Southern Living has called Grandmother's Buttons, "the best shopping in town,” while Victoria magazine observed, "Once you step into the former bank lobby, there's no turning back: Visitors linger for hours at the teller windows tendering jewelry displays.” These magazines and many others have made the trek to historic St. Francisville, Louisiana to visit this turn-of-the-century bank building turned destination gift shop and jewelry studio. Most are surprised to find both a plentiful supply of antique button jewelry and a sophisticated, eclectic assortment of gifts, clothing and accessories on such a sleepy and history-steeped residential street.
Grandmother's Buttons began in 1985 when owner Susan Davis spent an afternoon with her 95-year-old grandmother sifting through the elderly woman's 30 boxes of buttons. Spying an especially lovely luster glass button, Susan realized that these smallest artifacts of the past could be transformed into heirloom-quality jewelry. Today, the company's jewelry is sold internationally in 900 retail stores and boutiques.
Susan and her husband Donny bought the circa 1905 Bank of Commerce and Trust building in 1995, opening the store and button museum in 1996. The bank's 16-foot ceilings, mosaic tiled floors and oak paneled walls make for a dramatic retail environment. The 10-foot square original bank vault is now a button museum filled with hundreds of rare buttons dating as far back as the 18th century.
Grandmother's Buttons retail store is open seven days a week from 10 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Saturday, and 11 am to 5 pm on Sundays.