Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Garden Market is OPEN!

Finally, after so much hard work by a lot of folks, The Garden Market is officially open!! We had our first day of sales Friday and received nothing but positive comments about how nice the shop is. Please enjoy the pictures to see the transformation :) I apologize for the poor quality of some of them....I mistakenly changed the setting on my camera.

This building had been a bank and an Alltel store. The walls were orange and the celing was black. Everything had to be cleaned and painted before work could even begin.

Gail's antique garden cart. Gail asked Anthony to make this window in the wall, which repeats the arched windows in the main part of the cafe:

Gail's brother, Anthony, installing the freezer. Jo, Gail's mom, is supervising to make sure it gets done right! :)

Jo cleaning the dirty windows:

The kitchenette:

This is the area where customers can get their fountain drinks, coffee and tea. Do you see those long, glass doors up on the wall? I think they're 10 feet long each. Gail's husband made the iron scrolls. I painted all of the doors with two coats of paint and then scraped them. They were in really rough shape when Gail acquired them.

This is part of the main gift area:
Outside before....

The guys trying to assemble the plant display:

Gail helping the guys try to figure out how to put this monster together. The company failed to send instructions :) It was so hot that day!

The other side of the building:

At one time, this building was a bank. To make use of valuable space, the old drive through teller machine had to be removed.

I'll post the after photos by tomorrow. I've got to get ready for work now. Have a great day everybody!


Laura said...

Wow - what a lot of work, and how great it looks. Can't wait to see more photos!

Betty said...

This looks like such a fun place! All your hard work has really paid off! Thanks for sharing the photos; I'm happy you received such positive comments from customers.

cammy said...

Lots of hard work! Looks to be a charming little shop!

T said...

Wow, this looks like a great place! Love the photos and all the hard work you guys have been putting into this. Can't wait for more photos.