Monday, February 7, 2022

[CLOSURE ALERT] Beloved Buckhead Boutique Beverly Bremer to Shutter

Beverly Bremer Silver Shop will soon permanently close its Buckhead store.  The roughly 3,000 square foot shop, located at 3164 Peachtree Road in Peachtree Plaza shopping center, has been a favorite for Atlantans - and thanks to the internet, the world - for nearly five decades.  News of the store's upcoming closure was made public Sunday via an update to the Beverly Bremer Facebook page.  

The announcement included news on abbreviated hours and notice that the store would be offering 20% ALL merchandise as part of its "Fond Farewell Sale."  The store will be open for online shopping only through February 14 with the 20% discount being offered both online and later in store.   

Bremer, "a maverick in the secondhand fine silver business," credited her lifelong sales and marketing expertise to her early retail years spent under the direction of Richard "Dick" Rich of the beloved Rich's department store.  

The original Beverly Bremer Silver Shop opened in a booth at the Lindbergh Flea Market (where the Lindbergh MARTA station stands today) in 1975.  Bremer relocated her shop, now featuring a wider variety of flatware, hollowware, jewelry and other fine sterling, to its current Peachtree Road home a few years later, only to see it burn to the ground a year into its new location.  During the rebuild of the store, Bremer operated the business from the basement of her home.  

Following Bremer's death in early 2017 at age 85, her daughter Margaret "Mimi" Woodruff has continued the business with a small but knowledgeable staff with a combined 150 years of service.  

The closure of Beverly Bremer is the second in Peachtree Plaza in just the past five years.  Huff Furniture closed its retail store in 2018 after more than 60 years in business.  Turkish furniture retailer Lazzoni reopened in what had been the Huff Furniture space in late 2019.  Fortunately, White House restaurant, a popular neighborhood breakfast and lunch spot, continues to hum along in its Peachtree Plaza home of nearly 50 years.  

Have you purchased sterling silver from Beverly Bremer?  If so, what is your favorite purchase?  What is your favorite Atlanta-based, family-owned retailer?

Please share your thoughts below.  

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice lady. Very fair and honest.

Elizabeth said...

We have two fancy sporks (dessert pieces) from there that the 3 kids fight over. Sounds like time to get some more while we can. Great shop.

Anonymous said...

Very friendly, knowledgeable staff. I live near Charlotte NC and could always call or email and get exactly what I needed. So sad to see another American business close. Good luck and God bless all the staff.

Anonymous said...

Very nice, knowledgeable staff. I live near Charlotte NC and could call or email and get exactly what I needed. God bless all staff in future endeavors. So sad to see another family run business say goodbye. I’ll miss them.

Bill Bishop said...

I met Beverly Bremer in 1975 at the Lindbergh Flea Market. I bought a silverplate service for 12 that I still use. I think of her often with fond memories. She was a very nice lady.

StoryIT said...

Very Nice!

Unknown said...

End of an era. You just don't find stores like this very often and to have such a knowledgable staff !
Liked buying my annual Gorham sterling silver snowflakes for their online shop.

Anonymous said...

So sad to see this old fashioned treasure trove close. Atlanta has lost so many independently owned stores in the last twenty years. My mom just bought me a bracelet from there in the last several months. We are heart broken to hear this as natives still living in Buckhead.

An Athens friend. said...

Beverly was one of a kind. Her knowledge and willingness to share helped educate so many. Sure miss her and will miss the shop. We were all lucky to have both for so long. Best to all of you and thanks for a sterling job.

Buckhead Betty said...

What with the closing of my favorite silver shop and Atlanta winning the War of Municipal Aggression, it's a dark time for us, the indigenous people of Buckhead. Please be kind...

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