Chintzy Rose was a go-to for vintage furniture for the past 20 years. When the previous owner retired, Kim Longmire-Carter saw an opportunity to expand and quickly acquired the space. The front of the store has been given a makeover in eye-catching turquoise and a new name “The Bird’s Nest”. Much of the old merchandise was sold, making room for Longmire-Carter’s signature Shabby Chic rustic furniture, décor and gifts.
Longmire-Carter, who admits to having an endless supply of energy, still owns Once Again Interiors in Fountain City. “We have been open three years and we keep growing, we recently expanded into the third part of the building and opened a baby and women’s clothing boutique inside it,” she said. “Once Again Interiors is the sister business to The Bird’s Nest.”
Not wanting to go it alone, Longmire-Carter persuaded friend, Ginger Lay to partner with her. “When Ginger came in, we had half of the store each,” she said. Lay opened her first store House of Painted Furniture, at 106 Hotel Road earlier this year, but could not resist her friend’s offer and closed that store.
“We sell the painted furniture that everybody loves,” said Longmire-Carter. “Chip and Joanna Gaines really opened a whole new world with their urban farmhouse look, we can barely sell anything that’s not painted – the lighter fresh colors are what they like. Anything that sits for a while, we have to paint it.”
The duo find much of their merchandise at auctions, and estate sales and give them a makeover before they are brought into The Bird’s Nest. Both Longmire-Carter and Lay do all of the work themselves and have a vast collection of power tools and know how to use each and every one.
“I love nothing more than getting an old piece and bringing it back to life with chalk paint,” said Longmire-Carter.
The hottest sellers seem to follow trends, said Longmire-Carter. “People come in for buffets, then they want dressers, then tables,” she said. “I may not sell a table for a while then sell three in a row.”
“I’ve always loved this store,” said Longmire-Carter. “The lady who was here before probably started us both (in this industry), Kelly could really put things together and I would buy pieces from her.”
The Bird’s Nest is not full of separate vendor booth spaces, but a former Chintzy Rose vender who is popular with the customers, still has a small space within the store filled with her primitive pieces.
A grand opening is being planned for the last weekend of June, with 10% off all sales and light refreshments.
Chintzy Rose’s tea room was closed last year, but Longmire-Carter plans to open her new tea room will at The Bird’s Nest on July 9.
“We keep having people coming in and asking if we will reopen it, I’ve had so many people wanting to make reservations for their club or for lunch,” said Longmire-Carter. “We have a lady who ran a tea room in Dandridge who will cook for us, she makes everything from scratch. The menu will include favorites such as quiche, chicken salad and parfaits with fresh fruits.” Seasonal offerings will include soups in the colder months.
Longmire-Carter is planning on creating an inviting tea room space, sectioning it off with drapes and additional lighting. Food will be served on vintage dinnerware at eclectic tables and chairs. Hours for the team room will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to start.
The Bird’s Nest is located at 6600 Maynardville Pike, 865 689 2009, https://www.facebook.com/pg/thebirdsnest1/about/?ref=page_internal Store hours will be Mon.-Fri 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.