Columbia Star: Family owned business Non(e)such
Non(e) such was founded in 1978 by Margaret McKissick Davis and her daughter Jean Davis Bruton. Jean had just graduated from the University of South Carolina and was considering moving to Washington, D.C., to work. However, instead of leaving South Carolina, she and her mother decided to open a new retail antique store called non( e) such located in Middleburg Plaza in Forest Acres.
According to Margaret Bruton, granddaughter of Margaret Davis, “The shop got its name when my mom and grandmother were driving in the car and and flipping through an Antiques Dictionary and came across non(e)such, which had dual meaning. The term is applied to a chest with an inlaid decorative design of architectural representations. The name for the chests comes from the palace of Nonsuch built by Henry VIII.”
Margaret and Jean traveled regularly to the United Kingdom to purchase 17th and 18th century antiques for their store. They specialized in selling only English antiques for many years before adding new product lines of fine china, crystal, pottery, and gifts sold by vendors both within the United States and abroad.
Nearing its 45th year in business, non(e)such has remained a family owned and operated business for three generations. Currently, the store is owned and managed by Margaret McKissisk Bruton with her mother Jean Davis Bruton. Margaret says her grandmother, Margaret McKissick Davis, came to the store every day for many years as long as her health would allow. Margaret said it was a great experience to have all three generations working together serving customers and managing non(e)such as a family.
In 1980, non(e)such moved to its current location at 2754 Devine Street. Non(e)such currently features an extensive bridal registry with over 100 unique china patterns on display in the store. In April 2013, non( e) such served over 20 brides, the most in its history, according to Margaret’s mother, Jean. Gifts for the bride include crystal, silver, and fine gifts for the home from companies such as Juliska, William Yeoward, Viatri, Wedgewood, and Herend.
Non( e) such also sells gifts for baby showers, jewelry, linens, decorated pottery pieces, antique furniture, bedding, and original artwork.
Margaret shares that two weeks before Christmas, December 2012, the water heater in the attic of the store exploded and flooded a large part of the store. All of the Christmas presents that were already wrapped and ready to be picked up that week had to be packaged and wrapped again before Christmas and the store faced a major, long term renovation. The staff did not close the store during the five month renovations and worked alongside the construction until its completion only two weeks ago in May 2013.
Margaret says they had to replace all the carpet, flooring, and much of the cabinetry. She said the staff decided to use the opportunity to rearrange the floor plan of the store and add new jewelry and crystal display pieces. She says they have many loyal customers who have always frequented the store and in the past few years, non( e) such has brought in many new, younger customers shopping for home décor and gift items.
Non( e) such has a comprehensive bridal and gift registry service on its website at www.nonesuchltd.com. Brides can place their registries through non(e)such on the website, and friends and family can view the registry and purchase and order gifts for a registered bride. The store offers free gift wrapping for all purchases, including the online bridal registry. It also provides shipping statewide and phone and internet purchases.
The website is www.nonesuchltd.com and the phone is 254- 0772. Store hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.