Small Shops and Antiques

Painting on one of the old historical buildings.
Painting on one of the old historical buildings.

Maybe you’ve read my blogs about my parent’s store, “Jachin Grocery.” We basically sold everything that the big box stores sell but on a smaller scale. When Dad would come in from closing each day, Mom often would ask, “How was business?”

Well, her habit rubbed off on me. I sometimes ask store managers about how business is going at their small stores. I really like the little ones to succeed. It’s a lot of hard work to try to make a profit, and it’s more than a 40-hour a week job.

So today I am going to post about some of the unique antique stores, boutiques, and the local restaurant that I visited in Cullman last Saturday.

Abandoned doorway.
Abandoned doorway.
Vintage West.
Vintage West.


While walking around on 3rd Street, I discovered The Shops at 3rd Street Promenade, which is housed in a restored hundred-year-old building. Replete with a tiled ceiling and exposed bricks, this unique shop is run by a very nice young couple, Steve and Stacie C. They sell everything from jewelry to furniture to home decor. My favorite piece was a small sign painted on tin that said Faith in lots of different colors. (May have been with acrylic paint.) fPromenade2


I was getting really hungry, so Steve recommended that I try a yummy deli that had been featured in Southern Living magazine. It was called “Rumors Deli and Coffee House,” and it was soooooooo good! No one likes a coffee house better than I, I’m sure. I highly recommend the Aloha Combo for $7.99. It consists of honey ham, provolone & parmesan cheese, mustard, mayo, onions, pineapple, green peppers on an onion bun, and their own Aloha sauce.

M-m-m, it was so good.

Aloha, y’all!

Belly full, I then discovered Cullman’s warehouse district, a long row of small boutique-like shops such as Vintage West

I spent a lot of time in Handbags & Gladrags, a women’s clothing store at 106 1st Ave NE. The lady was just so nice. We talked for a long while, and I took lots of pictures because the store décor was so creative. Not to mention their clothes and accessories. The lady placed my purchase in one of their gift bags. (I had bought a cool, boho chic cardigan made from a t-shirt-like fabric.) The bow on the gift bag was made from torn tissue paper. The lady gave me a demo of how to make it, and I’ll share it with you. If you go, be sure to pet the store cat, Alley, who went missing for a few days before being found.

Handbags & Gladrags with Alley the cat.
Handbags & Gladrags with Alley the cat.
Roses to pin on your clothes.
Roses to pin on your clothes.



I forgot to mention, before I even really got into Cullman, I saw an “Estate Sale” sign. I had to go check it out. I scored two nice, wooden bar stools for $20. Yay! I needed them for my counter, which has been begging me for bar stools ever since we built the house. Now Princess Buttercup can sit there while she eats an after-school snack and chats with me.

I’ve got a question, Everyone. What should I do with them? Here are the options:
1. Paint them bright green for a pop of color.
2. Go conservative and stain the wood a dark brown…or, really, I like the idea of a bright green wood stain.
3. Paint or stain them a dark gray-blue to match my dishes and the hanging lamp over the counter.

Would love to have your feed-back, Everyone!


Directions for Handbags & Gladrags Bow:

1.  Tear off small pieces of tissue paper.

2.  Layer paper at interesting angles.

3.  Staple center.

4.  Scrunch layers to hide staple.

5.  Fluff out and tape/glue on bag.

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