As a little girl, Jamie Whitley Smith loved playing in her Grandmother's curio cabinet. She unwrapped the delicate bone china from its protective paper, set the dining room table, stood back and marveled at its stunning beauty- the intricate gold floral pattern layering gracefully with crystal goblets and sterling silver. At the age of 5 she discovered her love for all things "fancy." At the beginning of her college years, Jamie studied interior design and further developed her appreciation of creating functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces. Spending a summer in Italy grew her love of original artwork. Twenty years after setting that first table, Jamie and her husband Charlie decided to change their career paths and embark on fulfilling her dream. That dream became a reality May of 2008, and The Square Cupboard was established.
Nestled on the northwest side of the historic square in Hernando, MS is Desoto County's most unique and upscale bridal registry and gift shop. Located in part of the old hardware store and full of southern charm and extraordinary style, The Square Cupboard offers distinctive and exclusive lines, boasting one-of-a-kind pieces perfect for everyone's home. Striving to appeal to the discriminating tastes of her clientele, Jamie searches for jusst the right items to include in the store's selection. From formal china and everyday dinnerware to Mississippi-made pottery, each shopper's taste is sure to be satisfied.
Now the dream has expanded into several areas--furniture, art, jewelry, invitations/stationery, baby gifts, gourmet foods, and home decor. Because she is proud of her Mississippi roots, Jamie has secured Mississippi-made to display in all areas of the store--paper products from Tupelo; specialty food items from Yazoo City, Louisville and Indianola; jewelry from Starkville; baby products from Calhoun City; frames from Byhalia; pottery from Etta, Hernando and Starkville; children's books from Starkville; and cookbooks from Indianola. What a great way to instill this Mississippi pride in all shoppers!
Priding itself as a one stop shop for wedding needs, The Square Cupboard works with a variety of companies that cater to brides and grooms planning for this exciting event. These businesses offer shower invitations, save-the-dates, wedding invitations, programs for the ceremony and a variety of incidentals to help add those special touches to the big day. Over fifteen lines of fine china, ten everyday dinnerware lines, three lines of pottery, as well as crystal, sterling accessories, linens, pewter and gifts for the home are available for couples to peruse. One of Jamie's favorite aspects of owning the business is helping the engaged couples as they choose, from the vast array of items, those things which will help make their new home really theirs, one with a personal touch. Witnessing the establishment of their own traditions is always a thrill for her.
The Square Cupboard has become widely known for its wide assortment of gifts for every occasion, not just weddings. Over the years it has become a local gallery showing original artwork produced by over fifteen different Southeastern artists. From Mother's Day to graduation, birthdays to Christmas, as well as just a "happy" to brighten a friend's day, The Square Cupboard offers just what you're looking for!