5 women-owned businesses to visit in Jackson County

In honor of Women’s History Month this March, we’re highlighting some of our most beloved shops and restaurants owned and operated by local women.

While the list goes on, each of these women below play a key role in making our towns of Jackson County, NC feel more like communities:

  1. Crystal Cogdill, Jackson’s General Store

Conveniently located on Sylva’s Main Street, Jackson’s General Store has a large selection of gifts and collectibles. Crystal first opened the beloved shop in 1999, and now it’s become a go-to store in the area for men’s and women’s clothing, gift and home décor, gourmet food and candy, toys and more.

  1. Bernadette Peters, City Lights Café

City Lights is a Sylva staple. Not only do the locals frequent it, but this was the go-to spot of the award-winning “Three Billboards” cast for coffee and food when they were in town shooting. Named after its adjacent landmark bookstore, the café is a great place for guests to settle in and enjoy a variety of tasty vegan and vegetarian options after they pick out a new read, just as Bernadette intended.

  1. Jill Katz, Crossroads Custard & Coldbrew

In the heart of Cashiers, Crossroads serves 24 flavors of premium frozen custard and homemade nitro cold brew coffee made with local and seasonal ingredients. The menu also offers healthy smoothies, homemade waffle sandwiches and treats (for dogs too!). Jill used her decades of restaurant and hospitality experience to open this successful community hotspot with her partner Badge Siler.

  1. Stephanie Miskew, Buck’s Coffee Café

Buck’s is a favorite among the locals, and for good reason. As a certified foodie and sommelier, Stephanie enjoys serving up a menu with various types of coffee and espresso drinks, breakfast and lunch, pastries, beer and wine offerings, and small bites.

  1. Kim Ubertino, Cashiers Kitchen Co.

This store has every gadget one could ever need for their kitchen, from appliances to knives and pans to charcuterie boards. Kim carries popular name brands like Le Creuset as well as an abundance of products that are locally crafted.

Show your support for these outstanding business owners and add these stops to your next trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains! To get started, check out our Trip Planner for fast facts, itinerary ideas, maps and more.

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