Local Business Spotlight: Cotton & Kudzu
What’s old is now new again.
After years of being Schaub’s Flowers, Laura Cutchen decided it was time to “reinvent” here downtown shop, and Cotton and Kudzu was born.
With the name change, Cutchen wanted something quintessentially southern, and allowed the public to know her shop was more than just a place to get flowers.
“In the last few years, we have added a lot of artwork,” said Cutchen. “In addition to our floral arrangements expanding and being more unique, we decided that we weren’t Schaub’s Flowers anymore. Cotton is a traditional, southern thing and kudzu is kind of whimsical and fun. It just works.”
Despite the name change, Cutchen’s shop is still a go-to place for flowers for all occasions. In addition to flowers, shoppers can rack up on local art and one-of-a-kind pieces of local photography and other items.
One of the more unique items is made by Cutchen herself.
“We offer concrete botanicals that are popular,” Cutchen said. “We use leaves and items from right around here in Eufaula, and do all the work right back out behind the shop here. They are handmade and use local pieces.”
Cutchen has been a part of Schaub’s for decades, and has seen the downtown area change numerous times from her window at 140 East Broad. Retail, restaurants and professional services have rotated through the downtown area of Eufaula in the past several years, but Cutchen feels Broad has never been more vibrant and lively than it currently is.
“I have worked on Broad Street forever,” said Cutchen. “I have been down here long enough to see businesses come and go, but right now there seems to be a little pep in people’s step. Things are happening down here. We just have a good mix of shopping, dining and offices. There is almost an outdoor mall-type feel to downtown Eufaula these days.”
To contact Cotton & Kudzu or peruse a selection of their inventory, visit them online at cotton-kudzu.myshopify.com. If shopping in person is more your style, Cotton & Kudzu is open every weekday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. – noon.