BY WENDY STURGES
The shop oers home goods, decor items and gifts as well as apparel for women and children.
Sanctuary South carries a number of lines by local artisans fromWilliamson County and Nashville.
Owners Nikki Reeves, left, and Melanie Johnson, center, took over ownership of Sanctuary South in December, joining manager Chloe Lochner. (Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Local nds Sanctuary South carries a number of local brands from Franklin, Williamson County and Nashville. Soberdough This Brentwood-area company carries bread mixes made with beer or seltzer in many avors, such as roasted garlic, cracked pepper and cinnamon swirl. Clark and June These 100% soy-based candles are hand- poured in Nashville and feature names and scents based on Nashville and Franklin. The Nash Collection This Nashville-based brand features sweatshirts, hats and apparel. Franklin Toee These bags of chocolate-covered toee are handmade in small batches. Natalie Dohler This Nashville-based artist makes handcrafted earrings and other jewelry pieces with gold and gemstones.
Sanctuary South Mother-daughter duo takes over Westhaven space L ocated in the heart of Front Street, Sanc- tuary South has become a mainstay of the Westhaven community—it is within walking
Shoppers can nd Nashville brands, such as Clark and June candles and The Nash Collection, as well as Franklin-area goods, such as Franklin Toee. Reeves said carrying local brands is important because it helps support local artisans and provides more variety for customers. “We are going to work to add in a few more,” Reeves said. “[We’re] still starting o and getting to know the local vendors.” In the future, the duo said, they would like to incorporate some furniture and larger pieces into the store’s inventory. Reeves said the shop also hopes to give throughout the year to various charities and community partners, such as Room at the Inn and the Franklin-based Bridges Domestic Violence Center. Johnson said the shop will soon begin hosting Wine Down Wednesdays with complimentary wine for customers while they shop as well as classes and workshops with crafting activities. She said she hopes the events will be a way for members of the community to connect with their neighbors. “I just feel like we need to have something, no matter what time of the year it is, [so that] people can say, ‘Oh, they have that every Wednesday. We can go there,’” Johnson said. Reeves said she encourages customers who have not visited since the shop changed owners to stop by to see some of the recent changes made and new items. “We just want people to know: We’re here, we’re from here, and we want to welcome you,” she said.
distance of the neighborhood’s residential streets. Now, as new owners take control, the shop is under- going some changes while staying true to its roots. Mother and daughter Melanie Johnson and Nikki Reeves took over ownership of the space in December from the previous owners, another mother-daughter team who had run the shop since its opening in 2016. “Over the years, we had maintained contact with them, and they approached us about wanting to take over the store and [they] said they didn’t want to sell it to just anybody. They wanted it to be somebody they trusted and knew would care for it and con- tinue what they started,” Reeves said. “We thought it was a neat story—going from a mother-daughter business to a mother-daughter business.” Reeves said existing staers, including longtime manager Chloe Lochner, have stayed in place. “It’s been helpful to ease the transition,” she said. Reeves and Johnson said Sanctuary South has evolved over time from an interior design-focused shop to the gift shop and boutique it is today. The business carries a variety of apparel for women and children as well as home decor and gifts. While Sanctuary South does carry more well- known brands, such as Barefoot Dreams, Corkcicle and Bottega Del Vino wine glasses, a number of the items in the store are made by local brands from the Williamson County and Nashville areas.
Sanctuary South 158 Front St., Ste. 104, Franklin 615-435-3779 www.sanctuarysouthtn.com Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sun.
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