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'Shop Local Week' welcomed by retailers

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Nikibiki tanks are a best-seller at Dreams Boutique on the Square. BECKY ANDREWS / The Wilson Post
Elizabeth Smith shows an i-Phone charger fashioned to look like a log at High Cotton, a new men's store on the Lebanon Square. BECKY ANDREWS / The Wilson Post
Wes Wilkerson works on a display of Hydro Flask stainless steel water bottles at Wilkie's Outfitters. BECKY ANDREWS / The Wilson Post

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead's proclamation of "Shop Local Week" has many shoppers interested in checking out merchants on the Lebanon Public Square.

Wilkie's Outfitters and High Cotton are two merchants who have opened storefronts and now call the square their "home."

Wilkie's Outfitters officially opened in June and offers an assortment of outdoors apparel for men, women and children. Owner Wes Wilkerson said that two of their best-selling items have been Hydro Flask, insulated stainless steel water bottles, and Orca coolers.

Hydro Flask containers range in price from $21-54 and promise to "keep drinks cold up to 24 hours or hot up to 12 hours."

Orca coolers are made in the U.S.A. and also have a Middle Tennessee connection, according to Wilkerson. Originally company owners were from nearby Franklin and Dickson. Wilkerson added that the company offers a lifetime warranty on their products, which start at $239.99 for a 20-quart cooler.

High Cotton, located on the southwest corner of the square, carries YETI coolers. High Cotton team member Elizabeth Smith said that they "tested" a YETI cooler's promise to "keep ice for days at a time" and found that six days later there was still ice inside - making it worth the $400 investment.

Smith showcased High Cotton's mix of men's apparel - ranging from traditionally preppy brands like Southern Point and Southern Lure - to clothes for the outdoors enthusiast.

The store also carries Over Under products, from which a portion of proceeds is donated to humane societies, according to store manager Joey Clark.

The square is also home to several boutiques, including Dreams, POSH, Merry Blu, Southern Swank and children's boutique Hadley and Finn, antique shops and law offices.

Jesse Fish, who co-owns Dreams Boutique with Beverly Carter, said their customers have been phenomenal during their four years of business and she is happy they picked the square as their storefront location. "We love the downtown area. There was a need for this type of store. We had a passion about it," she said.

Lebanon/Wilson Chamber of Commerce CEO Melanie Minter said everyone is encouraged to come downtown, shop and see the newly renovated Lebanon Public Square.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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