Chestnut Square’s Eclectic Mix
by Ashley Stewart
The newest addition to the Chestnut Square family is The Settlement House. This cozy little shop just opened their doors earlier this year. Owners Kia and Doc Treece have partnered with several artists from the John C. Campbell Folk School to bring you an eclectic blend of art and antiques. You’ll find art prints, beautiful curios and Kia’s own line of handmade jewelry. They’re open Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. and by appointment.
A Jones Company delivers on their promise of providing “provisions for fun living.” They’ve expanded their mainstay clothing line, Johnny Was, and have added the Tory Richard line. Take the party with you with their selection of barware and picnic supplies, including their April Cornell linen picnic blankets. They have a new handcrafted Bloody Mary mix that you just have to taste. They’re open Monday – Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., and Sunday from 12:30 to 5:00 P.M.
Just across from A Jones is “the wildest store in town,” The Cashiers Trading Post. The main room is chock full of unique, handcrafted gifts and jewelry. Snack on a cone from the ice cream counter while you browse the wide selection of locally-made condiments. Venture into the fur room where you’ll find an amazing collection of furs. They’re open 10:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Monday through Wednesday, and until 5:00 P.M. Thursday through Saturday.
Follow the road around the pond to the Consignment Market. Whether it’s a unique chair or vintage table lamp, Carol Hartley is sure to have that special piece to tie a room together. The Consignment Market is a great place to consign any furnishings you don’t want, and find something new to put in its place. Selling? They also do home staging to help your home put its best foot forward. They’re open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Turn left out of the parking lot to find a hidden gem tucked away behind the trees. FireMoss Pottery offers an array of handmade ceramics by artist Justin Allman. His skill is unmatched and his creations are the perfect complement for your mountain home, whether it’s a platter, a bowl or even a Christmas ornament. Firemoss Pottery is open by appointment, but you can come by and see him in his studio Wednesday through Monday from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 PM. Call (239) 331-0054 to make an appointment.
Before you leave, be sure to stop by Cashiers Valley Fusion. In addition to their schedule of yoga and martial arts classes, the Fusion Boutique has everything you need to find balance and well-being. They offer yoga accessories, including mats and props, essential oils and diffusers, fitness apparel and a beautiful selection of jewelry. A schedule of their classes and hours is available by the front door and at cashiersvalleyfusion.com.