Unique new business helps people explore WNC area – Fox Carolina

by | Jun 23, 2022 | Business

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (FOX Carolina) – “This is home. And this place has been growing in popularity for the last 10 years,” said Henderson County native Summer Stipe. Stipe says over the course of her lifetime, she’s seen her town, and whole Western North Carolina Mountain community, evolve and transform. That’s why she says she decided to use her background in planning and running nonprofits to help get things to the next level. “I’ve been sitting on this idea, imagining what it would be like to support people who come here so that they can have the best local experience,” Stipe told FOX Carolina. That’s the mission of her new company, Juniper, which is still in the first 6 months of operation. The unique company, which is the first of its kind in Henderson and Transylvania Counties, caters to anyone–local or transient–trying to find those hidden gems (whether they live there or are just visiting). “I like to think of it almost as an inbound travel planner,” Stipe said. “So instead of hiring someone else who doesn’t live here to plan a trip for you, you’re hiring someone who lives here to really map it out.”Using a curated questionnaire, Juniper first finds out what type of traveler you are, and what type of trip you’re looking for. “Are they leisurely paced folks or do they want to pack it all in …

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