"GOWN" BUT NOT FORGOTTEN - A TRIBUTE TO AN ICONIC DOWNTOWN FAIRHOPE BUSINESS
As a local real estate agent, I love getting the inside scoop on all of the new developments in the works in my small home town. Fairhope, Alabama is growing at a rapid rate and being knowledgeable of everything going on is key in helping my clients make the best decision for their investment, or most importantly, for their family when choosing a home to live in! It’s such a passion of mine to be able to help people find that perfect property! I dug deep at the start of the new year and really wanted to figure out a way to merge my two worlds and passions of real estate and fashion for the blog and decided to just dive right in with fashion shoots at places of importance to me. What better way to feature a look, but in an old historic building stripped of all of it’s current existence, with all of the layers of the past seeping through, and at the beginning stages of a major face lift. There’s something so raw and real about all of those exposed layers showing through, like glimpses into that building’s past life! Since Mardi Gras is right around the corner and such a huge part of our history, I felt it only fitting to wear a gown to
kick off the Mardi Gras Season!
These shots were taken inside the historic hardware store that’s been on the corner of Fairhope Avenue and Church Street for as long as I can remember. My family has stood in front of this iconic downtown business year after year for Fairhope’s Mardi Gras parades. This place has a ton of history and holds so many memories for all who love this quaint town.
Originally built in 1922, the building originally housed the Single Tax Corporation's 'Peoples Cooperative' general merchandise store -- which sold everything from "shoes to plowshares" according to local historians; community meetings and other social functions were held in the spacious upstairs auditorium. Over the years it has been occupied by Hammond’s Piggly Wiggly, Bill’s Dollar Store, and finally in 1979, was last occupied by the Fairhope Hardware Store.
I had The pleasure of meeting with the current owner, Brad Baldwin, (son of Bill Baldwin Sr.) and was able to get the details on what’s to come; three to four retail spaces will be on the bottom level. The plans have not yet been finalized for what will go in upstairs, but Baldwin says it will most likely include a residence and some office spaces. Although it won’t be the Hardware Store we are used to seeing in our small quaint town, Mr. Baldwin is adamant in maintaining that old Fairhope charm and character with the renovation of this iconic downtown building! I am hoping that will also be the case when selecting the tenants that will go in to the down I’m excited for what’s to come in this space! And when the Mardi Gras parades begin, I’ll be standing in our favorite spot, right outside
WHAT I’LL ALWAYS REMEMEBER AS THE OLD FAIRHOPE HARDWARE STORE.
I loved combining my two passions of real estate and fashion in this post, and can’t wait to grow this series of the blog! Be sure to some back soon for more style inspiration!