For owner Janene Lancaster, Madison’s on Main is a labor of love. “It’s a store for the community,” says Janene, or “Pooh” as her friends call her. “We’re trying to create a special experience for our customers. The moment you walk in the door, you feel happy. We hope that everyone’s spirits are lifted just being in our store.”
Madison’s on Main is a family-owned store that features a large selection of upscale home accents, bath and body products, candles, specialty gifts, jewelry and baby items. It’s a full women’s boutique where shoppers will find the latest trends in home décor, gifts and women’s apparel from the top American and Southern brands. There’s also a special emphasis on seasonal merchandise so Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc. all get extra attention. New merchandise arrivals daily and gift cards, gift wrapping and nationwide shipping are available.
Named after Pooh’s daughter, Madison’s on Main started in Bryson City, N.C. in 2007. After an extensive career in retailing for companies such as the Limited, the Gap and 9 West, Pooh wanted to create a store to her liking. The Bryson City store joined the Native American Craft Shop she runs in Cherokee.
“We here to provide quality, affordable, unique things for the hometown folks of Rabun County and the many visitors that vacation here,” she notes. “We try to have something for everyone.”
The Clayton store opened last summer. The reception has been overwhelming. “People have been incredible to us here,” she adds. “The customers starting showing up the first day. And the support from the other shop owners in Clayton was just amazing. I’ve never been so warmly received by both the community and the business community. It’s changed my life.”
Daughter Madison is now an integral part of the business managing the store’s website and social media accounts. Pooh’s actual family and her retail family are practically one and the same. “This business sustains me,” she remarks. “We grow so close to our customers that we celebrate milestones together. The store is my social life.”
Madison’s on Main’s slogan is “All things pretty.” That fairly well sums up not only the merchandise, but the experience you will have shopping there.
Madison’s on Main
29 N. Main Street
Clayton, GA 30525
Owner: Janene Lancaster