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Crystal Corner, Inc.
Arthur Court,  Jim Shore, Department 56

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Crystal Corner Gifts still shining after 37 years

Nestled away on Billy Dyar Boulevard in Boaz, inside a home formerly owned by Cecil & Pluma Thompson

 is Crystal Corner Gifts– one of the largest gift & collectible shops in the Southeast.

Forney & Mary Ann Lowery first started Crystal Corner out of her basement in 1984 as a way to sell discontinued crystal & china. After business grew, she set up shop at a service station by Pasquale’s Pizza, then moved to her current location when the Boaz Outlets began to boom.

“This was our neighbor’s house, and we used to sit here and eat with them,” Lowery said. “When we heard those outlets were coming … my father-in-law told me: ‘Now if you ever want to try this business, now is the time to buy that house.’ So we did. We sat over here by ourselves on what used to be a dirt road for a while. We were doing a lot of mail orders and had the website, and we answered letters on old china and crystal — that’s how we managed to just hang in there until the Boaz Outlet Center opened.”

The idea to deal in rare, discontinued china, crystal, and stainless and open Crystal Corner Gifts was sparked while

Mary Ann Lowery worked at The Jewel Box as a bookkeeper.

“What’s really funny is, they had tons of old china but didn’t work it,” Lowery said.

One day while working, Lowery said she went up stairs to look around and found several boxes full of letters asking if The Jewel Box had different types of china. With the company’s permission, Lowery began reading letters that she believes

 were at least 10- 20 years old.

Even after the business made about $30,000 in one month by Lowery just answering a handful of letters, The Jewel Box

didn’t want to expand its business by going out to dealers and searching for patterns that they didn’t have in stock.

That’s when Lowery started her own business and Crystal Corner Gifts was born.

Over the last 37 years, her business has grown into something she never quite expected. Her store has expanded into much more than rare china, crystal pieces and dolls. There are thousands of different items located within the estimated 8,500 square-foot building, which includes toys, boutique clothes, jewelry and seasonal decorations and collectibles.

“We’ve got just about everything here,” Lowery said. “If you can’t find it here, then you probably won’t find it anywhere else.

or it hasn’t been made yet .”

Within the last decade, Lowery said there has been a decline in business — mostly because people think her store only carries china and crystal, and “no one uses china anymore.” While she hopes it will make a comeback like many fashion trends do, Lowery fears the days of collecting china are over, and that’s why she’s put focus on selling other things.

“I could be wrong, and I sure hope I am, but I don’t think china will come back,” she said. “Now, if my brides come in and pick out dinnerware, it’s  usually something they can either dress it up or down. They’re not doing both anymore.”

Whether china makes a comeback or not, Lowery said Crystal Corner Gifts would remain true to itself and continues to be the

"Unique place"  it’s always been.

“They can walk in and almost do a one-stop shop,” Lowery said. “We’re the only one that gift wraps anymore, we’re the only one that has as many different choices. Over 17 different rooms to shop.

“We just want people to know we’re still here,” she added. “And we aren’t planning on going anywhere.”

 

 

 

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Crystal Corner, Inc.
317 Billy  Dyar  Blvd.
P.O. Box 756
Boaz, Alabama  35957
 
               Online 1-833-716-6169 ot  1- 256 -593-6169 
169   Open 9 to 5  Central Time 

 

e-mail  ccorner@hiwaay.net