Business Spotlight: Dot’s Forget Me Knots


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Dot Ridley’s downtown boutique has been open for 15 years.

Nadia Pressley, Contributing Writer

Dot’s Forget Me Knots is a quaint boutique tucked away on Cherry Street in downtown Macon.  Selling unique and classy pieces of women’s clothing, the shop has been open for over 15 years under the ownership of Macon local, Dot Ridley.  

After a year at her original location in west Macon, Ridley decided that downtown Macon was the best place for her business. She has been in her current location for 14 years now.

“I saw there was growth coming to this area,” Ridley said. “We wanted to be a part of the revitalization.”

That downtown revitalization Ridley is referring to is the ongoing project of the city of Macon and several other redevelopment firms in the area. After all the change going on around her, Ridley said she decided she was ready for another change in her business. Not a new location, but this time, a new look.

The boutique closed for nine months for major renovations and reopened this past October. Dot’s Forget Me Knots now sports a whole new style, complete with an updated interior and storefront.

Along with the store’s rejuvenation, Ridley decided to expand her business by renovating and renting the lofts located above her boutique.

“It was in the building already, we just decided to renovate them to get them going,” Ridley said.

Ridley said she is living out her dream as a storeowner and is pleased to be among those who have contributed to the downtown revitalization, including Mercer.

“Mercer has always been a nice place in our city,” Ridley said. “We are very proud of it.”

For students interested in checking out the boutique, Dot’s Forget Me Knots offers a 20 percent discount for college students in the area.

Ridley said she looks forward to continuing to be a part of downtown Macon’s revitalization.

“I just want to be in the midst of all of it,” Ridley said.

Dot’s Forget Me Knots is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.