Two Weeks Until We Open

Things are getting exciting. We’ve set a date for our opening! We will open Thursday, Sept. 18. We will be having a Grand Opening on Saturday, Sept. 20. Mark it on your calendar! We are planning some give-aways and other fun things for the day.

We’ve been busy painting and cleaning since last weekend. The store is starting to look very good.

Be sure to check out our web site and “like” our Facebook page for updates.

New paint job on walls and floor

New paint job on walls and floor

Counters with new paint

Counters with new paint

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Inventory waiting for their places

Inventory waiting for their places

 

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By Teresa's Thoughts for Today Posted in fHg

Remodeling Under Way

Kent and Neal have been hard at work remodeling the store. There were some walls and carpet squares to remove in the front room and now that they are gone, the space looks much larger and will be a great area for displays. Painting is next. Along with adding some walls in the middle area and shelving for the back room. It is starting to get exciting to think this is finally coming to pass. Signage is in the works as are t-shirts for employees. We are still figuring out days and hours to be open plus a date for our grand opening. All of that should be finalized over this three-day weekend when we see how much still needs to be finished.

Knee walls down, removing a strangely placed office.

Removing a strangely placed office. Keeping the counters for check-out.

 

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That weird office space is gone. Love the openness of this front room.

Love the openness of this front room.

There were two half walls located in front of these windows. Strange place, so good-bye!

There were two half walls located in front of these windows. Strange place, so good-bye!

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Good-bye weird office!

By Teresa's Thoughts for Today Posted in fHg

A New Adventure Begins

My husband has always had an interest in architecture. He’s a civil engineer by trade and spends his days working on environmental impact statements, project management of highways, and dealing with government entities. But, he likes good design in a building or home, especially if it’s reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright or Mies van der Rohe. His love of architecture moves into the realm of older homes. Things solidly built with character and style. We live in just such a home. Built in 1937 by a member of a prominent family in Evansville, Indiana, it has hard wood floors, wainscoting, wide moldings, and a maid’s room.

This love of well-built things has turned into a side business for him. He’s become an architectural salvage guy. Needless to say, his favorite TV shows are American Pickers and Salvage Dawgs. We’ve always loved to go to antique stores. While I looked at dishware and furniture, he’d look at lighting, doors, windows, and mantles. About a year and a half ago, he turned his hobby into this side business along with a friend. They’ve been demo-ing old homes in the Evansville area. Buying up items from people who would contact them and, on occasion, selling a few items. They’ve displayed at antique shows and worked at putting the word out about their business.

Their “stuff” is filling up half our garage, the garage at Kent’s office, and the storage shed at his friend’s home. The wives said, enough is enough, open a store. It has been months of looking and looking. We really didn’t think it would be so hard to find a space. This business is unique though. We need large open space and a large door to bring things in and out (claw foot tubs and mantles need wide openings!). We’d find a space and then the owner didn’t want to have our “type” of business in his building. Another location would be asking an outrageous amount for rent. Buildings within our budget didn’t offer the right kind of space.

Then, on a whim, my husband looked on line once more and found a building close to downtown. He called his agent and we went to look. It was perfect! The price was right and the owners are more concerned about getting the rent than what is in the building. It has several large open spaces and three garage doors. Bingo! fHg Architectural Salvage has a location.

We are excited to get going on this venture. A dream my husband has had for a long time to own his own business. He’ll still have his “day” job and I’ll be involved quite a bit in the running of the store. But, it’s his dream and I’m glad to see it working out for him.

Kent and Neal are busy renovating the space and moving their inventory. We hope to open at the beginning of September. As things move along, I’ll be keeping you informed of what’s happening. I think it’s an adventure worth documenting, if for nothing else, to write this down for us to look back on in the future.

By Teresa's Thoughts for Today Posted in fHg