Christened the Queen City for its early importance in the river trade, Clarksville today is the state’s fifth largest city and home to a variety of furnishings and home decor stores.
To loop through the city from south to north, take Exit 11 from I-24 North and turn left onto TN Hwy. 76. Mary’s Garden can be seen from the highway, and a stop here includes a visit to the garden center as well as the nursery where flowers, trees, and shrubs can be found as well as fountains, birdfeeders, and more.
When Hwy. 76 intersects with Madison Street/US Hwy 41A, turn left and go a couple of blocks to Stone Express, Inc., which offers a range of granite and other countertops, as well as cabinetry.
From here, go north on Madison Street and proceed about three miles to It’s Time Clock Shop on the left, where you’ll find an amazing collection of clocks—grandfather clocks, antique clocks, mantel clocks, cuckoo clocks, and the latest in Seiko’s entertaining line of wall clocks with layers of moving parts, music, and more.
A little further north on the right you’ll find Simply Brigitte, where Brigitte offers an enchanting collection of gifts and accessories, florals, and more, as well as flowers and nursery plants, statuary, and ironwork.
Across the street, Picture Perfect Gallery & Framing specializes in works by local artists, including Roberta Wesley, and exceptional framing for prints, oils, posters, memorabilia, and conservation framing.
A block further north on Madison Street lies Cherry Lane Home & Gifts, where you’ll find small furnishings, home decor accessories, and more including gourmet cookware, a bridal registry, baby gifts, and outdoor decor.
On the right further north, nestled in a maze of older buildings with a modest store front is Pedigo’s Madison Street Antiques where Mrs. Pedigo offers a lot of everything. When Martha Elliot of Martha Elliot Interiors says she sends everyone here and most of them find something for their home, you can see why. If you want a plate or teacup of a certain pattern, or you’re looking for hard-to-find glassware (including Fenton, Depression, and more) or maybe a silver tea set, this shop offers both the adventure of a treasure hunt and the organization seldom found in an antique store. Want a better idea of this amazing and large shop, check out the youtube video that lasts almost 10 minutes, and for good reason!
From here it’s a short detour to Out of the Past, a shop dedicated to antiques and collectibles ranging from traditional to vintage. To find it, take Madison Street to a left on Pageant Lane and left on Crossland Avenue to the intersection with Boillin Lane.
Backtrack to Madison Street and continue north to the downtown area. Turn right on University Avenue/Cumberland Drive and turn left on Main Street and left again on Public Square, and left again onto Franklin Street after circling the square area. You can park anywhere in the next couple of blocks along Franklin Street and visit a number of shops.
Martha Elliot Interiors is open by appointment or if you catch her in, and here you can explore fabric samples, furniture styles, and secorating trends.
Next door is the Downtown Artists’ Co-op, where you’ll find exhibits of local work and art work for sale. Founded in 2001 by a small group of local artists, it has grown to include 27 full artist members and 16 consignment artists. In September, the group hosts its annual membership exhibit, with individual exhibits in October and November, and in December it sponsors the annual Holiday Arts Bazaar and art under $100.
In the next block, Betty’s Antiques houses a wonderful selection of fine quality antiques and primitives. The family-owned-and-operated antique store offers 6,000 square feet of varied authentic antiques including lamps, collectibles, and specialty home furnishings.
You’ll find architectural corbels, columns and “gingerbread” Victorian pieces as well as beveled glass doors and more.
Next door, Hodgepodge, owned by Paige Thomas King, specializes in putting together antique and vintage looks to accessorize the modern
home. She blends sleek new stoneware with collectible china, glass, and silverplate with shimmering linen tablecloths from another era. You’ll find bedding, collectibles, tabletop items, lighting, home essentials, local art, vintage finds, personal accessories, and a baby boutique. The shop was selected by Home Accents Today magazine as one of its 50 national retail stars based on a demonstrated “knack for merchandising,” being a vital member of their community, and/or having distinguished themselves from their competition in order to be successful. You’ll want to stop and see why Hodgepodge is part of such an illustrious group.
Strawberry Alley, recently renovated by the city to welcome pedestrians, is one block east of Franklin Street, It’s easily accessed by walking through the back of Hodgepodge into ARTifacts, an arts and antiques emporium. ARTifacts offers an extensive selection of superior design by Clarksville artists in a wide range of media and features include artist, handcraft, and antique dealers from the local area. This short portion of Legion Street carries its name because it crossed the strawberry patch of Mrs. Lucinda Elder, wife of Clarksville’s first Mayor James Elder. The renovated streetscape features a custom fountain and classic double-lamp street lights.
Down the street from ARTifacts lies Ingredients, the city’s new gourmet kitchen shop full of specialized kitchen items and colorful accessories for those just beginning their cooking adventure or those who aspire to professional cooking.
Across the street, Collector’s Pride Coins & Antiques offers some very fine antiques as well as collectibles, coins, and more. From Strawberry Alley you can drive or take a two- or three-block walk west on Second Street to the Customs House Museum, which is
easily distinguishable by its architecture which includes Romanesque arches and Gothic copper eagles perched on its four corners. Seasons,
the museum store, is the region’s premiere artisan gift shop that displays a collection of contemporary treasures and gift ideas in all price ranges, including Tennessee art work and local gourmet foods.
After leaving the Customs House, drive down Commerce Street toward the river and stop to visit Orgain Building Supply, a Clarksville institution since 1921. In addition to offering building materials of all descriptions, Orgain’s offers hardwood flooring, cabinetry, granite and quartz countertops, tile, and more.
Turn right on Riverside Drive and continue through the traffic light at US Hwy. 41 where Riverside becomes Kraft Street. After a couple miles, Kraft Street comes to a T intersection. Turn left on Wilma Rudolph Blvd./US Hwy 79 and 1.3 miles on the left you’ll find Floral Expressions. Here you’ll find florals of all descriptions, seasonal decor, and gift items. This shop has won awards as the Central Tennessee designer of the year and Tennessee State designer of the year.
Exit the parking lot onto the side street and proceed a couple blocks on West Dunbar Cave Road to Clarksville Lighting & Appliance. If you’re looking for reasonably priced light fixtures and appliances, this is a great place to check out. From exterior fixtures and bathroom lighting to chandeliers and novelty lamps, the store has it all.
Back at Wilma Rudolph Blvd., turn left and go a mile and turn left on Old Trenton Highway. You can see Direct Furniture from the intersection, and inside this store you’ll find an excellent selection of upholstered and wood furniture ranging from dining tables and bedroom pieces to occasional tables and accessories. The store carries brands ranging from ClaytonMarcus and King Hickory to Berkline and Hooker. Kathy Beach and her designers are on hand to help with any questions. Back on Wilma Rudolph Blvd. it’s less than a mile to Wofford’s Nursery and Landscaping on the right. Wofford’s is another long-standing Clarksville institution. The store carries a large inventory of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, vegetables, and garden supplies, while the gift shop specializes in Mexican pottery, wrought iron and decorative planters, wind chimes, flags, gazing balls, water fountains, bird baths, concrete statuary and planters, and much much more. The company’s tree farm shelters over 30,000 trees.
Further east, at Wilma Rudoph Blvd.’s intersection with Terminal Road, turn left to Floorz, a Mohawk flooring store offering area rugs, ceramic tile, hardwood flooring, laminate flooring, and carpet. At first glance you can see virtually the whole store from the highest-end custom assortment to super value priced in-stock offerings. Products are arranged in easy to shop collections.
Fowlers Furniture recently located a store in the Governors Square Mall just across Wilma Rudolph Blvd. Fowlers, a family-owned and operated chain of furniture stores founded in 1932 with five stores in Tennessee, features furnishings and decor for all tastes and budgets, including pieces by American Drew, Klaussner, Powell, and Fairmont Designs.
Back again on Wilma Rudolph Blvd., proceed to the last stop light before the on ramp to I-24. Turn right on Holiday Road and proceed to the purple building that shelters the Fabric Outlet, which specializes in decorating fabric for draperies and upholstery, as well as outdoor fabrics, trims, and more. Much of the fabric is priced from $8.95 – $14.95 per yard and there are tables of remnants as well.
There are a number of home decor shops in the Clarksville area including:
124 Strawberry Alley
121 Franklin Street
Cherry Lane Home & Gifts
1490 Madison Street
Clarksville Lighting & Appliance
181 West Dunbar Cave Rd.
Collectors Pride Coins & Antique Mall
103 Strawberry Alley
141 Old Trenton Highway
Downtown Artists Co-op
96 Franklin Street
211 Holiday Road
115 Terminal Road
1786 Wilma Rudolph Blvd.
Governor’s Square Mall
2801 Wilma Rudolph Blvd.
125 Franklin St.
100 Strawberry Alley
It’s Time Clock Shop
1804 Madison Street
Martha Elliot Interiors
94 Franklin Street
2809 Trough Springs Road
Orgain Building Supply
Out of the Past
436 Boillin Lane
Pedigo’s Madison Street Antiques
1461 Madison Street
Picture Perfect Gallery & Framing
1498 Madison Street
Seasons The Museum Store
200 South 2nd Street
1501 Madison Street
Stone Express Inc.
2535 Madison Street, #b
Wofford’s Nursery & Landscaping
2205 Wilma Rudolph Blvd.