Shop Around the Corner | Lily Jane

Shop Around the Corner is a twice-monthly series where I share a variety of fan-tas-tic small business owners that I think you’d really dig. It’s very important to me to share the love with fellow small business folks – the welcoming community of entrepreneurs I’ve met is quite strong, and there is so much incredible talent out there!  I look forward to introducing you to great photographers, designers, shop owners…the list goes on and on!

 

If you have ever asked around for good places to shop in Columbia, Tennessee, I am *sure* you were told about Lily Jane. It has a little bit of everything, and the owner, Lucy McEwen, is great at keeping things fresh and inviting. She seems to constantly be finding and offering gorgeous, must-have items, which certainly keeps business booming! Many a birthday, I have asked for gift certificates to this shop, because I can find something I absolutely need each and every time I walk in the door…clothing, candles, jewelry, note cards, and more! I’m happy to be supporting a friend and a well-loved business owner in town with this little ol’ blog today!

 

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Photo by Sarah B. Gilliam Photography (she’s amazing – go check her out!)

Tell us about your business!

Lily Jane is a quaint little boutique located inside Buckhead Coffeehouse. We have fun apparel, fabulous jewelry, and a great array of gifts for just about anybody. Except men…..still working on that aspect.

 

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What made you decide to open Lily Jane?

In high school, to earn “fun money”, I got a wonderful job working at Ye Peddler Gift Shoppe. That high school job turned into 8 years of retail experience. I adore Ye Peddler’s owner, Rachel Hughes, and will forever be indebted to her for laying the groundwork and giving me experience in such a fun environment. I knew Columbia was ready for another place to shop so in 2008 I opened Lily Jane.

 

Where do you find inspiration?

I am constantly searching the internet for fun merchandise to bring into the shop. I love Pinterest and Etsy but prefer real-life “pinning” with magazines. I find more products after seeing them featured in magazine spreads. I’m always researching creatively…..my mind never stops!

 

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Favorite item that you sell?

My favorite item of the moment is the Blue Jean candle from Capri Blue. Scented with citrus, white musk, and patchouli it’s MY. FAVORITE. CANDLE.

 

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Any advice for those just starting out?

Be passionate, be driven, and be dedicated! You have to love what you’re doing to have that long-term happiness. Always be willing to go above and beyond with your business. And be prepared to work ALOT in the beginning. I worked 6 day work weeks for a while.

 

Three words to describe you/your life:

Busy, Big-Hearted, and Blissful

 

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Story or moment in business that was memorable/impactful:

Anytime I receive notes from customers letting me know how much they love Lily Jane. It totally makes my month:) I love our Christmas Open House too! Getting to see all of my favorite customers in one weekend….It’s the best!

 

Favorite TV Show:

The Walking Dead

 

Favorite Ice Cream:

Not a big ice cream fan….. I do love Avocado popsicles from Las Paletas in Nashville!

 

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Favorite (Realistic) Vacation Spot:

Seattle, WA

Favorite (Hope-to-retire-here-someday) Vacation Spot- Bellagio on Lake Como in Italy:)

 

Favorite Way to Spend a Saturday afternoon:

Most of my Saturdays are spent working so Sundays are my rest day. I love spending the day with my husband and dogs at our farm. Sunday night is my favorite night to cook a really good meal.

 

Favorite Part of Running Lily Jane:

Hands down, getting to see some of my favorite people on a daily basis. I love my customers! Second to that, I love the flexibility. If I want to go out of town, I don’t feel guilty about being away from work.

 

Thank you so, so much Lucy! You can visit Lily Jane and grab a cup of coffee next door at Buckhead – located at 1173 Trotwood Avenue. Be sure to check out this lovely shop on Facebook  and Pinterest, too!