Meet the Girls

It’s high time you get to know us beyond our names.


Owner, visionary, and wearer of many hats. I've owned Bella Vita since 2001 and Itty Bitty Bella, our children's boutique two doors down, since 2011. You can find me constantly walking back and forth between the two stores, checking on customers, employees, shipments, and everything in between. You can contact me directly at



Laura is our go-to girl for working with vendors, to get products in and on time. She handles our claims, daily list of orders, inventory systems and any special requests that come in. A veteran Bella Vita girl, Laura attends market and finally has her own desk at the store.. and she deserves it!


One of our newst members of the team, Jennifer has 20 years of experience in high-end retail industry and is a huge asset to our team. Jennifer's take-charge attitude and constant initiative on the sales floor is hard to miss. 


Without Laurie we’d be lost. She has been with us from the beginning and not only does she keep our books balanced and up to date, she runs all the back office/warehouse operations, including the most important job of all—our payroll! She is also not afraid of a hammer and some nails, and is a pro at creating and constructing displays for the stores.

Kristen Gallo


Something of a health foodie expert and avid equestrian in her spare time, just consider Kristen your guardian angel for all of your online shopping sprees! Whether you have a question about your purchase or a shipping quote inquiry, Kristen is our girl for ensuring your online shopping experience is just as pleasant as it would be in store.

Lee Karen

Lee Karen

There’s a reason our store is the most beautiful on the block, and it’s all down to this girl right here! Lee Karen’s keen eye for beauty and perpetually sunny attitude make her our ultimate visuals guru. When she’s not dreaming up new ways to refresh the store and creating new displays to make your heart go pitter-patter, you can catch her rooting for her alma mater. Roll tide!



An essential member of our Bella Vita team, Stratton can do it all. Whether thats helping Cheryl with processing shipments or keeping us organized at Itty Bitty; she's flexible and dependable. She also has the best phone voice of anyone we have ever heard.



Tammy is Laurie's right hand helper and one part to their dynamic accounting team. She plays a vital part in keeping our books balanced and expense reports organized.

Kathryn Sellenriek

Mary Claire

Ole Miss graduate Mary Claire has been around the block a time or two with Bella Vita by assisting us with a few Christmases in the past, and we’re thrilled to officially have her full time! You won’t be able to miss her infectious smile on the sales floor, but when she’s not assisting customers, you can find her helping out with a variety of our marketing and social media tasks. 



A graduate of the University of Memphis, Catie is the reason our online orders stay on track. From confirmation emails and tracking numbers to order delivery and all the stops in between, Catie makes sure our online customers receive accurate and timely service.



Cheryl Wood is our lifesaver. When it comes to handling shipments, she can unpack and process shipments faster than anyone. Cheryl is most often behind the scenes getting new items processed, priced and ready to go on the floor. We’d be in big trouble if we didn’t have her, especially when it’s floor-to-ceiling boxes when the holiday lovelies start to arrive.

Galey Peterson


Also known as Miss Congeniality...Galey is a sweetheart and maintains a constant and cordial presence on the sales floor at The Back Room



Also, a wearer of many hats, Brent is the reason you are reading our website right now. He manages our web office, works with our software vendors, and handles all things technical. He ensures that our store and site stay up and running, both smoothly and effectively on a daily basis.

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March 15, 2017

Serving Up Spring - Etta B Pottery

Spring is here, and we're hitting the reset button. In our routines, our lives, and most excitingly...our homes! Get ready to bound into the Easter season, because everyone's most beloved bunny collection is back along with brand new serving styles by Etta B Pottery!

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February 25, 2017

Spring Renewal with Vicki Denaburg

It never fails. This time every year, we find ourselves restlessly searching for new ways to prepare our homes for spring. Decluttering, rearranging, reimagining--- we love to change things up! But time and time again, the most effective, beautiful impact comes from the simplest luxury of all --- fresh artwork by Vicki Denaburg on the walls!

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January 5, 2017

Say "I Do" to our 4th Annual Bridal Shower

1 week and counting- ONE week to go, and we have to say we're getting pretty excited over here! | In case you hadn't heard, you're invited to our fourth annual bridal shower with Maggie Louse Bridal on Thursday, January 12th from 6-8 PM. Enter to win a $500 gift card to Maggie Louise, and one of FOUR $100 Bella Vita gift cards to redeem at your bridal return appointment!

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