HOMEGROWN: The Calico Mushroom

The Calico Mushroom
• The Calico Mushroom is off the beaten path, but customers have managed to find it since 1973.
Jean Strange was one of the original owners who opened the store in a converted historic home in a residential area of New Albany.
The business has changed hands over the years. Beverly Kitchens and Angie Staten have owned it since 1996.
But Kitchens wasn’t new to the business. She started working for the Calico Mushroom as a junior in high school and worked part time until she made the decision to become an owner.
“I knew how much time and energy it took,” Kitchens said. “I knew I would have to find a good partner.”
Staten, a special education teacher, was the right fit.
“Our taste varies so I think that helps what we buy,” Staten said. “Bev’s very traditional. I lean more toward contemporary, eclectic, funky. But it’s been a good mix because not everyone likes the same mix.”
The Calico Mushroom emphasizes locally made products.
The store does a healthy business in bridal registries, which includes china, crystal, flatware, cookery and other place settings. The pottery also is popular, along with Vera Bradley merchandise.
In addition, the store sells home decor items, candles, framed art, jewelry, purses, baby gifts, coffee beans, decorative paper plates and napkins and Ole Miss and MSU paraphernalia.
The business also offers free gift wrapping for all purchases.
– Carlie Kollath
n Owner: Beverly Kitchens and Angie Staten
n Address: 401 E. Main St., New Albany
n Phone: (662) 534-9418
n Facebook: Calico Mushroom
n Employees: 10
n Established: Fall 1973
n Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
n Primary business: Bridal registries and sales of gift items

Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal