Have you ever wanted to find a classy but original gift to give or treat oneself with? Local businesswoman Mary Katherine Perry, the owner of Katherine Beck at 134 Courthouse Square, can help you find that gift.
The store, Katherine Beck, has been around for almost three years and will be celebrating its third anniversary this August.
The store has been influential not only in Oxford but around the world as well. Mary Katherine and her mother, Becky, have been to Africa on mission trips and have incorporated the store into Feed the Hunger, where they package up food every year and send it to places such as Haiti or Kenya.
Hailing from North Carolina, Mary Katherine is a University of Mississippi alum with a degree in business marketing. She has always aspired to own a store since she was a little girl. As a young child, she would help her mother out in her store and enjoyed everything about it.
“I would treasure a relationship over a sale, for sure,” said Mary Katherine. Not only her, but the store’s salespeople value their relationships with the customers.
Display designer, Mary Burton McGee says the store is so beautiful and it feels welcoming. The store caters to anything one would need from finest Grove tailgating supplies via The Grove Supply Company to luxury bedding and gifts for babies. Katherine Beck also offers brands from Annie Glass, Tamara Childs, Little Giraffe as well as numerous Panhellenic sorority decoration and gifts.
When choosing brands and merchandise, Katherine said that listening to her customers’ requests plays a large role in her decision-making as she considers trendsetting pieces to bring to Oxford.
She said, “We love exploring new buying shows and exploring unique products that make every gift feel a little more special.”
Customer Kelly Tanzi was in town for orientation at the University of Mississippi. Tanzi said she looks forward to coming to Katherine Beck every time she comes to Oxford.
Katherine Beck has many different categories of things, but the thing that makes them all one-of-a-kind is the family orientated feel that they give to everyone that walks through the store’s doors.
Ashley Norwood is enrolled in Meek School of Journalism and New Media. She can be reached at email@example.com.