The Modern Upholstery Company, 1101 Greensboro Road, offers these brightly colored rugs. As our county prepares for the Fall 2009 International Furniture Market, many businesses, small and large, hope to attract buyers from all over the world. Market dates this fall will be October 17-22 and the venues are many.
High Point's furniture industry began in 1889, with the opening of a furniture factory. The first Southern Furniture Market, located in High Point, opened in 1909 and, according to the market timeline, attracted over 100,000 guests for Spring Market 2006. The International Furniture Market in High Point, North Carolina, is famous for its southern hospitality, quality furniture, great selection and bargain prices.
Before this fall's show, we'll share some iconic pictures, like the furniture pieces that are several stories tall; however, this bright rug display got us in the "market mood." The color just pops out of nowhere. Needless to say, we pulled off the road and grabbed this shot. Usually we share our photos as they are taken without much enhancement or cropping.Today we worked with the color, clarity, & temperature a little bit.
Thrill of the Hunt, located at 3122 Battleground Avenue, is a fabulous vintage collectibles store. Here, you can find mid-twentieth century furniture-- chic, shabby chic, a little retro and, other great vintage items, including TONS of unique, vintage jewelry. Proprietor Carol P. left corporate life several years ago and hasn't looked back. She loves owning her own business and spending time around people who appreciate collectibles with provenance! The above photo is just a tiny slice of the wonderful items in her shop.
Thrill of the Hunt offers furniture painting classes, interior design services, occasional outdoor flea markets, and, just recently, has ventured into etsy with a new line of one-of-a-kind upcycled, vintage jewelry. Fellow blogger, tomboyaroundtown, also sings Carol's praises. What do you collect? Where is the best area to find antique stores in your town? Mr. and Mrs. GDP would love head your way on a shopping spree/photo shoot!
Addendum: As of 2011, The Thrill of the Hunt has been reinvented as a jewelry-only place called Preen. Carol said vintage and repurposed jewelry became the majority of her sales.
The properties need to be moved from the Blandwood & Edgeworth & Washington Streets to make room for the expansion of the Guilford County Jail.When the decision was made to expand the jail, the Zenkes had the choice of 1) living with the jail wrapped around their houses, creating an isolated peninsula of homes; 2) tearing down the properties; or 3) relocating the properties. They elected to relocate three properties and tear down a fourth. Part of the relocation effort is funded by Preservation Greensboro Inc. and part of it is funded by the Zenke Family.
Chris and Gina Zenke are a dynamic duo of siblings as determined to save the family homestead as they are to continue the Zenke tradition of providing quality interior decorating in Greensboro. Chris and Gina have an extensive slideshow documenting every detail of the complicated process of moving an historic structure. We hope they write a book about these properties and this amazing labor of love. We hope Guilford County continues to work with the Zenke's to preserve these historic properties!
If you want to see more "E" photos from around the world, please visit the alphabet meme crowd here. Hence the title, Enter: Jail.... Exit: Zenke Houses.
College Hill Sundries, seen above, is a libation-intense bar located at the corner of S. Mendenhall and Spring Garden Streets, between two college campuses (UNCG and Greensboro College). Close proximity and bargain prices are the priorities for many of their patrons. We took this photo, however, to feature the advertised drink, Pepsi Cola.
Pepsi was first made and served in the 1890's by North Carolina pharmacist, Mr. Caleb Bradham. Unfortunately Greensboro was not the birthplace of Pepsi. New Bern, NC has that distinction. To see a photo and an original painting of the very corner building where Pepsi was first served, please visit this blog entry of Bernie Rosage, Jr., North Carolina artist and fellow blogger.
Finally, if you stop by College Hill Sundries to admire this sign, walk across the street and visit Greensboro's latest vintage home and garden store: Adelaide's Corner Cottage.
Carolina Steel began in Greensboro in 1919 and was known for bending and modifying steel to use in factories and commercial buildings. As the nation's need for roads and bridges expanded, Carolina Steel made steel girders for highway use. Changes in the economy precipitated a reorganization of the company. As best we can tell, if the Carolina Steel still exists, it is a subsidiary of Hirschfeld Industries. To the right of this brick building is a metal building with a sign for the business, ONEAL, The Metals Company.
At any rate, the building is still standing strong and flying the flag on Elm/Eugene just south of downtown. If anyone knows more about Carolina Steel, please send information our way. We just loved the way that simple font and bold title situated this little slice of Skywatch Friday sky over Greensboro!
This photograph was taken at the Greensboro Arboretum during the Summer Solstice Festival of 2008. It came across our desk as we going through the archives. We love the way people made the most of the summer downpour by sharing umbrellas and huddling together. All the giggling made us feel as if we were five-years-old again! Next time you are down in the dumps, remember, rain can, indeed, bring us together. Everyone, but the vendors, was happy that day. The Greensboro Arboretum hosts many events and always has interesting flora; truly, a photographer's delight.
Plantation Pipe Line Company is located near the Piedmont Triad International Airport. They sell all kinds of fuel for commercial, private, and military vehicles. They have over 3,000 miles of pipeline for their refined petroleum. Without a vehicle in the photo, it is hard to tell that these drums are actually several stories high. The ladders help provide some perspective.
We love the sky in this photo, taken last week as a storm was rolling in. The drums really look illuminated by that bright-foreboding sky. That acute angle of clouds almost looks like it is going to crush those drums. We decided that skyline deserved to be shared on Skywatch Friday.
The Saltbox bills itself as a sampler of American Folk Art. This store has one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork, reproduction, period lighting,pottery, candles.... just so much in-store as well as online. We love the fact that The Saltbox has been around for 35 years. They have so many events throughout the year and are a great place to visit if you love decorating for holidays.
On the day we were on State Street photographing, this red car was parked in front of the store. At first, we were frustrated; it seemed like a puppy under your feet when you are trying to cook Sunday dinner. Finally, we realized that the car is actually quite beautiful and that the red color is visually appealing in front of the black and white store. Serendipity is such a large part of photography, we decided to seize the moment and snap this shot! Besides, many of our readers really like the vehicle posts and we haven't done one for a while!
Here's to you, Saltbox! And you... red car!
Today we celebrate the fleeting summer in Greensboro with this simple photo of a hydrangea and a lily. A friend brought us lily bulbs from Holland and they grow every year, in spite of the fact that we put no effort into them. We leave the bulbs in the ground to winter over. The Greensboro soil has been kind to them.
In front, you see a white hydrangea that suffers a little bit because it is still in a container and, every time we turn our head, in constant need of water. On the right, you see a bumble bee. He was acting like a puppy clinging to your heels in the kitchen. The bumble bee would not leave. Finally, I realized that the photo would actually look better with him in it. So, here is Mr. Bumblebee, mid-flight in his determined adventure to land on the hydrangea head.
By the way, thanks to all of you who commented on yesterday's post. It was a fabulous day of substantive comments, the kind we were hoping for when starting this blog! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Please accept this virtual bouquet if you are a regular reader and/or commenter on GDP. Oh, the bumblebee is optional!