Independent shops make shopping in Dickson County fun
Rather than clicking through Pinterest to find unique crafting and decorating ideas, shoppers and browsers can visit High Cotton, a new funky junk store in downtown Dickson, to experience unique ideas and creations up close and in person. They might see a ring of purses or antique bicycles hanging from the ceiling, uniquely painted wooden doors, refurbished tobacco baskets or Christmas tree ladders.
“We have antiques as well as ‘refunked’ junk,” says owner Viki Mitchell, who opened the store in February 2014. “It’s a good place to find unique items and get ideas because we are always crafting in here, and we encourage people to take photos.”
Both out-of-towners and locals are finding their way to High Cotton, “where the junk has funk,” as the sign reads, to locate unusual items at affordable prices. But High Cotton is only one of the newest places in town to enjoy a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Dickson County is home to a variety of independent retailers that offer a number of specialty wares ranging from boutique-quality clothing, locally crafted home goods and fashion accessories to local food products and antiques.
While independent retailers featuring unique items are sprinkled throughout the county, a concentration can be found in downtown Dickson, largely because of major revitalization efforts that have taken place during the past few years. As leaders continue to build a more attractive, inviting downtown district, more people are flocking to the area and shopping in its unique stores.
During Phase I of the revitalization, funded by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Dickson renovated downtown parking lots and streetscapes, making downtown reinvestment more attractive for private industry. Phase II of the improvement project, currently under way, includes installing ornamental street lighting, sidewalks with brick pavers, crosswalks, resurfacing and landscaping.
Unique Shopping Destinations
Downtown Dickson's Three Times a Lady features boutique jewelry, handbags, clothing, skin care and other items for women, with broad selections of popular brands like Vera Bradley. At Peacock Perch Vintage and Antiques, many dealers’ spaces are populated with antique furniture, housewares and vintage decor.
Interesting retailers in other parts of the county include Charlotte’s Country View Market, which sells baked goods, gift items, Amish-made furniture, natural skin products, Amish jellies, jams, canned goods, homemade candies, locally made products, honey, sorghums, cappuccino and chai tea mixes, home decor, accessories, bath products, local artwork, and gluten-free products.