Name: Carpenter’s Attic

Owner: Nathan and Sue Stone

Phone: 686-9091

Location: 306 E. McPherson St.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday

If variety is what you are looking for, go no further than the Carpenter’s Attic. This retail establishment sells tool, but not the kind to work with nuts and bolt. Owners Nathan and Sue Stone sell the tools of the spirit in their Christian book store.

From Bibles and covers to coffee and scripture imprinted coffee mugs, the store offers a little bit of something for everyone. Favorite items include stationery, music, gifts, videos, balloons and much more. The small coffee shop serves coffee, cappuccino and smoothies by the cup as well as Longbottom whole bean and ground coffee by the bag. There is even a special “Carpenter’s Attic” blend available for purchase.

Sue Stone believes her store adds variety to the already thriving Nashville market. “People don’t have to go out of town to shop for these items now,” she said. “Now they can come here for gift items, books or coffee.” The Carpenter’s Attic shares a brand new building with another new shop, Peaceful Pleasures. It is located across from Harvey’s, just a few blocks away from the downtown square.

The Stones chose to locate in Nashville because they loved the atmosphere, they saw the area’s need for a Christian bookstore and they wanted to give sometime back to their hometown.

“We have something to offer everybody,” she said. “Come in for coffee, read a book or just look around. We are conveniently located across from Harveys and would love for you to stop by.”

Name: Peaceful Pleasures

Owner: Pam Palmer

Phone: 686-2266

Location: 308 E. McPherson St.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Pam Palmer named her new retail store Peaceful Pleasures because she wanted it to appeal to women by offering several things in which they generally take pleasure. Lotions, skin care items, candles, antiques and porcelain dolls are all offered in a soothing atmosphere with soft peaceful music and sweet scented fragrances.

Her primary inventory is bath and body products. She offers several product lines and a variety of scents, including mango, sweet pea and stress relief. Peaceful Pleasures also features a line of children’s products, Tot Towels, flip flops, beach towels and bags, manicure/pedicure items, glycerine soaps and much more. Bath and body items as well as beautiful porcelain dolls are displayed on antique pieces; both the dolls and furniture are for sale.

Little girls will love the Glam Girl Shimmer Lotion Station where they can mix colors, scents and glitter to make their very own lotion. Another unique feature is the soap deli where homemade soap is custom-sliced for customers.

“I’ve always loved bath and body products as well as dolls and antiques — so I just decided to put it all together in a store,” Palmer said. “Now I’m surrounded by the things I love, and I can share them with the public.”

She chose her location, next to The Carpenter’s Attic, because it was convenient and close to her home. She said she wanted to bring something back to the community in which she has lived since the age of 10.

“It’s different; there isn’t anything like it in Nashville,” she said. “It is just a unique place to shop with a really great atmosphere.”

Palmer believes the soothing atmosphere and unique qualities are what make her shop a great place. The combination of items make shopping for oneself or many people simple.

Woman and girls of all ages will surely take pleasure in shopping at Peaceful Pleasures.

Name: The Children’s Cottage

Owner: Peighton VanAusdal

Phone: (229) 686-9513

Location: 102 E. Marion Ave.

Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Downtown on the Nashville square, an adorable boutique offers name brand children’s clothing and accessories. The Children’s Cottage, owned by Peighton VanAusdal, features clothing in sizes newborn to preteen size 16. In addition to clothing, shoes and accessories, it also sells specialty gift items like picture frames, silver bracelets, cups, plates, a variety of toys and Bella Bistro cooking products for girls.

With variety ranging from dress clothes to casual, several brand names include Sweet Potatoes, Amanda Remembered, Rosalina, KC Parker, Bianni and Crocodile Creek (toys).

VanAusdal has extensive experience in children’s items. Not only did she previously work for a children’s boutique during college, she has three children of her own.

When a downtown Nashville children’s store closed, she knew the city needed a good boutique to replace it. She chose her location because of the convenience it offers. The square already has a variety of great places, and The Children’s Cottage adds even more character to the area. The square has seen a lot of development in the last couple years, and soon there will be new parking as well as a park behind her store.

Her boutique has a classy atmosphere with a unique, fun interior design featuring yellow striped walls, old restored brick at the entrance and custom made racks that resemble fence posts. VanAusdal believes she has great variety and something to fit everyone’s price range and style.

“The Children’s Cottage is a fun place for families to shop together,” she explained. “My goal is to have a boutique with which everyone could fall in love.”

* A new business is located inside The Children’s Cottage. Greetings by Sara offers printed party invitations, cute stationery, wedding accessories, programs, birth announcements, Christmas cards, calling cards and stickers. Owner: Sara Paulk. Contact The Children’s Cottage for information.

Name: Dogwood Pharmacy

Owner: Gena and David Tyson

Phone: 686-2620

Location: 109 E. Washington Ave.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday

Will open: June 26

Gena and David Tyson are bringing the community pharmacy back to downtown Nashville. In just over a week, their store Dogwood Pharmacy will open to the public offering a variety of services and items.

Community pharmacies are a part of Nashville’s history — a part the Tysons want to revitalize with their presence. They plan to know their customers and serve their needs with a “new level of customer service.”

The pharmacy will offer prescription and over-the-counter medicine, diabetes supplies and a small selection of commonly needed items. It will also be able to special order a variety of products. Gena Tyson is a certified diabetes manager, so she will be able to closely serve patients with the disease. There won’t be a drive-through, but curb service and delivery will both be available.

A unique aspect will be the coffee shop in the front of the store. Leroy Hill coffee and cappuccino will be for sale with fresh baked cookies, ice cream and sodas. In conjunction with the Berrien County school’s art program, children’s art will be displayed for viewing as well.

“We want to focus on local budding artists to give them a little bit of encouragement and confidence,” she said.

Gena Tyson has been a pharmacist for 15 years, working in the hospital for the past several years. She missed the close customer interaction and the opportunity to directly touch people lives. A lot of thought helped her see owning her own pharmacy was truly a dream. She got her entire family involved — mom, dad and children — and plans to open a community oriented establishment in downtown Nashville that has a dedication to serving customers and just the right charm.

The caring environment is what the Tysons believe will set their place apart from others. They are excited to be on the square re-establishing Nashville’s history by providing a community pharmacy with great character and true service.

Name: Mimi’s Market Cafe and farmer’s market

Owner: Marge Morris

Phone: 686-1858

Location: 206 South St.

Open: Fall

For seven years, Mimi’s Market Cafe’ has been serving the people of Nashville at lunch and dinner. The business offers specialty salads and sandwiches at lunch, steak and seafood at dinner and a variety of homemade desserts.

About four years ago, owner Marge Morris had the opportunity to purchase the adjacent property. Part of it was torn down for a parking lot. The salvaged portion inspired Morris to renovate the building and open a market for fresh flowers and produce.

The project is nearing completion, and the market should be open in the fall. It will also feature two retail spaces that will be available for rent. There are no official tenants yet, but Morris said several people have been interested.

Upon opening, the market will offer fresh local produce and seasonal items, boiled peanuts, gourmet items, fresh flowers, some garden plants and accessories, casseroles and baked goods. The last two products Morris had been interested in promoting for people who need to pick up dinner on the way home from work or for a sick friend.

“It will be something very different than Nashville has had so far,” Morris said. “It will be a great outlet for fresh local produce and items that are not available anywhere else. It should add a lot to the local atmosphere.”

Coming in fall:


Owner: Debra Hardamen

This store will offer ladies’ clothing, jewelry, accessories, shoes and fine gifts.

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