Each week, owner Kay Manley brings in boxes of used books, audiobooks, CDs, vinyl records, DVDs, and bottles of Thomas Pynchon's New Book Smell cologne to add to the store's eclectic assemblage of more than 20,000 items. The two-floor store also stocks handcrafted jewelry, beaded bookmarks, and other trinkets from local crafters, and its walls serve as a gallery for the artwork of local artists. In the sunroom, patrons gather for author readings, writing classes, craft workshops, and free WiFi. In between browsing, reading, or writing sessions, patrons can grab complimentary cups of coffee and tea at the coffee bar, which sometimes stocks treats from local bakers.:
At Mr. K’s Used Books, Music, and More’s five locations, funny money is the currency of choice. In exchange for bringing in good-quality books, CDs, and DVDs, customers receive store-issued dollars that they can use toward the purchase of other items. Some in-demand items, such as school textbooks, modern literature, video games, or sports almanacs from the future, may warrant a cash exchange instead. The shop’s friendly staffers, meanwhile, remain at the ready to help customers locate an item amid the many shelves, organized by genre and number of vowels in the title.
The Cork & Cleaver, the most popular restaurant in Waynesville according to TripAdvisor, serves luscious food with exceptional service. Starters on the menu include upscale favorites such as oysters rockefeller, baked with spinach and mornay asiago sauce ($8). Skim over soups and salads to land on the meaty terrain of the 20-ounce Braveheart black Angus porterhouse steak, including the tender filet and the hearty loin ($26). The Cork & Cleaver also offers natural meats, ranched sustainably and without a trace of hormones or antibiotics. All steaks are served with pillowy mounds of roasted-garlic mashed potatoes, a loaded baked potato, or the vegetable of the day.
Thousands of sheep have Friends & Fiberworks to thank for their cool, breezy summers. The shop's 4,000-square-foot show room is packed with the dyed, spun remnants of their winter coats, inspiring shoppers to fashion art for the home and body. Wooden display panels show off sample projects above shelves stuffed with skeins of all kinds, including yarns spun by local fiber artists such as Rowan and Debbie Bliss. Amid the rainbow of pillowy packages, cushy armchairs await practicing knitters and spiders-in-training.
More than just a supply shop, Friends & Fiberworks cultivates its own flock of knitters and craftspeople through ongoing classes and twice-yearly retreats. The talented instructors delve into everything from weaving on a loom to spinning wool into yarn and straw into gold, eliminating the need to wager firstborn children away to nameless imps.
WNC magazine covers every facet of life in the 24 counties of western North Carolina. The magazine's sections focus on the region's vibrant cultural fixtures, from popular local travel destinations and the stylish homes of interesting residents to restaurants and breweries. Coverage of the area's arts scene, for instance, has included profiles of upstart local bands, independent artists and designers, and well-known venues. A regular feature in the bimonthly magazine, the Trail Guide documents the difficulty level, length, and Appalachian scenery of myriad local hikes, noting any obstacles along the way, such as rockfalls or stoplights stuck on red.