For Melanie Edwards, a quaint space on Hill Street in downtown Springfield is where she spends most of her days. The place actually evolved because, one day, years ago she had the simple inclination to acquire an embroidery machine.
From that point on, she said, things snowballed.
After working in customer service for around 10 years, the Robertson County resident decided to transition that crafting purchase into a home-based business.
Edwards worked more than a decade to transform that embroidery machine into a source of income — later adding quilting, vinyl-printing for T-shirts and even metal art to the line of products she and her husband, Brian, eventually offered.
That endeavor now resides at 511B Hill St., where the Edwards duo operates Tennessee Vinyl Supply, which has been in the downtown district for just over a year.
The store, previously located off Main Street, transitioned to its current location a few months ago. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
“I worked out of the home for about 15 years and decided to open a business,” said Edwards. “There was nowhere on this side of Nashville to buy vinyl supplies. So, I decided to make it easier on those in the crafting world.”
Upon entering the store, shoppers are immediately struck with more than 150 choices of vinyl options lining the wall for purchase.
Whether it’s used to make words or special designs, the crafting tool, according to Edwards, can be used on a host of things like: T-shirts, tote bags, lunch boxes, backpacks or signs, for instance.
“The possibilities are endless,” she added.
Other crafting supplies like glitter, sometimes used for creating unique looks on epoxy cups, are also part of the stock.
Patrons also can go the custom-made route and get an item decorated in embroidery or have a quilt made to meet their specific needs.
Custom T-shirts with just the right color choice of vinyl or splashed-bleach design for a one-of-a-kind look also are available.
For something a little more sentimental, Tennessee Vinyl Supply can make stuffed-animal puppies — known as “Memory Pillows.”
The little creatures are made from a personal clothing item — perhaps a T-shirt belonging to a cherished person.
The handwriting of a parent, spouse or even a loved one, who has since passed, can also be laser-etched onto a leather bracelet.
“We can do quite a lot with the bracelets, but people like that so that they can look and remember their loved one,” Edwards explained.
The back wall of the store is also lined with a large selection of metal art, with custom-made ordering also available.
Edwards noted that their dark-fired tobacco metal art signs are particularly popular.
“If you pay attention around the county, you’ll see there are some of them on the barns in Robertson County,” she added. “Everyone loves tobacco because that’s what we in Robertson County are known for.”
All their products, Edwards said — with the exception of a special station of earrings on display — are made on-site by either she or her husband, Brian.
“My husband does the metal art and laser etching, and I do the rest,” she said.
For more information about Tennessee Vinyl Supply call (615) 606-1589. Or go to Facebook at @TennesseeVinylSupply, or Instagram at @tnvinylsupply.