• Laurel Contributor

A Journey of Faith

by Luke Osteen



Colonel Mustard’s, the iconic condiment/gourmet shop, has become a Highlands Institution.

That’s because it’s jammed chock-a-block with jams, jellies, nuts, hot sauces ranging from sweet and mild all the way to let’s-get-you-to-the-Emergency-Room-right-away, pickles and pickled products, barbecue sauces, sweets, mustards (of course), and gastronomic rarities that you just won’t find elsewhere.

And honey in different varieties, from Acacia to Lavender. It’s comforting to know that honey bees, so stressed around the globe, still find time to fill Colonel Mustard’s shelves with such glorious products.

This is a rambling store that demands a careful browse. If you’re the type of shopper with little patience for browsing, consider this – everywhere you look, everywhere, there are samples waiting to be tried. Samples of just about every category of food. It’s like a kid being turned loose in a candy store.

“The selection is so big, you’ll need to make two laps to make sure you’ve seen it all,” explains owner Donna Skiles.

She and her husband Chad moved to the area at the end of 2018 and bought Colonel Mustard’s.

“We moved to North Carolina from the central Florida area two weeks before Christmas 2018,” Donna says. “We had been in the greenhouse business for 28 years and talked about moving to the mountains for the last five years. We finally felt the timing was right and The Lord opened doors for us to make the move. The story of how we landed at Colonel Mustard’s is a story of faith and God’s plan for us. We would love to share the details, come on by the shop and chat with us.”

Well, if we’re sharing testimonials, let me share mine. Colonel Mustard’s offers Peach Cobbler in a Jar. This is something that Tricia and I serve to friends. Best friends. I don’t know if it’s possible for Highlands to have an Official Taste of Summer, but this gets my vote.

Colonel Mustard’s is located at 343B Main Street in Town Square. For more information, call (828) 526-8697. But really, you owe yourself a browse.

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