June 2014

Customers feel like royalty at Shirley’s Boutique

Customers are king—make that queen—at Shirley’s Boutique.

Shirley’s, the unique women’s clothing boutique in the heart of historic Dillsboro, creates a wonderful shopping experience for all who enter.

Shirley Simpson and her son, Mark, have owned and operated Shirley’s Boutique for 32 years. The shop has become a staple in the town of Dillsboro and a hot spot for tourists.

“Going to Shirley’s is an amazing experience. If she knows you, she finds things that she knows will look good on you. If she doesn’t know you, she gets to know you really quickly and offers you the same wonderful service,” said Terry Welch, a long time customer of the boutique. “Whenever I visit with Shirley and Mark, I feel like a queen, and I like that feeling,” Welch concluded.

It is not surprising that customers feel like royalty when shopping at Shirley’s. The boutique’s success comes down to the fact that Shirley and Mark provide personal attention to each and every customer.

The boutique knows its customers and buys clothing with them in mind.

Shirleys Boutique

Stylish  clothes and accessories abound at Shirleys’ Boutique.

“I try to find things that aren’t hanging in department stores. To be in business, you have to know your customer and you have to have a lot of variety,” said Shirley.

Walking in to Shirley’s Boutique is like entering a brightly colored shopper’s paradise. Floor to ceiling is covered with beautiful clothing and sparkling accessories.

The storefront may seem small, but inside, the merchandise seems endless.

Around each corner is the possibility for a new outfit, or two, or three. One visit to Shirley’s is not enough. The boutique adds new clothing and accessories all the time.

“When I opened this business 32 years ago, my focus was for women in the workplace because there were not many places in Jackson County for them to shop,” said Shirley.

However, the shop has evolved through the years. Shirley’s now carries more casual styles, but still has clothing and accessories appropriate for the workplace.

The boutique sells brands such as Brighton and Laurel Burch accessories and Treska jewelry, as well as Pendleton, Tianello, and Mycra Pac Rainwear.

Shirley said she chose to open the boutique in Dillsboro because she is from Jackson County and noticed there was not a boutique for women.

The building, which is now home to Shirley’s, used to be a mercantile store and is more than 100 years old. Shirley said she had always loved the building.

“It’s fun. It really has been something I have loved and enjoyed doing,” said Shirley.

Although this is a women’s boutique, there is something for the men. Two chairs and Field and Stream magazines help pass the time while the women shop ‘til their hearts are content.

Shirley’s is located at 124 Front Street. Call 828-586-8031 for more information.

Dillsboro River Co. supports United Christian Ministries on 6th annual Can Day

The Dillsboro River Company helped obtain over 600 non-perishable necessities such as canned food or soap for United Christian Ministries of Jackson County during its sixth annual Can Day on June 2.

United Christian Ministries is a non-profit organization that has been assisting locals in need since 1989. Throughout the last 25 years they have provided food, furniture, financial help, and various other necessities.

Shane Williams, owner of The Dillsboro River Company, likes combining fun with fundraising for a good cause.

“My family and I were first introduced to the Jackson County United Christian Ministries through our church, Sylva First United Methodist. We jumped at the opportunity to not only assist United Christian Ministries, but to give locals a chance to raft and spend time with the family for an affordable price.”

Individuals who donated ten items received a free rafting trip on one of the most beautiful rivers in the country, the Tuckaseegee.

Carly Smith, a WCU student and one of the participants said, “This was seriously the highlight of my summer so far. This was my first time at the Dillsboro River Company, but I will definitely be back. Everything was just so beautiful.”

Dillsboro River company

Rafters enjoy the beautiful Tuckaseegee

The Dillsboro River Company is known for its “Mom Approved Rafting!” because it provides water adventures appropriate for almost all ages.There are a variety of tubes, rafts, and kayaks to choose from.

The Dillsboro River Company is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the season and is conveniently located just outside downtown Dillsboro off of Highway 441.

For more information or to make a reservation visit their website at http://www.northcarolinarafting.com/ or give them a call at 866-586-3797.

The Dillsboro River Company is a family-run business. For more information about Shane and the Dillsboro River Company staff, go to: http://www.northcarolinarafting.com/our-staff.

For more information about United Christian Ministries of Jackson County, go to http://ucmhelp.com/

Dillsboro, North Carolina harbors countless treasures and the Dillsboro River Company is a perfect example. Don’t miss out on this great Smoky Mountain gem. Support a company that supports our community. Bring the family and make your own adventure!

The Golden Carp and The Jarrett House collaborate to open The Gift Shop

The Jarrett House Inn and Restaurant is partnering with The Golden Carp to add a rejuvenated gift shop to the historic property.

The new principal owner of the Jarrett House, Constantine Roumel, wanted to continue the revitalization of the Jarrett House by also changing The Gift Shop. He approached John Miele, who was already part of the design team for the Jarrett House and co-owner of The Golden Carp, with the idea.

“When you’ve had a business for 24 years an opportunity like this is invigorating! It’s exciting to be part of the ‘new’ Jarrett House,” said Miele.

Although The Gift Shop is an extension of The Golden Carp it will still have its own character and will offer a new kind of fine art, photography.

Photographs taken by local photographer, Kim Coudret, from Franklin, North Carolina, will be prominently featured.
Coudret’s photographs are vibrant and known for capturing the endless beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. She focuses primarily on landscape and nature shots.

Photos by local photographer, Kim Coudret.

Photos by local photographer, Kim Coudret.

In addition to selling beautiful still shots, The Gift Shop also will offer unique items such as colorful scarfs, handmade purses, pottery, and scented candles with relaxing aromas.

It has all the taste and creativity The Golden Carp has always had.

In the future, The Gift Shop plans to sell necessities such as toiletries and medicines. This will further convenience the guests of the Jarrett House Inn who did not arrive perfectly packed.

While The Gift Shop will be a luxury for those guests staying at the Jarrett House Inn, locals and tourists dining at the Jarrett House Restaurant–as well as all visitors to Dillsboro–are invited to check out The Gift Shop.

The Gift Shop will be open during lunch and dinner services: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.

For more information about The Gift Shop, call The Golden Carp at 828-586-5477 or The Jarrett House at 828-586-0265.

Heinzelmӓnnchen to be featured on GSMR BBQ and Brews Dinner Train

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s (GSMR) BBQ and Brews Dinner Train was such a great success last year, it is back again, but with a new Dillsboro flavor.

This popular GSMR event provides a unique experience for participants to not only enjoy locally brewed beers and a fantastic BBQ dinner, but to witness the marvelous view of the sun setting at Fontana Trestle.

Heinzelmӓnnchen Brewery, which is planning to expand its operation to Dillsboro, is one of the breweries providing beer for the event.

According to Sheryl Rudd, co-owner of Heinzelmӓnnchen Brewery, “This rail adventure is such a treat combining great, local, handcrafted beers with a BBQ dinner while enjoying the scenery of WNC and watching the sunset over Fontana Lake.”

The BBQ dinner will include a pulled pork sandwich dowsed in Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce along with freshly made coleslaw, Vicki’s Original Kettle Chips, and grapes. The featured dessert will be key lime pie.

The cost of a ticket is $69 and includes the entire dinner, three samples of beer, and a complimentary tasting glass. Additional beer can be purchased as well.

BBQ and Brews Dinner train departure dates are June 22 and 29 and July 6 and 13. The train will depart from Bryson City at 7 p.m., begin the journey to Fontana Trestle, and return back by 9 p.m. sharp. The departure and return times are the same for every date.

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this fun and festive Great Smoky Mountains Railroad event.

For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad website at http://www.gsmr.com/create-content/news/bbq-brews-train/bbq-brews-train#.U5tgRyjrxH8 or give them a call at 800-872-4681.

For more information about Heinzelmӓnnchen Brewery, go to http://www.yourgnometownbrewery.com/

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