Kourtney Pegram stands near the selection of summer dresses she has on sale at her store, Southern Bungalow. (Staff Photos: Karen Rohr)
Though Kourtney Pegram’s clothing, accessories and gift shop is a small boutique operating amidst a shopping center of big box stores, that could actually work to the business’s advantage, she said.
Pegram opened the family-owned Southern Bungalow in the fall at 1522 Dogwood Drive, in the Conyers Crossroads Shopping Center, which features such big retailers as Belk, Old Navy, Kohl’s and T.J. Maxx. What makes her store stand out is that it offers items shoppers won’t find at those other outlets, plus they get a personal touch with her, the store owner, greeting them and selling them their wares.
“I’ve had to do something a little different,” said Pegram.
Kourtney and her husband Kris Pegram, Rockdale natives who are now Covington residents, operate Southern Bungalow, which sells jewelry and apparel, among other items.
The current big seller is a line of Simply Southern T-shirts, based on themes such as college sports teams, the beach and breast cancer awareness.
“They’re really cute and affordable at $15 a shirt,” said Pegram. “Currently, we’re the only retailer in this area that has them.”
The store is also well-stocked with summer dresses, beach cover-ups and tote bags, with brands such as Mud Pie. Southern Bungalow also carries children’s clothing, including dresses and old-fashioned ruffle pants for babies and toddlers.
“I want to offer people stuff they can’t get anywhere else,” said Pegram.
Other items include decorative cups and cup holders (designed for the beach), monogrammed glassware (popular as a wedding gift, said Pegram), SEC sports-related items, picture frames, scented soaps and clean-burning soy candles. Southern Bungalow also carries a variety of jewelry including necklaces and earrings.
Pegram said if her store doesn’t have an item requested by a customer, she tries to order it.
“We try our hardest to get stuff in for people. We try to make it a personal shopping experience,” said Pegram.
Pegram said she and her husband, who are the parents of a kindergartner and a second-grader, promote a family atmosphere in the store, as well as make it a place where people won’t feel intimidated by prices.
“We try to keep everything affordable. We’re not your typical boutique where you can’t get stuff because it’s too high,” she said.
To learn more, call Southern Bungalow at 770-760-7007 or find the store on Facebook.