Hello friends! It’s been entirely too long since we’ve chatted, and certainly too long since Brian and I have been to Winslow—the longest we’ve been away since buying the Motor Palace in 2010.
While our work may not be obvious from the outside, inside, we’ve made great progress, clearing a ton of stuff from the back of the Emporium. Not exactly glamorous work, but necessary in order to make space and begin renovations. After a couple more dump trips (thanks George!) …
…the room is finally starting to feel manageable.
Even little things like grouping the miscellaneous parts and bits made things feel so much more organized.
We also cleared pounds of outdated price guides and paperwork from the office, along with a couch and chair. We also cleaned the carpet. It’s nice to have a tidy spot to relax, plus, the space has a really cool feel.
If you’re walking around downtown, you may notice the Motor Palace has new window lettering, thanks to Harold at House of Tint…
…and at the Emporium, there’s now a window poster explaining some of the building’s history.
During our sorting process, we found crates of lamp parts, a thrill for Brian since making lamps has long been an interest. In college, he made a few that we have to this day.
The parts were all piled in a corner, taking up far too much floor space. They now have a home thanks to the desks and credenzas we found stacked in the back room (originally from Valley National Bank).
Brian didn’t waste any time putting stuff together in his new workspace, including hanging a neat old fixture appropriate for the “lamp fixing department.”
Curtis Hardy will be taking care of tuck-pointing and other masonry issues on both the Emporium and the Motor Palace, as well as reinstating the rear door on the Emporium.
Once we clear enough space, we can start moving pieces from the front to the back and get to work making the future store space pretty. Lots of work ahead… but that’s part of the fun, right?
For now, enjoy the latest window display at the Emporium, featuring a cool little handmade go-cart Brian picked up last year…
… and some RC Cola crates my Uncle Steve uncovered in a defunct bottling plant he bought in Kentucky.
See you next time!
Lori and Brian