Peggy Hinton and her husband, Mike Hinton, owners of Top of the Pines Catering, prepare chicken tetrazzini while catering Toni Suiter's 90th birthday party March 15, 2014 at the Suiter family home.

Telegram photo / Alan Campbell

Peggy Hinton and her husband, Mike Hinton, owners of Top of the Pines Catering, prepare chicken tetrazzini while catering Toni Suiter's 90th birthday party March 15, 2014 at the Suiter family home.

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By John Henderson

Staff Writer

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Top of the Pines Catering & Gift Shoppe touts itself as a one-stop unique catering business in Pinetops that provides hot food to a wide variety of events from the coast to Raleigh.

Owners Peggy and Mike Hinton operate the gift shop at 112 S.W. First St. and cook the food for the catering business in a commercial kitchen in the back of the building.

“We do anything – weddings, birthdays, corporate events,” Peggy Hinton said. “We have worked (providing catering) for a couple of hospitals around town. We cater anything. We serve country food. We serve really fancy foods for weddings. We do lunches and dinners. We average two or three weddings on the coast every year.”

For several decades before buying the building in 2010, Hinton had catered food out of her home.

“We got to point that we had so much business we had to go to a commercial (building),” she said.

In April 2010, she opened Top of the Pines Cafe in her building to complement the catering business. But she closed the restaurant portion of the business in November.

“I couldn’t handle catering and the restaurant,” Hinton said. “We just closed the restaurant and turned the front of it into gift shop.”

Several days a week, Hinton works answering the phone and doing taxes and payroll at Hines Equipment Co., and she opens the gift shop on Fridays and Saturdays.

The gift shops sells many items that her catering customers need.

“I sell invitations, napkins, cups and Koozies,” she said. “I sell things that go with weddings. We’re like a one-stop stop shop. We print invitations there.”

Q: What products or services do you provide?

A: We run the event coordination through our gift shop in Pinetops. We cater weddings, after-rehearsal dinners, all corporate functions, birthday parties, wedding showers, baby showers and more.

We consider ourselves a one-stop shop for event coordination. In today’s fast-paced world, we understand that our clients need one place to go for coordinating their events. We offer contract services and vendor arrangements for needs such as a florist, rental needs and cake designers. We also offer food delivery services where we deliver the food for your event.

In our unique gift shop, we offer an array of gifts and services for weddings, birthdays, holidays, all baby needs. This includes personalized stationary, napkins, cups, Koozies and unique gifts.

Q: Who are your key leaders?

A: Owners Peggy and Mike Hinton.

Q: How many people do you employ?

A: None.

Q: What is your business philosophy?

A: We will handle it all for you. We try to listen to our clients, take their vision and make their vision their reality for their special day to the best of our ability. We try to treat all of our clients’ events as if it’s our daughter’s wedding or an event for our family.

Q: What makes your business unique?

A: We consider ourselves a one-stop shop for event coordination. We service you for the life cycle of your event. We make client relationships for life.

Q: How has your business grown?

A: We started doing this as a hobby many years ago. Throughout the years, we have grown from a dream at our kitchen table to now having a full-service event coordination business out of our gift shop. We use to just have a hope of helping others, and now we have a fully licensed commercial kitchen and even offer services such a personalized printing services in our gift shop.

Q: What kind of growth do you expect in the coming years?

A: Our expectation and prayer is that we will continue to grow through the new services that constantly look to offer and relationships with our clients. We are blessed to have many return clients today. We are now blessed to be able to service the children of clients that we serviced many years ago. We also constantly look forward to meeting new clients and developing new relationships for years to come.