Karen Horton with Horton’s Home & Garden, says the downtown Tipton business has been blessed since it opened in the late 70s.
“My husband Tim’s parents opened the store as Horton and Son’s Hardware in 1976,” Horton says. “Tim and I purchased the business from them in 1995. Over the years, we’ve evolved into more of a lifestyle boutique, meaning that we carry a wide variety of things for your home. We have also changed our name to reflect just that: Horton’s Home and Garden.”
Horton noted that it is still a family-operated business.
“We love working with our two daughters, Katy and Holly Beth,” Horton says. “They are a huge part of our everyday operations, along with buying, designing and maintaining our online store, as well as our social media presence. It has taken years, and many changes, to build this now third generation Tipton business.”
Horton added that the business has also grown a lot over the years.
“We have quite a few businesses housed within the same storefront,” Horton says. “We have Custom Blinds and Shutters, a Fudge Shoppe, garden center, home decor, ladies clothing and children’s gifts. We also sell seasonal and everyday decor for the home and garden.”
Customer service is just one of their strengths.
“We help the customers bring beauty and utility to the inside of their homes, as well as outside,” Horton says. “It’s a place where they can design their wardrobe, home and life. We have many gift options and unique card lines. We put in many hours selecting just the perfect blend of products to create an inviting, unique and peaceful environment for our customers.”
Horton’s Home & Garden carries a mix of new products, vintage finds and handcrafted items.
“A sampling of some of our wares are 1803 Candles, Stonewall Kitchen, children’s clothing and gifts, women’s clothing, jewelry, handbags, books, bereavement gifts, cards, house plants and home décor,” Horton says. “Seasonally, in our garden center, we carry flowers, vegetable plants, mums, pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks, live Christmas trees, wreaths and greens.”
Horton’s Home & Garden garners a lot of customers.
“The majority of our everyday customers are from Tipton and its surrounding counties,” Horton says. “Our five events each year have helped us to accomplish a business goal of becoming a destination shop, and bringing customers from all over the state, and even out of state, to downtown Tipton.”
Horton noted that the five events include Spring Open House (March), French Market (July 10 and 11), Autumn Market (Sept. 26), Christmas Open House (Nov. 6 and 7), and Mistletoe Market on Main (Dec.5)
“We are looking forward, and working towards, our 12th annual French Market, Friday, July 10,from 9 a.m. five p.m., to 5 and Saturday, July 11 from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m.,” Horton says. “This much-anticipated event is our largest event.”
Horton says it’s a fun event for the whole family.
“Our parking lot is transformed into a French courtyard filled with vendors,” Horton says. “Our fudge shop becomes a patisserie, where homemade herb butter, french baguettes, chicken salad croissants, and lavender lemonade are served for lunch. You can enjoy French music, friends, beautiful vignettes, and an amazing variety of wares, offered both inside the store and outside by our vendors. You can also enjoy the many other downtown Tipton shops. The event is free and is held rain or shine. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram or feel free to give the shop a call in case there are to be any last minute changes, due to our nation’s current state of affairs.”
Horton adds that, “Our Facebook and Instagram accounts will keep you updated on all of our newest and most current products and events. You can even shop us online at hortonhomeandgarden.com.”
Horton is overwhelmed by the positive response she gets from customers.
“We have truly been blessed over the years by our customers and community as we have grown our little corner in downtown Tipton,” Horton says. “Tipton has a beautiful downtown, many new shops, and continues to grow and thrive. We are proud to be a part of what we truly believe is ‘Tastefully Tipton.’”
Check out Horton’s Home & Garden at 112 S. Main Street, Tipton, or give them a call at 765-675-2013. You can visit them online at hortonhomeandgarden.com for more information.