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New shop on Canton Street in Roswell offers taste of South with art, fashion, décor
by Nicole Dow
October 16, 2013 11:43 AM | 6313 views | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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From left, Molly Winnett, Tamara Robertson, and Patricia DiBona relax on the steps of Southern Style, a new business on Canton Street featuring home decor, accessories, art and clothes created by various artists.
Staff / Katherine Frye / From left, Molly Winnett, Tamara Robertson, and Patricia DiBona relax on the steps of Southern Style, a new business on Canton Street featuring home decor, accessories, art and clothes created by various artists.
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Featured artist Patricia DiBona displays her art at Southern Style and will be demonstrating oil painting during the store's grand opening.
Staff / Katherine Frye / Featured artist Patricia DiBona displays her art at Southern Style and will be demonstrating oil painting during the store's grand opening.
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Featured artist Patricia DiBona adjusts her art on the wall at Southern Style last week.
Staff / Katherine Frye / Featured artist Patricia DiBona adjusts her art on the wall at Southern Style last week.
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Assistant Molly Winnett organizes a rack of clothes last week at Southern Style.
Staff / Katherine Frye / Assistant Molly Winnett organizes a rack of clothes last week at Southern Style.
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Southern Style owner Tamara Robertson organizes and displays some man cave essentials in her new store last week.
Staff / Katherine Frye / Southern Style owner Tamara Robertson organizes and displays some man cave essentials in her new store last week.
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From left, Shay Weaver, of Alpharetta, talks with Southern Style owner Tamara Robertson about a unique clothing piece while shopping last week.
Staff / Katherine Frye / From left, Shay Weaver, of Alpharetta, talks with Southern Style owner Tamara Robertson about a unique clothing piece while shopping last week.
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From left, Southern Style owner Tamara Robertson and her assistant Molly Winnett talk about their weekend plans for the store.
Staff / Katherine Frye / From left, Southern Style owner Tamara Robertson and her assistant Molly Winnett talk about their weekend plans for the store.
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Shay Weaver, of Alpharetta, shops for clothes last week at Southern Style on Canton Street.
Staff / Katherine Frye / Shay Weaver, of Alpharetta, shops for clothes last week at Southern Style on Canton Street.
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Southern Style offers a variety of art, home decor and fashion items from unique artists.
Staff / Katherine Frye / Southern Style offers a variety of art, home decor and fashion items from unique artists.
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Staff / Katherine Frye /
Southern Style offers a variety of art, home decor and fashion items from unique artists..
Staff / Katherine Frye / Southern Style offers a variety of art, home decor and fashion items from unique artists..
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Southern Style, a new business on Canton Street in Roswell, brings an eclectic mix of art, clothing, home décor and accessories — crafted by a group of 40 to 50 artists — to area shoppers.

The store, which officially opened Oct. 6, will have its grand opening celebration Thursday as a part of Roswell’s Alive After 5.

Owner Tamara Robertson said those who come to the grand opening will have a chance to meet the store’s featured artist of the month, Patricia DiBona, who will be giving painting demonstrations on the front porch.

“[Robertson] is an amazing entrepreneur,” DiBona said. “She’s got very good taste. That makes a difference to an artist coming in to a location. You want to make sure that who you’re doing business with will handle it correctly.”

Robertson said the store will continue to highlight a featured artist each month, and there will be other special events held on a regular basis.

“The last Friday of every month we’re having a ladies’ night,” she said. “We’ll have wine and cheese and crackers.”

The building, a cottage from the 1860s, is equipped with a kitchen. Shoppers can bring their own wine to sip on while they select items, and the whole space can be rented out before or after hours.

“That’s really important because we want this to be a social hub for the community,” Robertson said. “How nice is it to have a home setting to shop in, to play in [and] to have your women’s meetings? I think this has been a huge need in our community for a long time.”

Shoppers can notice something new each time they walk through the door as artists will rotate their one-of-a-kind pieces in and out the store. The artists featured in the shop are friends of Robertson or friends of friends — some who are local and others who live across the country or outside the U.S.

Their work is spread throughout the store’s multiple rooms. There is one room that is designed like a “man cave” with décor catered to a sports fan or hunter. A room at the front of the shop contains stuffed animals and items perfect for children.

Robertson said since the store has opened, the response from the community has been very welcoming.

“It was amazing the amount of people that came in [opening day] and every day has increased exponentially,” she said.

“We’re very hands on here. We greet everybody. We really help the people whether it’s picking a piece of art for their family room or helping them with clothes to get them out of maybe the shell that they’ve been in with wearing a particular style that they’re not happy with.”

The store is at 1116 Canton Street. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.



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