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Profile: Native America Gallery

This unique downtown business has been on Clayton Street in Athens, Ga. for 17 years.

 

Native America Gallery was selected as the Best Downtown Shop and the Best Gift Shop by Athens Banner Herald Readers in 2010

Owner: Jane Scott

Years downtown: 17 years

This welcoming and cheerful shop carries a frequently changing selection of jewelry, fashion accessories, clothes, puppets, books, moccasins, beads and  supplies. There are also classes in beading.

Jane says: “…initially I started at the Pendergrass Flea Market on I-85, every weekend for two-and-a-half years while I worked a full-time job during the week. In 1996, the business relocated to an upstairs location where Rage-Hair Salon is nowm then to our current Clayton Street spot in 1998."

Origin of the idea for the business:

Jane says: “During a trip to California, I wandered into a gift shop in Yosemite Park.  There I purchased a long necklace of carved animals; a Zuni fetish necklace. As I became more aware of American Indian art and jewelry, I began to research where I could possibly make purchases to stock a shop. We still make biannual trips to meet with artisans."

Business philosphy:

Jane says: “We listen to our customers and maintain a strong focus on making their visit one that truly brightens their day! People deserve to have a place where they can feel better, whether they have purchased something or not. This is why we want you to feel like 'One of the Tribe!'"

Wanda White August 07, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Jane Scott has created not a store but an experience. She knows the market and her employees are knowledgable, helpful and engaging. Native America Gallery is the happy place of downtown Athens!
Irene Budoff August 07, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Native America Gallery is one of my favorite downtown stores. i love Native American culture, and adore the fact that all of the items in her store are genuine. I went to the Grand Canyon, and half of their things were stamped "Made in China".
Rebecca McCarthy (Editor) August 07, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Irene, Jane and her staff do a remarkable job of assembling unique, lovely pieces of art and craft for customers to enjoy and perhaps purchase. The store has such a positive, happy vibe, and they welcome everyone. What great ambassadors they are for downtown Athens! I'll be doing more profiles of local businesses, so I wanted to start with a zinger!
Horace Pope August 09, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I don't know Jane but as a fellow retailer I certainly admire the business that she has built. It certainly enhances the downtown shopping experience.
Rebecca McCarthy (Editor) August 09, 2012 at 08:27 PM
What's your business? I'll profile you next week. Heck, Jane could sell ice to Eskimos.
Jane Scott August 10, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Wow Horace! Thank you so much! We try and we love our visitors, custies, friends!

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