It’s difficult to find that perfect mix between big city style and small town charm in, well, a small town. But it’s safe to say there isn’t another store in the area like Southern Grace of Ellijay, Ga. With a mix of French Country elegance and old-world luxury, it is a store that beckons. Southern Grace carries items that everyone can use and enjoy – from accent furniture and glassware to table linens and bedding. It is an upscale décor store with gracious service, unique items and price tags that won’t break the bank.
What sets Southern Grace apart from other home interior stores is the realization that everyone’s tastes are different, yet anyone can walk in the store and find something to fit his or her needs. Cheryl Frangipane, owner of Southern Grace, started her business out of her own personal home decor needs. “I was tired of going to Atlanta when we needed bedding or table linens and I wanted a place here where people could find what they needed without driving out of town.” Southern Grace is a place where style meets convenience. “If I don’t have what you’re looking for, I will help you find it and order it. We can have most things shipped right to your home to save you the trouble of having to come pick it up,” she adds smiling.
Part of Southern Grace’s charm is the owner herself. Cheryl is dedicated to upstanding and convenient customer service. Working with her husband, Leo, at his local medical practice, Cheryl realized the importance of being flexible with her customers’ schedules. So, she frequently stays late or comes in at a different time for a customer if needed.
Another convenience Cheryl offers is for bridal and home registries. Customers can sign up in the store or in their own home at www.southerngracee.com. Then, they can select items from the store’s inventory to create their own registry. Southern Grace has everything a newlywed needs to set up a stylish and beautiful home including cake stands, unique picture frames, dinnerware sets, clocks, candle holders, and personalized Skyros tableware. “I particularly recommend registering for The Letter Box,” says Cheryl. “It’s a beautiful mahogany box made to hold a bottle of wine and two glasses. The bride and groom place letters to each other in the box and they are sealed inside with a beautiful lock and key. Later, on a special occasion, the box is reopened and the letters are shared while enjoying the wine.” To help with registries and other wedding-related issues, Southern Grace has an in-store wedding planner. They also offer gift certificates in any denomination and unique baby shower gifts like custom engraved pewter cups and handmade baby books.
Decorating a home can be exhausting so Cheryl also has an on-staff designer to help with design decisions. This is great for people who have a vision of what they want but aren’t sure of how to go about making it happen. For truly luxurious bedding, Southern Grace does custom bedding orders through Eastern Accents. Cheryl has a catalog full of items that are customizable, whether it’s a silk duvet cover for a king size bed or a special pillow for a twin bed. She also provides custom rugs from Chandra. Each one is completely tailored to the customer’s needs—taste, size, and shape. The best seller is an outdoor rug that can take the heat of brutal southern summers. Mad Mats are made of recycled materials that are stain and mold resistant (as well as being customizable). They last in the sun three to five years.
For a simple gift or soothing accent, Southern Grace carries Thymes home and body fragrances that add a great herbal and citrus aroma. “Our best-seller is a Frasier Fir scent,” says Cheryl. Candles, hand wash and hand lotion, even cleaning supplies all come in this popular and rustic scent. “They really make a home relaxing and fresh,” she adds. Each fragrance is all-natural and made with herbs grown on a small farm.
To better serve her customers, Cheryl will be opening a second store in May on Highway 52 East in Ellijay. In the larger store she will carry bigger furniture items and even more home accents, as well as the items she carries in her store on the square. This will allow her to expand the Southern Grace store in town to include wine tastings (also starting in May) to promote a new Georgia wine called Meinhardt. In addition to her already impressive collection of wine glasses, Cheryl plans to add more accessories from wine tags and racks to decorative bottle sleeves. “I want everyone who comes in to feel like they can buy something for themselves or a loved one without feeling like they have just spent too much. Prices range from $6 to $2000, so there really is something for every budget,” Cheryl points out.
Elegant bedding, sparkling glasses and unique home accents are just waiting for a new or redecorated home. From traditional to French Country, Southern Grace can add beauty and style to any décor.
Visit Southern Grace of Ellijay, Ga at 40 River Street in Ellijay or call 706-515-1090.
To view the store online, visit southerngrace.com. Store hours are seasonal. They are open in the winter Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the rest of the year (starting in April) from Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.