Business Spotlight: Cordial Lee
Cordial Lee is your new go-to in Jeffersontown for high-quality personalized gifts and beautiful boutique clothing at affordable prices. A family business, Cordial Lee is owned and operated by Jeffersontown native Shelby Packer.
“I feel very lucky that I get to do this,” says Packer, who opened the first location of the store in Mt. Washington almost five years ago. “I never expected for us to open a second location or even grow to a larger location, and it’s all been so wonderful and rewarding. It’s been a labor of love and will definitely be here for many years to come.”
Cordial Lee offers popular, preppy brands such as Simply Southern, Lilly Pulitzer and Mud Pie, as well as an assortment of Kentucky-themed gifts and decor.
“We trend-watch and look at the things that are popular,” Packer says. “We’re always looking for items that can be monogrammed. We try to balance our store with things that can be monogrammed and things that don’t have to be, so we have a good mix for everyone.”
One of the store’s best-selling items is the New Englander Rain Jacket by Charles River. The preppy, lightweight jacket comes in a variety of colors and is available as a pullover or zip-up in sizes XS to 3XL. A monogram can be added to the jacket to complete the look.
“That’s been on our salesroom floor since the very beginning, it’s a best seller year after year,” says Packer, who has bought the jacket for
herself and her three daughters. “It’s a classic staple in your wardrobe.”
Bundle up for winter with a cozy blanket scarf, available in over a dozen color and pattern options. “Not many people monogram the blanket scarves, but we do,” Packer says. “They’re beautiful.”
Other popular items include purses, clutches, wallets and an assortment of scented candles. Cordial Lee is the perfect place to find a personalized present for a bridesmaid, sister or other special women in your life.
But if you see something you like, you better act fast.
“We’re a boutique, so we order in small quantities with new items arriving every week,” Packer says. “The inventory is constantly changing, and we guarantee you’ll find something new with each visit.”
Customers can also bring in items from home to be monogrammed by the store, with lots of options for thread color.
The Cordial Lee Jeffersontown space, located in the Stony Brook Shopping Center next to Starbucks, was completely revamped before the store’s October opening. Along with new floors and lighting, a pink cabin was constructed to serve as a dressing room.
The Jeffersontown opening served as a sort of homecoming for Packer, who graduated from Jeffersontown High School and still has lots of friends and family in the area. She appreciates the family aspect of the store and takes great pride in watching her employees grow and move up within the company.
“Cordial Lee isn’t like any other store,” says Packer, who employees more than 20 women across the two store locations. “When you’re working for our business, you become family. It’s a sisterhood. We’re supportive of each other and very close.
“Without our community really embracing us like they did, we wouldn’t be here,” she adds. “We’ve just grown tremendously because of how wonderful the community support has been for our business.”
Cordial Lee has a large following on social media and a popular website where customers can shop at home with the option to pick up orders in store or have them shipped.
“We ship hundreds of online orders every week to customers across the country,” Packer says.
Cordial Lee also utilizes a network of brand ambassadors to help promote the store, who can receive special discounts and offers. The brand already has a strong following in the Kentucky and Indiana area and beyond, and Packer is thrilled to see what the future holds for Cordial Lee.
Follow the Cordial Lee Facebook page to keep an eye out for special Girls Night Out events, as well as the annual “Witches Night Out” held in October. The store frequently posts giveaways, specials and updates on new items.
Conveniently located at 9040 Taylorsville Road, Cordial Lee is open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, or to view the online selection, visit cordiallee.com.