VOL. 114 | NO. 245 | Thursday, December 21, 2000
New Collierville store keeps square solid
Stores add to Collierville Town Square charm
By Sue PEASE
The Daily News
Two new stores opened in the past three months in Colliervilles historic Town Square, are keeping what many people call a "charming" area busy with shoppers and business professionals.
Fabric By The Square located at 78 N. Main St. opened its doors last month and Party Accents and Rental at 94 N. Main opened for business in September.
Judy Davis, president of the Collierville Historic District Merchants Association Inc. and owner of English Country Antiques, a store located in the Square since 1985, said the atmosphere is the big draw for businesses setting up shop.
"They can see that it is a bustling, busy place. The atmosphere is great. Weve been told repeatedly what a charming place this is, so people dont have to hear that very often to be aware that it would be a good thing to own a business on the Square," Davis said.
Susan Snipes, owner of Party Accents and Rental rents out equipment and offers coordination services for parties ranging in size from a small family gathering or birthday party to a large wedding reception.
She also sells Oneida crystal gift items such as picture frames and vases.
She is adding paper products this spring to her steadily growing operation.
Although she has run advertisements for her new shop, much of her business comes from foot traffic and word-of-mouth advertising.
"Im just amazed by the amount of foot traffic. People love to come and park on one side of the Square and make the whole loop," Snipes said.
"Basically that is where my business has come from. From people who have said, we were on the square the other day and saw your store. We didnt even realize we had this type of store here. Every time I hear that, it makes me more certain that Im in the right spot," Snipes said.
She also said space availability on the Square was an opportunity she couldnt resist.
"I believe it was a godsend how fortunate it was to get that little store, because they stay filled up on the Square," Snipes said.
Fabric By The Square opened its doors in November on the Squares east side. The 2,500-square-foot building was previously home to Wilsons Pool Hall.
Owners Christy and Jim Nabors offer discount designer fabrics with names such as Waverly, Robert Allen and Magnolia. All fabrics are priced at $9.99 per yard.
"We feel the store is filling a niche not currently available in the Collierville area designer fabrics for only $9.99 per yard, a complete one-stop source for all your fabric needs," Nabors said.
The store has a custom workroom and the owners plan on offering a sewing class in the spring.
They agree the Square atmosphere was a huge draw in locating their business there.
"I think the historic Downtown area is still one of the biggest factors of why people move to Collierville. It really helps symbolize the small town atmosphere. People enjoy going to it, walking around it. Its a piece of the past that they can kind of slip back into on how things use to be," Nabors said.
"The square itself has a tremendous draw for the community. Even when we do our advertising, we really reference the historic square because it is a shopping Mecca for people.
"It is a great place to come and spend the afternoon and shop around and have lunch. It is a whole experience. And I think that our store, as well as the others, all complement each other and play off each other," he added.
The historic district is currently home to more than 30 businesses. Springers Antiques and Interiors will open at 110 N. Main Jan. 2. It will be their second location.