Canton’s Cotton Mill Exchange Is Your Inspiration Destination!
Shop and take in a bit of Canton’s rich history at Cotton Mill Exchange.
While there, don’t be surprised to run into locals as well as shoppers from Alabama, Tennessee, the Carolinas or Florida.
The combination of 150 merchants inside a 48,000-square-foot space at The Mill on Etowah makes Cotton Mill Exchange (CME) a natural attraction for folks looking for a one-stop shopping experience.
Owners Steve and Lori Sinatra describe the family of vendors as the best in Cherokee and surrounding counties.
“When you enter the store, we hope you will see the higher quality and remarkable talent in all the shops inside,” Lori said. “CME truly is the place to shop for home furnishings, gifts and other specialty items.”
The home of CME, The Mill on Etowah sits on the banks of the Etowah River, not far from Canton’s Main Street. In 2018, developers purchased the former denim factory and created a 250,000-square-foot adaptive reuse development intended to maintain the rich history while creating a popular destination for shopping, dining and events.
Just outside the front door of Cotton Mill Exchange, festivals and other outdoor events take place on a regular basis, attracting more shoppers. CME is surrounded by a brewery, four restaurants — with two more planned — an ice cream shop, a wine bar, a doughnut shop and more.
When the Sinatras opened CME on Jan. 13, 2020, they fulfilled a long-held dream: to own a business in the historic town they live in. Inside the Sinatras’ store, there’s a nod to the past around every corner, from the 123-year-old original maple floors to the brick walls and wooden ceilings. Many former employees and family members talk about their memories of this mill being the center of their lives and what it meant to their family.
It’s not uncommon for a family, group of friends or a couple to spend hours strolling among the vendors’ booths in search of the perfect gift, women’s clothing or a new piece of furniture for their home. The Sinatras are excited for the future of CME and always are looking for new vendors.
“We appreciate and thank Canton and the surrounding towns for their support these first three years,” Steve said. “You have made CME a great place to visit and shop: Your Inspiration Destination!”
- Gift boutiques. Tableware, gourmet olive oils, bath and spa items, and more.
- Handcrafted, beautiful walnut and white oak dining tables as well as charcuterie and cutting boards.
- Antique and primitive furniture. Early American, European/French, incredible pieces from the 1700s to 1900s.
- Clothing boutiques. Four boutiques offering sophisticated to trendy styles, along with jewelry and accessories.
- Artisans. Pottery, artwork, leather goods and more.
- New furniture and restored vintage furniture. Sofas, dining tables, painted and refinished vintage furniture.