It’s hard to believe the elegant go-to store for luxury home goods and gifts in Charlotte got its start because of crocodiles. Brad and Debbie Weitz opened the first B.D. Jeffries in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood in 1992, opening the Charlotte store in South Park just six years later. They’re hottest selling item in the beginning? Crocodile accessories — wallets, belts and more for discerning men. Now sold as a private label and handmade of American alligator, those are still some of their best-selling items, but now the upscale specialty store in Morrison Shopping Center features bridal registries, beautiful accessories, custom and antique furniture and one-of-a-kind items from around the world.
Anne de Barcza, Vice President of Sales for Juliska, says, “BD Jeffries is incredibly well curated. Every time I’m here, I start shopping. It’s great for home gifts and accessories, and they have a fabulous men’s shop. I literally go all over the country for work, and B. D. Jeffries is relevant and current, and they are not old-fashioned. They’re on trend, not trendy.”
“When I’m in a bind for a last minute gift, I know I can always find the perfect something at B.D. Jeffries,” says Gwen Poth, a prominent PR firm owner in Charlotte. “They carry things you can’t find anywhere else in the city and I love that. It’s also a great place to shop because if you’re not sure exactly what you’re looking for, the sales people are really knowledgeable and have often helped me find things I didn’t even know were out there … the perfect gift.”
Christine White, the impeccably styled owner of the Myers Park jewelry store., Beads, Inc., agrees. “They have an amazingly curated selection of unique gift options and home décor. Hostess gifts can be hard to find when you’re shopping for the friend who has everything. I feel like at B.D. Jeffries, the staff has a fantastic eye, and their inventory is constantly updated with tasteful and intriguing finds.”
Store manager Jessica Webb says most of their customers feel that way. “They come to us for a one-stop shop. We have very loyal customers — it’s passed down in the family. The mom will register her daughter for bridal here.” The store also has an in-house designer who works with clients on everything from one party and one room to decorating an entire house. Here’s a rundown of some of the items they’re best known for.
7 Reasons to Shop B.D. Jeffries
One of the largest Juliska retailers in Charlotte, B.D. Jeffries keeps a ton in stock so you can literally run over and buy enough for a dinner party that night. Jessica says, “The most popular thing in the collection is the berry and thread. It’s classic and timeless and mixes with all the patterns. People like to add on to their collection, and it’s popular for shower and bridal gifts.” This is not your grandmother’s china — the greatest thing is that it can go from the freezer to the oven, and each piece is hand done by a husband and wife company based in France.
Jessica says, “We’re really known for our upholstery lines. The reason customers come here? You can take it off the floor. We have no turnaround time unless it’s custom. You can take sofas, chairs … and they’re all from lines that are exclusive to B.D. Jeffries.”
Hand-Sketched Dog Portraits by Eric Knight
“People love these for their dogs. This is another thing we’ve become known for. He can do custom hand sketches. You bring a picture in, and he does it. He does a lot of labs!” says Jessica.
B.D. Jeffries carries the Pete Millar line, a very tailored classic men’s line. Plus they offer everything from sweaters and outerwear to pants and shirts.
B.D. Jeffries carries some bags and purses you won’t find anywhere else. In fact, they’re an official dealer of Longchamp, the popular nylon bags.
From pillows made in Chile to one-of-a-kind handcrafted burl wood bowls and decorative arrows, the owners of B.D. Jeffries travel the world to bring back unique accessories that customers love.
If you still have some holiday shopping left to do — or perhaps you’re looking ahead to some fun purchases for the new year — rest assured that there is literally something for everyone on your list at this popular SouthPark store – especially those with discerning taste.
“It’s easy to wander into B.D. Jeffries for a hostess gift and end up walking out with something special for yourself or your home too,” says Charlotte based SignUpGenius Marketing Strategist Ashley Kaufman. It’s just that kind of store.
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