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Shop local this Black Friday: A guide to some of the best local gifts the shops at historic downtown area

Posted on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 5:01 pm



Mother-daughter owners of High Cotton Allison Dotson and Lynne Jarrell show some of the store’s gift ideas. -Staff photo by John Coffelt

Staff Writer
John Coffelt

With the stores competing for biggest and earliest Black Friday doorbuster sale, only to often undermined the very holiday spirit they’re promoting.

So why not stay home and shop local this Thanksgiving weekend? Here’s a guide to what you will find at the shops in and around the historic square.

“When you own your own business, you see the enormous about of work that goes into it. I think that would bring a whole new appreciation for small businesses, if they could spend a day in it,” said High Cotton owner Allison Dotson. “It’s food on your neighbor’s table.”

Black Iris unique and affordable art

Black Iris Arts in addition to offering classes on a variety of subjects ranging from glass mosaics to painting, offers a selection of unique artistic gifts.

The shop offers woodwork, paintings, glasswork jewelry, tree trimmings, stained, mosaic and fused glass.

It’s a one of a kind offering because of the artists involved.

Black Iris is founded through a collaboration of a dozen local artists.

Gift certificates are available for retail items and for classes. These classes include fused glass, stained glass, mosaics and painting.

Hours are Tuesday –Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Black Friday the store will be open regular hours and will stay open until at least 6 p.m.

The artists reiterate that shopping local strengthens the community, and local groups, maintains individuality of the community, cuts travel and in turn car emissions, creates local jobs, the customers can receive better service and encourages local prosperity.

The retail store offers many item starting at $10. Eleven of the 12 artists live in Coffee County.

Step into High Cotton for fine gifts  

High Cotton Vintage Home Furnishings offerings range from cozy fleece jackets to art and décor.

Owner Lynne Jarrell said that the shop’s clothing lines are very popular.

Make sure your loved one stays warm and cozy in a Live Oak fleece vest, jacket or an adorable slipper booty. Or for a sunny fall day, get them a stylish Franklin Flannel made in Franklin, Tenn.

In the jewelry line, the shop offers Lenny & Eva hand-crafted collection.

For the culinary minded, High Cotton offers a range of easy to prepare treats that range from gourmet soups to mulling spices.

The store offers several varieties of candles, including the ever popular Tennessee Christmas and Christmas in Manchester.

There are four themed trees packed with unique ornaments, perfect for a trim-a-tree party.

Black Friday hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Extended Saturday hours begin the weekend of Thanksgiving, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and continue until Christmas.

Discover the perfect gift at

Pretty Discoveries

One relative newcomer to the historic square is Pretty Discoveries, tucked beside Henley Propane on East Fort Street.

According to its website, “Pretty Discoveries sells anything from one of a kind unique pieces of jewelry, fashionable handbags and scarves to On Trend Boutique Clothing.  We carry Flip-flops and sandals for spring and summer. We also carry a selection of boots for fall and winter.  From those small beginnings, my dreams have become my reality,” writes owner Stephanie Ogle.

Part of a local chain of four boutiques in southern Middle Tennessee, the shop also carries western rhinestone belts that are genuine brindle hide and are all screw riveted, many styles to choose from and many styles of purses from what Ogle describes on Facebook as “Blingy” to classic, and “all are gorgeous.”

Hours are listed as 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 01 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Window shop at Smoot’s Flowers and Gifts

According to its website, Smoot’s Flowers and Gifts is a “quaint and exquisite floral and gift shop has maintained a tradition of excellence for over 100 years. Anyone receiving a gift with the Smoot’s label can anticipate opening something beautifully made and of the highest quality.”

Smoot’s owner Michael Limbaugh said that some gift ideas this season is his unique Christmas ornaments and décor. He also noted that right around the corner, Flowers by Michael, is a Hallmark      Gold Crown store, set up similar to the Murfreesboro Avenues’ shop.

Smoot’s also offers flowers for all occasions, including holiday parties and events.

“Our talented design staff is ready to help you plan the wedding flowers, bouquets, arrangements and on-site decorating for your dream wedding or at any festive occasion or gathering – large or small.”

Limbaugh noted also that everything in the window display is also for sale, so Manchester people can literally window shop.

Call Smoot’s Flowers & Gifts in advance at 931-728-4646 and set up an appointment for a consultation.

Flowers By Michael is located at 110 Hillsboro Blvd. and Smoots is located at 114 E. Main St.

Sprout Children’s Shop for all your

children clothes needs

Sprout Children’s Shop offers clothing, gifts, accessories and shoes for boys and girls infant to 14-16 in girls and 6-8 in boys.

Sprout owners Emily Skinner Sharon Gilliam said that the shop has all you need to dress a kid.

“We have unique items. Also there is the convenience of just driving up to the door,” Gilliam said.

“We offer gift wrapping and we’ll get you in and out the door with what you need.”

The Sprout shop is good, kid-friendly area, so parents have less worries and can focus on shopping.

Gilliam said that with all the Santa photos coming up, Christmas pajamas are big.

“We have some new lines, Eliza Dean, boy or girl, with the Tri-star and the Tennessee logo have been big,” she said.

Sprout also has gifts, books games and a variety of child-focused items.

Sprout Children’s Shop will be open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday.

Find something for everyone on your list at Toliver’s Pawn

The oldest retailer on the square, Toliver’s is known for offering affordable gift options ranging from kayaks to jewelry, guns to boats. As a pawnshop inventory is changing.

The store’s Facebook posts note that layaway is available with only 10 percent down.

“We have jewelry, guns, music equipment, knives, flat screen TV’s, game consoles, tablets, laptops, car audio equipment, gift certificates, ATV’s, motorcycles, boats, campers, tools, the list goes on and on. We have something for everyone,” said Toliver’s Daniel Gonzalez.

Hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Our hours of operation will remain the same during black Friday.