Though Manchester is a 30-minute drive from the closet retail shopping center, the small town has a considerable array of women’s boutiques and home décor and furniture stores. The Manchester downtown is also home to Sprout, a mother and daughter-owned children’s shop that sells clothing for dapper and dressy children and tweens.
Next time you are looking for a trendy outfit for ladies’ night or the perfect gift for a birthday or shower, stop by one of these locally-owned stores and #ShopLocal
The Cracked Pot | 1511 Hillsboro Blvd.
A vintage furniture and home décor store located on Hillsboro Boulevard, The Cracked Pot is owned by a husband and wife team— assisted by their teenage son— that refurbishes old, cracked and broken pieces of furniture into new handmade and hand-painted products with beauty and value. For those looking to have their own piece of furniture painted or refurbished, the family team at the Cracked Pot can usually have your furniture back to you shiny and new within two weeks. In addition to refurbished furniture, the Cracked Pot also sells local jewelry, local candles, Tennessee soaps, house-made chalk paint, monogrammed goods, local jams and jellies and various other home décor pieces with both Southern farmhouse and Bohemian flares. While perusing the Cracked Pot’s numerous, trendy rooms of furniture and décor, enjoy a bottle of delicious and refreshing fruit tea from the Fruit Tea Chicks out of Hartsville, Tennessee.
The Cracked Pot also hosts occasional paint classes and has a second location at The Spot in Morrison.
High Cotton Vintage Home Furnishings | 213 N. Spring St.
Allison Dotson was working as a teacher when she decided to make a dramatic career change and open her own business in downtown Manchester with her parents, Lynne and Stan Jarrell. The result—High Cotton, a clothing and home décor store with a decidedly Southern and vintage feel to it—was an instant success in a boutique-less town. The business, which occupies a charming Victorian home built in 1875, carries women’s contemporary dresses and tops, jewelry from a number of Tennessee designers, pillows and other whimsical home accents, intoxicating scented candles, and hand-painted art bearing inspirational quotes. Lynn’s handmade cotton wreaths are also regular fixtures and consistent bestsellers—not to mention, were a hot commodity at Nashville’s revered Antiques & Garden Show, the largest of its kind in the country.
High Cotton’s annual Christmas Open House, which features the store’s best seasonal décor, occurs at the beginning of November.
Pretty Discoveries | 114 E. Fort St.
Situated a short walking distance from downtown Manchester, Pretty Discoveries is a small boutique offering affordable jewelry, accessories and boutique-style clothes for women. The ladies at Pretty Discoveries are focused on how their customers feel in their clothes, with emphasis on feeling beautiful and not fretting about size. The store features two rooms full of chic and edgy clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories, with one room specifically designed for “curvy ladies.” With each season, Pretty Discoveries strives to change out their hand-selected products, keeping with the weather and the latest trends.
Pretty Discoveries also has locations in Fayetteville, Winchester and Lynchburg.
Reese’s Genes Boutique | 201 Hillsboro Blvd.
Located right off the Manchester square, Reese’s Genes began as a small online boutique that quickly outgrew the owner’s home, demanding a storefront location. The new location sells clothing for women, kids and tweens, in addition to a variety of chalk paints, jewelry, locally-made wood signs and a small lineup of colorful children’s toys and puzzles. Reese’s Genes also sells Butter Leggings that come in dozens of fun patterns and colors for women and young girls.
Sprout Children’s Shop | 108 S. Spring St.
Owned and managed by a mother-daughter team of Manchester residents, Sprout Children’s Shop in downtown Manchester sells stylish and age-appropriate children’s and tween’s clothes for boys and girls (up to size 14 in girl’s clothes and size 6/7 for boy’s clothes). Sprout’s also offers children’s shoes and accessories, toys, dance gear, diaper bags, backpacks and fashionable, modern gifts for mothers and children. Further catering to local mothers and expecting women, Sprout’s provides in-house monogramming and baby registries— with each registered mother receiving their own decorated table at the front of the store.
During the Christmas and Easter seasons, Sprout’s hosts holiday events for children, with photo opportunities with Santa and the Easter Bunny.
Formerly a mobile boutique operating out of a large, colorful truck, the Wandering Apple now has a storefront on Rye Street, offering “unique, comfy and cute boutique clothing for women and young ladies.” The owner, a former school teacher and owner of the now-closed Victoria’s Boutique, still sets up for home and craft shows from her Wandering Apple truck, but her new storefront allows her to bring in more products and clothing. Among Wandering Apple’s array of clothes and gift items are Corkcicle canteens tumblers, handcrafted leather Hobo Bags, locally-made jewelry, Natural Life’s “inspirational” gifts and an impressive assortment of men’s gift items— all of this in addition to boutique-style clothing and accessories, including a section for curvy girls. “My husband says that I think I have a department store,” the owner laughed, referencing her small store’s large assortment of clothes and gifts.
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