We drove through the square this afternoon (about 2’ish) to see how busy it was. The late crowd was filtering out of the various restaurants that were open this Sunday. I don’t think I saw a single shop open.
The windows of the old Smith Drugs location are filled with the announcement of our latest newbie on the square, Patina Green Home & Market. Kudos for the great marketing initiative! This is so much better than the plastic dropclothes that are so completely uninformative. The paper panels are attractive and give shoppers somewhere to reference about the business coming in. I checked out the referenced web (blog) site and it looks like Patina Green is not actually a newbie to the square. They appear to have had space in Smitten for quite awhile until just this last December. I love their motto – “Buy Old, Make New, Love Again”. Their blog memorializes trips to flea markets in France and England and includes some lovely photos. I read through their posts to get to know them but I found the best explanation of who they are in the most recent post about attending the Dallas Flea as a vendor. Describing their reception by the shoppers there, they said, “Like us, they are tired of shopping malls where everything looks the same. They love supporting local, they love handcrafted, they love buying something old to add to their own collection, and they loved that our booth showed them that “old” can look fresh and new.”
It is always eerie to see the square almost completely shut down and Easter Sunday was definitely one of those days. Except for some diners on Churchill’s patio, the only people enjoying the square were a small group of skateboarders. There were only about half a dozen of them but the sound from their skateboards made it sound like many more.
The husband and I made it into our favorite store on the square on Friday, Plum Creek Primitives. After this trip, we’ve decided that we really ought to invite the store owner to our house to see all of her merchandise. Here is our latest addition:
We also got these great threaded placemats. Oscar liked them too. I don’t think he understands what they are for.
Until next time,