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Entirely UNIQUE
Heritage House offers one-of-a-kind goods

Text by Richard LEDBETTER | Photography by Greg OWENS

MAGNOLIA'S HISTORIC Downtown Square is a
charming and remarkable destination. At its center,
the two-story brick and stone Columbia County
Courthouse, is surrounded by wide streets, quaint
shops and inviting restaurants.
Located in the center of the southside block, Carla
Machen and Lauri Burks' " Heritage House Gifts " is a
unique and pleasant shopping addition to the Square.
Machen and store manager Terri Story took visitors
on a guided tour of their shop.
" This building was the old Miller Pharmacy. We
started our business in 2012 on North Jackson Street.
We looked for several years to locate on the Square.
When we found this spot, we felt we couldn't have
picked a better location, " Machen says. " I named our
store Heritage House because when I went to college
in New Orleans, my aunt and uncle had a gift shop
in the Crescent City by that name. When I retired, I
finally had the opportunity to pursue a lifelong dream
of owning my own gift shop. "
Describing some of the distinctive products on their
shelves, Machen says they carry Rocky Mountain
Ducks made from 100-year-old cedar fence posts -
highly sought-after, decorative, artisan decoys.
" We have individually hand-made cutting boards
from a gentleman in Gum Creek, Texas. They can be
engraved with whatever the customer likes, " she says.
" We carry Funky Rocks, which are unusual wine and
liquor dispensers made in Maine from native stone.
The gentleman who designs and carves them spends
every morning walking the Atlantic coast to find the
rocks he utilizes for his art. "
They also carry the popular Vera Bradley handbags,
backpacks, makeup bags and assorted totes. She
showcases their collection of Beatriz Ball - a brand of
serving dishes made in Mexico.
" They pour molten aluminum into one-of-a-kind
sand molds, " she says.
Machen rounds out the tour with their collection
of J. Devlin picture frames, Cosofena cookware and
Elizabeth Blume crosses.
" We carry Heartfelt Traditions pottery from Canton,
Mississippi and Laura Zindel ceramics from Vermont, "
Machen says. " I was pleased to find the Zindel pottery
line from Vermont at market after having lived in that
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part of the country during my defense industry work. "
The business also offers a bridal registry, and they
carry Merle Norman cosmetics, she says.
" We're unusual in that we look for items that are
U.S. made and entirely unique, " Machen says. " What
you see here, you won't find elsewhere in town. "
Heritage House Gifts is open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturdays. Follow them on Facebook or call 870-234GIFT. 



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