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  • SPOTLIGHT: Back on the Rack Now Open in Fairhope

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    Fairhope Office 327 Fairhope Ave. Fairhope, AL Phone: (251) 928-6387 Email:[email protected]

    by D. Fran Morley Kassie Plummer, owner of Fairhope’s Back on the Rack Upscale Resale shop says she is living her dream. “I’ve worked in retail since I was 17, and I always wanted my own store, but when I graduated Ole Miss with a degree in mathematics education, I took a job teaching high school geometry. When I was back home in Biloxi one weekend, I visited the Back on the Rack shop in Gulfport owned by my cousin, Adrian Holland, and she asked if I would consider opening and owning my own Back on the Rack in another location with her guidance and partnership. That was like a fantasy opportunity for me. So with much prayer and many lists of the pros and cons, I eventually said, ‘yes’ and here we are!”

    Plummer and her cousins, Adrian and Chavus Holland, scouted locations and settled on downtown Fairhope for the shop, which opened in July 2015. “We fell in love with this town! The

    atmosphere is perfect for what we wanted to achieve, and we loved the many events and activities that go on year round.” Back on the Rack is true “upscale” resale, Plummer said, “To us this means consignment at its absolute best. We hope our clients and shoppers come in and feel welcomed to a clean, organized store with great brands, including designer shoes, sunglasses, handbags, gently used formals and

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  • other clothing. We want our consignment clients and our shoppers to leave our store happy and content. We work with our clients to make sure they are pleased with their consignment, and we help our shoppers to look their best with style and brand preference in mind.” By focusing on big names in fashion, Plummer says the store brings the big city to downtown Fairhope. “We love living on the Eastern Shore, but with no Saks Fifth Avenue or Neiman Marcus around the corner, sometimes it is hard to find that name brand we all want, especially for a decent price. I believe we can bring those brands to our town and for the right price.”

    For their consignment clients, Plummer says they are always looking for gently used boutique and designer clothing, purses, shoes, accessories, and formals. “We specialize in high-end handbags like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, etc. With formals, we look for brands like Sherri Hill, Tony Bowls, Flirt by Maggie Sottero, and other boutique-level brands.” The store’s first Mardi Gras season was a big hit. “We were extremely busy for Mardi Gras with shoppers from all over South Alabama because of our great selection of designer cocktail dresses and gowns. I hope all the readers keep us in mind when consigning and shopping for any formal occasion like Mardi Gras, prom, or homecoming.” Plummer says she is happy to be part of the business community on the Eastern Shore. “This is a great place to be in business, and I’m very excited to be featured in the Eastern Shore Chamber newsletter. I look forward to getting to know the many other Chamber members.” Back on the Rack is located at 407 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • 64th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival in


    March 18, 19 & 20 Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Charming Fairhope provides Breathtaking Backdrop for the 64th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival

    You definitely want to make your way to the Eastern Shore March 18, 19 and 20 for the 64th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival in breathtaking downtown Fairhope. Not only does the city drip with historic charm, this prestigious juried art show is one of the oldest in the state, and gives the most talented creative minds a beautiful backdrop to display their work.

    On any given weekday, Fairhope’s vibrant downtown is bustling with visitors and residents breathing in the inspiring scenery, enjoying a gourmet meal on a sidewalk cafe table, and poking their heads into the many antique shops and boutiques to find that perfect little treasure. But on the third weekend of March, the oak-lined streets come alive with a flourish of energy as artists and craftsmen from across the country display their favorite pieces.

    This is one arts festival steeped in tradition. It got its start in 1952 as an arts and crafts tour, with displays and demonstrations set up in store windows. Although some items were sold, the majority of the tour was only meant for viewing. The artists have since moved to booths lining the streets and those same storefronts are now home to thriving small businesses who welcome the festival’s visitors with open arms and southern hospitality.

    The Annual Arts and Crafts Festival has also grown exponentially since the early days. Many of its visitors get their first taste, and then return the following year with their sorority sisters, their bridge group or their shopping buddies. In fact, so many people now attend; the crowds outnumber both Bryant-Denny and Jordan-Hare stadiums during home football games.

    If you’re looking to find a true masterpiece to trim your mantle, you’ll be sure to spot a piece you’ll love amongst the collections on display. You’ll discover some paintings that are distinctly Eastern Shore, with scenes of Mobile Bay showing off the area’s true coastal allure.

  • There is handcrafted jewelry you won’t be able to find in any store, beautifully crafted glassware and pottery, and metalwork that blurs the lines between rustic and elegance.

    Even the food sold along the brick-paved sidewalks is considered a work of art. You’ll find specialty candies made from old, treasured family recipes and gourmet popsicles made with fresh ingredients from local farms. Doesn’t a banana pudding popsicle sound like the perfect treat to melt away the warm spring afternoon.

    The Annual Arts and Crafts Festival has something for every member of the family. There’s even a Kids Art Corner to help your budding artists channel their creative side with several different artistic projects. Another special treat, Bricks 4 Kidz offers a hands-on Lego experience.

    You also want to make sure you take the kids by to see the puppet farm. You’re going to want to hear the giggles and laughter as an artisan demonstrates how his furry friends come to life. You’ll probably want to take a few of the homemade toys home with you.

    Although entertainment has been an Arts and Crafts festival staple from the beginning, this year’s guests will be treated to an all new music experience with a Music Jamboree Saturday night. Pack your lawn chair to rock away the evening with Rondale and the Kit Katz under the starry sky at the Halstead Amphitheater on the Faulkner State Campus in Fairhope.

    Want to know my suggestions for planning the perfect Arts and Crafts Festival weekend getaway?

    Book a cozy cottage overlooking the bay or an inviting hotel in downtown. It’ll serve as a welcome retreat after a day filled with fun.

    Parking is limited in downtown but lucky for you, shuttles run from many of the various shopping centers in town. I always seem to make a new friend as we share a seat. You may want to even leave the car parked in the driveway and take a bike instead. They

  • actually offer free valet parking for bicycles behind the Fairhope Museum of History.

    Give yourself plenty of time to visit each artist. You will you see the most stunning coastal settings, wildlife, and flowers come to life on canvas. Each piece has a story that goes far beyond the paint that hits the paper.

    Once the iconic clock in downtown strikes noon, take a seat at the nearest bistro table and let one of Fairhope’s talented chefs serve you a savory southern meal that will leave both your belly and heart full. The restaurants lining the downtown streets are a festival of flavor all their own.

    When the afternoon starts to heat up, grab a cold glass of lemonade as you warm your shoulders in the sunshine next to one of the numerous flower beds that seem to have bloomed the day before, just so you can enjoy this very moment. Even the trash cans are topped with a burst of bright spring flora. Take advantage of the concert Saturday night. It’ll certainly provide a lively way to top off your evening.

    Spend your Sunday shopping in all the little boutiques who call the historic architecture of Fairhope home. The merchants are sure to offer some eclectic finds with a distinctively Fairhope flair.

    Don’t let the weekend slip away without taking in the magnificent sunset over Mobile Bay from Fairhope’s iconic pier just a few blocks away from downtown. Sink your toes into the sand as you watch the sun paint warm splashes of oranges, yellows and pinks across the evening sky. You’ll quickly understand how the local artists can be so easily inspired.