Cathey Bolton, a longtime potter with a successful business, found a way to tie her passions together by opening two new businesses. Corner Station Olive Oil Company and Third Bay Filling Station continues the rich family history that Waynesville is used to.
Cathey Bolton, longtime potter and successful business owner, has found a way to bring her passion for clay and culinary arts together with the launch of the Corner Station Olive Oil Company and the Third Bay Filling Station. Adding to her longstanding venture, Cathey Bolton Pottery, each venture is a compliment to the next. According to Bolton, the result is a perfect trifecta. Starting with an established customer base, Bolton brought all the right ingredients to the corner of Depot and Branner in Downtown Waynesville.
Through her pottery business, Bolton has been throwing and selling functional pottery. Over time, she noticed that her pieces were a natural complement to the quality olive oil and coffee products she so revered. With this, Bolton set out on a mission. “I love to cook and dabble in mixing together different spices and seasonings, but I wasn’t sure if the market was ready for an olive oil and vinegar business,” she explains. “I gathered as much information as I could and decided to start a business selling all these things as well as a restaurant to showcase how to use them.”
With this revelation, the Corner Station Olive Oil Company and Third Bay Filling Station were born adding grab-and-go food items and beverages, as well as selling quality olive oil, vinegar, spices and more in addition to her well established pottery line. “Through these businesses, I can introduce seasonings and oils to people who are not familiar with them,” Bolton says. “This is a whole different way of making people happy.”
Bolton cleverly adds new tastes almost daily. If you like what you’re eating, she can hook you up with the seasonings to create it at home. Having a dinner party? Bolton can help with that too. Who doesn’t love to drink coffee out of a one-of-a kind mug? And it just so happens that you can buy that mug while you’re there.
The best part of these businesses is the rich family history that Bolton is keeping alive. For decades, locals relied on her great-grandfather, grandfather and uncle for all kinds of car repairs at Walker’s Station, which was a community staple in the same location as her new businesses. Paying homage to these institutions, Bolton and her mom, Katy Bolton who is also her business partner in the two new business ventures, came up with the new business names.
“My great-grandfather opened the station in 1928,” Bolton says. When opportunity came, Bolton and her mother knew they needed to continue the entrepreneurial legacy associated with the building and they made the jump.
Throughout the years of operating a small business, Bolton has relied on help from Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center. “If I run into something I’m not sure about,” she explains, “I reach out to Katy Gould at the Small Business Center. I strongly believe in using the resources that are available to you. I could spend all day on the computer trying to find the answer to a question but all I have to do is make a phone call and she can help.”
Bolton routinely relies on the network of resources available at the Small Business Center. Throughout the process of running her original business, to the startup and sustainability of the new businesses, she has had the support of the center.
Gould sees the trademark characteristics in Bolton of the entrepreneurial mindset. “She is a catalyst for business development. Each business venture is piloted in the marketplace and scaled to best meet the market need. And with it she pushes boundaries and adds her own creativity to each.”
Bolton is not afraid to try new things. Putting espresso in a muffin? She’s all in!
“To be successful, you have to be persistent and flexible,” Bolton says. “You work hard and when you go home, you have a sense of accomplishment.”
Visit SBC.Haywood.edu or call 828.627.4512 for additional information or to register today. Thinking about starting a business in Haywood County or growing an existing business? Take advantage of the programs, services and resources provided by the Small Business Center. The NC Community College’s Small Business Center Network assists in starting an average of over 600 businesses each year. Small Business Centers have an economic impact in 90 percent of all NC Counties each year, helping to create and retain nearly 3,000 jobs annually.