True to its ‘Southern Roots’
BAKERSVILLE – A new clothing store that opened on Black Friday in Bakersville pays homage to southern-style living not only with its name but also its products.
The family operated business, Southern Roots, is owned by Denise and Scott Garland, who also own neighboring Mammie’s Kitchen. Their daughter, Lacey, came up with the name Southern Roots to emphasize the clothing and other products sold represent southern-style living.
Denise and Scott opened Mammie’s about three years ago, and when the building, a former day care, became available, they seized the opportunity to acquire it.
“Mammie’s has done well, and we got the opportunity to buy this place, so we decided to go ahead and do it,” Denise said. “There was a need for a place like this in Mitchell County and a lot of people are really pleased that we are here. It’s been going really well since we opened and we’re excited about it.”
Southern Roots sells several types of clothes, such as Heybo Outdoors for men, Simply Southern for women, and Children’s Place, OshKosh and Carter’s for children, with plans to expand inventory soon. The store also sells a variety of farmhouse décor and soy candles.
Just as the case with Mammie’s, Southern Roots is a true family operated business. Denise’s daughters, Rachel and Lacey, and son, Justin, help her operate the store.
“I open Mamie’s in the morning for breakfast for a couple of hours,” Denise said. “Then, I come over here and work until about 4 p.m. before my daughter, Rachel, who is a waitress at the restaurant, comes over and finishes out the day.”
The idea of opening a retail store next to her restaurant could be drawn from an existing business model, Denise said.
“We’re like a little Cracker Barrell,” she said. “People can shop here and then go over and eat at Mammie’s.”
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