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The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of By Mountain Hands located at 31 Macon Center Drive.

“We like to consider By Mountain Hands to be a place of inspiration, training and opportunity for artists and craftspeople, coordinating and holding classes in many different types of arts and crafts, and hopefully have a comfortable place for artists, crafters, local folks/residents to come and feel welcome,” said owner Millie Pejakovich.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated a ribbon cutting with OnTrack WNC to announce its expansion in Macon County. Funding from the National Mortgage Settlement has allowed the agency to open a new location at the Macon Program for Progress Training Annex in Franklin. Todd Duvall, the Western Area Office Coordinator/Counselor, will provide financial/housing counseling and connect clients to other OnTrack WNC programs.


While he was in college, Western North Carolina resident Nathan Lowe would often play cornhole with his friends. During tailgates or cookouts, friends would hold fun competitions for the lawn game in which players take turns throwing bags at a raised platform with a hole in the far end. To determine the winner in a cornhole match, a bag that reaches the hole scores three points, while a bag on the platform scores one point. Players continue throwing the bags until a two-person team reaches the score of 21.

“I never thought just by playing cornhole that I'd one day run my own cornhole business,” said Lowe. “But that all changed when I began organizing one weekly tournament a week, not for any money but just for fun with my friends.”


Lulu’s on Main has been a staple of the Western North Carolina culinary scene for decades, consistently delivering delicious and healthy alternatives in an area with an overabundance of barbecue and fast food restaurants.

Foodies, locals, summer residents and visitors to the mountains often travel from nearby towns to downtown Sylva just to enjoy the food and casual atmosphere in the dining room or outside on the patio. With its exotic dishes and largely vegetarian and vegan menu, Lulu’s was even voted Southern Living magazine’s “favorite restaurant in the region.”


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