Local Business Spotlight: Ballast Pointe Trading Company

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In the heart of Kingsland Georgia lies a tribute to the old while bringing things modern: Ballast Pointe Trading Company, the brainchild of Dana Maye Hawthorne. While the nod to the past is obvious to shoppers, Dana searches far and wide for her home decor treasures–from Egypt to Italy, Holland, Belgium and beyond. Part gift shop, part home decor, and part designer hangout,  Ballast Pointe Trading Company blends the brand-new and the vintage in an assortment of antiques and one-of-a-kind treasures that’s both worldly and classically Southern.

Whimsical Window Displays
The elaborate window scenes of Ballast Pointe Trading Company are creative art installations designed to spark mystery and wonder about what lies inside.

“Our goal, through BALLAST POINTE TRADING COMPANY, is to offer enhancements for local interior spaces that complement the area’s natural beauty.”

MEET THE STAFF

Dana Maye Hawthorne–Born and raised in Mid-town Atlanta, Georgia, her early years reflected immersion in big city life–the arts, the architecture, the fast-paced business and cultural surroundings–and the honing of her natural talents through a BA in Interior Design. In the trend-setting hub that is Atlanta, she thrived for over a decade in the retail home furnishings industry with a highly successful career as a Designer, Manager and Buyer for several prominent stores and upscale boutiques appealing to clients craving urban sophistication.

Yet, the coast would call. “Over time, visits to my parents’ marsh-front home and its surrounding areas beckoned me to relocate. I love the stunning sunrises and scenic vistas of Cumberland Island National Seashore and Florida’s Amelia Island. And I felt this booming area, with Jacksonville and St. Simons only 30 minutes away, was a prime location for a retail venture as sophisticated as any in Atlanta.”

The Store—A refreshing addition to the area’s traditional resources, it specializes in Provisions for the Classic Home.

Doris Maye—A former communications and management executive, she brings her penchant for detail and organization to the business operation of the company. Her years of experience and education in Industrial Psychology translate smoothly into the complex and creative world of home furnishings and accessories

“I have always admired and enjoyed beautiful surroundings. I am a firm believer that one’s daily environment shapes every aspect of our lives—serene or hectic; fulfilling or lacking. Consciously or unconsciously I feel that we all seek to surround ourselves with people, places and things that enhance the joy of living. Coastal Georgia ranks among the top places to live in large part for this very reason. Our goal, through BALLAST POINTE TRADING COMPANY, is to offer enhancements for local interior spaces that complement the area’s natural beauty.”

”  Ballast Pointe Trading Company blends the brand-new and the vintage in an assortment of antiques and one-of-a-kind treasures that’s both worldly and classically Southern.”

The Store—A refreshing addition to the area’s traditional resources, it specializes in Provisions for the Classic Home. You are invited to experience industry-leading furniture and upholstery, vintage one-of-a-kind finds, artistic lighting, fine candles and home fragrances, and intriguing home accents in a truly unique setting.

 

BALLAST POINTE TRADING COMPANY is housed in a 1928 historic brick building with original 12-foot tin-tiled ceilings and brick-and-stucco walls. The site of the former Sheffield’s Dry Goods Store, the building is still in the Sheffield family and anchors the prime Hwy 40/Hwy 17 corner in the Historic Downtown of quaint Kingsland, GA. Decorative touches throughout pay homage to the site’s storied heritage and provide a nostalgic glimpse of a simpler time when shop purveyors and their prized provisions held a special place in the hearts of community citizens and welcomed guests.

A true destination and experience!

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