Joe Miller was born in the back seat of a car in front of Boone’s Drug store in Boone, North Carolina. He would grow up in Boone and get his first job at this pharmacy. He enjoyed it so much, he went to school, became a pharmacist, went to work at this same drug store and eventually purchased it. Miller always loved art but didn’t know anything about it. He took some classes and soon, set up his own small section of art supplies in the drug store. He called it “Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff.”
What started off as a hobby with a few art supplies has now become a full-time business, with a warehouse and corporate office located on Industrial Park Drive in Boone, N.C.
In 2015, the company opened a second location in Ashville, North Carolina. Miller offers his art, as well as his art supplies, for sale on his website. The company ships worldwide.
The company offers a full range of art supplies, drawing, painting, and other art classes, as well as advice from the owner. The town of Boone recognizes Miller’s achievements and set aside September 9th as Joe Miller Appreciation Day.