What: Mood moss holiday wreath
Company: The Clay Pot
Address: 1311 Hanover St.
Owner: Joe Jumper
What's special: While natural materials such as pine boughs and holly are regularly used in making holiday wreaths, few are made from moss, Jumper said. The Clay Pot uses mood moss in many of its decorative items, and its distinct thickness and color stand out when used in wreaths, Jumper said. "They're really pretty with that plush green color," he said.
The origin story: The Clay Pot opened in 1991. The store has used mood moss in its products for years, but Jumper said he began incorporating it in wreaths after receiving a positive response to ones he made for a wedding earlier this year. "People just liked the plushness," he said. "This looks almost like carpet."
How it's made: The moss arrives at The Clay Pot in sheets harvested by a man in Nashville. The sheets must then be submerged in water and wrung out like a sponge to increase its flexibility. The moist moss is then wrapped around a wreath form and wrapped in wire.
What it costs: $40-$60 for standard door sizes. Wreaths for larger walls can cost $100.
Future expansions planned: The Clay Pot recently began making decorative mannequins out of cedar boughs, burlap, ribbon and wire for a North Market Street boutique. "Those have been a huge hit this year," Jumper said.
Lessons of the trade: "Always reinvent yourself," Jumper said. "We're always trying to come up with new, creative ways to take our products and make them our own. We aren't afraid to try different things, and we're doing our best to please our customers. Customer service is key."
Casey Phillips has worked as a features reporter in the Life department since May 2007. He writes about entertainment, consumer technology, animals and news of the weird. Casey hails from Knoxville and earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism and a bachelor of arts in German from Middle Tennessee State University, where he worked as the features editor for the student newspaper, Sidelines. Casey's writing has earned numerous accolades, including first and second place ...