Etta B Pottery Online and On Sale

Original. Stunningly Beautiful. Interesting. Rustic Elegance. These are just some of the terms that describe the exquisite nature of Etta B Pottery made by local artisans in Mississippi. And now, we are SO excited to announce that we are a certified dealer of this often-requested line of glazed grandeur! Whether you’re looking for a gift, a decorative happy for yourself or a new set of tableware, this pottery collection offers it all and is equally striking on the dinner table, night stand or bathroom shelf.

etta b pottery on sale in store

From dinnerware to sugar bowls, serving platters to soap dishes, and decorative pieces shaped like sweet love birds or carved with inspirational crosses, we have a multitude of items from Etta B Pottery’s numerous collections. Every piece is carefully handcrafted and hand painted using a variety of textures, patterns and colors, culminating in a one-of-a-kind work of art. Six gorgeous glazes- Blue, Birch, Gray, Green, Pearl, Opal Blue, Metallic and Metallic Pearl- provide you with even more unique style options. 

Etta B Inspirations and Menagerie


Pretty little dishes adorned with inspirational crosses, whimsical birds or beautiful textural effects define the Inspirations and Menagerie collections. There’s a “happy” here for everyone. These items make terrific bridesmaids or birthday gifts or just simple pick-me-ups to collect. They also have endless uses from ring holders to candy dishes to decorative whatnots. 

Etta B Everyday- Utility on Display

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The Etta B Everyday collection offers an array of pieces essential to daily life like this earthy, yet sophisticated sugar bowl and creamer pitcher in Gray Glaze. But don’t let their practical nature fool you. When not in use, these items serve as artistic focal points. These eye-catching items make great bridal gifts!

Etta B Dinnerware- A Stunning Place Setting


The unique shapes and color variations of the pieces in the Dinnerware collection complement one another and add a beautiful, rustic character to your dinner table. And because the pieces are microwave-, dishwasher- and oven-safe, they are equally beautiful and functional.

Etta B Serving Pieces- An Artistic Statement

etta b serving pieces

Whether giving as a housewarming gift, or using on your tabletop to hold your favorite side dish, every vessel from the Serving Piece collection makes an impressive statement. The handcrafted textural qualities and rich colorations, like the Opal Blue glaze on this bowl, meld into an original masterpiece worthy of display on a mantle or side table.

We can’t wait to show it to you. Until then, Ciao Bella!

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Jul 07 2014

Beach Bag Books

The surf is rolling and the sun is shining while the little ones build a sand castle at your feet and your significant other snoozes at your side. Time to break out that book you ordered off Amazon last winter but never got around to reading. Home life has a way of pulling you so many different directions, but the beach (Ah, yes!), the beach is the perfect setting to settle into a new story. Load up that bag beachside or poolside with one of these Top Four Favorites recommended by our Facebook followers.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene

Arguably the most popular story of the year with the recent release of the movie to the big screen, it follows the story of 16-year-old cancer patient Hazel as she falls in love with Augustus, a 17-year-old cancer survivor and amputee. Bring your floaties as this tearjerker may cause you to drown in a sea of emotion.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Here is another bestseller set to hit the big screen soon. When Nick Dunne’s wife, Amy, mysteriously disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick becomes the prime suspect, though he swears his innocence. Narrated in a “she said, he said” format (Nick and Amy take turns narrating each chapter), it’s difficult to decide who is telling the truth and who is lying.

Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter, Yankee Doodle Dixie, Southern as a Second Language by Lisa Patton

If you’re ready to deep sea dive into reading this summer, check out this three part series that follows southern belle and Memphis native LeeLee Satterfield as she moves to Vermont to become an innkeeper. She thinks, “How difficult can it be moving from Memphis to Vermont?” You’ll be laughing with her as she realizes just how difficult it is.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

the glass castle book

This memoir is narrated by Walls herself and begins with her childhood lived out in the midst of poverty, depression, and neglect. The story culminates with her future success, despite the odds, as an editor, journalist, and writer.

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Also consider these other honorable mentions suggested by our Facebook Fans!

The Mountains Between Us by Charles Martin

Something Borrowed and Something Blue by Emily Giffin

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley

White Oleander by Janet Fitch

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santo

First Love by James Patterson

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden                                                                                                                                                   

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison

Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle

Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis

Mark of the Lion by Francine Rivers

Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

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bella vita warehouse collierville

Four years ago Stephanie and I were standing in the middle of our stock room at Bella Vita, and felt like we were living inside an episode of “Hoarders”. You know, the TV show that puts the spotlight on poor souls who have hoarded so much “stuff”(and sometimes trash) in their homes that they can no longer find a place to sit or lie down anymore? Yep, that was us. All around us was inventory, office supplies, daily incoming shipments from Fedex/UPS, as well as an extremely cramped office for the accountants and team members doing computer work.

Enough was enough. We finally admitted to ourselves that we had grown out of our “stock room”. A dedicated website team, increased sales and back-office operations were wreaking havoc behind those pretty burlap curtains you see from inside the store. We also realized that it did not make good business sense to store boat-loads of inventory and bulk office supplies at the same premium per-square-foot rate that we were paying for the actual sales floor.

Long story short, we leased a warehouse 8 minutes away and were then able to decrease the size of our store's stock room, adding 110 more square feet of selling space to our sales floor.  110 square feet may not sound like a lot, but if you do your math and know how much your store makes per square foot, it’s a no-brainer investment and that added square footage has contributed greatly to our revenues over the past 3 years.


To the Warehouse! Let's Take a Tour.


One of our biggest costs besides payroll is our packaging, those pretty bags or boxes that you leave the store with. Now that we have room to store them, we no longer have to rely on the paper company to store them for us (at a hefty price, mind you) and we don’t have to wait on a shipment if the store has a busy week and runs out of bags and/or boxes.

Inventory

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In October, UPS, Fedex and other freight trucks start rolling in and it’s all-hands on deck to get Christmas inventory opened, processed, tagged and sorted for easy access when we start moving shipment to the store in December on a daily basis. For the other 9 months out of the year, we store extras and marked down inventory that is destined for the Warehouse Sale!

 Display Furniture


Laurie scours the countryside for barn wood and antiques to use in our displays. All of that is stored here, as well as built and transported to the store when we have seasonal display changes.

Accounting Office

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Between the website and both stores, there are many beans to count! They push hard to get the books closed on the 10th of the following month, as well as handle payroll, budgets, accounts payable and countless other office management duties.

Website and Marketing Office


The website and marketing office was built in Summer of 2013. Online orders and customer support requests are taken care of from this office. When we’re not fulfilling orders in the warehouse, we’re uploading products, posting blogs and creating/sending emails.

Outbound Shipping

A third of the warehouse is dedicated to website and shipping. We ship 70-100 boxes per week. These are made up of web orders as well as store-bought items that are transferred to the store every morning. It’s much more efficient to package in this space, as opposed to the cramped stock room at the store.

bella vita warehouse shipping
Catie is packaging USPS orders before our 12PM pickup, then she'll work on UPS orders for our daily 3PM pickup.


Stocked with boxes of all shapes and sizes for shipping. 

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A customized shipping station just for our specific shipping needs. It won't win any awards for beauty, but it gets the job done!


Our new gift-wrapping station. We had this custom-made as a direct result of getting slammed with gift-wrapping purchases online last year. To survive next Christmas with our sanity intact, we knew we needed a dedicated area to wrap gifts.

For those of you that are small retail business owners(as many readers are), having a separate space nearby like this to “support” your retail operation is something worth thinking about if your back-office operations are in a growth phase. Stephanie can now focus on our core business (the sales floor and customers), as opposed to accountants, web, shipping and marketing folks causing chaos in the stock room! I won’t lie, it was scary in the beginning when we entered a 3 year warehouse lease, but you have to look at it as an investment in your business, not just another cost! 

-Brent

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Stephanie

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