Pearls for Christmas

How about Pearls for Christmas this year?

Last Thursday, my In-Loves took me to Loretto, Tennessee to look for Pearls.  Pearls for the Home is a little home décor shop established back in November by Vickie Bosheers.  Vickie’s husband is a friend and colleague of my husband’s dad.  

exterior of pearls shop

A Mighty Fine Welcome

Vickie gave us a big southern welcome and invited us to enjoy complimentary coffee and goodies.  While munching on  homemade cookies and  fudge, we browsed Vickie’s store’s shelves, stocked with dishes, candles, dish towels, Christmas ornaments, home accents, and gifts.  Many of Vickie’s products come from local artists.

Because both of Vickie’s grandmothers were named Pearl, Vickie named her shop after those great ladies.  In addition, Vickie says that pearls are the epitome of simple elegance. Simple elegance radiates throughout the shop and and outside with the simple mint green exterior paint teamed with the raw wood.  Vickie is and expert on simple elegance.  She was one of the first two graduates at the University of North Alabama to receive a degree in interior design.

After years of teaching Vocational Home Economics in secondary education, Vickie left the school system and later opened Pearls in the old Putman’s Barber Shop.

ceramic santa at Pearls
Hey, Santa…Need a shave and a haircut??

Demo Day

The Bosheers put in a tremendous amount of sweat equity to transform the old building into the cute little shop it is today.  Vickie says the place was filthy and “there was a lot of rot and deterioration in the building.”  She adds, “The carpenter did a really good job.”  Mr. Bosheers also did a lot of carpentry work.  “We had a lot of wood in the barn,” says Vickie.  “People will say ‘we’ve got a tree down.’  He’ll go saw it up for them and keep the wood in our barn.”

The barn wood used on one of the big shelving units in Pearls is from a barn in Maury County, Tennessee.

Vickie found and salvaged the barber shop’s mirror that hangs over the fireplace mantle and reflects the shimmering mercury glass Christmas décor.

Putman’s Barber Shop

As the sign outdoors says, Putman’s continuously operated as a barber shop from 1928 until 2001.

While my in-loves and I shopped, a lady and her husband came into the store. The lady said that she had once lived in the house next door while her father ran the barber shop.  She showed us where the barber’s chairs were located and where customers would sit and wait their turn.

Puttman's sign at Pearls

What I Couldn’t Resist

As you may know, we bought Sweetgum House 18 months ago.  I’m slowly, slowly trying to turn it from an track house to a home for our family.

So, the minute I saw a pair of rustic hanging lights, I knew I had to have them in Sweetgum House.  Little additions like this will help bring a little character to our place.  As soon as I figure out how I want Lefty to hang them, I’ll post pictures.  I’ve got an idea, but I may have to ask my Dad-in-love for some of his old wood that he’s got laying around in his collection.

vintage red truck at Pearls

The Rest of the Story

After making my purchase at Pearl’s, Vickie suggested we go eat at Nana’s Pizzeria on Broad Street.  My in-loves and I enjoyed delicious from-scratch pizza that was cooked in a traditional stone oven.  The next day, I was inspired to use Loretto in my short story, Kaitlyn’s Christmas.

After church on Sunday, Lefty, Princess Buttercup, and I had Sunday lunch with Mom and Dad.  Mom asked, “Did you know your Grandmother M was born in Loretto, Tennessee?”

I had no idea!

home decor at Pearls

Visit Pearls on Facebook or at 206 2nd Avenue South in Loretto, Tennessee.

So what is your favorite thing from Pearls?  I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

more home decor at Pearls

Pearls window decor

Legal stuff:
I did not receive compensation for posting about this business.

14 Responses to Pearls for Christmas

    • Thanks for stopping by, Beth Ann!

      It’s a little out of the way, but totally worth the drive! If we’d had more time, I would have liked to have photographed some of the old buildings nearby.

  1. The owner. I have not had the opportunity to see the store yet. But I will when im in town again. But the owner was my highschool teacher and was great. I can not wait to see her again, and all the fun stuff in her store.

  2. Love the shop name & the quaintness makes me want to drive on over there to browse for myself. Gotta love that little red country Christmas truck. Love the nostalgia feel about the place, reminds me of shops I have frequented in the past just because I loved the sights and smells. Makes me think of a Hallmark Christmas movie….you know how I love those❣️

    • I know, isn’t it great that Bosheers named the place after her gramdmas? It was like a Hallmark Christmas movie with us going in and Mrs. Bosheers offering us coffee and treats!

      • When I was little, and Grandmother came to Jachin for a visit, Mama would take all of us across the Tombigbee River to visit relatives and friends. Grandmother had a friend named “Mrs. Bosheers”. I still have the picture Mrs. Bosheers gave Mama when she graduated from High School in 1927. The old building where Mrs. B. and her husband had a store and a house combination, is still there in Marengo County, AL.
        Your paternal grandmother was born in Loretta, Tennessee…small world

        • I think Bosheers is a great name! I may have to include it in one of my stories. Thanks for commenting, Lindsey! I’m always delighted to hear from you!

  3. My husband and I finally got to check out Pearl’s this weekend. We both grew up in Loretto & St.Joe and are so proud that this historical landmark was preserved.It is quite unique ! Loved everything about it and especially the name. It will be a regular stop for me when I visit home.
    My 2 Crystal Trees I bought look great on our mantle!

    • Hi Tanya,

      I’d love to see a picture of the crystal trees! Yes, this was a beautiful little shop with a great story behind it. I’d like to learn more about Loretto now that I found out that Grandmother lived here at one time. Mom says one of our relatives owns/owned a business. His name is/was Hurst.

      If you look at my previous post, Kaitlyn’s Christmas, I featured Loretto in that short story. 🙂

  4. I miss my south life sometimes! I’m so happy I found your blog down a bunny trail this morning merry Christmas!!!

    • Hi Amy,
      Love it: “…down a bunny trail” gave me a good laugh and also made me very happy that maybe my SEO is working!

      Southern life is a world of its own, for sure! Be sure to come visit me if you’re ever in north Alabama. We’ll go have a glass of sweet tea.

      Hugs and Merry Christmas,

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