Village Walk’s Fabulous Finds

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 – 

“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

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

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.


The American Woody:The first generation of depot hacks boasted open bodies constructed of wagon-style solid planking. But by the mid-1910s, closed station wagon bodies became more common and lighter construction was required. The rib-and-panel style that is familiar today made its first appearance on these vehicles and allowed for the first partially enclosed wooden station wagons with side curtains, two or more rows of seats, and side doors. These new wagons could still be considered depot hacks, but were now called Suburbans, Combinations and Country Clubs. (Versions of these names still appear today.) The lower halves of these wagonette bodies resembled the earlier versions and were now combined with a flat roof. These designs found favor with non-commercial customers, and an increasing number of firms began building them. Major manufacturers such as Ford started offering woodies through dealerships, although independent body builders performed the actual construction. The Martin Truck and Body Corp. in York, Pennsylvania, made so many bodies for Ford, Dodge and others during the 1910s and 1920s that they billed themselves as "The Largest Commercial Car Builder in the World." The golden age of the custom wood body maker ended during the Depression, as many of the small independent firms went out of business. Some reorganized and diversified, like the Kentucky Wagon Manufacturing Company, which stopped making wood Ford Model T and Model A bodies (and its own line of automobiles as the Dixie Motor Car Company) and started manufacturing truck trailers. The company is still in business today as Kentucky Trailer. The major automobile manufacturers acquired many others at fire-sale prices during this time. The fortunes of Martin Truck and Body, who called themselves "The Largest Commercial Car Builder in the World," changed dramatically during the Depression. After merging with failed carmaker Parry in 1919, Martin Truck and Body was acquired by Chevrolet in 1930 and became its first in-house commercial truck body division. Ford, with its vast timber operations near Lake Superior, was gaining experience in woody manufacturing. That experience would be put into practice in 1936 when a plant opened at Iron Mountain that built complete wood wagon bodies that were then shipped to Ford plants around the country for final assembly. While Ford was the only manufacturer building woodies from the ground up, there were still coachbuilt versions available based on GM, Chrysler, Packard, Willys, Hupmobile, Graham, Hudson, Studebaker and even American Bantam chassis. The trend toward luxury continued through the 1930s, although woody amenities lagged far behind those in production automobiles. Pontiac, for instance, did not offer full glazing until 1939. As the country began to recover economically, woodies were increasingly perceived as upscale vehicles and sales rose accordingly. Ford easily maintained its dominance, selling almost 10,000 redesigned Standard and DeLuxe station wagons in 1940 alone. Chrysler introduced its first truly car-quality woody, the Town & Country, in March of the following year. It boasted an all-steel roof and a white ash and mahogany body by Pekin Wood Products of Helena, Arkansas. With Willys, Buick, Pontiac and Plymouth all getting serious about passenger comfort in their woodies, things were about to heat up when the manufacturers were told to cease production of passenger cars and contribute to the war effort. A trickle of cars continued for a brief time, but all domestic automobile production had ended by March of 1942. Ford continued to produce a small number of Ford and Mercury woody sedans and ambulances used during the war. We reach Crystal Cove and its landmark Shake Shack and pull in to switch drivers. Remembering the earlier starting difficulty, we leave the Ford idling while photographer Joseph Puhy shoots some images. Little do we know, the ethanol-laced modern gas blend is busy vaporizing in the fuel line, a common Ford flathead V-8 problem. It happens on the uphill leaving the Shake Shack, the woodie chugging slower and slower, until it can’t chug anymore. Now we’re stranded beside the Coast Highway, with Audis and Acuras zipping past at speed. Bad scene. With no luck re-firing the engine, I resort to bump-starting it backward downhill. This works, and the ’34 has just enough power to get us turned around and find safe haven in a nearby park. But the woodie’s day is over. “I think this has cured me of wanting an old car!” Dean says, laughing. Oddly enough, another “Surf City” lyric has portended our current situation: “And if my woodie breaks down on me somewhere on the surf route/Surf City, here we come/I’ll strap my board to my back and hitch a ride in my wetsuit.” With the photo and video teams close behind, our rescue isn’t quite that dramatic, and we all safely return to the museum in modern cars, leaving the generous McPherson and his beautiful ’34 awaiting Hagerty Plus Roadside Service. The last great year of the woody was, by some accounts, 1949. Handcrafting complicated and maintenance-intensive wood frames and panels was becoming very difficult to justify in the red-hot, new-car market. The epochal Chrysler Town & Country switched to Dinoc vinyl (still available in aftermarket "wallpaper woody" kits today) with ornamental ash framing, and the 1949 Ford used all-steel construction with experimental plywood-like panels that underwent a dramatically high rate of failure. General Motors abandoned wood framing after 1948, and from 1948 through 1951, Packard produced station wagons with window framing and ornamental wood door trim by Briggs Manufacturing. The few coachbuilders that survived the Depression and World War II were again in jeopardy during the 1950s. Despite efforts to make the transition to more modern products such as hearses and other steel bodies, the wood-body manufacturers, steeped in old-world hand craftsmanship, were almost all gone by the end of the decade. Car design and manufacture, as well as the tastes of the car-buying public, were undergoing radical changes and the woody, redolent of 1930s and 1940s country clubs, fell from favor. The Chrysler Town & Country was discontinued in 1951, and while Fords continued to sell well, they now increasingly used vinyl and paint instead of real wood. The 1953 Buick wagons were the last real woodies from any major American manufacturer. Various wallpaper woodies or "vinylies" are still offered by Detroit to this day, but the age of the real woody ended in 1953. Fiberglass would come to substitute for ash and Dinoc for mahogany. It was a slow death, and the last real wood exterior trim of any kind on an American vehicle appeared on the Dodge Adventurer 150 "Li'l Red Express Truck" option available in 1978 and 1979.By the time I had my summer epiphany in San Diego, woodies were already in their second incarnation as an American icon. Furniture makers constructed the first of them on truck frames in the late 1920s. The car replaced the horse-drawn vehicles–jitneys or hacks–that had hauled passengers from train depots to hotels. Woodies were, literally, “station wagons,” and you’ll see them turn up. In Southern California, the place to see any style in wood cars is the annual Wavecrest meeting, held every September at Moonlight Beach near San Diego. Trophies are given for Best 1960s Surfing Woodie and Best Hot Rod Woodie. There are big-money restorations and Model A’s with rotting wood, Buick Estate Wagons with fewer than 50,000 miles on the odometer and more Town and Country wagons than Pasadena’s Rose Parade. Lovely as these ghosts are, there’s nothing that can duplicate your first time. Nearly 40 years ago, on the afternoon when I saw that first woodie in a San Diego gas station, I was just way to my part-time job in a suit and tie. What I watched from across the street was a preview of another kind of life, one that was raw and vital, one where a whole world was spread out along the coast waiting to be discovered. It was a moment that changed my life–because that day I quit my job and started surfing.