• Laurel Contributor

Village Walk’s Fabulous Finds

by Luke Osteen

TJ Bailey’s for Men and Women at 104 Highway 107 South, is a full service clothing store in our fifth season in Cashiers,” says owner Anita Lupoli. “ We brought the style and fashion from our Highlands Men’s Store and mixed it with beautiful women’s clothing to give our clients here a unique shopping experience.

“For the men, we offer brands like Peter Millar, Coppley, MAC jeans, Meyer trousers, and a beautiful selection of shirts by Eton, Stenstroms and our own private label. Are you hard to fit? We are also offering a complete made to measure sport coat, suit, tux or shirt with dozens of fabrics to choose from. We have everything you need, (or forgot to bring) to the mountains for golf, dinner or a special event.

“For the ladies, we have our contemporary brands for casual elegance and dresses for any occasion, wedding, or event. Lines from France, Italy, Germany, and made in the USA.

“We also have an online store just in case you forgot to grab something while in town – tjbaileys.com

“We are open year ‘round, from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. daily and noon to 5:00 P.M. Sundays April through December and weekends in the winter months.”

Focusing primarily on residential design, Joan Anderson, owner of Joan Anderson Interiors, believes that the home environment should be centered around the lifestyle of the owner – livable and timeless.

Since moving to Cashiers full time in 2012, Joan has participated in five Showhouse’s benefiting the Cashiers Historical Society, opened a retail design studio and worked with hundreds of wonderful clients. Joan Anderson Interiors specializes in elegant lamps, rugs, art, and home accessories. Whether it’s new construction or any size remodel, Joan is always happy to help with a timeless design that will be loved for many years to come.

Joan Anderson Interiors is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. You can also visit joanandersoninteriors.com.

Vivace is an upscale ladies boutique for the woman who wants to look her best. Owner Linda Hall says, “We don’t have customers, we have friends.” When looking for that special something or just updating your wardrobe for a new season, let Vivace help you define your style.

Gracewear Boutique provides the community and visitors with “products with a purpose.” From its custom-designed line of inspirational Jewelry and Accessories, to clothing and special gifts – there is something for every buyer.

“We are unique as we greet every customer with a warm smile as we share our mission of sharing God’s love and message of hope and protection through our Shield of Faith Collection,” says co-owner Wendy Strong Lupas, who owns the boutique with her sister, Mary Strong Blackburn. The duo started the line over 10 years ago.

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, both Wendy and Mary moved with their families to the Cashiers Area for the safety and closeness of small town living.

Gracewear is open seasonally from March through December, 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.. You can visit them online at graceweatcollection.com.

There are treasures aplenty at Nearly New Furniture Consignment & Gifts.

Mary McGrath Connor, owner of Nearly New, oversees an astonishingly deep inventory of goods.

“The fun thing about our business is things change daily. New items come in constantly, which leads to more pricing and redecorating. We take great pride in arranging things so they coordinate and are pleasing to the eye.”

Cashiers Emporium is your one-stop destination for bedding in a rainbow of colors and thread counts, and bath accessories. Cashiers Emporium bills itself as a “Mini Department Store,” and it earns that designation with its deep inventory. Owners Olena and Alexander Somov have assembled a lavish collection. Add in their extensive collection of cigars, and you can see why this place has become a Cashiers “must visit.” Cashiers Emporium is open from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday.

The Corner Store carries a wide variety of toys, costumes, travel accessories by Reisenthal (makers of high quality folding nylon bags, backpacks, and rolling bags) greeting cards, jewelry, baby clothing, reader sunglasses, and pottery. Manager Natalia Tretiakov has a knack for choosing the right item for her customers.

Nora & Co. is a carefully-curated collection of art, accessories for the home, apparel, and accessories and gifts for yourself and loved ones. If you’re committed to finding the unusual and the fanciful, well, here’s the place. It’s a boutique that demands an attentive browse. Nora herself offers free gift-wrapping and she can ship items anywhere in the country. For more information, call (828) 743-1040, but you really owe yourself a visit.

Lee Boone Dages’ The Village Hound is the perfect realization of her vision.

“I guess the biggest point to make is that while my shop is called ‘The Village Hound’ – I am not just a pet shop. The Village Hound is more of an antique shop / art gallery – with a small dog room in the back that features specialty ‘dog/cat’ items such as leashes, collars, bedding, clothing and an in-house baked organic dog biscuit. Customers can walk out of my shop with a beautiful antique rug and a new dog bed - or a lamp and a pound of dog biscuits. I also carry cocktail napkins, candles and other gift items to meet most all hostess gift criteria - of course gift wrapping is always complimentary. I like to think of my shop as a community gathering spot were neighbors can catch up with each other on my front porch and dogs can grab a drink of water after a run through the Village Green.”

When Josephine McDonough opened her Josephine’s Emporium at 40 Burns Street in Cashiers, she promised a kaleidoscopic collection that’s constantly changing. You’re invited to browse Josephine’s remarkable antique prints of every size, sort, and description, including botanical, bird, and nature prints by John James Audubon and Mark Catesby, among others. You can get lost in her collection of antique maps – some achingly precise, some almost dreamlike in their fanciful embellishments.

At the center of all this is Josephine herself, a veteran of displaying her collections at antique shows for over 30 years. She is confident and knowledgeable and interested in talking to everyone who walks in the door. She’s always happy to share her expertise in the world of antique maps and prints gathered at over 1,000 antique shows, shops, and galleries over the last 30 years.

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