The Old English nursery rhyme (sort of) reads:
Three men in a tub,
And who do you think they be?
The butcher, the baker,
and all a short walk from me!
Saluda, for all its history and charm, features some completely unique businesses within walking distance from The Oaks Bed and Breakfast.
The Butcher – As your feet hit the antique hardwood floors in Thompson’s Store, you’ll feel like you’ve found a portal back in time. Proprietor Judy Ward will be happy to show you Thompson’s classic meat display cabinet showcasing local, hand cut steaks, chicken, pork and Thompson’s “famous” fresh-made Sage Sausage (as served at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast).
The Baker – The term “artisanal” truly describes what’s happening at The Wildflower Bakery. Owner and master baker, Debbie Thomas, stone grinds flour for each item she creates – breads, confections and pizza – giving Wildflower the most flavorful & nutritious bread on the market.
The Candlestick Maker – Melissa and Jason Smith brought their dream to Main Street, along with a talent for creating handmade soy candles and fragrant natural soaps. The Saluda Gem Mine Wicks and Wares took over an abandoned restaurant on Main Street and have a covered sluice box where visitors can spend an afternoon panning for minerals and gems.
The Innkeepers – Nine years ago Donna and Dale Potruski created a warm and inviting historic Victorian bed and breakfast, an easy walk to Main Street, Saluda. With their years of experience as three time innkeepers, they welcome guests with a rich knowledge of the mountains and genuine flare for hospitality and cuisine.