THE IRON GATE

Interview with Rozanne Jackson of The Iron Gate

PHOTOS BY LAURA LARSON

When did you first open The Iron Gate?
RJ: 1996
What do you love about owning the shop?
RJ: Getting to explore beautiful products for the home.
What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of the business?
RJ: The paper work! Getting to work everyday around beautiful things and meeting such wonderful people is so fun…and then there is paperwork!
Rozanne’s Design Tip?
“Always have a mix of old things and new in your home interiors,” she says. “It gives your home a personal and warm feeling.”
Do you have any favorite pieces in the store right now?
RJ: A handkerchief planter, filled with orchids.
What is your favorite quote?
RJ: “We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” -Joseph Campbell
What items are your best sellers?
RJ: Candles! Everyone loves candlelight!
“WHEN YOU ENTER OUR STORE, IT EVOKES EMOTION WITHIN YOU. THAT’S SOMETHING YOU JUST DON’T GET WITH ONLINE SHOPPING.”

– ROZANNE JACKSON, THE IRON GATE

What inspires you?
RJ: Music. It opens my mind creatively.
Tell us about your team members.
RJ: They are awesome and inspire me everyday. They are very committed to what our mission is.
What is the importance of customer service?
RJ: Without customers we would have no business! They are what keep us doing what we love. They must come first!
Do you have a favorite customer story?
RJ: After 18 years, there are so many wonderful stories. What I like best is that so many customers have been shopping with us since the beginning and I have loved getting to know them.
Are there any restaurants or shops in the area that you like to visit?
RJ: Emmaline Boutique and Haven, both beautiful women’s wear. I also love Gray’s Drugs, a favorite for southern cuisine.
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Franklin, TN
(615)791-7511

The Iron Gate will help you create the space you’ve always wanted, whether you need a special focal piece or new decor for every room. A well-appointed space should not feel decorated, it should feel familiar upon first viewing.