Enchantment for home, garden, and soul…Bebe Gallini’s recently celebrated ten years in business with a “sip and shop” event at their store in Oak Street Mill. Like many other local businesses in Cornelius, construction of the diverging diamond interchange has slowed business for this small and unique retail store. Fortunately the store has many loyal customers that continue to support their business during this down time and helped co-owners Beth Phillips and Carole May celebrate their store’s anniversary in September.
If you’re not familiar with Bebe Gallini’s, you’ll be in for a treat. The store sells one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, home décor, original art, and a large assortment of unique gifts that you won’t find in other stores. Bebe Gallini’s also features and sells the work of many local artists:
Beth Phillips (co-owner) uses reclaimed wood from former cotton mills to build custom dining tables for sale in the store. She pairs the refinished wood surfaces with varying styles of new legs to create a custom unique table that would look great in any home.
Sharron Goheen and Gina Kilgour, Cornelius artisans and owners of “Arabella Grey,” a company that creates and sells hand-crafted decorative throw pillows and chairs using recycled fabrics and frames. These artists find their chairs at local thrift stores. They then take the piece all the way down to the frame and rebuild them into new custom pieces of furniture.
Caroline Simas is a Charlotte artist who has licensed her brand “Multiple Blessings” which is known for inspirational art and faith-based messages. Bebe Gallini’s sells original art by Simas and also carries her Inspirations for Life candle collection. The candles are made by Bridgewater Candle Company, and the sale of each candle helps feed a hungry child!
Amy Weisharr is a local Cornelius artist who owns ” A. White Hare Designs” and specializes in architectural paintings and custom furniture. Weisharr has a refurbished mantle for sale in the shop that she literally saved from a dumpster. When she researched the mantle corbels online, she was shocked to discover that they were worth in the neighborhood of $200 each. The finished mantle is a bargain price at $475. She also has two refurbished armoires for sale in the store. One she has converted into a wine bar and the other is a French styled reproduction piece which was inspired by Tara Shaw Maison.
I encourage you to go check out Bebe Gallini’s and other stores in Oak Street Mill in Cornelius including The Dry Sink or The Marketplace. Oak Street Mill is a former cotton mill and glove factory repurposed into stores and businesses, similar to how many of these artists use reclaimed wood in their projects or turn abandoned pieces of furniture into works of art!
This blog post was originally written for Cornelius Today newspaper in Lake Norman, North Carolina.