Charleston House and ML Bailey

…and speaking of sweet local gals and their fabulous shops….

ML Bailey Clothing | Charleston House | Pike Road | Alabama

Meet Mary Lackey Bailey and Ashley Owen:

ML Bailey | Charleston House

They co-own a pretty little boutique down the street, here in Pike Road.

ML Bailey | Charleston House | Pike Road Alabama

It’s just a handful of blocks away from the chapel…

ML Bailey | Charleston House | Map

…so if you’re coming to The Chapel Market this Saturday, you should definitely swing by their place and say hello!

ML Bailey | Charleston House | Pike Road

They’ll be open a little earlier and later than usual on Saturday, so feel free to stop by any time between 9am and 5pm that day.

Charleston House | Pike Road Alabama

Ashley’s part of the shop is called Charleston House (phone: 334-467-8301)  and she sells a variety of rustic elements, formal furnishings, original art, and jewelry in the front section of the store:

ML Bailey | Charleston House | Alabama  Charleston House | Alabama | Pike Road   Charleston House Dough Bowl

Charleston House | Pike Road

Charleston House Jewelry | Pike Road | Alabama  Charleston House Jewelry

Her husband is a super-talented artist, and she’ll have several more of his paintings there this weekend…

Charleston House Painting  Charleston House Lindsay Farm Specialties | Alabama Peach Salsa

Charleston House Pike Road Alabama

Charleston House Jewelry | Pike Road

ML Bailey | Charleston House | Pike Road | Alabama

Mary Lackey’s part of the shop is called ML Bailey (phone: 334 356-7710), and she sells super cute clothing and jewelry.

ML Bailey | Charleston House | Pike Road | Alabama | Shop

ML Bailey Clothing Store  ML Bailey

ML Bailey Clothing

I’m going to be sporting one of her snazzy shirts on Saturday, and I’m really looking forward to wearing it. Kev and I have been working hard on a project in our living room, and moving my vintage goods into the chapel all week, so I’ve been living in holey jeans and old t-shirts lately.

The Chapel Market | Lettered Cottage Living Room

It’ll be fun to look like a girl again this weekend- LOL!

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  1. Meggie says

    Adorable store! Thank you so much for sharing! Do you by chance remember how much the little painting of the cotton field was? I absoultely love it but couldnt find it in their online store! Thank you! Can’t wait to come to the chapel market!

    • Layla says

      Hi Meggie! It wasn’t listed on the painting. Here’s their phone number: 334-467-8301
      Tell ’em you’d like to know the price of the little painting Layla immediately RAN TO yesterday- LOL! 😀

      • Meggie says

        Thank you so much Layla! Can’t wait to meet you in person on Saturday!:)


  2. says

    After viewing two posts now on Southern ladies and their shops I find it must be a pre-requisite to be absolutely adorable to be a southern gal. The shops and ladies from both posts are too cute. (I also checked out the design firm group and the mom who left to stay home with her son–all such darlings!) And again, your town is just too charming! Have a WONDERFUL time this weekend with old friends, and new. I wish you great success on your first endeavor like this.

    • Layla says

      Thank you so much, Kristin! You are so sweet to say that, and I sure appreciate your kind words. I look forward to sharing a big ol’ post about The Chapel Market with you next week!

  3. says

    I’m loving the clothes, I know I should be looking at the decor b/c it is gorgeous, but something about those clothing items were so comfortable and unique! Also, the bracelet. I want it…badly! Do they have a website (PS Sorry if it’s up there and I missed it)?

    • Layla says

      Hi Cristina! You can click on their shop names at the top of this post to be re-directed to their sites/pages! 😀

  4. Donna Doble-Brown says

    oh my gosh . . . how I would LOVE to be there this weekend! Let’s see . . .if I start driving from RI tomorrow I could make it in time – right? If I didn’t have my Reiki certification on Friday I might have attempted it! lol Do you think this will be come an annual event? Wishing you guys all the best and I’ll send some good Reiki vibes and will be waiting for all the pictures and stories! Can’t wait! :)

  5. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    What the heck is that dough bowl/trough thing on a stand???? OH man, be still my heart!!!!!!! You could bob for apples with that!!!!! I can think of a million things I would do with it. What a TREASURE!!!! Love it.

    Had a BIG out loud laugh over that trench coat!!!! Yeh, thats what my waist looks like. Yeh, it does!!!!!! HaHaHaHa!!!! I couldn’t look that tiny, even with a corset on.

    So after I wiped the drool from that wooden apparatus, I then laughed so hard………..I ticked myself!!!!!! Have a FAB time at your function. Can’t wait to see pictures from that. Gosh, I wish I was closer.

  6. says

    I love this shop! Thanks so much for posting. I get the best gifts (and a little something for myself) in small local shops. It is a tradition that I started several years ago to do all our Christmas Shopping from small business’. This will most certainly get added to the list.

  7. Maria says

    That’s it! I am now saving like a mad woman to get to USA and visit all these gorgeous places you keep showing us, Layla! I sooo want to see that gorgeously yummy store!

  8. gina says

    Have a great time this weekend! Please share a video tour with us that can’t share in the joy in person! :) Thanks!

  9. Sue VanParyss says

    Hello !! I can’t wait for The Chapel Market !! I am driving up about 3 hours from Flowrey Branch, GA. I dont hav a blog, I am just a fan, and have been so inspired by you! So excited !!

  10. Alison says

    When I saw this post yesterday (Wednesday), I fell crazy in love with the little framed painting of the cotton field. I went to the Charleston House website and couldn’t find it there. So I emailed. And then I called. She called me back but I didn’t recognize the number (very silly of me) and I didn’t answer. She left a message. I called her right back, told her where I saw the painting and asked her about the dimensions and the price. I wrote the dimensions and price down on a piece of paper. I was with two friends and had shown them the painting on your site, pulled up on my phone, earlier. When they saw the price they decided then and there to buy it for me for Christmas! Imagine my excitement! So I handed the phone over and they gave the credit card details. It’s being shipped to one friend’s office so I won’t see it until Christmas but I will be back here often to look at your photo of it. Thank you for taking that shot and being part of this group of gals that is putting that painting into my life! Isn’t that fun? :-)

    • Glenda M. Adams says


      Please come to the Wet Canvas Sale and Reception Saturday evening, October 26th at The Charlston Gallery. The Alabama Plein Air Artists (APAA) will be painting all day Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th and our paintings will be available for viewing and purchasing that evening. Look me up. I look forward to meeting you there!

      Glenda Adams

  11. says

    They look like such charming places to shop! I love the yellow flowers and pumpkins, great for fall but it doesn’t shout Halloween. The jewelry looks so delicate, I love the sea inspired colors of the beads.

  12. says

    I’m so glad that I read this post prior to coming out to the Chapel Market! It gave me a good “lay of the land” at the Waters. One look at the line waiting to get into the chapel let me know that I did not have time to wait to get into the main attraction but I had a great time meeting Ashley at this adorable store and her next door neighbor at Cindy Bargainer Interiors (Cindy was actually AT the market but I talked to her husband). I had a great time learning about her fabulous fabric line she has designed.