Friday afternoon The Paula Deen Store in Gatlinburg hosted its namesake, Paula Deen. The retail store features kitchenware, books, and souvenirs. The grand opening is two weeks from today, June 20.
It was the first stop for the celebrity chef in a quick tour that took her to not only the retail store but also the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. That's where her Paula Deen Live shows are set for June 21 and 22.
Her last stop was also in Pigeon Forge. She popped into her new restaurant called Paula Deen's Family Kitchen. It will open later this summer.
She donated $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains.