Once king of cotton, Downtown Hartselle Business District teamed up with L&N RR, providing a vital line of transport for the outlying cotton farmers as well as north and southbound travelers. There were Inns, a Saloon or two, and a variety of shops from barbers, dry goods, liveries to tack and hardware stores.
Over the years, Main St developed into being the bustling heart of the city. You could take in a picture show, buy shoes, grocery shop at the local A&P, purchase Furniture, Radios and new-fangled Televisions. Rivaled by none in the area, Historic Main St became home to nearly two dozen Antique Shops in the Late 1980s and early 1990s. People traveled from all over to treasure hunt for memories here.
We recently lost one of Hartselle’s oldest Antique shops, the Hartselle Antique Mall. It was a pinnacle, and staple of the Antiques Trail for over 25 years. The two owners, Dale and Gail (sisters) had become widely known in the Antiques Circuit. Two books that they authored about Fire King Glassware, are even displayed in the Smithsonian. Their shop was met with a sudden and unforeseen closure in the fall of 2020. People would intentionally detour from I-65 to shop or browse as they traveled each year. This shop was well loved and sought out.
Though the Hartselle Antique Mall has shuttered its doors, home furnishings and antiques can still be located within the walls of Ragtime Antiques, etc., Genesis Antiques, Crossroards Old & Unique, 209 Rail Road Street Yard Sale, Mercantile on Main, and El Marie’s. Hartselle remains a destination for antique pickers from all over.
Today, the still intact Historic Downtown is becoming an established Arts & Fashion Row. It is dotted with Boutique shops, like our anchor wedding attire store… The Something Blue Shop. Growing storefronts are providing goods from head to toe. Fine wares can be acquired in several of the shops, such as Greco Fiore Designs, Shoefisticated, Downtown Southern Sass, the Robin’s Nest baby and children’s apparel, Urban Altered, Bella & Blake, Forever Kate, and Katie Grace and more.
Unique gifts may be found at the Beehive Bathhouse, Zoey’s Downtown and Red Ribbon Decor or Whinny Wisdom. Musical Instruments can be found at Guitars and More.
In addition to shopping, residents and visitors can enjoy personal growth and education. Historic Downtown Hartselle is home to studios and galleries to include Behind the Canvas Fine Art Studio & Gallery, Keramos Ceramics studio, Main St West Gallery, Shining Star Studio of Dance, Art & Soul Tattoo. Many of these studios and galleries offer finished professional works.
Professional Stylists can be found at Van’s Barber Shop, Fresh on Main, 115 South of Main, POSH Salon and Genesis Salon, and Blush Artistry.
Historic Hartselle is the destination for several great dining locations as well. The Freighthouse, Cahoots, Bentley’s at the Outhouse, Willie Burger and Pizza Ed all call Hartselle, home. Specialty Foods are easily found at Oliwia’s Shave Ice, Oh Darling! Sugar cookie company, and Warehouse Coffee
We would be remiss not to mention these other fine establishments that provide a myriad of services, such as Mega Granite, Something Vintage Rental, RAW Images Photography, Mar Mac Real Estate, Main Street Mortgage, JMK Martial Arts, as well as other Legal Counsel, Accountants, Financial Services, Land Surveying and even Pest Control.
Finally, Hartselle is home to one of the Oldest Pool Halls in Morgan County, our very own Hartselle Pool Hall has been in the same family for roughly 60yrs!
Your Historic Downtown Hartselle Merchants invite you to see why we #LoveHartselle as you Shop, Dine, Learn and Grow on Main St W.
Historic Downtown Hartselle is only 2 Miles West of I-65 Exit 328, or ¼ Mile East of Hwy 31.