About Us

Since 1972, The Dry Sink continues to offer distinctive gifts and merchandise.  While specializing in Gourmet Kitchenware, we also offer many gift ideas, greeting cards, and items that are interesting and unusual.  Visitors from around the world will delight in visiting The Dry Sink in Highlands, North Carolina.

Store Background:

The Dry Sink story began in 1972 when the Parishes opened the original store near Old Edwards Inn on “The Hill”. It was a modest but successful enterprise, and when the Hoveys purchased the store two years later, it continued its growth to the point where it was bursting at the seams. So, they packed up the merchandise and moved to nearby Village Square in 1976, converting the original store into “Elevation 4118”, a card shop. Finally, in 1980, The Dry Sink, merged with the card shop and came home to its present Main Street location. This current building has had it’s own colorful history, hosting many a traditional American enterprise including a hardware store, a drug store, and even a bowling alley!

Since 1994, the current owners have expanded or remodeled The Dry Sink on three occasions, most recently building an addition that included a larger Kitchen/Cookware area, and, a freight elevator that would allow a faster distribution of merchandise onto the sales floor.

Today The Dry Sink offers a wide variety of merchandise, from kitchen cookware, gadgets and small appliances, to a huge selection of candles, glassware, bath & body items, and other gifts. The Hallmark card selection is extensive, as are the offerings of partyware and seasonal items. And, to make things easier, The Dry Sink offers full service packing and shipping, using UPS and USPS shipping services.

As it has been for the last quarter of a century, our goal at The Dry Sink is to provide goods of the highest quality at reasonable, competitive prices, and to offer the highest level of customer service.   We look forward to having you visit our store in the mountains of North Carolina, and we are committed to making The Dry Sink your personal shopping discovery!