By Rebekah Hurst, editor
Quaint, but exquisite, Smoot’s Flowers & Gifts have maintained a tradition of excellence for 100 years. Just as the luxury jewelry company Tiffany & Co. name carries the reputation for magnificent jewelry, anyone receiving a gift with the Smoot’s label can anticipate opening something beautifully made and of the highest quality. For generations, shoppers have delighted in knowing that keepsake treasures await them at Smoot’s Flowers & Gifts.
A century ago, Mr. and Mrs. I.B. Smoot opened Smoot’s Ready to Wear from their home on West High Street in Manchester. Not only did Mr. and Mrs. Smoot carry the best in fashion, they grew their own flowers to be used in arrangements. Keeping the shop in the family, the business passed on to Blair Smoot and then to Donnie Smoot and his wife, Lavye. By this time, Smoot’s had found a new home at 114 E. Main St. in Manchester where it remains today a community landmark and one of Manchester’s premier destinations for top of the line merchandise and/or to send flowers to loved ones. After the passing of her husband, Lavye stayed with the shop, continuing its success. Later, she remarried to Bill Talley and they stewarded the shop until her passing. Afterward, long time Smoot’s employee, Terry Carter, purchased Smoot’s and continued to present the community with an upscale shopping experience and spectacular floral designs.
In February of this year, Michael Limbaugh and his wife, Jessica Jones Limbaugh, owners of Flowers by Michael in Manchester, bought Smoot’s Flowers and Gifts. Owning both shops, the Limbaughs plan to meet a broad variety of the community’s tastes and styles while keeping with the tradition of excellent service and quality merchandise as well.
“Smoot’s is more formal and traditional and we will still offer china and bridal registry,” said Michael Limbaugh. “Flowers by Michael is more colorful and fun. More rustic items can be found there, as well.”
Flowers by Michael is more contemporary while Smoot’s Flowers and Gifts continues its legacy of carrying the classic, beautiful home décor and top quality gifts. Fine china may also be ordered through the shop as well giving brides and others the opportunity to choose their own special patterns.
Smoot’s Flowers & Gifts carries some of the most popular lines of gifts, including Willow Tree Angels, Aromatique potpourri and candles, Kate Spade and Lenox china and giftware, as well as beautiful framed art and a variety of lamps and pottery. Perfect for Christmas decorating, an assortment of wreaths and wall hangings line the walls while Buyers Choice Carolers brighten the shelves. Whether Cottage Garden music boxes or giftware from treasured companies like Tozail, Two’s Company or Pavilion, shoppers have an assortment from which to choose.
Brides are encouraged to participate in Smoot’s Bridal Registry, listing both gifts available from the shop and china patterns to be ordered. Michael and his staff are also available for providing flower arrangements for any occasion. Be sure and reserve Michael and his staff early for your special occasion because their floral services are in high demand, especially during the wedding season. Michael’s talent for floral arranging, bouquet designs and centerpieces have caught the attention of clients throughout Tennessee.
Both Smoot’s Flowers & Gifts and Flowers by Michael are open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. until 12 noon on Saturdays. Smoot’s may be reached by calling (931) 728-4646. Flowers by Michael is located at 110 Hillsboro Blvd. and may be reached by calling (931) 723-7044. After hours, Michael may be reached directly by calling (931) 581-4354.