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The Lost Town of Bell Buckle

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A September 2005 trip to Bell Buckle by Taylor Shelby

The Cats Meow Embroidery & Gifts Photo, Bell Buckle, Tennessee More Photos
Quote: The bed-and-breakfast we stayed in suggested a side trip to Bell Buckle. We had a few hours, so we decided to go check out the tiny little town not far from Shelbyville.

The Lost Town of Bell Buckle

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Overview

Railroad Square Photo, Bell Buckle, Tennessee
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About 15 minutes outside of Shelbyville and Tullahoma is the tiny, delightful town of Bell Buckle Tennessee. Right when we checked in to our B&B the lady at the desk recommended visiting, and said that we should absolutely go have lunch at the café. She said that "it’s just the cutest li'l town you ever saw." We had a few hours one day so we decided to drive out to Bell Buckle and follow her advice. I didn’t really know what to expect, but I was very impressed. Bell Buckle is one of those old railroad towns that you find all over the south, especially in rural areas. Around the time that the railroad came (1850s/60s) many towns of this nature sprung up. They were vibrant, bustling trade...Read More

Bell Buckle Cafe

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Restaurant

Bell Buckle Cafe Photo, Bell Buckle, Tennessee
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Right smack dab in the middle of downtown, there is the fantastic Bell Buckle Café. We went to the town for the sole purpose of eating here, on a recommendation from our B&B. Immediately, we knew we had made the right decision because of the vast number of people waiting outside the restaurant. There are benches all down the main street and they were all crowded with talkative, hungry people. We put our name on the list (it was about a 30 minute wait) and I wandered off to look at the shops. When we were seated, the hostess took us back to our seats and I was shocked at the size of the place. It seems like a tiny little building from the façade, but once you go in, it just keeps going ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 6, 2005

Bell Buckle Cafe
16 Railroad Square
Bell Buckle, Tennessee 37020
(931) 389-9693

The Cat's Meow Embroidery & Gifts

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The Cat's Meow Embroidery & Gifts Photo, Bell Buckle, Tennessee
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I was initially dissapointed when I walked into the Cat's Meow. When I saw embroidery on the sign, I thought they meant, "Hey, I'm going to embroider this pillow case; let's buy some thread." Not, "Hey, that's a nice bag you've got there, want me to throw a monogram on it?" I was hoping to find supplies and crafts and that sort of thing, but it is really more of a gift shop/accessories boutique. They did have a lot of cute, and reasonably priced stuff in the shop. I was first drawn to to bags and purses, because I love stuff like that. They had a large variety and almost all of them could be monogrammed in the store. Most of them were around the $30 range, but there were some that went to $9...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 6, 2005

The Cat's Meow Embroidery & Gifts
25 Railroad Square
Bell Buckle, Tennessee 37020
(931) 389-0064

Bella Wood Crafts

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Bella Wood Crafts Photo, Bell Buckle, Tennessee
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It is difficult to put this store into a single category. I was stopped in my tracks by something they had displayed outside called an "orphan tub." It was a small, porcelain bathtub that was raised to about thigh high by a metal stand. My mother and I both commented on what an interesting planter it would make. I figured that the place was an antique store, and I went in to see what other unique things they had. Well, Bella Wood Crafts does have antiques, but I wouldn’t classify it strictly as an antique store. They had an odd collection of all sorts of things: birdhouses made out of boots (somehow they were cute!), textiles, wooden trains and cars, candles, and large pieces of reproductio...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 13, 2005

Bella Wood Crafts
26 Railroad Square
Bell Buckle, Tennessee 37020
(931) 389-6005

Kati's Krossroads

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Kati's Krossroads Photo, Bell Buckle, Tennessee
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Despite the fact that the name of this store falls victim to one of my all-time pet peeves (intentionally spelling things wrong just to make them more alterative), I really liked it. It is a strange mishmash of a lot of different things and is actually two stores in one. The first section has all home décor stuff, like Christmas ornaments, garlands, antiques, furniture, and bric-a-brac. They had this awesome iron horse that was about waist high and looks like it used to guard an imperial temple in China. It was snarling. I have no idea how much it cost because it was in the window display, but it looked antique, so it probably wasn’t cheap. They also had these tin chickens ($10.50) that served ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 15, 2005

Kati's Krossroads
14 Railroad Square
Bell Buckle, Tennessee 37020
(931) 389-0180