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Lenz Gifts & Fine Linens

by Ashley Stewart

Just half a mile outside of Cashiers, on 64 West toward Highlands, is Lenz Gifts and Fine Linens. This little shop blends in so well with the mountain laurels that surround it that if you blink you’ll miss it, and you definitely don’t want to do that.

Since 2007, Lenz Gifts has been pampering the Plateau with classical elegance.

Lenz Gifts isn’t your typical gift shop. In fact, it’s not really a gift shop at all. You won’t find souvenirs or rustic décor. What you will find are luxuries such as Sferra bedding and Yves Dolorme linens. Lenz also features candles and soaps from L’Objet. “We follow Saks on Main and Neiman Marcus,” says owner Fred Lenz, “If you see it there, you’ll find it here.”

Originally from Amsterdam, Fred has been here since 1972. His travels have taken him to Minnesota, Oregon and Texas.

Just one visit to the Plateau was all the convincing he needed to join us here in the mountains.

When asked what he loved most about this area, he says, “The seasons. In Texas there are two seasons: Hot and Hotter. Here we have all four.”

He also enjoys the ability to be just about anywhere within a days’ drive. “You can drive for two days in Texas and still be in Texas.”

Fred has just recently returned from a lingerie show in New York. It proved to be a fruitful trip, because he plans on expanding his line of lounge wear to include yoga apparel from Alo. Also joining his collection are lines from Hanro, Natorio and Eberje. Fred prides himself on his relationship with his customers, most of whom he knows by name. He remembers your size and preferences and makes every effort to have what you are looking for.

And of course, be sure you say hello to Lenz’s official greeter and alarm system, Snickers. The four year old Havanese will be sure to inform Fred, and the entire store, of your arrival, then promptly ask to be petted.

Lenz Gifts is open seven days a week through October, 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5:00 P.M. on Sunday.

For more information, call (828) 743-5900.

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