A familiar face and a new store have moved into the West Street shop vacated three months ago when the Historic Beaufort Foundation moved into renovated offices on Scott Street.
"Just tell them Kitty's back," Terra Cotta owner Kitty Ellis said.
Terra Cotta has everything that Ellis, a landscape designer, deems essential. That includes pots, seeds, hangers for plants, UV-blocking parasols, books, lotions, food, knick-knacks and even piggy banks.
"The local people need some cool things, and they need products like those over there," Ellis said, gesturing to shelves of gourmet sauces, olives, seasonings and other food items.
In 1996, Ellis offered similar merchandise when she opened A Tisket, A Tasket in the basement of the Verdier House on Bay Street. The store later relocated to West Street.
About 10 years ago, she and her husband moved to Pensacola, Fla., and then to Cleveland, S.C. They recently returned, and Ellis had been selling items out of a space in Fordham Market.
"There is nothing really like Beaufort," Ellis said. "My soul is here. I cannot not be in Beaufort."
Terra Cotta will be open from 10 a.m. to about 4 or 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Ellis also will open the shop on some Sundays; she will close from about 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on some weekdays.
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The official opening of the new space will be March 1.
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