God truly guided my course today, getting me everywhere I wanted to go at the right time to see something fun.
First, I stopped by Diggin’ It to pick up the foxglove that we’d talked about earlier. I had put dibs on one of the white ones but she still has a couple of purple ones. They were in the midst of a class on creating tabletop birdbaths.
From Diggin’ It, I made my way over to the Old Red Lumberyard Sale on the east side of McDonald via Lamar. I’ve lived here several years but I am always pleased and surprised to discover new businesses. New to me, at least. I found that there was a criminal defense attorney’s office and two salons on Lamar Street as I made my way to McDonald.
I’m sorry to report that the new soul food restaurant, Sunday’s Dinner, has closed. The food there was so good that I had hoped that it would make it.
I also checked out the Historic Flour Mill. Let me just say that it is a visual feast. Hardwood floors throughout, the preserved elevator is camera ready. I know that they don’t allow commercial photographers to take shots inside but I don’t know about how they feel about bloggers. I didn’t take any pictures, just to be safe, but I highly recommend stopping in at the flour mill for all interested in old buildings. It is gorgeous! There was a wedding getting ready to go as I was there but I was still able to walk through the building with no questions.
The Old Red Lumberyard Sale has grown since the last time I visited. My first time, I wasn’t positive just where it was. Nowadays, there’s no question. Across the street is a new business called Fringe.
If you are noticing the bicycle theme, it’s not coincidental. The antique bicycles are promoting the upcoming “Bike the Bricks” event that comes in May. Stay tuned for details.
Across the street was the Old Red Lumberyard Sale and House of Hargrove’s Barn Sale.
House of Hargrove, by the way, makes the most phenomenal smelling candles. Upon entering, I either had to buy a candle or eat one of their antiques. I came home with the biggest available version of their Vanilla Pound Cake candles. Yum!
I wandered through the stalls at the Old Red Lumberyard until I came upon a booth of a friend and neighbor’s. Formerly an expert in repairing PBX systems, the lull in the economy has brought Rick Stricklin back into the antique’ing biz until the overall economy comes back together. He has an excellent eye and has set up shop in the ETSY world as TreasureSpotters.
There was tons of stuff to see at the Old Red Lumberyard Sale but it will take a more talented photographer than me to relate graphically the wares available. When I take a picture of an antique chair, it just looks like an old chair.
I still try. One of the vendors had refurbished an old trailer into a McKinney-esque makeover. Except for Bambi being stuffed and mounted, the trailer was to-die-for gorgeous.
Really, I can’t believe the attention to detail in redo-ing this trailer. The vendor was Pocket Full of Heirlooms.
One of the most other notable items for sale was this re-imagination of a solarium/greenhouse/whatchamacallit. Made out of antique windows and tin, this could serve as a miniature greenhouse or some type of neo-modern terrarium. It’s really neat. The sides are all made out of historic windows and the embellishments are all made from antique accessories. I grabbed a card but they don’t have a web site. They do business under the name “Funky Junky”, if that helps. (email me for their contact info)
From the Old Red Lumberyard Sale, I made my way to the square. I ran into someone playing the acoustic guitar in front of The Antique Company Mall.
I haven’t been to this side of the square in a long while. I had never noticed the opening of My Favorite Room, which has now been open for 7 weeks.
They moved here from downtown Plano and anyone who loves shabby chic will love this place. Maybe I should know the publication “Crave”, but I didn’t. The owner of My Favorite Room is featured in “Crave”. From what I can gather, it’s a who’s who of current local design.
It is a beautiful store.
Shabby chic fans will have a fit.
Another newcomer is Epic Vintage Toys. They’ve taken the space where the jewelry appraiser used to be on Virginia. There were two people there as I walked by today but both were on the phone so I have no additional information besides that they are there and they are open.
From the square, I made my way over to Chestnut Square, where they had historical reenactments of the Civil War today. The ground where the old courthouse stood is entirely cleared and the building across the street is finished and for lease.
I lucked out and arrived just in time for the 1:00 skirmish.
They had a larger area sectioned off this year for the skirmish and it was just as impressive as last year’s. I liked being here today. It appeared that the Union troops won the day. They had another skirmish at 3:00 so I don’t know who won that one. Undoubtedly, whoever won today will lose tomorrow at Sunday’s 1:00 skirmish.
I did witness one parent, upon identifying the Confederate troops as the “good guys”, have to explain to her son that the Union troops were the good guys too. I do not envy her task in explaining the Civil War to her young son.
My husband and I ended our day at Dawgs & Hawgs on the square. They have abandoned their initial menu of brats and gone to a more traditional menu of hot dogs with a variation of BBQ, chili or jalapeno toppings. We were the only ones there for awhile but slowly motorcycles started filtering in. It is a “biker bar”, after all. They have a large projection screen and I asked the bartender what they showed on it. I was expecting him to say sports but he said that that they showed movies – old westerns, based on demand by the clientele which averaged in the 50 to 60 year old demographic.
The spot reminds me a lot of a venue in St. Petersburg, Florida called Jannus Landing, except that Dawgs & Hawgs has a lot more space. I attended a Marc Broussard concert in Jannus Landing a few years ago. Marc Broussard is from Louisiana and has a uniquely Cajun style. The space was standing room only and it was packed. Looking at the crowd, I remember making the observation that we, from the looks of us, could have all just as easily been attending a James Taylor concert. I ended up disappointed in Broussard’s concert. Too much Morris Day and Marvin Gaye and not enough Broussard.
Dawgs & Hawgs is somewhat anachronistic with the square. I know that. I like it anyway. A little jolt of life never hurt anyone. I do wonder if it is reaching its potential. I somewhat doubt that. Still, they are appealing to a niche market and you can’t fault them for that. Oddly enough, the music when the bikers arrived switched from Guns & Roses to country & western. I guess it goes to show that its difficult to judge a niche by its cover.
Jannus Landing was “out of sync” with downtown St. Petersburg but it did well. It’s still there. That’s something of a feat in Florida at the moment. Ground Zero for economic meltdown, along with California, Nevada and Georgia. Jannus Landing alternated between Paula Poundstone shows and Snoop Dogg … or P Diddy, I get them mixed up. I think Randy Travis played there once. Big names. Varied genres. Wish I was blogging back then.
My point is that you can’t only look at something for what it is in the moment. There’s always also what it is setting the precedent for. What can it eventually turn into? What if the age range it attracted wasn’t 50 to 60 but, instead, 21 to 30. Would that be such a bad thing?
So I’ve had a full weekend already. I’m planting my foxglove tomorrow. What about you?
Until next time,