First things first. Why the name? For 13 years, we enjoyed living with a pug named Henry who had the most velvety little ears to ever grace a little dog's head. Henry was actually a mischievous angel with a fondness for the most expensive fabrics and pillows his humans could provide. Scalamandre Le Tigre tiger velvet was his favorite! Henry's love of all things gorgeous, soft and huggable inspired the name of his doggie mom's business. Tragically for all who loved him, Henry made his journey across the Rainbow Bridge in January of 2022, but his charms live on in his namesake business.
Henry's doggie mom, Susan Gates, spent over two decades transforming clients' homes in large cities, but it was the tranquility of small town living that inspired her to open a retail space in the charming village of Norris, Tennessee. The sophisticated shop in the wee blue cottage was an instant hit. Quickly outgrowing the space, Susan moved The Velvet Pug into a larger space, just 12 minutes from the original location, in the historic downtown antiques district of Clinton, TN, which recently made Martha Stewart.com's number one spot in the article The Best Places to Go Antiquing Across the Country.
Much of the inventory at The Velvet Pug was selected by Susan at the famous flea markets of Paris! The shop's curated selection of antiques, objets d'art, lighting, fabrics, fragrances, soaps, and unique gifts is a destination unto itself!