Discover English Village

If you’re looking for an area with an array of unique, locally owned stores and boutiques look no farther than The Shops of English Village, located on Darby Drive off of Florence Boulevard. English Village has merchants who specialize in unique, upscale clothing, jewelry, art, home décor, and gourmet food. It’s a unique gathering of upscale shops, and it’s a place you’ll want to spend a lot of time!

Marigail Mathis is a small boutique that specializes in unique designer clothing and accessories for the modern woman. With its laid-back atmosphere and knowledgeable sales staff, every woman that enters Marigail’s is sure to feel at ease and find something that suits her personal style. The store’s motto is “This is going to be fun!” and founder Marigail Mathis’s desire was to make sure every woman enjoyed a unique shopping experience. A small section of the store is also dedicated to children’s clothing, and the accessories for women are heavenly. Marigail Mathis is open 10:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Saturday. www.marigailmathis.com.

Notable artist Tommy Mathis opened ARTifacts Gallery to display his own works, but soon found himself traveling the world searching for unique artists to display alongside his own. This small and inviting gallery has work from many artists on display at any given time, and most days you can find Tommy painting in the gallery; he always welcomes a break to chat about any of the art displayed. Check the website to see artist unveilings and special events: www.tommymathis.com. ARTifacts Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm.

If you’re looking for a one of a kind (but still affordable) piece of jewelry, Side Lines Jewelry, part of The Shops of English Village, is the perfect place. Side Lines Jewelry specializes in “bridge” jewelry—a unique blend of affordability and sophistication. Side Lines Jewelry makes it a priority to stock hard-to-find jewelry lines as well. The store offers hand-engraving services—an almost extinct art form. Need something special created for a special event? Side Lines Jewelry is your source! Side Lines Jewelry is open 10:00am to 5:00pm throughout the week except for Sundays. www.sidelinesjewelry.com.

With a large selection of vintage and new furniture, home décor items and accessories, Halsey House Interiors offers customers a variety of options when it comes to furnishing their surroundings. It is Halsey House’s goal to inspire its clientele to decorate their well-loved homes and offer the best customer service possible, and the store offers something beautiful to look at from every vantage point. Halsey House Interiors is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm.

The French Basket, owned by interior designer Paige Thornton, has various home accents and accessories as well as a selection of antique furniture hand-selected by Paige. The French Basket welcomes customers into a relaxed setting where they are free to browse from the latest selection of home linens, dinnerware, and other home accessories. The store is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Saturday. www.thefrenchbasket.com.

With a varied selection of home décor and gift items, The Yellow Door offers shoppers something that is sure to be unique. The Yellow Door has a fun, relaxed atmosphere and unique gifts that you won’t find anywhere else in the Shoals, and features a bridal registry and paper goods. One of the most established shops in English Village (the store has been in its present location for more than 30 years), this place is always on the list for those who are looking for a unique gift. The Yellow Door is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Saturday.

Offering a selection of gourmet products and fine wines, Sweet Basil Café is the perfect spot to grab lunch after a fabulous day of shopping, or to meet your friends for lunch. Every day, Sweet Basil Café offers patrons a variety of specials. Don’t miss the Red, White, and Blue Salad—one of Destination Shoals’s must-have dishes. Sweet Basil Café offers gourmet and specialty products and wines for the cook, and owner Carole Graves hosts cooking demonstrations monthly. Sweet Basil Café is open 8:00am through 6:00pm weekdays, and on Saturdays it is opened 9:00am to 4:00pm. www.sweetbasilcafe.net.

English Village is a gathering spot throughout the year, so be sure to look for annual Christmas open house events, art openings, fundraisers for PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) and, of course, Carole Grave’s famous wine tastings and cooking schools. English Village is more than a shopping destination it’s a gathering place where you can meet your friends, surrounded by beautiful sights, sounds and tastes.

To find English Village, travel east on Florence Boulevard from downtown Florence. The Shops of English Village are on the left, at the intersection of Darby Drive and Florence Boulevard. From the Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa, take Cox Creek Parkway to Florence Boulevard and turn left; English Village is on the right, just past McDonald’s.

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