On Wednesday, Oct. 25, Pilot Mountain’s official number of manufacturing businesses grew by two when Mayor Dwight Atkins cut ribbons opening Niki’s Pickles and Rustic Trail Teardrops. Both businesses had been open for several months.
Rustic Trail Teardrops
Jonathan Sechrist and his wife moved to their facility at 1281 W Dodson Mill Road in Pilot Mountain in January 2017 and are just now getting around to cutting a ribbon, according to Sechrist. They’ve been in business for four years, previously operating from a shop at their home in Westfield.
Rustic Trail Teardrops builds and sells small camping trailers designed to allow tent campers to get off the ground. “We were able to accomplish a hard-shell camper at a reasonable price that’s in between a tent and a full RV,” said Sechrist. “And air-conditioning is an option.” Sechrist added that they have one model that can be pulled by almost any vehicle.
Niki Farrington moved the manufacture of her eponymous line of pickles to 612 E. Main St. in Pilot Mountain six months ago. Her facility is located at The Pilot Center but the pickle factory has its own entrance to the right.
Farrington said she would only be manufacturing from the location. Sales will be offsite at Cobblestone Farmer’s Market in Old Salem, Winston-Salem, which is a year-round venue, Pilot Mountain Farmer’s Market which has ended for the season, The Living Room Coffeehouse and Winebar, at 215 E. Main St. and wholesale through a number of chefs.
On Saturday, Niki’s Pickles will be one of 200 vendors at Funky Junky Farm Day at Walnut Grove at Big Creek Farm, 1281 Goin Road, Westfield, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
“There will be a lot of Pilot vendors there,” said Farrington.
Reach Bill Colvard at 336-415-4699.