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.”
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.”
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, it's no wonder we are complimented with comparisons to several top stores in the southeast. To paraphrase one customer's review, "…this shop is amazing…reminded me of a cross between Bungalow (Atlanta), Paris Market & Brocante (Savannah) and South of Market (Atlanta)…what a great surprise!!!"
We have expanded into adjoining space and offer an expanded product line for enhanced living. Food specialties, salts, sugars, sauces, jams and jar goods, confections, teas and drink mixers—many from southern, small craft businesses---tempt the palette. Linens, French grain sac fabric-by-the-yard, Sapadilla cleaning products, more candles and home fragrances and astoundingly realistic botanicals and faux herbs, are just a sampling! Vintage and retro finds tug at the heart with nostalgia.
Varied themes such as organic, transitional, traditional and modern country French unite to create a unique collection of furniture, lighting and home accessories. We invite you to visit us in historic downtown Kingsland and experience the timeless beauty of these must-have Provisions for the classic home.