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Charmed Southern celebrates the art of gracious living

November 11th, 2013 9:07 am by Katherine Scoggins

Charmed Southern celebrates the art of gracious living

Charmed Southern, located at 117 East Market Street in Downtown Kingsport, beckons to passersby with its gracious charm: a graceful awning, ironwork, ferns and pots of blooming plants clustered around the entrance and beautifully decorated windows that promise unique offerings and special temptations.

As one steps into the shop, owner Jacki Ewing greets them with a smile and the offer to answer any questions or assist in any way. The shop itself is quaint, yet sophisticated, with its exposed brick, stained concrete floors, and mellow jazz playing in the background. Iron pieces, combined with art, photography and textiles soften the brick walls, while old wooden tables display delicate jewelry, burnished leather pieces, culinary accessories, glassware and candles.

Charmed Southern carries several specialized lines, including Stonewall Kitchen Pantry with its jams, preserves, dressings and mixes, Tea Forte, fragrant Lafco candles, Spartina 449 linen and leather handbags, Pink Zebra wax sprinkles, custom-crafted jewelry by Paula Scott, Tracy Vaughn photography, the Musgo Real men’s skin care line from Portugal, and Miraposa heirloom quality gifts.

The courtyard is another piece of Southern inspiration. Private and lush, Charmed Southern’s courtyard is a combination of trees and shrubs, gravel paths, seasonal plantings, and stone and ironwork pieces. The courtyard can be reserved for events of all types: seated dinners, cocktail parties and baby showers. This is another service that Jacki offers to enhance the shop’s mission of sharing hospitality. 

In July, Charmed Southern was one of the casualties of the flood in Downtown Kingsport. Water came in through the back door and flooded the shop. Yet, with hard work, overwhelming assistance and support from family and friends, order was restored and the shop hosted a sit-down dinner for 15 in the courtyard three days later.

These days, Jacki is getting the shop ready for the upcoming Holiday Open House, to be held in conjunction with November’s First Thursday (Nov. 7) evening.

“We really look forward to this event. Downtown is decorated, the merchants stay open later, there are refreshments and music, people visit, walk around and look at the beautifully decorated storefronts and windows and we ‘officially’ kick off the holiday season. It’s a wonderful time to be in Downtown Kingsport!” says Jacki.

During the Open House, she will be taking orders for traditional boxwood wreaths in sizes 12- to 36-inches, and buckets of magnolia and other seasonal greenery will also be for sale. 

For a more professional touch, Jacki is available to decorate entire homes or selected rooms, or to design a new wreath for the front door or a centerpiece for the dining room table. (This can be a particularly creative and much appreciated gift for that “hard to buy for” hostess on your list.) 

Also making its annual holiday appearance is “Frazier Fir” by the Thymes in candles and room spray.

“New this holiday season are our wine accessories from Oenophilia, a supplier of high-end wine bottle stoppers, glassware, decanters, and unique and fun wine-themed accessories,” says Jacki. “The closest store that carries their merchandise is in Blowing Rock, N.C.”

Charmed Southern is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. It is closed Sunday and Monday. You can contact them at 423-392-1901. Visit www.charmedsouthern.com and Like them on Facebook.

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