Southern Secrets at Mears is open with a fresh new look, local artists and unique gifts for all occasions! At Southern Secrets, we are featuring talented artists and artisans who are eager to sell their work locally.” That’s one of the reasons why she opened Southern Secrets at Mears in December 2017. Jennifer Locke McCann along with her mother, Gayle Locke, they wanted a venue where local artists and artisans could feature their work – and display their strong ties to rural Eastern North Carolina.