Pickering Boxwood is a Memphis-made boutique specializing in trends for your home, family, and friends. Our Pick Chicks are here to help you find that perfect gift for a loved one or to treat yourself to a special something just for you. However, my store does not only have a wide variety of accessories and gifts, but it is also filled with a rich and personal history.
My name is Kim Pickering, and I had the pleasure to grow up in the wonderful town of Oxford, Mississippi. As I watched Oxford grow during the time of my childhood, I was privileged to witness Oxford Floral, my family’s business, flourish with it. The intertwining of my family’s passion for local business and their dedication to our hometown of Oxford instilled within me a sense of charm, fun, and appreciation for family and flowers. I still remember the bustle of Valentine’s Day, often leading to a non-stop 48 hours of preparation, and coordinating the funeral sprays after church on Sundays. This business often prompted us to travel to the market, where I followed my mother learning her masterful ways of unique finds and purchasing. Growing up in my family’s business, I can truly attest to the magic that filled my childhood and the love that surrounded my family when we worked as a team.
In 2009, it was time for my family to move on from their floral business. We sold Oxford Floral to a capable young couple that I knew would raise their family surrounded by the same magic and passion that filled my early years. Blessed by the experiences I gained at our flexible and creative business, I began my next adventure raising my son. But when it was time for this adventure, too, to come to a close, I knew it was my calling to return to retail. Following in my mother’s footsteps, I set off for the market to find unique and artful gift items. Then, for three days, twice a year, I opened my home for other’s to share in my discoveries.
My commitment to these pop-up events grew, and once my son had finished college, I seized the opportunity to expand my endeavors. I met the perfect partner, Jenni Hamlett, right across the street to begin this new adventure, and together we have created our wonderful Pickering Boxwood. On November 5th, 2015, we opened our first pop-up store that was intended to only last for the holidays. But given our success and the amazing time we had together, we re-opened our store in February.
I have often said, God is to be thanked for the many blessings we have been fortunate enough to receive along this journey. Amidst our growth, we have gained a caring and loving team that operates our store with the same passion and love I once experienced in my family’s business back in Oxford. In many ways, I have come full circle – back to looking and creating. Yet, with the appreciation I have gained from forming my own business, I feel that I am quickly moving forward into my next adventure with the most amazing team at my side.