In case you haven’t noticed, the junction between Waynesville and Frog Level (corner of Branner Ave. and Depot St.) is enjoying a wonderful revitalization. What was once the family-owned Walker Service Station and renowned metal sculptor, Grace Cathey’s gallery and sculpture garden — is fast becoming a foodie’s paradise.
It’s all the vision of renowned potter, in-her-own-right, Cathey Bolton — whom I have been happy to call a friend, since moving to this wonderful community in 2008.
My wife and I drink our morning coffee from Cathey Bolton-crafted mugs. I dress my salad every evening from a Cathey Bolton-crafted olive oil cruet. And these days, my cruet is filled with the finest quality Corner Station Olive Oil Company, olive oils. Next, I’ll be acquiring pottery containers for Corner Station spices — of which there are a gazillion.
Bolton’s transition from potter to food enthusiast is a direct result of the popularity of her beautifully crafted olive oil cruet and dipping sets — which she ships in quantity all over the world.
As well as being a craftsperson, Bolton is a long-time culinary enthusiast, and she is just as creative in the kitchen as she is at the potter’s wheel.
Her passion for food was the creative force behind the idea for Corner Station, and it was her parents, Katy and Bill Bolton, who came forward to fulfill her dream and keep the iconic building in family hands.
“If it weren’t for Mom and Dad, this wouldn’t have happened,” Cathey Bolton said.
I’ve personally witnessed their tireless efforts — It’s what a family business is all about.
The Corner Station restoration is taking shape in three parts. Step one — Corner Station Olive Oil Company — is already open for business, offering an incredible selection of quality olive oils and balsamic vinegars, and (literally) a world of spice options.
The adjacent Third Bay Filling Station — Phase 2 — opened recently — serving a creative variety of coffee and tea options, baked goods and pastries from, The Rhu, in Asheville and a never-ending variety of light dining options.
Want your choice of aged balsamic on your salad or sandwich? No problem, Bolton will make it happen. BTW, the Boltons recently applied for an ABC permit, so soon you may be able to enjoy beer and wine, as well.
Phase 3 for Corner Station will be a new Waynesville restaurant — Single Tree, A Heritage Kitchen — to be created by Chef Josh Weeks, formerly of Corner Kitchen in Biltmore Village.
All told, it’s quite an undertaking, I urge you to support the Bolton Family’s investment in bringing such culinary vision to our mountain community.
As Cathey Bolton expresses so clearly in the Corner Station theme — It’s “Where craft meets food.” Stop by and prepare to have your senses dazzled.
Corner Station Olive Oil Company and Third Bay Filling Station are located at 136 Depot St., Waynesville. For daily food and beverage choices, search Third Bay Filling Station on Facebook.
For information, call 828-246-6868 or visit www.cornerstationoliveoil.com.