Each month for the last 18 years, I have picked up the Busy Bee Trader, Destination Guide to Antiques, Uniques & Southern Lifestyles, http://www.busybeetrader.com/ and begun my delivery routes around Middle Tennessee in our trusty Suburban. Many folks often comment, “I wish I could ride along!”, however, some of my delivery days I have too many stops to allow time to browse all our great advertisers. I decided I would start featuring parts of my routes, snapping photos along the way, so you could follow along for fun outings yourself.
I pick up the Busy Bees at our printer, Interco Print, in Columbia, Tenn., and work my way from Columbia to Spring Hill to Franklin to Nashville to home in Greenbrier north of Nashville. It’s a LONG day, so I’m going to feature just Columbia and Spring Hill on this blog so you can enjoy your time without rushing.
This is the Maury County Courthouse on the Square.
Located on the side of the square with the fountain, Accents and Antiques is the largest antique store in Columbia with many dealers and has been in business for years. You’ll find two floors with a variety of antique furniture and accents, collectibles, books, vintage and more.
To the left side of the mall is Square Market Cafe, featuring delicious gourmet type lunches. Across the Square in the opposite corner is Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant featuring Southern classics. There are many other dining choices as well, depending on your mood.
Just below the Square is Mum’s The Word Florist shop and antiques. Upstairs is the florist and gift shop and their basement floor features a variety of antique dealers.
After leaving the Square, I take Hwy 412/31/N. Garden Street below the Square towards Spring Hill. Just a few blocks away is Sugar Creek Primitives & Gifts located on the right in a little shopping center. They feature new primitive and country home decor and accents.
Continuing on towards Spring Hill, I turn left on Old Hwy 31 North, then left onto Carters Creek Station Road. At the bottom of the hill you’ll come to two historic 1910 buildings filled with goodies, especially if you like primitives and country antiques. Carters Creek Station Antiques, http://www.carterscreekstationantiques.com/ is in the old general store and owner Linda Jones is always finding unique items that she prices reasonably so things move fast.
Across the street next to the railroad tracks is The Granary and 2 Storeys Antiques. There are always cool painted pieces, neat hand-crafted creations and fun finds in 2 Storeys. The Granary is loaded with a variety of country antiques, vintage, and primitives.
When done there, backtrack back up to Hwy 31/Nashville Hwy and go left. If you are in the mood to pick up some seafood or Cajun food, be sure and take a cooler so you can load up at Bubby Gandy Seafood Market. http://bubbagandyseafood.com/
If you want to step back in time to the Antebellum era, plan to tour the beautiful Rippavilla Plantation. They are on the right before you reach Saturn Pkwy on Hwy 31. They have several great events throughout the year including the Swanky Plank Vintage Marketplace, Wines & Vintage – Wine, Antiques & Artisan Market, Civil War re-enactments, weddings and more. (Photos below from Rippavilla’s Facebook page and Swanky Plank Vintage Marketplace Facebook page.) Visit their website: http://www.rippavilla.org/
Continuing down Hwy 31 into historic Spring Hill, our next stop is the Spring Hill Antique Mall. Turn right onto Hardin Alley and the mall will be just ahead on the left. This was the old school gymnasium and it is large and bright with loads of fun shopping. Their dealers offer a variety of antiques, collectibles, hand-crafted and artisan items, books, musical instruments and more. http://www.springhillantiques.com/
Next up is a quick five-minute venture out into the countryside to visit Sugar Ridge Creations. Backtrack out of Harden Alley to Hwy 31 and turn right toward Franklin. At the light just ahead, turn left onto 247/Beechcroft Rd. At the 4-way stop, turn right onto Depot Street and after crossing the RR tracks (stop and look – this is an active line), the road turns into Sugar Ridge Rd. Follow along for a little ways, going slowly as there are some 90 degree turns, and once you are past the big farm with the boarded fence on your left, you’ll see a row of pine trees ahead on left. Sugar Ridge Creations is in on the left just past this house.
They are open limited hours and sometimes by appointment so you might call ahead. This cute shop offers vintage, re-loved antiques, junk, handmades and home decor. http://www.sugarridgecreations.com/
Backtrack back out to Hwy 31 and turn left, continuing toward Franklin. You’ll be turning left into The Commons at Spring Hill. http://www.thecommonsatspringhill.com/
You’ll find a cigar and tobacco specialty store, two antique shops, a quality consignment clothing shop and Early’s Honey Stand, a mainstay that has been here since 1925 selling “Authentic Southern Foods”. http://www.earlysgifts.com/
Vintage 615 offers boutique clothing, monogramming, chalk paint, home decor, furniture, gifts, candles, antiques, collectibles, workshops and more. Find them on Facebook to see their offerings.
Just a few doors down is Addison’s Attic, painted with bright UT orange accents. They are a great little consignment boutique for quality ladies wear including many designer labels, jewelry, accessories, handbags, home decor and more. http://www.addisonsattictn.com/
Going around to the left and on the far side is Red Bird Antiques, featuring a collection of crafty and cool dealers. They have antiques, vintage, industrial, decor, jewelry, chalk and milk paint, gifts and more.
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