In the little Mississippi town of Columbia, hobbyists can find a treasure trove of holiday craft supplies all year long. Moree’s Florist and More keeps the spirit going all year long with a large selection of the items crafters need to create their special products. Whatever the holiday, Moree’s offers decorative supplies to help bring the season home.
Owner Caffey Moree points out that the shop, which fills a building next to the floral shop, offers the widest array of Christmas materials in the region all year round. Unlike big box stores, which may only order small amounts of an item and run out, Moree’s orders and reorders year round.
Seasonally decorated trees line the front window, welcoming shoppers into a holiday wonderland. The colors and themes shift through the year, reflecting the next major season. All of the decorations can be purchased individually, right off of the trees.
Crafters can find wreaths and other greenery ready to be decorated in the generous bins of the store. Netting, ribbons, mesh and burlap in holiday colors line up in boxes and on shelves. Moree endeavors to keep a full array of colors available at all times. Poinsettias bloom in colors nature never saw. Bins full of picks stand at attention, and more decorative picks fill the trees set up around the floor.
A billboard at the intersection of Highways 98 and 13 proclaims that Moree’s has a year-round Christmas village and a large portion of the store focuses on Christmas supplies. Walls of ornaments and pine cones provide a backdrop for the many Christmas collectibles displayed in glass cases around the sales area. According to Moree, the area will begin expanding in October to take over the majority of the shop. Shoppers can purchase Christmas items at their convenience, or put them in layaway earlier in the year so as to have them paid for by the Christmas season.
In addition to holiday goods, the shop also features silk flowers and floral arranging supplies. Pre-made silk arrangements can be purchased off the floor or custom arrangements ordered as the need arises. Ceramics and gift items sit on shelves or hang from racks around the shop, making Moree’s the perfect stop for shoppers in the area.
And shoppers do stop. They come from Columbia, but also from around the state and the South. Tourists passing by spot the billboard and come in. Sometimes they purchase a single pick; others buy a whole bagful of decorations. Moree’s is building a reputation as a trip destination for crafters and holiday décor lovers, even as it fills the floral needs of Columbia and vicinity.