Shop Local: Terra Cotta Plant Shop and Apothecary

Shop local at this Black woman owned plant shop!

If you’ve been looking for a new spot to find a few plant babies for your home while also supporting local, think about visiting Terra Cotta, a Black-owned, women-owned nursery and apothecary tucked away on Summer Ave near The Broad Avenue Arts District.

Two women in warm toned tops standing in a plant and gift shop
Kim Thomas

In addition to their plant offerings, owners Keneisha Malone & Meghan Paige also host plant care and potting workshops in addition to yoga classes with The Yoga Kickback (https://www.instagram.com/theyogakickback/) to help foster a deeper sense of community while focusing on health and wellness. 

Terra Cotta will be celebrating two years of business this October,  and I recently popped in to meet the owners and learn more about their inspiration behind the business 

Memphis Plant Shop and Apothecary

Why Summer Avenue for your first location?

Honestly, our space on Summer Avenue is what we could afford. We started Terra Cotta with very little and decided we didn’t want to use loans to start. We spent some time driving around Memphis calling retail spaces, and this is the first place where the rent worked for us. 

plant shop with display of green leafy plants and body products
Kim Thomas
Terra Cotta Plant and Gift shop collage of details of plants, apparel, earrings, gifts
Kim Thomas
What do you feel makes Terra Cotta different from other plant/floral shops?

In addition to the plants, we really work to build community. Our business model was set up to ensure other Black and local creatives have a platform and a space to thrive. We also center our calendar around people gathering. We enjoy bringing people together. 

Does Terra Cotta offer classes or any additional education for those that may not know much about plants/have black thumbs?

We do! We have a regular yoga schedule with The Yoga Kickback. She offers a class in our store every week called the Sunday Soul Kickback. We have a workshop series called Earthing, and we’re currently offering a plant basics class called Earthing 101. 

wooden shelf with a pothos houseplants
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Plant and Gift shop Memphis table and shelves with plants and white jars of body products
Kim Thomas
Plant and Gift shop Memphis table and shelves with leafy green plants
Kim Thomas
What’s your favorite part about owning this business?

Meghan: My favorite thing about owning the business is meeting new people and expanding my community!  

Keneisha: I like connecting with people that come into the store. I also just really like being able to be creative in the space.

Any special events or workshops coming up?

Yes, we have a few things coming up. We’ll be at the Athleta at Saddle Creek on August 21st at 10 a.m. for a Kemetic Yoga and wellness event. You can find our full calendar on our Instagram.

wooden shelf with body products in jars and a plant
Kim Thomas
Terra Cotta Plant and Gift shop collage of plant and beauty products
Kim Thomas
How can people shop with you/keep up with what’s happening with the store?

Instagram and Facebook are the best ways to keep up with us:

wooden shelf with a fern on top and jars of body products
Kim Thomas
Plant and Gift shop Memphis table and shelves with plants and white jars of body products
Kim Thomas
Go There:

Terra Cotta Nursery
3032 Summer Ave.
Memphis, TN 38112

Hours: 

  • Friday 1pm-6pm
  • Saturday 12pm-6pm
  • Sunday 12:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Monday-Thursday Closed

About the Author

Created by Kim Thomas, KPFUSION is a fashion and lifestyle blog that covers of the moment fashion, style and beauty tips + trends with a little Memphis, TN flavor thrown in. This is life through my lens.

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