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Tattered Rabbit celebrates its anniversary

Poli Gress will soon be celebrating the second anniversary of her dream.

Gress, owner of the Tattered Rabbit, plans to celebrate the two-year anniversary of her business March 30-31 with deals for all customers.

“This store was my lifelong dream because I have always loved shopping,” she said. “When people come here, we want them to feel at home.”

Fragrant smells and relaxing, upbeat songs from the store radio are abundant once a customer enters the door of Tattered Rabbit, 11100 Kingston Pike. Customers are welcomed with available coffee and a tasty snack.

“You try to create a good environment for people so they feel good about being here and shopping here,” Gress said.

A variety of items await customers. Gress and store manager Marjorie McKean said the store offers something for everyone.

“We have all price ranges, from ten dollars on up,” Gress said. “We do have rabbits because people love rabbits, but we have other things as well.”

The store features Arthur Court silver and aluminum items, Bethany Lowe figurines and ornaments and books by local author Jeri Landers.

“Jeri will be here signing her new book during the anniversary celebration,” Gress said. “I try to feature local artisans and crafters who offer unique merchandise.”

McKean said if Gress goes shopping and discovers an item in a store that she carries in her store, Gress would get rid of that item from her inventory.

“I don’t want to carry items people can get other places,” Gress said.

The shop, located in the former Branford’s Jewelers location, houses more than 1,300 square feet of space, including back-room storage officially opened Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005. Gress said a friend told her that it would be good luck to open the store on a date that was significant to her. She picked that day because it is the birthday of her favorite late aunt.

Gress shopped the International Gift and Home Furnishing Market in Atlanta for the majority of her merchandise. Additional merchandise includes jewelry, floral wreaths and candles on consignment.

The stress that accompanies opening a business was amplified for Gress early Monday, March 28, 2005, when Rural/Metro Fire Department responded to an early morning fire in the tower at Aspen Square. Tattered Rabbit is housed in the space beneath the tower.

Gress said she credits Rural/Metro for moving merchandise from one side of the store to the other in order to avoid further water damage.

“They moved all of this merchandise and nothing got broken,” Gress said.

She said she still suffers water leaks in her store due to damage left over from the fire, but is in the process of having that repaired. It doesn’t take away from the atmosphere and pleasant smells of the store

Tattered Rabbit is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. The store is closed Sundays.


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