Have you ever needed a nice gift at a moment’s notice? Have you wanted a cute outfit for a last minute date? Look no further, Southern Traditions is here providing specialty gifts, name-brand clothing and floor covering at affordable prices.
Owner Angie Singletary was born and raised in Marianna. After graduating from Marianna High School and Chipola College, she earned an accounting degree from Troy State University. In 1998 Angie opened the Decorator’s Door with partners Kathy Milton and Cathie Stevens. The successful business was originally a home accessory, floor covering and furniture store. It was a place where brides could register for gifts, and families could shop for trendy décor.
Later, the housing market changed, as did the spending habits of patrons. “Retail therapy was a more popular option,” she explained. People were spending more on clothing and personal items than their homes. Like any smart business woman, Angie changed her business plan to meet the demands of her clientele. She also changed the name of the business to Southern Traditions and became the sole owner. While Angie stayed in the flooring and window covering market, she made some changes to her product lines. Also, bridal registries changed from formal to casual.
Now, when you shop at the boutique you can browse the extensive Sorrelli and Kendra Scott jewelry displays. Enjoy perusing today’s latest fashion trends and styles in junior’s, women’s and plus sizes in brands such as Lilly Pulitzer. Check out their shoe lines too, especially the Espadrille Platforms! Southern Traditions features Wrangler and Silver jeans for men. Southern Marsh and Columbia apparel is available for men and women. If you are shopping for children, Southern Tradition carries infant and children’s clothing. Don’t forget to purchase some of the Melissa and Doug, and Ty plush toys, which are great gift ideas.
Southern Traditions still features an extensive line of unique gifts. Enjoy shopping their Mudpie, Simply Southern and other luxury items, candles and home décor. Don’t leave without looking at their Yeti Cooler products and Costa sunglasses. Southern Traditions is excited to be able to provide monogramming services. Birthday, Bridal, Anniversary, and Christmas registries are available enabling your friends and family to shop for you.
Southern Traditions continues to sell porcelain and ceramic tiles, wood, and luxury plank floor coverings. Shades and blinds are available for window coverings, as well. The business does not provide installation services at this time.
“We are so blessed that our biggest loss from Hurricane Michael was our awnings,” shared Angie. “We are also thankful for the City of Marianna and Main Street Marianna for the facade improvement grant that helped us replace our glass,” she added. Angie explained that Southern Traditions has received benefits from Downtown Improvement grants two times. “The first time was with the glass windows on half the front of the store and the second time was with our sign,” Angie continued, “and I recommend the program.”
Future plans for Southern Traditions include re-establishing the website and transitioning to more online ordering. Angie would like for you to know that if you are working late or long hours, call or text them, and they will hold an item for you for a couple of days.
Southern Traditions is located at 4496 Lafayette Street and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and on Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Look for Southern Traditions on Facebook and Instagram. Call Angie and her staff at 850-482-3400 and take advantage of this wonderful business in Marianna! Visit the City of Marianna’s website at http://www.mariannafl.city/335/New-Businesses-and-Other-Community-News to learn more about businesses in Marianna.
Kay Dennis, MBA, MPA, A.I.C.P., is the director of Municipal Development for the City of Marianna.