Lavender Mountain Hardware in Armuchee has the cozy feel of a small-town general store with an array of modern merchandise.
There, you can find not only a wide selection of fruit and vegetable plants with all the tools you’ll need to grow them, but decorative platters to serve them on as well.
Owners Spencer and Virginia Brewer built their business 11 years ago at 4065 Martha Berry Hwy with an eye to provid-ing farmers and homeowners with do-it-yourself necessities ranging from hammers, nails and paint to plumbing and elec-trical supplies.
Those items – along with expert advice on what to do with them – still make up half the selection.
The rest of the store is devoted to perks such as ornamen-tal flowers, shrubs and trees; garden fountains; leisure clothes and gifts.
A pottery display with whimsical bunny and Easter egg dishware spreads into a cache of University of Georgia tail-gating must-haves, a squee-inducing stand of Robeez baby shoes and an aromatic counter full of herbal hand creams, lip balms and candles.
A corner is devoted to Carhartt clothing – shirts, pants, caps and more for the whole family at work or play.
“This is hard-core, heavy duty stuff that wears forever,” Spencer Brewer says. “It’s in keeping with our niche, which is serving the population that wants good advice, quality prod-ucts and a fair price.”
A full-service garden center features a full range of land-scaping plants and statuary, plus the options of having your vista designed, installed or maintained for you.
“We do a lot of consultations for businesses and resi-dences,” Virginia Brewer says. “Our garden manager will go out and tell them what they have, how to deal with it and what they might add to make it even better.”
Container gardens are a new trend, and Lavender Moun-tain’s professional staff is equally adept at creating minia-ture displays in a pot brought to the store or “bringing the store” to a massive ceramic urn and doing the installation there.
And, if you don’t see what you want on your first visit to the store, come on back in for a second look.
“We’ve very oriented on the seasons,” Virginia Brewer says. “In the fall we’ll have pumpkins and harvest merchan-dise. Just before Easter we’ll get in hundreds of baby chicks. Farmers buy them by the dozen, but a lot of young families want to have a few hens for fresh eggs and we educate them on how to make their own pens and raise them.”
|Monday: ||8 a.m. to 6 p.m.|
|Tuesday: ||8 a.m. to 6 p.m.|
|Wednesday: ||8 a.m. to 6 p.m.|
|Thursday: ||8 a.m. to 6 p.m.|
|Friday: ||8 a.m. to 6 p.m.|
|Saturday: ||8 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|Sunday: ||1 p.m. to 5 p.m.|