Dutchman's Designs

Highlands, NC

Stephanie Nieuwendijk has always had big plans for her flagship store, Dutchman’s Casual Living.

Those who know Stephanie knew she wouldn’t be satisfied with the little floral design shop she opened in 2000. And sure enough, in practically the wink of an eye, she’d moved into the bustling two-story emporium at the heart of Highlands’ Main Street.

Stephanie filled Dutchman’s with handmade furniture, her signature rosehip potpourri and candles, funky art pieces and unique gift items. In fact, the shop is something of a reflection of Stephanie herself – warm, endlessly fascinating, and imbued with a gentle, quirky sense of humor.

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Is it true that people come to the mountains to shop? You bet! Most stores in the Highlands-Cashiers area are owner-operated. This means enjoying a level of personal attention unheard of at the mall. Many businesses have been here for decades and have become a destination for generations of shoppers.


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