|Vera Grace & Etta Mae's, new gift shop in Marine City has something for everyone!|
Marine City has a new gift shop, Vera Grace & Etta Mae's, that's filled with unique home furnishings, jewelry, candles, apparel and, yes, lots of tea accessories. But, it's not just the merchandise that's appealing - the displays set about the vintage house/gift shop are inspiring as well. On our latest visit, there were two bistro sets decked out with tea accessories: one with a blue and white teapot accompanied by cobalt blue hurricane lamps and matching seat cushions, the other with stoneware tea cups on top of a beige and sage green table, also with matching seat covers. These tablescapes were so inviting, I wanted to sit right down and have a cup of tea with a plate of scones.
|Vicky Smithberger paints some of the vintage furniture. She and Donna Tebeau own and manage Vera Grace & Etta Mae's|
If you do take a seat, however, it won't be for long. There's just too much to see in this beautiful store and you'll want to check out every nook and cranny.
|Inviting displays throughout the store charm and inspire visitors|
Co-owner, Donna Tebeau, is not new to the retail business. We've been to her former store, Vera Grace, in downtown Marine City. However, due to a few unforeseen circumstances, Donna started fresh and joined forces with Vicky Smithberger, to create a new enterprise on Water Street. Set in a vintage home that overlooks the river, there are stunning views both inside and out.
|A cup of tea for thee, Vera Grace & Etta Mae's is my cup of tea!|
|Tablescape of white and cobalt blue with matching seat cushions, makes one want to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea|
Among the antiques and repurposed furniture, there's also a lot of brand new items on sale including Magnolia merchandise (Vera Grace & Etta Mae's are the exclusive retailer of Magnolia Home scents in Marine City). We all had to purchase the Magnolia candle with the "Dwell" aroma. Sweet, refreshing and adorably packaged, the candles are like the gift shop that houses them.
|Cousins, discriminating shoppers and 2/3 of the Sistahs found much to take home at Vera Grace & Etta Mae's|
Vicky paints much of the antique furniture displayed throughout the store and she said these items, like most of the store's inventory, moves quickly. That means two things: one, if you see something you like, go for it now and two, the vignettes and displays change up often. You will rarely walk into the same setting twice.
|Across the street from the river, Vera Grace & Etta Mae's has spectacular views inside and out.|
Vera Grace & Etta Mae's is filled with charm and an eclectic variety of antiques and gift items. It certainly is Barb's Tea Services' cup of tea. (I'm already planning my next visit!)
|One of BTS's favorite stores. Already planning our next visit!|