Well, I made it down to the square again this weekend. I stopped by Colmenero Mexican Imports on McDonald on my way and got this great shot of this huge ceramic dog. I love it and think it’s a steal at $150. My husband hates it. Good thing he likes the frog that I actually got. (It was much cheaper.)
I peeked into the old Goodhues building again, as promised. There are still exposed studs and untaped sheetrock, so it doesn’t look like they will be opening in the immediate future. I could be wrong. There was an electric outlet installed and the permit posted on the door, dated either January 4th or January 9th, was for electric work, so maybe soon.
I tried to check out the new Bear Market but they weren’t open and I didn’t make it by the new Home & Garden Consignment store. Maybe I can get down there next Saturday. I took notes this time about who has sales going on:
Chase Hall – 15% January sale
U Bee Dazzled – 40% sale
120, Inc. – 40% January sale
Ambrosia Vintage Vogue – Buy 1 get one half off
Star Specialty Contempo – everything 50% off
The Sample Shop – clearance sale on Noritake and Towle crystal
Jenny Lynn’s – 50% clothing sale
Pumps – 40% off bags, 50% off shoes and 40% off jewelry
Special Things – 25% off
Orison’t Boutique – either 10% or 15%, I can’t remember
Star Specialty Contempo’s moving sale has become a store closing sale. I spoke to the sales attendant and she said that they would probably be closing within the next couple of weeks. Their posted sale on the window said that they would be having a 50% off sale on the Circle E candles but pretty much everything in the store is 50% now.
120, Inc is having a 40% “garage” sale. Don’t worry, it’s not a real garage sale – no used clothing or old vinyl. Seems she is clearing out her retail storage and has an assortment of items in at the moment. The sale will last throughout January. A bit of news here, 120 will be moving in with Smitten as of March 1st. She will be at her current location until February 15th, so I urge shoppers to stop by and check out her sale before she moves. 120 will not cease to exist; it will just be sharing space with Smitten, a store with which it already has a lot of synergies. Smitten has an active crafting community following and, as I’ve said on Yelp, 120 has some very Etsy qualities about it. It is a good combination (in my opinion) but I’m wondering how the space will be divied out. 120 has a lot of stuff and there are currently no bare corners in Smitten.
An interesting side note, I stopped in at Jay Core’s shop, Certified Historic Lighting Restoration and Sales Company, and talked with him for quite awhile. I hadn’t noticed the shop before and it happened to be open so I poked my head in. He turns out to be a very interesting man, one of only ten in the nation specializing in the restoration of antique lighting fixtures. He sells some glass globes from his shop but the shop is not for retail sales so much as a home base for his services. He says he travels quite a bit and does a lot of consulting. When he says antique lighting, he means “antique” as measured by generations and centuries rather than mere decades. I asked him how he came across such an unusual career path and he said that he inherited an antique store many years ago and, with it, the technical manuals for lighting fixtures that were a hundred plus years old then.
I also stopped in at Heirlooms. It has been almost a year now with them in their new location. Heirlooms is a collection of many (if not all) of the vendors who used to house in the antique store where Sauce on the Square is now. I can’t believe this was my first visit. The new location actually looks better than the old. They’ve set up a cozy shop in the current location.
The Cup Filler is advertising that William P. Young, author of The Shack, will be appearing on Saturday, February 6th from 11 to 2 pm.
We are starting to see advertisements for Valentine’s Day around the square now. I’ll keep my eyes open and report anything and everything I hear about. I actually had the intention to check in with all the stores and ask about if they have any plans for the holiday but I wasn’t able to go the square on Saturday and a lot of stores are not open on Sunday. If you know of something going on, Valentine’s related or not, please feel free to leave a comment with the details.
Spoons is advertising a Valentine Buffet Dinner Feast for Saturday and Sunday, February 13th and 14th. There will be designated seatings at 5 pm, 6:30 pm, and 7:45 on Saturday and 5pm and 6:30 pm on Sunday. The menu will include Momma’s Meatloaf, chicken tetrazzini, chicken fried steak, chicken fingers, grilled chicken breast with apple-mushroom sauce, mac and Cheese, fried okra, southern-style green beans and mashed potatoes. The feast will also include the dessert bar, an assortment of bakery treats and cupcake decorating. The price for adults will be $15.95 and children 10 and under will be $10.95. You can make reservations by calling 972-548-6900. I checked their web site and it appears that they are already offering live music Thursday through Saturday as a normal part of their operations. For Valentine’s weekend, Eric Erickson will be playing from 6:30 to 9 pm on Saturday. Rachel Briggs is scheduled to play that Sunday from 5pm to 1 am (what a trooper!) Remember, the following Monday is a holiday, President’s Day.
Happy Trails Carriage Rides will be on the square for Valentine’s too, from the 12th through the 14th. A thirty minute ride through the historic district is $75. So few of the businesses on the square have a great web site, you might not have checked out Happy Trail’s. There is tons of info on the Happy Trails website, including videos. Check out this link to a write up about their December rides through the historic district. It may be after the season now but it will give a good idea of their operation. To make a reservation for a ride, call (214) 662-6705.
That’s all I have to report this weekend. I’m sure that there will be lots more going on and I’ll pass it on as soon as I hear about it.
Until next time,