Magnolia: The flowers our owner, Cynthia, had at her wedding.
We wanted to create a Southern name that was close and dear to our hearts. As a bride, Cynthia’s first moment was the smell of the beautiful Magnolias in the church on her wedding day as her father, James, walked her down the aisle.
Cynthia and her husband, Gary, have been married for 32 years.
History: Family is a tradition of our store. The store consists of Gary and Cynthia, their son, James Thomas, their daughter, Randi, and their son-in-law, Jonathan Barksdale. They purchased their new building in October of 2014, and they all worked and remodeled the store and had it opened within six weeks.
Cynthia is a native of Putnam County, and has lived here her entire life. She is an Upperman High School graduate and a graduate of Tennessee Technological University.
Cynthia has owned the store since 1999 and had worked at Merle Norman Cosmetics in high school and college. When she purchased the store she felt like the store needed something extra and formal gowns were what she decided to bring to the store. The store was formerly, Beauty Queen’s Boutique, but with the new location and with the bridal and formal clientele growing, she felt like the store needed a new name.
With Cynthia’s pageant and cosmetic experience, she knew she had a niche for helping her clients find the perfect dress and cosmetics for their special occasion. Cynthia has been in the industry for over 25 years and has a passion for customer service and customer relations. Cynthia has a love for her community and loves to offer exclusive formal and bridal lines at Magnolia James and cosmetics and skincare with Merle Norman Cosmetics.
Randi has grown up in the store since first grade. Randi has worked in the store her entire life. Randi attended Middle Tennessee State University and has her degree in organizational communication with a minor in fashion merchandising. She completed her master’s degree in strategic communication and planning.
Randi is happy to be back home managing Magnolia James and owning her own wedding planning firm, Jet Set Planning.
Randi’s education background has allowed her to be an expert in the bridal field. She has a passion for helping you creating your dream wedding. Randi likes to work one on one with brides and help them create their bridal vision from color pallets, wedding gown styles to help choosing the groomsmen attire. Randi’s organizational skills and attention to detail help every bride feel at ease with making the most important day of their life a reality.