Retail Star spotlight: Mary Barnett’s

Retail Star spotlight: Mary Barnett’s

Home Accents Today’s Retail Stars list recognizes independent brick-and-mortar retailers of home accents – including furniture stores, home accessories boutique stores and interior design showrooms – that merchandise creatively, have a positive presence in their local communities and stand out from the competition.

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To nominate a retailer for our 2021 list, email Thomas Lester at [email protected].

Mary Barnett’s

Norfolk, Va.

1 store

Estimated 2019 total sales: Less than $1 million

Home accent and furniture specialist, founded in 1945. Key suppliers include Uttermost and ELK Home for accent furniture; ELK Home for decorative accessories; East Enterprises for lamps/lighting; Paragon for wall décor; C&F Enterprises for soft goods. Attends Atlanta Market and High Point Market. Visual merchandising scheme is kept fresh and changes by season. Takes special orders and still wraps gifts for customers. Best retail idea has been staying involved in the community through holiday open houses, fashion nights and book readings.

In their own words

What sets you apart from others in your market?

We are here to serve our customers. We can work with them to find an item in a catalog and still take special orders. We even still wrap their gifts!

Thomas Lester is Digital/Managing Editor for Home Accents Today. A graduate of Emory & Henry College’s Mass Communications program, Lester spent a dozen years working for newspapers in Virginia and North Carolina covering an array of subjects, ranging from community news, government, education, ACC sports, professional baseball and more before joining Home Accents Today in 2013. Reach out to me with your story ideas, tips and more at [email protected].

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