By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal
Owner: Jennifer Shelton
Address: 2004 N. Gloster St., Tupelo
Phone: (662) 842-8058
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Facebook: Midnite Pottery
Primary business: sales of handmade pottery pieces
Advice: “Taking care of your customers is the best advice I can give someone starting a business. Don’t take anything for granted. They are coming to shop with you because you treat them a certain way.”
Midnite Pottery stands out on North Gloster Street in Tupelo. It’s the building decorated with metal flowers and other art pieces.
Dean Webb opened the business 14 years ago. He’s since retired from the daily operations and his sister, Jennifer Shelton, now owns and runs the business.
Midnite Pottery specializes in making pottery with custom glazes. Popular motifs include crosses, raised flowers and anything with a crystal glass glaze, Shelton said.
“Most of it is functional stonewear pottery,” she said. “It’s safe for eating and drinking and it’s dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.”
The shop also makes pieces with the handprints of customers’ children – an extremely popular activity, Shelton said. Plus, Midnite Pottery does commission pieces.
The business also is known for its community involvement, which includes making bowls for The Salvation Army’s Empty Bowls fundraiser.
“Everything is made here from start to finish,” Shelton said. “People really appreciate that now.”