New store caters to local artisans

By Caroline Klapper | Feb 06, 2013
Photo by: Caroline Klapper Artisan in the Mountains has recently opened in Clyde. The store features work from local artisans and crafters.

Opening a new business is never easy, but when Kimberly Lankford decided it was time to try her hand at running a store, she knew she wanted to do something unique.

“I wanted to open it to help out the local community,” she said at the Grand Opening of Artisan in the Mountains in Clyde.

The store is located in the same building at 99 Depot St. where Lankford’s grandmother operated a business for more than 53 years, but Lankford has brought new life to the 2,000-square-foot space, with plenty of room to showcase local aspiring crafters and artists.

Artisan in the Mountains gives local artists a place where they can display and sell their work, whether it’s crafts, handmade jewelry, woodworking, hand crafted leather, quilting or a variety of other skilled arts and crafts. The store also features antiques and collectibles and has a coffee and espresso bar with roasts from Panacea Coffee Co. of Waynesville.

“It’s a great way to spend an afternoon enjoying a cup of wonderful coffee while shopping for unique items,” Lankford said.

The store features high-quality work, Lankford said, adding she’s hoping the place will become a real attraction for people looking to find local artwork and hand-crafted items.

“We’re really, really excited to be here and to help out the local crafters and artists who need a place to show their work,” she said.

For information or to find out how to become involved, call 565-0501 or email