Beautiful, warm, and welcoming are just a few words I’d use to describe Sanctuary South. The mother-daughter duo took a leap of faith and created their dream right in the heart of Westhaven. It is an experience when you walk in the door. You can find a gift for anyone in this beautiful shop but one thing that I found inspiring was that the products they picked for this store are mostly women business owners chasing a dream.
The saying “A daughter is God’s way of saying ‘thought you could use a lifelong friend’” reminds me of the co-owners of Sanctuary South. Suzy Mills is the mother and the business brain behind the store as well as does real estate by day. She loves to give others gifts but selling real estate is her true way to minister. She was raised in a beauty salon where she learned about the importance of relationships and also the importance of good hair products she says laughingly. Chelsea Skye Netter, Suzy’s daughter, is a recent newlywed and an O’More College of Design graduate. She won the ICON Student Design Project in 2011 for her design using warm and earthy tones creating a “wow” factor and was featured in Nashville Lifestyles. Chelsea’s role is running the store, being the creative and artistic mind, and the social media guru. This mother-daughter duo moved from Mississippi ten years ago and have resided in the Westhaven community since moving here. These two lovely ladies adore the South and all it represents! Suzy said “I love the South. We want to embrace the South and give back. Our mission is to feature local and southern artisans. It’s all about making us all great again”. The vision behind Sanctuary South has been a dream in the making for eight years and God has been preparing them along the way. These co-owners want to see Sanctuary South as a true reflection of what they love and for it be a place where people come to relax and enjoy themselves.
These amazing women picked items for their new store in a day and a half at market! They were so enthusiastic as they told us stories behind these southern artisans they are carrying in their store. A few amazing ones to mention are McQueen Pottery owned by two women in East Tennessee and it is the house pottery at the beautiful Blackberry Farms, Lisa McReynolds who is a long-time resident of Westhaven plus a fellow Mississippi gal that does custom paintings, Modern Burlap out of Texas that makes spiritual swaddles, Swallows Grace out of North Carolina started to help raise money for their adoption in 2015, and so many more.
These women want Sanctuary South to radiate grace, hospitality and have a family feel to it like it is their own sanctuary. When the store was in phases of construction they placed scripture behind wood before it went up and prayed over the space. Suzy said “Let your faith be bigger than your fear”. These two did exactly that and they took a leap of faith, trusted in the Lord and prayed big! Their dream item to carry in the store that is close to both of their hearts is…McCarty Pottery. As we sat and talked they received a gift from a friend back in Mississippi and it was a beautiful McCarty fox and that happened to be Chelsea’s spirit animal too. It was my first time seeing a piece of McCarty Pottery and it was elegant but simple at the same time. After our meeting I started to think to myself these two co-owners, mother-daughter duo, are exactly that… elegant and simple! They are truly a light for others and Sanctuary South is a space that will bless others with love and comfort the moment they walk in the door.
158 Front Street #104, Franklin, TN 37064