YADKINVILLE — On Friday, the Nest & Hive Shoppe in downtown Yadkinville hosted its grand opening, complete with refreshments and special sales for shop visitors. The shop has been a long-time dream of mother-and-daughter team Gloria Brown and Laura Pack.
“We have wanted a shop of our own ever since Laura was in high school,” Brown said. “We always had a vision of what we would carry.”
The two have always adored all things vintage and southern. The shop is all about combining well-loved antique and vintage glassware, home decor and linens with new items such as unique fragrances and soaps. For many years the two have collected antiques and taken note of new products that they love and think other women would also enjoy.
In each corner of the cheerily decorated and delightfully smelling shop, customers will see antique items displayed alongside new products such as soup mixes, candles, soaps, baby gifts and more.
“We have antiques or vintage items and we like to use those as our base pieces and work around them with our newer products,” Pack explained.
Brown added, “It’s a style.”
“We call it vintage southern homemaking,” she said. In addition to the shop, Brown and Pack are also in the process of filming a show for the local Yadtel TV station that will be all about creating a vintage southern style.
“There’s plenty of women that are doing this already and they just don’t realize it,” Brown said. “The shop [and TV show] is to help them see and think about using old things with new things and how you can merge them into your home. It’s a lifestyle. A vintage southern homemaker, she doesn’t just throw out the old just for the sake of getting something new, she appreciates tradition and loves the fact that we are so rich in history and heritage.”
In this swift-paced world of “bigger, better, faster,” Brown and Pack said the the shop and the show will be about taking time to relax and enjoy the simple things and bringing new life to items from the past.
“It’s the idea of repurposing,” Pack said. “You may have something that is beloved, but you think ‘I’m not going to use that,’ so find a new purpose for it.”
With a few trips to yard sales or grandmother’s back room or mom’s attic, Brown said, today’s homemaker can create a unique style for her home that brings back the charm of days gone by.
“You can have a look and it is yours,” she said.
New products featured in the Nest & Hive Shoppe, like lovely scented candles, lotions and even dusting powders, are another way to create a homey feel by having a signature scent, Brown said. One of the segments for the TV show will be all about creating a signature scent for oneself and one’s home, she said.
With the combination of new and antique items, plus the help that Brown and Pack hope to give to shoppers who need gift or home decorating ideas, the Nest & Hive Shoppe is available to area visitors and locals. The two said they feel lucky to have the opportunity to provide unique items for area shoppers.
“You’re not just shopping, you’re selecting and you’re choosing and that’s what a vintage southern homemaker does,” Brown said. “She’s very thoughtful and deliberate and loves to have that history. That fabric that makes southern people southern and not ashamed to be southern and not ashamed of their accent and not ashamed because we bless each other’s hearts. You know it’s just all rolled up into one and we’ve just been blessed to have a place that we could put our little thoughts and ideas together.”
The shop will be open regularly Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.