by Amy Daniels
It’s rare to find a store that truly has something for everyone. The diversity of the selection at Artisans Decorative Accessories & Fine Gifts makes it perfect place to find unique items.
Susan Bass, owner of Artisans, started her unique retail business in 1994. In 2002, the business relocated to its current location at 150 Plaza Drive just off Evans Street in Greenville.
Walking into Artisans is like walking into a wonderland treasure hunt. From home décor, food, clothing, children’s items, jewelry, soaps, candles, floral décor, and novelty items, the 12,000 square/foot space is divided into several smaller shoppes which house curated merchandise.
THE ARTISANS EXPERIENCE
Whether you are dropping in at Artisans to browse or are on the hunt for a gift or perfect décor piece, you’re bound to find something you can’t live without. It’s a shopping experience like no other.
Many of the shoppes are designed as stand-alone rooms allowing visitors to shop according to their personal style preferences. One-of-a-kind furniture pieces and chandeliers are surrounded by complementary décor.
The visual merchandising staff works hard to arrange and display items to give shoppers a sense of how items may fit into their own homes. By creating thematic rooms, visitors can browse and shop in vignettes, as each shoppe features different items.
Every trip through Artisans will reveal new items. The friendly staff is happy to help you navigate the shoppes to find items suited to your style or gift giving needs. Browsing for gifts makes it easy to find something for everyone. If you’re shopping for specific home items, give yourself plenty of time to discover unique pieces you may have missed the first time you walked through the store.
Décor ranges from farmhouse, nautical, beach-life and kid friendly, to more specific themes such as lemon kitchen décor or classic southern magnolia items. Looking for jewel tones or peacock inspired items? Whether you want classy or whimsical, Artisans has it.
In addition to the many handcrafted items, Artisans also carries a variety of items from well-known and well-loved brands such as Mudpie, C. C Brands, and Tyler Candles to name a few.
Beaded necklaces, earrings and animal prints make great gifts for Valentine’s Day. Artisans sells a wide range of jewelry from hand crafted to fashion jewelry.
Artisans Savory cracker seasonings and cheese dips make hosting events simple. Stop in to stock up on snacks and appetizers to impress any crowd and take your charcuterie board to the next level.
SPECIAL ORDERS & PERSONALIZED ITEMS
A variety of shoppe owners create handcrafted, allowing for many opportunities to personalize items. Many items can be personalized with names or sports teams or can be created in different colors or sizes.
Shoppe owners with hand painted items are often happy to accept special orders from customers who appreciate their style, but who are looking for something specific. Custom painted mailboxes, canvases and drink ware are popular requests. Just ask the knowledgeable staff if personalization is an option.
GIFT WRAPPING AND BASKETS
Not only can your find the perfect gift at Artisans, gift wrapping services are available as well. Gift wrapping by Artisans is very popular due to the amount of care given to each package, and is available regardless of where an item was purchased. All bows are crafted by hand and employees take pride wrapping each gift to perfection.
SHOP THE LIVE SALE
Artisans holds a Facebook Live sale every Tuesday at 7pm. During the event, hand-selected items are offered at amazing prices and viewers can win spectacular giveaway prizes.
“Most items are anywhere from 25-70% off,” Bass says. “We always try to pick popular items that we believe will appeal to all our viewers. Customers receive great merchandise at a lower price. We have a lot of fun with these sales and enjoy connecting with and serving our customers in a different way. It’s a win for everyone.”
Never experienced or participated in a Facebook Live sale? Have no fear! Just watch the video stream and claim items by commenting on the feed as prompted during the video. Items can be shipped or picked up locally in store.
A favorite live sale practice is the Mystery Box. A Mystery Box contains items from the store, gift certificates, or coordinated items. The flat fee for the box is well below the value of the items inside. It’s a fun way for adventurous shoppers to explore the treasures at Artisans.
In addition to their regularly offered inventory, Artisans regularly hosts special events. Their “Pictures with Santa” has been hugely successfully since beginning several years ago. “Pictures with the Easter Bunny” will be offered in March 2020.
RENT SHOPPE SPACE
When it comes to leasing shoppes, there is little turnover at Artisans. However, Bass is always on the lookout for artisans with unique items and services. Artisans works to accommodate each potential shoppe owner’s needs. Depending on the products they wish to offer, Artisans leases table space, shelves, display cases, or larger walk in shoppe spaces.
Leasing space at Artisans allows hobbyist to sell their wares without the expense or hassle of a true brick and mortar establishment. Once you’ve designed and created your shoppe with your own style, the staff at Artisans manages it for you. Contact Susan to learn more about becoming a shoppe owner at Artisans.
Artisans Decorative Accessories & Fine Gifts is located just off Evans Street at 150 Plaza Drive in Greenville. Call 252.353.8008 to inquire about shoppe space or email Susan at Artisans1994@gmail.com. Follow Artisans Decorative Accessories and Fine Gifts on Facebook and @Artisansshoppes on Instagram to keep up with special events, sales, and to tune in every Tuesday at 7pm for live sales. Visit ArtisansShopOnline.com to learn more individual shoppes and offerings.