Continuing Our “Shopping Along Downtown” Adventures – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper

By Jennie Guido

We continue on Franklin Street this month and enter the 600 block. This is a very busy part of the street and it will take two columns to cover both sides. You will find much more than these commercial spaces that I am going to cover, so hit the streets and visit Franklin Street.

Honey and Pearl, 614 Franklin Street

I’ve said this before, but we like a good antique mall. We can spend hours perusing each booth, perusing each shelf, and then browsing them again to showcase our favorite finds to each other. When Honey & Pearl opened on Franklin Street, we were excited to visit and seek out our next must-have item.

The location of this shop has a long retail history and now adds to that ancient heritage. Honey & Pearl is a place where you can find trinkets for any room in your home and just about any holiday.

The sidewalk is filled with sweets. The shelves are well stocked. Each pocket of the shop houses another treasure that needed to be found.

Natchez Printing, 624 Franklin Street

Once part of the Main Street hustle and bustle, Steve King has moved his operation to the bustling block of Franklin. Yes, it is known for its printing capabilities and speed of production. However, it is now adding a storefront to its offerings.

With our short-lived experience with the Office Depot big box chain moving out of town, we

found themselves with very few options for the simple office supplies needed at a moment’s notice. Steve comes to the rescue with paper, pens and products galore.

Maybe I looked too much Office, but it’s something exciting for downtown. Thanks Steve!

Mrs. Holder’s Antiques, 636 Franklin Street

A staple of Natchez’s Antique Row, Mrs. Holder’s Antiques celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer. Annette Holder once shared this building with her husband’s pharmacy and general store. Now, with a new neighbor, Mrs. Holder is home to some of the best antiques you can find in town.

This store is one of those antique stores where you can find the most unique piece you never thought you needed or just the item you always wanted. After picking up several mid-century shakers from various estate sales, I came across the most beautiful shaker I’ve ever seen. It was a thick glass covered with classic cocktail recipes in bright red and royal blue lettering. It was unfortunately planned, and I still think about it often.

This is exactly what you can expect to find at Mrs. Holder’s Antiques.

Natchez Olive Market, 636 Franklin Street

To finish! A store like no other in Natchez, Natchez Olive Market is a must stop when shopping downtown. Foodie extraordinaire Liza Plauche and gods pasture board maker Sarah Beth Willard have joined forces to bring the best in olive oils, balsamic vinegars, artisan cheeses and more to Natchez Palace.

While working for country roads, I fell in love with a shop downtown that offered unique flavored olive oils, spice blends and loose leaf teas. I’ve missed the gems I’d find there on my visits since leaving the magazine and was beyond thrilled when Natchez Olive Market opened.

Flavored oils make cooking something fresh and new. Cheeses allow you to create your own charcuterie dreams at home. The gifts will be unlike anything your friends and family have ever received. So welcome NAME!

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