The Elegant Earth

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The Elegant Earth is a manufacturer and former retailer of antique and reproduction outdoor decor. It was founded in 1988 by Jane Comer, daughter of EBSCO founder Elton B. Stephens.

The Elegant Earth was originally located at 1907 Cahaba Road in English Village. It later opened showrooms at the AmericasMart in Atlanta, Georgia and the High Point Market in High Point, North Carolina.

Comer sold the business to Chad Stogner in 2000. Stogner purchased The Arbor at 3401 5th Avenue South in 2007 and reopened it as a showcase for Elegant Earth's products, as well as other outdoor lines. The location was formally named The Elegant Earth at The Arbor. He also established a factory at the 185,000 square-foot former Preston Motors building at 1700 Vanderbilt Road, while moving its offices at 901 33rd Street North in Norwood.


  • Slesin, Suzanne (August 2, 1990) "Outdoors Is Indoors As Garden Decor Moves to the Parlor." The New York Times
  • Powell, Molly Lipski (May 17, 2017) "Showroom Style: The Arbor." Birmingham Home & Garden
  • Williams-Robertshaw, Emily (August 10, 2021) "Trading Places: Newly Branded Premo Factory Brings Together Birmingham Trades with National Footprint." Over the Mountain Journal

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