• Doris Maye

Camden County Secret


“How is something THIS fabulous HERE?”

This is a question often heard from first-time visitors to Ballast Pointe Trading Company and BP Mercantile. First reactions reflect surprise and “Wow!” that something so unique and well-designed is nestled on a corner of sleepy downtown Kingsland, Georgia.

Wow! “I would expect to see this in Atlanta, Jacksonville or a resort destination—why are you here?' “It's just like walking into a Home Design magazine!” “I want to l-i-v-e- here!!” “Surely,” they say, “you are a chain akin to Pottery Barn?”

Actually, Ballast Pointe Trading Company and BP Mercantile—two stores in one—are a one-of-a-kind creation of designer, Dana Maye Hawthorne, and her mother. This is Year 10 in business, all at this location—2 miles west of I-95, Exit 3, on the corner of GA Hwy 40 and US Hwy 17.

Built in 1928, the Register of Historic Places building provides the perfect back-drop for a nostalgic home “General Store.” With high, original tin-tiled ceilings, large display windows and old-brick walls, the comforting nostalgia is immediately felt. And this aura complements the vintage, reclaimed, elegant industrial, refined rustic and carefully-selected new treasures awaiting selection for your home or inspiring gift.

So, add to the perfect structure the perfect strategic location on the coast—small town charm, close to the resort destinations of Amelia Island, FL and St. Simons Island, GA and a hop-skip-'n-jump off a major travel artery between Savannah and Jacksonville. Voila! Too, as customer feedback asserts, there is nothing like this unique place south of Atlanta or Charleston. Several customers positively compare to signature home boutiques in Manhatten and as a “creative precursor” to the Restoration Hardware vintage-industrial style.

Walk into Ballast Pointe and BP Mercantile: Lovely music is playing; delightful scents fill the air; inspiring vignettes draw your attention. The feel is of relaxation, comfort, family. As with the purveyors of old, it is a place where people are treated with respect, where a friendly greeting is ever ready and where the talented, professionally-trained Atlanta designer-proprietor provides complimentary guidance to customers. You, too, will be amazed to discover this gem in Kingsland—the incredibly sophisticated little shop offering remarkable “Provisions for the Classic Home.”


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