Monthly Archives: September 2013

“Muscle Shoals” – Heart & Soul

Muscle ShoalsSeptember 27th was the official release date of the movie Muscle Shoals, an uplifting, invigorating, must-see documentary that debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Always proud of our Alabama roots, we encourage anyone who has a love of music to seek out this film, which has been hailed as one of the year’s most entertaining and enriching nonfiction movies.

The documentary specifically follows the story of Rick Hall’s FAME Studio, the beginning of Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, and the ground breaking music recorded in this small town during the 1960’s and early 70’s. Muscle Shoals has since been hailed as a small town with a big sound. Located alongside the Tennessee River, called “The Singing River” by Native Americans, it was an unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music of that time. These now legendary recording studios were turning out hits that forever changed the sound of Soul and Rock-and-Roll. The film includes interviews with a wide array of artists including Mick Jagger, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Alicia Keys, Bono and others as well as never-before-seen footage.

Garlan recently had the opportunity to screen the movie and says, “The movie covers the birth of Southern Rock in the Muscle Shoals area and shows the impact this music had on society during a time of unrest, specifically in the South. Music transposes the lines of race. During an unsettled time in our history, race was not an issue inside the studios. Artists of different ethnicities were coming together in North Alabama and cranking out some of the best sounds this side of Motown. In addition to this film being a must-see by anyone who loves music, this documentary should also be watched by every child growing up in the great state of Alabama. It offers a valuable history lesson that shows how far we have come in the last 50 years. Personally believing that everyone should have a dream, I also found this movie to be very inspirational. It follows the dream of one man, Rick Hall, and how he set out to accomplish his dreams through sacrifice and a lot of hard work.”

Visit the official Muscle Shoals website to view the trailer and look for the movie on Demand, on iTunes and in Theaters today!

Written By: Lisa Jones
Webmaster/Internet Marketing


Meet Artist Mellissa Meeks

Saturday, October 5th, is going to be an exciting day at Southern Accents and we want YOU to come join the fun! Artist Mellissa Meeks from Huntsville, Alabama will join us for a Community Art Project titled “Painting For A Purpose”. Mellissa will be painting two large works of art that will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Proceeds from the sale of this artwork will go towards a charity that we have started to help needy children in our community. Please visit the EVENTS tab on our Facebook page for details on how you can participate in this FUN event!

This work of art was created specifically for Southern Accents by Mellissa and her daughter Caitlin. Caitlin came up with the concept and we could not have been more pleased with the outcome!

This work of art was created specifically for Southern Accents by Mellissa and her daughter Caitlin. Caitlin came up with the concept and we could not have been more pleased with the outcome!

Mellissa Meeks is a self-taught artist whose work reflects warmth, spontaneity and a whimsical nature. She currently has two large scale works of art “Will Run With Help” and “A Few Dusty Miles” featured in The Art Council (TAC) Exhibit at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, Alabama. This artwork will be on display through December of 2013. Mellissa also has art products featured in prominent businesses throughout the United States including Goose Feather’s Cafe in Savannah, Georgia, Another Broken Egg in Destin, Florida, The Blue Giraffe on 30A, The Good Cup in Franklin, Tennessee and more!  Her work includes many commercial and private commissions including illustrations for a children’s book. Her over sized art murals permanently adorn Joe Davis Stadium in Huntsville, Alabama as part of the community art project she launched in 2008. As the Director for Murals to Promote Community Awareness, she was featured in the November 2008 National Art Calendar Magazine in “Artists Making a Difference.” Most recently she was granted a Minor League Baseball licensing agreement for her work with the Huntsville Stars!

Mellissa's work "A Few Dusty Miles" is featured in The Art Council (TAC) Exhibit at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, Alabama through December of 2013.

Mellissa’s work “A Few Dusty Miles” is featured in The Art Council (TAC) Exhibit at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, Alabama through December of 2013.

Mellissa firmly believes in giving back to the community, actively seeking opportunities to use her talent to help others. She donates her time as well as art materials to host parties and instructional workshops to recovering cancer patients and their families. She has created exclusive artwork for multiple charities including the AMA, Arthritis Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, National Children’s Advocacy Center, The Humane Society and others.

Mellissa loves to travel and often scours the local boutiques, quaint bakeries and coffee shops looking for mementos to remind her of each trip. After leaving many a shop empty handed and disappointed, Mellissa came up with the concept of “Inner Expressions”. Her idea was to create a product line of unique items using limited edition artwork specifically designed for each business. Each work of art would be a reflection of the specific business and/or the community and only available through that business for a limited time. A business was born and Mellissa, along with her business partner Daphne Beer, went to work creating one-of-a-kind art products for shops in many high-end shopping and tourist districts.

After a recent visit to Southern Accents showroom where she fell in love with our unique and artful mix of architectural elements, Mellissa approached us about hosting a community art project.  The objective was two fold: promote the arts in Cullman and raise money for a good cause. Her timing could not have been more perfect as Southern Accents was in the process of setting up a non-profit charity to aid needy children in our community. Southern Accents team members Heather Gudger and Lisa Jones collaborated with Mellissa to come up with a working theme. A date was set, details ironed out, and all went to work to turn this community event into reality! Lisa said, “Heather and I are excited to be working alongside Mellissa on a project that will benefit a cause that is near and dear to the hearts of the Southern Accents team. We absolutely fell in LOVE with Mellissa’s work. Her enthusiasm for what she does is beyond contagious! We are thrilled with the artwork that she and her daughter Caitlin created specifically for our event, Painting For A Purpose.”

To learn more about Mellissa, her artwork, and “Inner Expressions” visit her Etsy shop  or look her up on Facebook! We hope to see many of you at Southern Accents on October 5th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Make plans now to join us and come Paint For A Purpose!

This painting, along with the work that she has done with the Huntsville Stars baseball team is one of the reasons Mellissa was recently granted a Minor League Baseball licensing agreement.  for her work with the Huntsville Stars!

This painting, along with work that she has done with the Huntsville Stars baseball team, was instrumental in Mellissa recently being granted a Minor League Baseball licensing agreement.


Meet Resident Artisan – Roger Long

Roger LongAsk Roger Long, our resident artisan, how long he has been at Southern Accents and he will tell you that it feels like an eternity… only because time flies when you are having fun! Roger, who has over 38 years experience in wood work, has been a permanent fixture in Southern Accents wood shop since 2002.

Roger’s career in wood work began in 1974 when he accepted a job with a local door and sash company. Roger developed his skills over the next 14 years building doors and windows. In 1988, a F3 tornado completely destroyed Rogers place of employment, forcing him to seek new employment. Roger sought a job that would allow him to continue to hone his craftsmanship so he accepted a position with another woodworking company where he remained until the business closed in 2002. Garlan recognized Roger’s talent and seized the opportunity to add a full time artisan to the growing Southern Accents team. Roger has been a permanent and much appreciated fixture in the wood shop ever since!

When asked what he enjoy’s most about his job, Roger will tell you that it is the joy he receives upon completing a project. “There is a lot of satisfaction gained from taking a pile of reclaimed wood and repurposing it into something beautiful. Southern Accents gets a lot of requests for custom doors. Often our clients wants something unique or wants to replicate the look of an antique door which I will have to custom build to fit their specific measurements. Seeing the finished product and knowing that I built it with my own two hands is pretty amazing. Before I started my career 38 years ago, I had never turned on a table saw or picked up a router. Now, these are the two tools that I could not live without!”

When Roger is not covered in sawdust, he enjoys spending time with his lovely wife of 41 years, Doris. Together they have two children and three grandchildren. Rogers favorite place to be, outside of home, is St. Simons Island in Georgia. He and Doris pack the lawn chairs and travel to this quiet beach as often as possible. Roger says, “I love to just sit and watch the grandkids playing on the beach. There are always dolphins out in the ocean and a few folks fishing. I never get in the water… just love to kick back, relax and enjoy the sights!”

Southern Accents Architectural AntiquesThe quality of work turned out from our wood shop by Roger is nothing short of spectacular. The custom door shown above, one of our favorites, is just one of many that he has built. This particular door was constructed from two large salvaged slabs of wood. Roger was able to turn this customer’s vision into a beautiful work of art.

We invite you to come visit Southern Accents and browse our unique collection of antique doors, mantels, salvaged wood and more. If you can’t find exactly what you are looking for, let us talk with you about the possibility of a custom built project!

The door shown on the left is an antique door. The door shown on the right is a custom built replication. Roger constructed this door in our wood shop from salvaged antique wood.

The door shown on the left is an antique door. The door shown on the right is a custom built replication. Roger constructed this door in Southern Accents wood shop from salvaged antique wood.

Roger Long stands next to one of the many doors that he has custom built for Southern Accents customers.

Roger Long stands next to one of the many doors that he has custom built for Southern Accents customers.

Written by: Lisa Jones


A Day Trip To Cullman – Antique Trail

Southern Accents is located in historic downtown Cullman, Alabama. We are proud of our community and would not want to be anywhere else! We think a day trip to Cullman is well worth the effort. There is plenty to do around and see in Cullman that would occupy way more than one day. However, we are providing a list that will keep you busy antiquing and junking for a full day. Most of these stops are within a few blocks radius so pack your walking shoes, park your car, and hit the streets with us!

Southern Accents – 308 2nd Ave SE
A visit with us should be at the top of your list! Southern Accents houses the largest collection of architectural antiques and salvage items in the Southeast. Many folks have spent an entire day browsing our showroom, warehouses and outdoor lots. With antiques and salvaged goods tucked away in every nook and cranny… there’s a lot to see! Come browse through our collection of antique doors, mantels, chandeliers, clawfoot tubs, ironwork and more. Our friendly team will be waiting to show you around!

If you love antiques and vintage goods, and we know you do, there are several shops, most within walking distance, that you will want to visit.

  • 3rd Street Promenade – 216A 3rd ST SE
    Located just around the corner from Southern Accents, 3rd Street Promenade offers a wonderful selection of art and handcrafted jewelry and gift items from established as well as emerging local artists. Their shop is located in a beautifully restored building with 100 year old exposed brick walls. This unique gallery/shop is a treat to feed the artistic soul and must not be skipped!

Hungry? We’ve got you covered! There are a variety of food venues available within walking distance. A few of our favorites:

  • Berkeley Bob’s Coffee House – 304 1st Ave SE
    Voted the best coffee house in Alabama in 2012 by Alabama Magazine.
  • Moe’s Original Bar B Que – 318 1st Ave SE
    Drop in at Moe’s for their mouth watering menu of smoked pork or chicken and awesome sides!
  • Rumors Deli – 105 1st Ave NE
    Rumor’s has been featured in Southern Living and is included in Southern Living’s book “Off The Eaten Path”.
  • Flavors Bakery – 101 1st Ave NE
    Wonderful bakery featuring made-from-scratch French pastries.
  • Blue Moose Cafe & Brew Pub – 216 1st Ave SE
    Home cooking and local brew.
  • Busy Bee – 101 5th ST SE
    Serving burgers and fries since 1919!
  • Downtown Grill – 108 4th ST SW
    Best wings in town!
  • The All Steak – 323 3rd AVE SE
    Home of the famous orange rolls!
  • Carlton’s Italian Restaurant – 208 3rd AVE SE
    Great atmosphere and awesome pizza and pasta.

As you visit the businesses on our list, please be sure and let them know that Southern Accents sent you! We appreciate our customers and know that these other downtown businesses will as well.

There are a variety of other unique shops in the downtown area. If you are looking for shoes, women’s or children’s apparel, gift items and more, just let us know what’s on your shopping list and one of our team members will be happy to point you in the right direction!

Everyone's favorite corner! This corner of our warehouse is where you will find beautiful wood corbels.

Everyone’s favorite corner! This corner of our warehouse is where you will find beautiful wood corbels.

We have hundreds of antique door knobs available!

We have hundreds of antique door knobs available!

When browsing our showroom, don't forget to look UP! Our collection of gorgeous chandeliers and antique lighting hang from the ceiling throughout our showroom.

When browsing our showroom, don’t forget to look UP! Our collection of gorgeous chandeliers and antique lighting hang from the ceiling throughout our showroom.

Looking for doors... we have a huge selection of interior and exterior solid wood doors, available in a wide variety of sizes.

Looking for doors… we have a huge selection of interior and exterior, solid wood, antique and salvaged doors, available in a wide variety of sizes.

Southern Accents has the largest collection of architectural antiques in the Southeast. Plan a visit soon!

Southern Accents has the largest collection of architectural antiques in the Southeast. Plan a visit soon!

 

Written By: Lisa Jones


A Way Of Life

cullmanadThose of us past a certain age have most certainly started more than a few sentences with, “When I was young…” For example, when I was young, we didn’t have trash pickup. We took what little trash there was to the burn pile. We didn’t burn much because there was little waste. Most of our food came from the garden or the pasture. Many of the items that were purchased from the grocery store were packaged in reusable containers such as cloth sacks or glass jars. Most everything was recycled… we just weren’t aware of the fact that we were recycling. Recycling was not something that we thought about. It was simply a way of life. Nothing went to waste. Today a garbage truck hauls off several large bags of trash from my home each week. When did we turn into a throw-away society?

Working in an architectural salvage business has made me more aware of the things that I do throw away. The phrase “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” has taken on a whole new meaning. I now feel a pang of guilt over those old wooden shutters I pulled off my house a few years back and tossed. They could have been repurposed into some really cool items. I look at doors, floors and light fixtures in a whole new way. If something is broken, fix it. If it can’t be fixed, find another use for it. Recycling is not a new concept… it is a former way of life that we have traded in for the conveniences of a fast paced society. Those conveniences are slowly filling up our landfills and polluting our environment. Reduce, reuse, recycle is not a new concept… it is one that we need to readopt.

Southern Accents has been in the recycling business for 44 years. We were green before “being green” was cool! We’ve been saving and salvaging architectural elements since the 1960’s. What started out as hobby, over the years, has grown into the largest collection of architectural antiques in the Southeast. “We save old stuff” is not just our motto, it is our way of life.

Our customers, who come to us from across the country, recognize the need to be environmentally friendly. They are keenly aware of the difference just one person can make. They appreciate the charm and patina created only by time. They are also conscious of the importance of preserving elements of historical content for future generations to enjoy. Without them, we could not continue doing what we love. With them, together, we can continue to make a difference… one salvaged item at a time!

If you’ve never been to Southern Accents showroom, we invite you to stop in for a visit or browse our website. Take a look at the beautiful and unique finds that we’ve collected and join with us in our effort to make a difference. Consider reusing or repurposing salvaged architectural items for your next project.

Written By: Lisa Jones


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