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Corner Flowers and Gifts Owner Tara Farnham completes an order using the same counter used for the building’s original business – a neighborhood grocery store. Her business complements fresh flowers with an inventory of gift items made by craftsmen from across northeast Mississippi.

AMORY – Corner Flowers and Gifts is a wonderland of flowers and décor, with seasonal displays to make every visit different. Much of the inventory is made locally.

“We have pottery by Darlene York from Fulton and Charlotte McAnally of Booneville, woodwork made by Backwoods Custom Furniture in Houston, pillows by Southern Travelers from Mantachie, jewelry by Melinda Price from Saltillo, as well as art pieces by local artists,” said store owner Tara Farnham. “Our featured local artist is Tiffany Ashcraft. We’ve got more coming.”

The Corner Flowers and Gifts building has been a part of Amory for as long as people of the neighborhood can remember. In previous generations, it was the West neighborhood grocery store, before being re-purposed into a flower shop in 1989.

The Farnhams returned to Amory after living in the Carolina community of Itawamba County and commuting to work in Tupelo. They bought the business in 2013 and carried on under the same name that customers remember.

“My family remains in the Becker area, and we always shopped this store over the years,” Farnham said.

Flowers were among Farnham’s side interests, and she decided to pursue being a florist full time when this opportunity presented itself. She tried it out for a couple of days with the retiring owner and was sold on it.

“Other than with my children and grandchildren, my heart and soul is here,” she said.

The business participates in the annual Christmas open house with a beautiful variety of gifts and décor to celebrate the season.

“While we work well with other florists, we try to have unique items,” Farnham said.

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