided their hard working staff with lunch. If you’ve never visited Alexander’s, make a point to do so the next time you are in the area.

AboutBannerAlexander’s Store is more than “just a store.” It’s a testimony of how a family business, established in 1957 can be passed on to another generation and be successful in today’s era of mega stores and mall mania. The store has an incredible 50,000 square feet of space which is hard to imagine just standing out front. Because of the uniqueness of the store, many regard the landmark as a tourist site. What started as a general store has now evolved into a shopping experience with major brand clothing, shoes, furniture, appliances and “Everything under the Sun” for the sportsman including guns, ammunition and archery supplies. Our customers deserve respect, good values, quality service and a smile. We hope you enjoy our website page and when you’re in the North Georgia mountains, please stop in and wander around our store and say hello. We’d love to meet you.

Their Mission

To provide 100% customer satisfaction by selling the best products at the lowest possible price while giving unequal quality service. While always focusing on our customers, we will provide an environment for our associates that are supportive and provide an opportunity for them to achieve their own personal goals.

Hoyt & Ruby – How It Started

HoytRubyHoyt and Ruby poured their lives into the store. Hoyt made sure the customers got what they wanted and if anyone was struggling during hard times Hoyt & Ruby would help them in any way they could, no questions asked. She had a great mind for business. As far as Ruby was concerned, nothing was too good for her customers. She would gift wrap any item for free and be happy to do it. This is still carried on today. A friendly attitude always prevailed and still does to this day.

The Alexander’s

AlexandersAs a family-owned business, Alexander’s has a set of shared traditions and values that are rooted in the history of the store. Both Eddy and Sandy have tried to carry on the traditions of both Hoyt and Ruby as the second generation and are passing that on to their son Mark and his wife Kennetha, the third generation. Treat everyone with respect and give them quality service with a smile.

Visit their website at, and make it a destination on your trip to the North Georgia Mountains.

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Business of the Week

Each week, Copperhead Lodge selects a local business as “Business of the Week” and provides them with a full catered lunch. Typically, we choose businesses based on a nomination submitted by our customer. The last few weeks we’ve been honoring our dedicated men and women in the city and county government offices.

Union County Sheriff’s Department

sheriffLed by our new Sheriff, Mack Mason, the Union County Sheriff’s Department works tirelessly day and night to keep our county safe. We appreciate their professionalism and dedication to the citizens of our great county. Pictured here: Mack Mason and Doug Lloyd, and Larry Cook of Copperhead Lodge.


Union County Commissioners’ Office

Lamar Paris has been the leader of our progressive mountain county since 2001. Thecommissioner Commissioners’ office oversees all the operations for the county, and is supported by several employees (pictured here Yazi Burnette) who were thrilled to get a catered lunch. Due to other commitments, Mr. Paris missed lunch, but we hope the staff enjoyed our show of appreciation for their hard work and dedication.


City of Blairsville

cityhallLocated in the heart of downtown, the offices of the City of Blairsville are always busy. Working hand in hand with Mayor Jim Conley, they are responsible for the operations of the city government, Development Authority (led by Janet Hartman), and the City Police. Pictured here, left to right: Janice Gratton, Karen Carver, and Kay McCann.



Business of the Week  this week is Alexander’s Store. If you’ve never been, you must go!

If you would like to nominate a business, provide the business name, owner/manager’s name, phone number, and why you feel they should get a free lunch. Nominations can be submitted through our Facebook page or via email to:

Copperhead Lodge is a destination resort located in the North Georgia Mountains between Blairsville and Blue Ridge, featuring a full service restaurant and bar, Lodge rooms & cozy Cabins for rent and sale, and is known as the entertainment and special events venue in the North Georgia Mountains. Online:




Copperhead Lodge announces Cabin Rental Program performance for 2012

Cabin6thumbDo you dream of having a mountain getaway that pays for itself? Well, pay attention to this! You can own the lifestyle and not foot the bill.

2012 was the second full year of operation for the forty-seven acre destination resort in the North Georgia Mountains. The full service Lodge including eleven guest rooms, a full service restaurant and bar, and live entertainment, is blanketed by forty acres containing sixty lots for park model cabins.

During 2012 there were 12 of the 20 currently-constructed cabins participating in the rental program. All cabins are individually owned and are deeded real property. Owners desiring a return on their investment participate in the rental program and receive 70% of gross rentals. Copperhead Lodge is a destination resort marketing nightly and weekly rentals to vacationers in the North Georgia Mountains. The resort boasts underground utilities and paved roads. Resort amenities include a salt water swimming pool and natural amphitheatre.

There are two types of cabins in the rental program, Standard and Elite. All cabins havecabin16frontgarage500 one bedroom, one bath, and full kitchen, with some offering additional sleeping in a second bedroom or loft. The Elite cabins offer the same amenities as the Standard including satellite TV, grills, and a sleeper sofa, but also offer an expanded outdoor living area, a full size hot tub, and a private motorcycle/ATV garage. Cabins will sleep 2-4 people.

During 2012 the Cabin Rental Program reached 1,029 rental nights, with an ADR of $117.06, in comparison to 2011 totals of 577 nights and an ADR of $108.78. Owners of Elite cabins averaged a net return of $7,554 and Standard owners averaged a net return of $4,481. Group Sales was the largest market driving the year-over-year increase – from motorcycle clubs/organizations to family reunions.

Brad Betters, an Elite cabin owner said: “We built our Cabin in September of 2011 and immediately joined the rental program. We are very pleased with the performance of our Cabin as an investment and look forward to continued growth in the resort and the rental program.”

Tom Gibson, an Elite cabin owner who purchased in May 2012 said: “I had a CD coming due and the bank was offering about 1%. Since purchasing my cabin in May 2012, I’ve already made a 6% return in just seven months. I’m thrilled with my investment at Copperhead.”

The future continues to look bright for the resort and the rental program. As of February 28, 2013, there are advanced reservations for cabins in 2013 totaling 571 nights; more than 50% of the previous years’ bookings. Rental Program Manager Michelle Evans said: “We expect to outperform our 2012 results by at least 25%. This is great news for our resort and our rental cabin owner partners.”

“Our growth has been spectacular, but continues to be hindered by a shortage of cabins available for rental. We stay sold-out on weekends from Memorial Day through the first of November, and turn away a great number of groups needing accommodations for more than 50 people,” Michelle went on to say.

If you are looking for an investment, this is your opportunity. Visit the sales website at for information on real estate, and visit the resort website at for more information on the resort. If you need additional information, please contact Michelle Evans at or 706-835-7433. Open house every weekend (when not sold out).