Debbie and Bailey at the door

For those of you that don't know me, I am Debbie Davis. It has been a life long dream of mine to own my own gift and home decor store. In November of 2018, that dream became a reality when I opened The Yellow Butterfly in Woodruff, SC.

The Yellow Butterfly story came to fruition after my Mother died in 2016. The story started many years earlier, but I didn't realize it at the time. My Mother had a debilitating stroke in 1989 at the young age of 53. Being an only child, I helped my Dad take care of my Mother.

In 2003, I began my retail venture in a multi-vendor store in Greenville, SC. It worked well for me and my busy schedule of being a wife, a mother and helping take care of my parents. In 2016, that store closed and I decided to take a break from retail.

Before my Mother had her first stroke, she loved to crochet. However, after the stroke she was paralyzed on her right side and could no longer crochet. She spent the last 6 years of her life in nursing home care because it had gotten to be too difficult for my dad to take care of her daily needs.

My Mom and Her NeedleworkAbout 2 years before her death, a precious lady came to the nursing home and taught my Mother how to do free hand needlework. I had gotten several different patterns for her to work on but she seemed to be taken with the butterfly patterns. She made several kitchen towels with beautiful colorful butterflies on them and always gave them as gifts. However, the year that she died, she started making all Yellow Butterflies. She made Butterfly towels for everyone that she loved.  It seemed she was in a hurry to get them all done.

She became ill in September of 2016 and died in October. After she died, as I was watering my plants, Yellow Butterflies seemed to follow me around. If I went in my side yard, they were there, my front yard, my back yard, it didn't seem to matter - there were Yellow Butterflies. They gave me such peace because I felt it was God's way of telling me that my Mother was fine - she was walking, talking and at peace and that I would be OK too.

In 2017, my husband and I found a 120 yr old building in my hometown of Woodruff, SC that needed to be restored. We finished the restoration on the first floor just in time to open before the Christmas season in 2018.

I love being at the store because I get to see all my old friends and I am also meeting lots of new people. Bailey, our English Creme Retriever is my "Shop Dog". She loves going to work with me everyday. She greets everyone that comes in the door and especially enjoys showing off her tricks to get a "Bailey's Biscuit" which we sell in the store.

To me, Yellow Butterflies are a symbol of transformation, hope, happiness and life. It is my hope that The Yellow Butterfly Gift shop will be just that to all who enter it.

Stop by and visit us soon!!