Showing the Love

Love the Locals starts Feb. 1
By Caroline Klapper | Feb 02, 2013
Photo by: Caroline Klapper Carol Linker at The Chocolate Bear on Main Street in Waynesville rings up some Valentine treats.

By Caroline Klapper

Staff writer


With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, thoughts of love are in the air, and local businesses in Waynesville are once again showing their love to customers with the annual Love the Locals campaign.

Organized by the Downtown Waynesville Association, Love the Locals is a way for local merchants and businesses to say thanks to their loyal customers. Through the entire month of February, downtown Waynesville businesses will be offering a variety of deals and discounts just for locals.

“We always support Love the Locals,” said Judi Ferris of the Chocolate Bear. “We have a lot of repeat customers, and it’s kind of like a thank you to the locals to give them something special in the stores.”

Every participating store will have a red heart on the door with some offering discounts while others are offering special deals on certain items.

At the Chocolate Bear, Ferris said hearts will be scattered throughout the store indicating special discounts on chocolate. Locals can also register to win a $25 gift certificate.

“I definitely appreciate all my local business. It’s very important. You get to know your customers, and I always enjoy visiting with them,” she said.

As a help to late Valentine’s Day shoppers, Ferris is also keeping The Chocolate Bear open late until 8 p.m. on Feb. 12 and 13 and until 7 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.

This year will be the first Love the Locals event for Melisa Williams, owner of Main Street Perks, which opened downtown about nine months ago.

Williams said that Love the Locals will be a great way for her to give back to her regulars while introducing the coffee shop to locals who might not have discovered it yet.

“It’s a good idea. We’re appreciative of our locals,” she said while praising DWA for organizing the campaign. “DWA always has something going on that brings people down here.”

Main Street Perks will be offering a 10 percent discount on all food or beverages to anyone with a valid North Carolina driver’s license.

While many downtown merchants get involved with Love the Locals, nonprofit stores, including the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, are also participating.

The ReStore, which raises funds for Habitat by selling surplus and donated building supplies, furniture and household goods, is offering 10 percent off on all office furniture including desks, chairs and filing cabinets.

“So many of the things that are in the store have come to us because locals donate to us. Our year-round folks sustain us,” said store manager Gary Clontz. “This is a place that has a connection to Haywood County.”

The discount for locals is a way to say thanks and let people know what a difference their donations and ReStore purchases make in the community, he said.

The store has been open for less than two years, but within that time it has helped to raise enough money to build two Habitat for Humanity homes.

“They give a lot to us, so we would like to give back to them,” Clontz said.

There are 42 businesses participating in Love the Locals this year. For a complete list, see below:


Affairs of the Heart: 10% discount on regular priced merchandise for the month of February

Apple Blossoms:  Stop in for hot apple cider and cookies throughout the month of February. We'll have a bushel of discounts just for you. Thank you for shopping downtown Waynesville!!

Blue Ridge BBQ: stop in for details

Blue Ridge Books: We will have a drawing for free books each Friday.  Locals can register each time they come in.

Burr Studio & Turnabouts: Special discounts throughout the month with door prizes for the local featured that day (ex. 5th person on the 5th day). We will be honoring our locals by featuring LOCALLY made products!

Cheddar Box: 15% discount on regular priced merchandise

Chef’s Table: Enjoy our special 3 course “Love the Locals” menu for $30 per person

Christmas Is Everyday: Free Gift with Purchase of $10 or more.  Customer chooses their free gift from a preselected assortment of items, mainly ornaments.

City Bakery: FREE cup of locally roasted coffee Sunday-Thursday with purchase of a breakfast sandwich.

Classic Wineseller: 10% discount in the retail shop on all local beer and local wine

Delectable Treasures: 163 S Main St. Show proof of Haywood County residence and receive 10% discount storewide ANY time through February (this includes Valentine's Day!); register to win a gift basket (drawing to be March 1, 2013).

Earthworks Galleries:  Two great ways to save: 10% off all pottery, art glass, sculpture, and tea set in stock! And 20% off of any new custom framing order for the month of February with a Valid North Carolina ID!

Frogs Leap Public House: 10% discount on our "4@4 Menu", served from 4:00-6:00 Tuesday – Friday, for locals who sign up for FLPH mailing lists

Gallery Two Six Two: Many of our Gallery Two Six Two's artists will be offering discounts from 10%-50% off


Habitat ReStore: 10% off on all office furniture, to include desks, chairs, file cabinets, and other office related items

Haywood County Arts Council/Gallery 86: We will hold a raffle to win a free season ticket to the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival; value is $75 and includes six tickets to use across five concert dates.

Haywood County TDA Visitors Center: stop by to get a FREE Blue Ridge Parkway poster

Haywood Optometric: With eye exam, 15% off purchase of frame and lenses

Herren House:  10% off lunch or Sunday Brunch and complimentary English tea and Chocolate Truffle to finish off your dining experience.

High Country Style 15% discount to locals

High Country Furniture:  10% discount, some exclusions apply

Home-Tech “The Kitchen Shop”: 10% discount


Just Ducky & Friends Childrenswear Outlet: 10% off to local residents

Main Street Perks: 10% discount on all food or drink items with valid NC driver's license

Mast General Store: 10% off any two regularly priced items with proof of local residence

Moose Crossing Burl Wood & Fine Antiques Gallery: offering Haywood County residents discounts up to 20% off.

Mountain Quilt Shop: 10% off storewide

Nest: Look for the red hearts on drastically reduced items! Locals receive and additional 10% off the sale price.

Olde Brick House:  For each $20 you spend on everyday decor, receive $5 off.  Some exclusions apply.

Pheasant Hill Café & Gallery: 10% off all coffee drinks

Pleasant Places:  Show proof of Haywood County residence and receive 15% off any non sale item

Sunburst Market on Montgomery: 10% off rainbow trout fillets throughout the month

Sweet Onion: Bottles of wine under $50 will be half price on Tuesdays

T. Pennington Art Gallery: 15% off all Haywood County scenery and landmarks, framed and unframed.

Temptations: 30% off Entire Stock of Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Ladies clothing, accessories & jewelry   Sale excludes Rhythm Clocks, now 10% off.

The Chocolate Bear: look for hearts scattered throughout the shop for special discounts on chocolate; register to win a $25 gift certificate; drawings to be held Feb. 9 & Feb. 28.

The Fitness ConnectionPersonal Fitness Training at a 50% discount for February and a week of FREE sessions (3) on the ROM/ 8 min. full body exercise machine to locals who bring in proof of residence and are new to our facility.

The Jasper Carrot:  10% discount storewide (applicable to non-sale items); register to win one of 3 beautiful scarves ~ 1 scarf given away each week.

The Mountaineer: Pay for a one year subscription to The Mountaineer, receive one month free. Offer good for new and renewals. Offer ends Feb. 28.

Tipping Point Tavern:  10% off appetizers Monday - Friday 11:30-3:00.

Twigs & Leaves Gallery: Check out our shelf of big discounts.  Come in on Thursdays for a free, appreciation gift.


Village Framer: “Fantastic February Fridays”!  Join us for hot tea and enter a raffle to win a gift certificate.



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