August 31, 2015 Written by

Blame the Chinese – for creating paper money. While paper currency may be the bane of many of our monetary existences (or the lack of adequate supplies of it), it has helped propel us into previously unforeseen levels of prosperity and abundance. It has made us civilized. Well, sort of.

While the Bible’s Apostle Paul may have warned his colleague Timothy about the love of money (being the root of all evil), this paper (or plastic) commodity has great value – something rulers of the 7th century Tang Dynasty understood.

And here we are – at the end of this brief (and valuable) history lesson – at The Park on Main®, the luxury hotel in Highlands, North Carolina, where opportunities to exchange some moolah for some really cool and nifty stuff are bountiful.

While the good and wholesome tenets of monetary exchange shapes our lifestyle and directs our preoccupations, we absolutely love – at least sometimes – to splurge, to go nuts, to fly off the financial handle, to buy, buy, buy! Yippee ah oh!

Beatle John Lennon may have summed it up best: “Money, that’s what I want, that’s what I want. Ooh babe yeah that’s what I want.”

So, why is money so important? To shop, silly. Why else?

We at The Park on Main® present to you some great opportunities to do what many of us do so very well: Shopping! Can we say it again? Shopping! (Ooh. What a lovely word.)

To start, exploring our neighborly streets – to stroll down Main Street – thrusts you back into time, to a quieter, more peaceful era. Highlands, North Carolina has the quaint touches of fictional Mayberry; the cool, rustic splendor of an old Northeastern town; and the delicate elegance of Southern hospitality on full display.

Highlands – on a plateau among the Southern Appalachian Mountains – is the place to go for fine vacationing and good shopping.

Here is a list from of places to shop, to browse or to explore for the simple sake of discovery the good things in life:

Great Places To Shop In Highlands North Carolina

Antiques and Furnishings

  • Acorns offers an elegant shopping experience, featuring fine European and American antiques, one-of-a-kind home accessories and gifts. It is at 465 Main Street. Call (828) 787-1877.
  • The Brier Patchsells fine antiques, decorative accessories, needlepoint and home furnishings, as well as a large selection of permanent flowers designed by William C. Wood. It is at 4186 Cashiers Road. Call (828) 526-4110.
  • Chintz & Co.’s store is a quaint 100-year-old cottage filled with antiques and decorative accessories. Specializing in Chintz Chinaware from the 1940’s, Chintz & Co. also sells handmade quilts and Amish furniture. It is at 228 South 3rd Street. Call (828) 526-4222.
  • CK Swan features fine furnishings, silver, china, glass, lighting and other items for the home from the 1700’s to today. Harllee Gallery showcases original art and functional crafts by regional and national artists. It is at 233 North 4th Street. Call (828) 526-2083 or go to
  • The Dry Sink offers all kinds of merchandise, from kitchen cookware, gadgets and small appliances to candles, glassware, bath and body items and Hallmark cards. It is at 450 Main Street. Call (828) 526-5226.
  • Dutchmans Designs features an inviting collection of cottage and rustic home furnishings, unique accessories and whimsical gifts in its two-story location on Main Street. It is at 342 Main Street. Call (828) 526-8864or go to
  • Greenleaf Gallery specializes in custom framing, with over 17 years of experience; italso features original paintings, pottery, jewelry, home decor and unique gift items. It is at 211 South 4th Street. Call (828) 526-9333 or go to
  • Mirror Lake Antiques is a true antiques shop with estate jewelry, art and cut glass, fine porcelain, pottery and sterling silver pattern matching. The shop is open from Spring to Christmas; mail order is available year round. It is at 2150 South 4th Street. Call (828) 526-2080.
  • Scudder’s Galleries has conducted nightly live auctions for an impressive array of inventory, including oriental rugs, antique furniture, fine art, estate jewelry, bronzes, crystal, collectibles and much more. It is at 352 Main Street. Call (828) 526-4111 or go to
  • The Stone Lantern offers quality Asian porcelains, bronzes and furniture, as well as elegant jewelry from Hong Kong and Bangkok. It is at 395 Main Street. Call (828) 526-2769 or go to


  • The Hen House offers beautiful handmade pottery, as well as a wide variety of specialty condiments and kitchen accoutrements. It is at 488 Main Street. Call (828) 787-2473 or go to
  • High Country Photo is a friendly one-stop shop for high quality film and digital photo processing, plus in-house creation of calendars, photo books and other personalized products. It is at 207 North 4th Street. Call (828) 526-5208 or go to
  • Summit One Gallery represents more than 45 artists and craftsmen, primarily from the southeast, with an emphasis on traditional, rustic and urban art of the Carolinas and Georgia. It is at The Galleries, South 2nd Street. Call (828) 526-2673.


  • The Toy Store is chock full of fun things for kids of all ages, including classic board and strategy games, toys by Brio, Lego and Playmobil, stuffed animals, magic tricks and pranks, dominos, puzzles, retro items for teens and more. It is at 364 Main Street. Call (828) 526-9415.


  • Annawear offers an eclectic mixture of clothing, shoes and accessories, from affordable basics to the latest in designer jeans. It is at 355 Main Street. Call (828) 526-4660.
  • Bear Mountain Outfitters has a large selection of outdoor adventure apparel, casual clothing, hiking boots and other footwear for the entire family. It is at 302 Main Street. Call (828) 526-5784.
  • The Bungalow Boutique offers luxury resort apparel and accessories for the well-dressed woman. It is at 357 Main Street. Call (828) 526-8555.
  • Cabin Casuals offers unique and comfortable casual and resort wear for the entire family, in a friendly, positive atmosphere. It is at 539 East Main Street. Call (828) 526-3320 or go
  • Highland Hiker has been outfitting hikers, fishermen, and travelers for more than 25 years, with a wide selection of gear, clothing and shoes for backpacking, fly fishing, camping, hiking and adventure travel. It is at 547 Main Street. Call (828) 526-2511 or go to
  • Highlands Kids features high quality, name brand children’s apparel, including Deux par Deux, Biscotti, Hartstrings, Haven Girl, Sarah Louise, Viva La Fete, Catimini, Gund, My Boy Sam, MIS-TEE-V-US, and Zutano. It is at 374 Main Street. Call (828) 526-5799 or go to
  • A mini department store, Highlands Emporium sells an extensive assortment of merchandise, including luggage and travelware, handbags and wallets, bedding, home decor, picnic gear and more. It is at 375 Main Street. Call (828) 526-1062 or go to
  • House of Wong sells fine silk clothing, kimonos and accessories with a Japanese flair. It is at 399 Main Street. Call (828) 526-3865.
  • Jackson Madeleine offers stylish, classic clothing and accessories for children, from newborn to twelve years of age, with a great selection of shoes, gowns and sporting attire. It is at 290 South 4th Street. Call (828) 526-1504.
  • Jolies of St. Armands sells fine sportswear and accessories for men and women. It is at 446 Main Street. Call (828) 526-3963.
  • McCulley’s Cashmere sells fine Scottish cashmere, jewelry and accessories for men and women. It is at 242 South 4th Street. Call (828) 526-4407.
  • Mountainique Boutique sells unique ladies clothing, accessories, gifts, handbags, candles and potpourri, including items for those in the Red Hat Society. It is at 341 Main Street. Call (828) 526-5800.
  • Nancy’s Fancys and The Exchange  offers an expansive selection of upscale ladies lingerie and gentlemen’s clothing under one roof. It is at 322 Main Street. Call (828) 526-5029 or go to
  • Rosenthal’s features designer women’s apparel from the some of the world’s finest fashion houses. Collections include St. John, Ellen Tracy, Dana Buchman, Max Mara, Oscar de la Renta, Burberry, Escada and Ralph Lauren. Rosenthal’s also carries a large selection of furs. It is atTown Square, Main Street. Call (828) 526-2100 or go to
  • TJ Bailey for Men sells designer men’s sportswear, perfect for the Highlands lifestyle. It is at 341 Main Street. Call (828) 526-2262.
  • Vivace is a lively boutique featuring current trends in women’s clothing, jewelry, handbags, furs, hats, rainwear and more from a variety of edgy designers. It is at 230 South 4th Street. Call (828) 526-1880.
  • Wit’s End offers classic ladies apparel, unique gifts, home decor and a children’s corner. It is at 382 Main Street. Call (828) 526-3160.
  • Xtreme Threads has the newest looks in surf and casual wear at mall prices. Shop for apparel, sunglasses, sandals, jewelry and accessories from Quiksilver, Roxy, Oakley, Billabong and others. It is at 338 Main Street. Call (828) 526-4777.

Great Places To Shop In Highlands North Carolina


  • Drake’s Diamond Gallery specializes in fine designer and custom jewelry for the past 25 years and offers in-house certified appraisals and master repairs. It is at 152 South 2nd Street. Call (828) 526-5858.
  • Peak Experience is a gallery of fine handcrafted jewelry, antiques, accessories and kitchen amenities. It is at 2820 Dillard Road. Call (828) 526-0229.

Shop Highlands, North Carolina during your stay at The Park on Main®. Come visit us or make reservations today. Let us know how we can be of service to you by following us on our social media channels.

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About The Park on Main

The Park on Main hotel is located in the quaint village of Highlands, North Carolina, a picturesque mountain retreat nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. A boutique style hotel, the Park on Main offers 24 luxury suites, each facing an exquisitely landscaped central park-like garden terrace.

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