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