Southern uniqueness

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 11:37 AM

CONTACT UNIQUITIES

PHONE: 919-644-8000

ONLINE: uniquitiques.com, or find them on Facebook.
HOURS: Tues-Sat 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment

LOCATION: 125 East King St.


Inside the Uniquitiques shop on East King Street, vintage and Southern charm, along with authentic creativity and boots that have tread a few miles and have hundreds more to walk or two-step or prance below a flowered summer skirt, collide.
“This is where country cowgirl feel and Southern charm and relic furniture and jewelry all meet,” said Jeannie Petterson. She is standing inside the front door of her shop and all around are bold Southern and Western colors, and her eyes really sachet when she says, “Come and see the boots.”
From Wisconsin to North Carolina, Petterson is immersed in the charm of the South and her roots that stretch into the Midwest.
“Everything here is original either in character or production,” she said. Inside the boot room there is a collection of vintage boots that have been properly distressed and are ready for a new life. While inside the boot rooms, it is noted that each vintage boot is a different color and style and, perhaps more important, the character of each boot is unique.
“My friends look out for me for unique items as they know my taste,” Petterson said. The shop is a collection of the long-lived fad of shabby-chic. Here, much of what is sold from soaps and candles to jewelry is either sourced locally or crafted by locals.
Country music is playing in the background and all throughout the shop there are artistic creations and signage and the like. While most of what is sold and marketed inside this best little unique store in Hillsborough is for women, Petterson acknowledges that she is beginning to sell and market items for men, too.
“Some of the things we sell here are really popular now in the country music scene in terms of T-shirts and such,” Petterson said. “Y’all,” is common verbiage here as are warm smiles and an intricate décor.
More importantly for Petterson is that while she is beginning to see growth in foot traffic into her shop, she is committed to maintaining a balance of family that leans heavily towards her family. “I have set hours because I have kids in school, but it is important to know that I often meet customers here by appointment, if necessary,” Petterson said.
From a store that re-sells vintage boots and a line of jewelry made from empty bullet cartridges to locally made soaps, the only thing more unique than the items inside is surely the name of Petterson’s shop; Uniquitiques.

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