The Pop-Up Shops in Jackson had a humble beginning, but are quickly becoming a known downtown staple for every season. Spring of 2014 brought Jackson’s first Pop-Up Shop, mainly with the efforts of local founders Lisa Garner and Keely Beasley. What sparked the idea for a Pop-Up in Lisa’s mind was the desire to sell her recently developed project Garner Blue, featuring a variety hand-dyed fabrics and accessories. Keely has since moved to Pennsylvania but is still connected to Jackson and making her own craft under the name Hart Goods.
Lisa noted her initial hesitation with the project but was soon surprised at the enthusiasm with which she was greeted when approaching vendors. One such vendor was Made On Acorn Hill, a home-based business selling soaps, lotions, and more.
Lisa’s first Pop-Up Shop was a small gathering of acquaintances, offering appetizers and cocktails. “It was so busy and fun, and we loved it! It incorporated what we had made and a get-together,” Lisa said. Her intention of making an event of it succeeded.
As the Pop-Up came back in the summer of 2014 with the Summer Swell Pop-Up, Lisa’s vision grew. She wanted to make it a way to feature local talent as well as incorporating artisans from outside Jackson that she wanted to introduce. One such company is P.F. Candles, coming all the way from California. P.F. Candles produces a variety of candles with striking natural scents that greatly complement the style and feel of the Pop-Up’s featured items.
The shop became more established, and the Yuletide Pop-Up was a great success and a source for unique Christmas gifts. When it came to the Love Day Pop-Up, Alba Coffee, Tea, & Food in downtown Jackson was the host, allowing for more shopper traffic and space to display the handiwork.
Even with several established contributors, Lisa wants to keep each event fresh and interesting for shoppers. “We are bringing in new vendors all the time. It’s good to have people there consistently, but it’s fun to have new people,” Lisa said.
“I look at it as a shop that I’m curating. I want everything to go well together, and I want everything to be at the same level of craftsmanship,” Lisa explained. “I’m also trying to encourage the work of other people. It’s hard to find a balance between both. A lot of local people create for fun. They just don’t know if they want to dive in and make a business out of it. The Pop-Up Shop gives them a way to sustain and keep creating.”
Beth Watson graduated from Union University with a degree in Media Communications and Film Studies but still doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up. She has an insatiable appetite for travel, books, and international foods. Although she cheerily greets everyone who walks into her workplace, she is an incurable introvert who finds it more enjoyable to connect with her fellow Jacksonians through the written word.
Photography provided by Lisa Garner.
While most of us are prone to toss out old things and run to the new, others are gifted with the vision to make something out of what the rest of us leave behind. Ellen Bennett, the creator of “The Restored Attic,” creates home decor and furniture pieces by repurposing found and thrifted materials. From childhood trips to yard sales with her father, she learned that she didn’t have to pay full price for anything. As she grew up, it evolved into trying to search for furniture and other pieces to decorate her home.
Ross Priddy is the man behind Douglass Gray. He is also my older brother. We grew up under the same roof with the same traditions, which formed many of the same memories. His childhood— I was there for that. Which, I assume, is why I was asked to tell the story of Douglass Gray—because that really is where it started . . . in his childhood. My brother was an imaginative kid. He took everything to the next level. If he was playing army, there was ketchup blood and little sisters on sleeping bag stretchers.
A twenty-minute drive away from the busy hub of I-40 and the noise of the road, the work day of a farrier begins unceremoniously. A trailer full of equipment is backed into a horse barn, equipment is unloaded, and work is immediately undertaken. Father-son duo Donnie and Chris Taylor begin their day beneath the hum of rain on the barn’s tin roof with intensity, focus, and a careful and determined pace that could only be settled into after years of practicing their craft.
On the hillside of a Humboldt vineyard, in what was once a barn in the land’s historic farm days, is the Companion Gallery, where local ceramicist Eric Botbyl has his studio as well as a gallery shop featuring work by fellow potters from around the country. It’s a quiet place where the doors are left open to catch the breeze on spring days like today and is kept warm by a wood-burning stove in the winter. It’s surrounded by twenty-two acres of grapevines and neighbors the Crown Winery’s Tuscan-style villa.
I think most people would agree that there’s not much better than a good slice of pizza, especially after a long day at work or during an action-packed football game. You can get mediocre pizza from tons of places, but if you want some delicious, handcrafted, brick oven pizza, I’ve got just the place for you: Rock’n Dough Pizza + Brew Co. In addition to the aforementioned amazing pizza, Rock’n Dough offers grinders, salads, desserts, and weekly lunch specials, such as lasagna, shrimp and grits, and calzones.
Nestled on top of a hill and surrounded by a beautiful vineyard is the charming Botbyl Pottery & Companion Gallery, where you will find a gorgeous selection of handmade pottery, baskets, textiles, jewelry, and even handmade bath products. The majority of the pottery in Companion Gallery is made by owner Eric Botbyl, who is a longtime artist and potter. The gallery also features work by Kelsey Nagy, Amelia Stamps, Shadow May, Caroline Cercone, Becky Rosenkrans, and Made on Acorn Hill.
What started as two friends making Christmas gifts for loved ones has evolved into a thriving small business called Made On Acorn Hill. Mandy and Ashley, co-owners, make safe and natural alternatives to commercially produced bath and body products. Made On Acorn Hill sells a wide variety of bath products including herbal salves, sea salt scrubs, lip balms, and old fashioned goat milk soap. (Yes, they milk the goats themselves!)
We are so excited to bring you Vol. 2, Issue 2: Elements! Preorder your copy today here. This summer 2016 magazine will be available May 5, premiering first at the West Tennessee Strawberry Festival. You can pick up your preordered copy at the festival or theCO, or you can have it shipped to you.
It seems like I find myself in a lot of conversations about how much Jackson is growing. You might also hear natives and non-natives alike saying, “Jackson is nothing like it was ten years ago.” I recently found myself in conversation with a new Jackson resident while waiting in a food truck line at the farmers’ market, and the California-native remarked on how young and up-and-coming Jackson feels compared to other small Southeastern towns she’s experienced.
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Among a greenhouse full of sprouting and thriving plants and hanging baskets overflowing with carefully attended vines, Rita Randolph meticulously places a cutting of a plant into its own compartment of soil so that it will take root and grow. I am at Morris Nursery on accident, because a warm spring afternoon convinced me I could learn to keep a few plants alive.
I had been craving some good country biscuits for a while when the Autrys invited me over for breakfast one Sunday. Marcie told me that her husband, Jamie, makes excellent biscuits and, man, was she right. “One of our dreams is to have a biscuit truck at the farmers’ market. We have a lot of dreams, though,” she said laughing in their kitchen. In fact, they’ve started keeping a written list, storing their dreams away in a log, ready for the picking when the time is right.
If your coffee education has been anything like mine, you were probably introduced to the centuries-old beverage that’s been studied and practiced and thought about deeply by way of the Just Add Sugar method. You know what I’m talking about. Your dad might have taught it to you and maybe still practices it to this day. He tears those little pink packets open and pours their contents into his steaming cup, and you see a look of satisfaction on his face after that first sip.