Sylva’s beloved Lulu’s under new ownership

fr lulusThe new owners of the iconic Lulu’s on Main restaurant in downtown Sylva are dedicated to keeping around the diner’s favorite menu items, but they’re also looking forward to adding some of their own.

Getting a handle on cutlery

fr culpepperKristi Culpepper knows knives. 

Browsing the wide selection of specialized hunting, hobby and kitchen cutlery at Old School Knife Works on U.S. 441 in Otto, Culpepper is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the tradition, history and modern innovations of all things sharp and decorative.

Stay-at-home mom finds time to start her own business

fr pixelspocketRaising children is rewarding, but stay-at-home moms and dads need something for themselves.

Bryson City readies itself for kayaking worlds

fr gearingupworldsBatten down the hatches, the 2013 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships are coming.

“This event shows how this tiny town can come together and work together,” said Joe Rowland. “Everybody involved has invested a lot of time and energy into making a natural connection between Bryson City and the Nantahala Gorge.”

Wells Funeral Home brings multi-purpose event center to downtown Waynesville

fr wellsA new event center in Waynesville could be just the beginning of the vitalization of Wall Street, said Wells Greeley, owner of Wells Funeral Homes and Cremation Services. 

Behind the wheel of an ice cream truck

fr icecreamI scream, you scream, Western North Carolina screams for ice cream. 

Rags to riches: Unlocking the value of antiques rarely results in a jackpot

fr antiquesLake Junaluska resident Hattie Polk finally inched her way to the front of the line and released her clutch on what she believed to be an English monastery lantern dating to the reign of King Henry VIII, circa late 1800s — proudly offering it up to the antique appraiser with a glimmer in her eye. 

Financial woes catch up with Tandi Haas

coverAmy Clifton Keely wasn’t asking for much. Being a wedding photographer, she knew how wedding days worked, and what pitfalls to look out for.

She didn’t expect the perfect wedding, or dream of making the cover of Southern Living’s bridal edition. She was prepared to overlook a few hiccups — it was, after all, an outdoor wedding in a mountain pasture.

Turning rust to gold: Lifelong collector saves everything … and sells it

fr culpepperOne man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

“Ever since I was kid, I would take home all kinds of stuff, all kinds of random, weird junk, and my parents hated it,” David Culpepper chuckled. “They thought I was crazy, but when you find something rusty and interesting, you bring it home, and I did.”

Some downtown Sylva leaders oppose church move

fr sylvachurchA church is looking to bring a little more religion to downtown Sylva, but some local business owners, as well as elected officials, are skeptical of the move.

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