Entrepreneurship Week Spotlight: New Antique Mall & Bakery in Madison

Whitney Stewart grew up working in her father’s companies so owning her own business just comes naturally.  She launched A Sweet Southern Mess Antique Mall in early February 2019 in downtown Madison, NC and continues her family’s tradition of entrepreneurship.  Her antique mall offers vendor spaces as well as a walk-in bakery on site.

“I wanted to keep an antique mall open locally and offer people a place to sell things that they make, build or design,” said Whitney.  “I want this to be a place where people come to enjoy a great shopping day out.”

She has 35 booths available for vendors.  In addition, she also operates a full bakery and general store in-house.  There is also a salvage barn area that is open on warmer days.  Whitney hopes to use that space in the future to expand, offering more vendor booths.

Currently, A Sweet Southern Mess has vendors that sell boutique clothing, antiques, local art, handmade quilts, collectibles, refurbished furniture, jewelry, and essential oil products.

The bakery sells traditional bakery items such as cakes and cupcakes as well as coffee, ice cream, popcorn and other snacks.

“Madison has really come together over the last few years in promoting each other’s small business and supporting each other, and I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to join in on that camaraderie. I love the small town charm, and the idea that the Town of Madison could be a place where people want to come visit, whether to have an experience at Southern Spirits and enjoy their food, get a fresh coffee at The Mad Bean, shop the lovely boutique items at PBJ’s Boutique, get eloped at Bakery 1818, enjoy a home cooked meal at Bob’s Restaurant, get their farm supplies or dog food from Y&W Farm Center, or just walk up and down the streets and take in all that Madison has to offer,” she said.

Whitney added, “I hope that our store adds to this small town charm that everyone has come to know and love.”

A Sweet Southern Mess Antique Mall is located at 210 East Murphy Street in historic downtown Madison.  Hours are Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A grand opening celebration is planned for Saturday, April 27 from 1-6 p.m.  There will be food available to purchase by a local caterer, live music provided by local musicians, drinks for sale by Southern Spirits, and lots of door prizes.

For information on vendor spaces or to learn more about this new business, contact Whitney Stewart at 336.509.0961 or email: asweetsouthernmessantiquemall@gmail.com.