5 things you didn't know about Missy MasseyBy NIKKI ROWELL,
1. Before she began working at Premier Fabrics, she was a teacher.
2. She is a life-long resident of Jackson.
3. One of her hobbies has always been design, so now she has turned one of her hobbies into her job.
4. She is a poodle fanatic. She has two toy poodles, Millie and Pheobe.
5. In college, she worked for a travel company and traveled often, but one of her favorite trips was one she took with her family to see where her great grandparents lived in Lucca, Italy.
Before finding her way into textiles and interior design, Missy Massey was following a different career path in education.
Now, she has been lucky enough to find a second career that she is passionate about in Premier Fabrics in Jackson.
The longtime Jackson resident earned her bachelor’s degree at Mississippi State University in child development before teaching preschool and kindergarten.
“But I always wanted to be an interior designer,” Massey said. “I have always had a love for interiors and design.”
Approximately 12 years ago, the opportunity arose for Massey to run the Premier Fabrics Jackson location. The fabrics are printed at Premier Prints, a family-owned plant in Sherman, Mississippi, which is also home to one of the Premier Fabrics stores.
The other two stores are located at Raleigh, North Carolina, and Germantown, Tennessee.
Premier Fabrics in Jackson has been in its Ridgewood Road location for approximately seven years, and Massey says they are there to stay.
“This is a great location,” Massey said of their ability to reach customers in south Mississippi and the Delta, as well as the Jackson metro. “It’s a very central location.”
Massey’s love for interior design was sparked at a young age.
“I’ve always loved interior design in magazines and anything home-related,” Massey said. “I’ve just always been drawn to it naturally.”
When she was in eighth grade, she remembers her family redecorating their home. During this process, she went to the stores and remembers taking her time perusing and later selecting the various wallpapers and accents for her bedroom.
“I fell in love with it then,” she said. “I just didn’t realize it until I was a little older. But the interest has always been there, and now I get to do that through this business.”
Now, Massey works with customers to select fabrics and furniture for their homes, as well as help with arrangements.
“It’s exciting for me,” she said. “I get to do what I’m passionate about. My father is an artist, so I grew up around art and design.”
At Premier Fabrics, they offer a wide variety of upholstery grade fabrics and a selection of furniture, including outdoor fabric, cotton prints, linen prints, heavy upholstery, velvet and much more.
“Customers can select the fabrics of their choice and have them put on any piece of furniture in the store,” she said. “So, they can have customized furniture.”
In their sewing workroom, they make curtains, bedding, pillows, shades, headboards and more. They also offer in-home decorating services.
“We have a lot of fun fabrics too,” Massey said. “We stay current on the trends, but we also have very traditional fabrics as well. And we have fabrics of all ages too, in a variety of styles.”
Dorm décor has been a big business for them, according to Massey. Families come in for custom headboards, bed skirts, bedding, pillows and curtains.
In addition to the large selection of fabrics in the store, Massey said they also recently opened a furniture and art showroom, which features art by her father Bob Stedman.
“The best thing is definitely all of the customers that have become friends,” Massey said. “We really get to know them and take pride in helping them create a home that they love and they’re happy with. We want our customers to love anything they get from Premier.”
“One of the things that has always set us apart is that we are a local business,” Massey added.
The furniture and fabrics in the store are made locally in Mississippi.