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This new gift shop owner has retail in her blood

With the growth of subdivisions in the Gluckstadt area, a local retailer saw an opportunity to expand her business.


Bekah Ellis Turner of Pocahontas opened Frankie’s, a gift shop located at 340 Calhoun Station Parkway, on May 24. It is located in the same shopping center as Your Pie, Wine Spirits Germantown Market and a Texaco station and near Germantown High School and Germantown Middle School. 

Turner, who also owns Pink Possum boutique in Madison, named her newest retail venture, which offers a collection of gifts, home décor and bridal registry items, in honor of her father, Frankie Ellis.

A farmhouse table, set with a Juliska casual dinnerware pattern with Juliska silverware and glassware atop woven placemats, occupies the center of the store. Two stylish quatrefoil-shaped chandeliers hang over the table.

The setting provides customers an idea or two that might work in their own homes. So does another corner of the shop where a vintage baby bathtub holds faux greenery, which would be perfect for any spot that challenges a green thumb.

Shelves hold numerous patterns of dinnerware created by The Good Earth Pottery in Starkville. The Good Earth Pottery is a popular line, and Turner chose to stock it so she could offer brides the opportunity to list it in their bridal registry and provide other customers the opportunity to start or complete their collections. 

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Among the gifts available at Frankie’s: Musee Bath Balms, which are handmade at its new plant in Canton, and Capri Blue candles manufactured in Starkville. Giftwrap is free.

Gifts remain something that many customers still want to touch and see before they buy, Turner said. 

“Customers want to buy local,” she said. “Gifts are often something they’ll run in and get  at the last minute and have  wrapped at the store.”

Turner began planning Frankie’s in September and is still adding to the inventory. “We are still bringing in new lines,” she said.

Turner opened Pink Possum, a boutique featuring women’s clothing, children’s clothing, shoes, jewelry gifts and more, at 105 Lexington Drive, Madison, in 2013. “We’ve had some gifts at Pink Possum, but our customers really come in to shop for clothing,” she said.

Turner wanted to open Frankie’s in the same center as Pink Possum but there was no available space.

Retail must be part of Turner’s DNA, judging from her family’s history

Turner’s grandfather, the late Jeff Ellis, owned Merchandise Warehouse in Jackson for many years, and her father, Frankie Ellis, operated Ellis Co. for 10 years. “I pretty much grew up in Merchandise Warehouse,” she said.

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Turner attended Mississippi State University for two years where she studied interior design and then returned to the metro area to help operate Ellis Co.

From her retail experience, she gained people skills, learned how to serve customers and to solve problems. “I try to take after my dad, who has never met a stranger,” she said.

Turner’s father and her brother, Cole Ellis, have had a hand in the store thanks to the farmhouse table that they have on display. “You can buy the table we have here or commission them to create a table just for you,” she said.

Contact Nell Luter Floyd at nellfloyd@bellsouth.net.

Frankie’s

Where: 340 Calhoun Station Parkway

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Saturday

The hours may be extended in the fall, Turner said.

 

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