A love of caring for customers has led a young entrepreneur to continue the growth of downtown with one of Corinth’s most unique retail spots.
Shirley Dawgs owner Stearman McCalister purchased the established business in Corinth’s thriving SoCo district in March. He said he feels like he’s where he’s supposed to be.
The store’s previous owners approached him about purchasing the business and he jumped at the chance. A fan and regular customer of the store, he saw the potential for growth and couldn’t pass up the business opportunity.
“It was so smooth, the process. There were no hiccups. I said this is what was meant to be,” said the business owner.
McCalister found his love for retail working at the former Green Door downtown after graduating high school in 2014. He said he loved working with customers but quickly decided he wanted to be his own boss and put his creativity and ideas to work.
He opened his own store, Taylor and Wick, in 2016, selling a mixture of home decor and gift items.
When he purchased Shirley Dawgs he closed the door on Taylor and Wick but brought some its best sellers with him.
“We moved the best selling items to the upstairs here,” he said.
Those include candles, bath products, lotions and items from top brands including Kate Spade, Lilly Pulitzer, ban.do and more along with a wide selection of men’s gift items.
He’s kept Shirley Dawgs unique mix of popular brands and styles including Patagonia and numerous Southern favorites such as Vineyard Vines, Southern Marsh, Southern Tide and more.
The retailer is especially excited about their growing line of Shirley Dawgs branded graphic t-shirts featuring unique designs along with the Shirley Dawgs logo and Corinth. He said he loves these types of shirts and they’re extremely popular so he wanted to get creative and offer his own take on the idea and they’ve proven to be favorites with customers.
McCalister said they truly offer something for everyone with a wide range of prices and styles to fit everyone’s budget and personal look.
Taking care of customers is at the heart of everything he does. He said he loves getting to know his customers and their preferences. They also work to meet their needs with both in-store and curbside service and call-in orders.
“We’re glad to bring items out and work with customers any way we can,” he said.
Shirley Dawgs is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m to 3 p.m. on Saturday at 629 Wick Street in the SoCo District.