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The Return of The Three Amigos

Each summer we typically hire a few college guys to help us catch up on some of the grunt work around Southern Accents. Our goal is to work them hard! We want them to put in a summers worth of sweat equity… get them as tired and dirty as we possibly can, and then send them back to school! We believe that everyone should have a “Dirty Job” at least once in their lifetime! Last summer Garrett, Boogie, and Kramer worked with us all summer. Apparently we didn’t work them hard enough because they have returned this year for round two!!

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Last summer we nicknamed these guys the “Three Amigos”. In real life, they are the best of friends and have been since childhood. After graduating from Cullman High School, Garrett and Kramer enrolled at the University of Alabama while Boogie opted to head a little further south to Auburn University. We must admit, we all became attached to these three clowns last year and were sad to see summer come to an end, so we are thrilled to have them all back for another round. While all three guys are a lot of fun to be around, they are also hard workers. They’ve done everything from pulling nails and pulling weeds, to sanding beams, loading, unloading, and delivering product. They’ve helped clean, organize and inventory product in our back warehouse as well as help set up for events like the upcoming Southern Makers. When asked what they liked most about working for Southern Accents, they all agreed that they love being able to travel and participate in salvage missions and event setups but the best part of their job was seeing the end result of whatever project they were working on.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

We hope to have the Three Amigos working hard for us in a few weeks at Sloss Furnaces as we set up for Southern Makers. And young ladies… just in case you are wondering, they are ALL available! They’ve dubbed themselves “Bachelors with Bachelors”!


If Opportunity Doesn’t Knock… Build A Door!

If you’ve ever created anything with your own hands, you know how rewarding the end result can be. From decorating a cake, sewing a garment, painting a canvas, sculpting a piece of clay or building a door… it’s not what you create that matters, it’s that you took the opportunity to try the creative “process” that’s important. Stepping back and admiring your finished work brings a fulfilling sense of accomplishment. Even if the finished work has flaws or imperfections, each work is unique because it was hand crafted. Our Southern Accents wood workers always feel a sense of pride with each completed project, and they should. Josh and Roger typically pull out their phones and take a photo of each completed custom piece. Roger takes it one step further… he plans his vacation route each year so that he can stop and see at least one of the doors he has built, that is finished and installed on a customer’s home.

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This photo is one that Roger took a few years ago as he traveled to his favorite vacation spot, St. Simons Island. This set of beautiful, double arched entry doors are a custom pair that Roger built for one of our customers. When we build a set of custom doors, whether the customer picks them up or whether we deliver them, they leave our wood shop unfinished. Once the doors are in the owners hands, it is up to them to do the finishing work and installation, so we seldom get to see the fully finished product. While we always admire the beautiful hand work of our completed custom doors, having the opportunity to see the doors fully finished and installed brings about a whole new level of pride!

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Roger didn’t have to travel far to see this finished door… it is installed one door down from our showroom!

 

When building custom doors, Roger will keep track of the customers who are within a reasonable driving distance of his yearly vacation itinerary. He plans at least one stop each year to view one of his handiworks! He will stop and knock on the door in hopes that the owner will be home. When he can catch them at home, he explains that he is the one who built their door and will ask to take a photograph.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Artists understand the fact that with each creation, we give a little piece of ourselves. Having an opportunity to hear the owners excitement, love, and appreciation for our creation heightens our reward and sense of accomplishment. Building a custom door by hand is a tedious, time consuming task. Our guys take a tremendous amount of care with each new job and are rightly proud of their work. If you are in the market for a door that is crafted by hand and truly one-of-a-kind, give us a call or stop by the showroom and let us show you what we can offer!

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

The door on the left is an antique door that we salvaged. The door on the right is a custom door that we built… we mimicked the style of the antique door, creating a new entry door for our customer.


Meet Ben & Makenzie

If you have visited Southern Accents showroom in the past few months, you have likely been greeted at the front door by Ben or Makenzie. Hang around the two of them together for very long and you would think they were siblings. Well, they sort of are… Ben is married to Makenzie’s twin sister, Lindzie! Ben joined our sales team this past September. His exuberant personality and contagious smile immediately endeared him to the SA family. Ben, in his spare time, is a passionate duck hunter and a winning little league baseball coach.

Stop by Southern Accents showroom and you will likely be greeting by Ben Sellers or Makenzie Maze.

Stop by Southern Accents showroom and you will likely be greeting by Ben Sellers or Makenzie Maze.

Makenzie joined the team this past March after making a last minute decision to move to Cullman to be closer to her twin. Makenzie says, “It was literally an overnight decision to pick up and move. I did not have a job lined up. It was a huge leap of faith, but I just knew this is where I was supposed to be. I called Ben and Lindzie and told them to make room because I was moving in!” Makenzie, who graduated from the University of Alabama with a business management degree, immediately began searching for a job. Around the same time, a position opened up in Southern Accents showroom. Ben approached the owner, Garlan, and told him he had the perfect person to fill the open position. Garlan, having a policy of never hiring family, quickly relaxed his policy after he and his wife Heather met with Makenzie. Garlan and Heather agreed that Makenzie was exactly who they were looking for!

Ben and Makenzie will tell you that they are the best of friends. Ben met Makenzie and Lindzie at Wallace State Community College. The three of them were all members of the co-ed cheerleading squad where their friendship developed. Makenzie, at 4’8″ with a background in gymnastics, went on to cheer for the University of Alabama. Makenzie recently moved into her own apartment where she resides with her Maltipoo, Molly. Ben and Lindzie, who are about to celebrate their one year anniversary, share a home with Ben’s three labs Huck, Nahla, and Tate.

Ben and Makenzie show off a stunt from their former cheerleading days!

Ben and Makenzie show off a stunt from their former cheerleading days!

Stop by Southern Accents showroom Tuesday – Saturday and let Ben or Makenzie show you some of our latest finds! Just don’t ask them to demonstrate any stunts from their cheerleading days!

Written by: Lisa Jones


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