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Hello, Dear Readers,


My little WordPress sign tells me that I only have 19 days left on http://www.thewritesteph.com.

I’ll miss my first little blog, but I’ve got a “new and improved” one over at www.sweetgumlife.com.

Be sure to move yourself on over there so I can reach my goal of 500 followers in 2017.

I’m doing bunches of giveaways to (hopefully) keep all of you faithful friends.

Hope to see you there!



The Story of Southern Accents Architectural Antiques


In 1969, Dr. Garlan Gudger began saving architectural odds and ends from buildings that were to be razed in the Cullman, Alabama area.  As news spread about Dr. Gudger’s collection, he began inviting people to come on Saturdays to see his salvaged collection, which he stashed in his garage. He eventually moved his inventory to a store in Cullman,  and Southern Accents Architectural Antiques was born.


According to their website, Dr. Gudger’s business is now known as the “South’s largest collection of architectural antiques.”


Southern Accents Architectural Antiques sells hardware, antique windows and doors, salvaged wood, ironwork, mantles, tiles, shutters, and more. It has been featured in several national magazines such as Southern Living and Southern Lady.


More stuff in the additional warehouse!

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques is one of my favorite places to visit and is worth a road trip to Cullman, Alabama.

You should totally go!

Source: Our Story



Wrought iron fencing outside.


They have more doorknobs–lots of doorknobs!–upstairs.


Spindles, anyone?

A Road Trip to Cullman — Festhalle Market Platz

veggies_farmers_mktThe Festhalle Market Platz is an outdoor farmer’s market covered by a huge wooden-framed pavilion that provides its customers a place to buy the freshest vegetables, artisan breads, canned goods, food trucks, and whatever else you can think of.


Located in the downtown Cullman area, visitors may shop there from April – October, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

My friend K and I headed south of Huntsville last Saturday and found that Cullman had streets blocked off to promote the long pedestrian area. We parked for free and walked across the old train tracks to eat lunch at Rumors, a delicious Cullman, Alabama deli, where we both chose the chicken salad.

Oh, it was sooooo good!

Afterwards, we walked along the farmer’s market to see what was what.


Cindy of Cindy’s Creations offered her flavorful Hot Chow Chow that goes great on hotdogs or can stand alone with chips.


Cindy says, “This is one of the best things that I sell, along with the Cowboy Candy.” This entrepreneur is around my age and is in her 3rd year of business college. What an inspiration to me, personally!

She also takes pottery classes from a fellow Festhalle Market Platz vendor who runs  Abbott Pottery.


Beautiful texture–from Sandra Abbott.


Stay tuned for the rest of the road trip story, when K and I visit one of my favorite stores on the face of the earth: Southern Accents Architectural Antiques. (Note: Very photo intensive!)


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.) http://www.cullmanpromenade.com. 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. http://www.rumorsdeli.com/

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 http://www.vintageonwest.com/.

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.