New women’s clothing boutique started as a friendship and love of shopping

Mark A. Carlson

Brittany Tuberville and Meredith Lloyd have been best friends and doing things as a duo since second grade at Fairgrove Elementary School.

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Now as adults the two friends work at the same company — Old Dominion Freight Line — and recently decided to open a women’s clothing boutique in their home city of Thomasville. Lily and Vine Boutique opened on Nov. 20 at 705 Randolph Street behind the Little Caesar’s Pizza.

The boutique had a life long before it opened a storefront, however. Lloyd and Tuberville were sitting in Tuberville’s car in her driveway after a shopping trip when Tuberville suggested they start selling clothing online using social media and a website.

“How did that conversation even begin,” Tuberville asked Lloyd while standing at the store’s counter.

“I don’t remember,” answered Lloyd. “I just remember us talking about how fun it would be. One, we have a love for clothes and shopping together at other boutiques.”

They sold clothing on their Facebook business page and still do, as well as on their website at https://lilyandvineboutique.com/. Anyone who wants to save on shipping costs and elect to pick up their purchases in the store.

The pals wanted to start slow, however, before opening a brick-and-mortar store. 

“We had to do a lot of research and find wholesalers who would sell to us,” Tuberville said. “And we wanted to find a source for one of our favorite brand Zenana. The Los Angeles clothing company is known for its soft fabrics and clothing options in everything from t-shirts to dresses.

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