Jackson County embraces mountain traditions, and one of the area’s longstanding traditions is the art of pottery. Local potters showcase their talents in shops scattered about the county. Search the shelves for the perfect piece, whether it be Japanese-influenced drink mixers, face jugs, raku beads, or horsehair pottery made with dark black and red colors. Each potter in Jackson County tells a special story in their work that you can add to your collection.
Jackson County’s location makes it a prime spot to find handmade treasures of old-time Appalachian culture, like wooden bowls, quilts, soaps, woodcarvings, garden décor, hand-woven baskets and so much more. Whether in search of unique gifts, home decorations, jewelry, wood workings or leather, many regional artisans showcase their crafts at co-ops, craft galleries or local boutiques. Stroll down Main Street Sylva and Historic Dillsboro, and step into the independent shops along the way where you are sure to find local goods worth making the trip home with you.
With natural beauty surrounding the area, artists in Jackson County have plenty of inspiration to keep them busy. The art galleries in Jackson County highlight local, regional, and national artists in works of portraiture, wildlife, still-life, photography, sculptures and more.
Known as an antiquer’s and decorator’s haven, Cashiers has several shops, each with their own specialty, where visitors will discover original home finds. Shops feature reclaimed wormy chestnut and other woods, unique architectural accent salvage, and handcrafted iron and stone works. The shopping scene in Cashiers also includes the home furnishings boutiques of many renowned interior designers. The store’s staff are all extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their collections. Visitors are encouraged to search the shelves for the perfect piece for their home.
From women’s and men’s boutiques that carry high-end brands, estate jewelry, furs, suits, sportswear and accessories to stores where you can find gently used gems, Jackson County has an assortment of clothing stores to appeal to any fashionista’s taste and budget.
For the outdoorsmen and women, an assortment of handmade fly rods and flies, hiking, camping, fishing gear and all other sporting goods can be purchased from many outdoor outfitters located throughout the county.
Looking to take away a taste of the mountains? How about some homemade fudge, macaroons, jerky, trail mix, or unique flavored BBQ sauces? Local shops specialize in handmade goods and tasty treats, perfect for savoring the special mountain trip. Locally sourced produce and products can also be found at the local Farmer’s Markets.
For a complete listing of specialty shops in the area, visit the Jackson County and Cashiers Area Chamber websites.
Add to the beautiful photos and unforgettable memories from a Jackson County vacation by bringing home a gift for yourself and loved ones to mark the occasion, and have a memento of the trip for years to come.