Amy McClellan grew up with retail in her blood, raised in her dad’s small country store. He was a grocer and butcher, and McClellan was quite comfortable in her environment.
So it was no surprise she enjoyed a retail career, but the store she worked for closed in 2010.
At 55, McClellan wondered what she would do. So, she opened Joyful Creations, a gift and collectibles shop.
“We’re a unique shop featuring a variety of curious vintage, new, resurrected items, innovative accessories and delightful gifts,” she said.
One of the features of her shop is the old glass candy counter that was in her dad’s store. She still sells sweets from it, albeit not the penny candy of the past.
The rest of the store includes 75 vendors – mostly local. Pottery, jewelry, furniture, clothing – the merchandise selection is vast.
“The price range is wide – we have something for every budget,” McClellan said.
At the back of the store is Sweet Tea & Biscuits, a cafe that serves lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It opened the same time Joyful Creations did two years ago.
Frozen casseroles and dishes also are available.
Joyful Creations takes up most of the 3,800 square feet of the building, and the 75 vendors’ items fill it nicely. There’s also a waiting list of vendors.
McClellan is a success story that seems to be getting better.
“I’m happy to say I’ve never looked back,” she said.
• Owner: Amy McClellan
• Est.: 2011
• Employees: 8
• Address: 2025 McCullough Blvd., Tupelo
• Phone: (662) 269-3381
• Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Facebook: Joyful Creations Gift Market