About Us


The community of Roaring Gap was established in 1890 as a summer resort, and has been a popular vacation destination ever since. Situated on the edge of a mountain at an elevation of over 1,600 feet, Roaring Gap boasts temperatures that are on average 20 degrees cooler than the majority of North Carolina (making it a very popular summer destination), three golf and country clubs, and YMCA’s famed Camp Cheerio.

The Posh Fox of Roaring Gap has been a popular shopping destination for both vacationers and full-time residents of Alleghany and Wilkes Counties for over 17 years. The building itself was once a personal residence, and still belongs to Sheila Freeman, who grew up in the house. Interestingly, part of the property was once a grocery store, which belonged to Sheila’s father. In 1996 Carol Staley rented the house and opened the original The Posh Fox! The business changed hands again in 2006 when it was purchased by Sally Earnhardt.

The Posh Fox was purchased by it’s third and current owners, Angelia and Lee Howell in October, 2012. The shop specializes in Accessories, Apparel, Gifts, Gourmet and Home Goods. Angelia and Lee go to market each year in High Point and Atlanta for inspiration and to stock their inventory.

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Meet Angie

Meet_AngieMeet Angelia “Angie” Howell, owner of The Posh Fox of Roaring Gap.

Angie and her husband, Lee, live part of the year in Roaring Gap, NC, and part of the year in Clarksville, VA. They love the North Carolina mountains and eventually hope to retire full-time in Roaring Gap.

Angie, a native of Angier, North Carolina, studied art at Peace College. Over time, her love of art drew her to discover a passion and talent for interior design. When The Posh Fox of Roaring Gap went up for sale, she jumped at the opportunity to take on a new challenge and find new ways to share her unique sense of style with her friends and neighbors.

“I guess you could say that I have always loved retail,” says Angie, “and because the business is small, I get to know my customers and develop a nice rapport with them. My shop is not trendy, but tradtional and reflects the love of the outdoors and nature found here in the mountains in it’s decor.

When she isn’t manning the shop, you can find Angie golfing, gardening, or riding one of her four horses.