Returning to work last week, we flipped our calendars to the new year and began our annual tradition of "tidying up" the showroom. In between assisting customers, answering phone calls and returning emails, we attempted to do a little house cleaning behind the front counter. It was during this process that we pulled out a drawer of old photos. One by one, as each photo was pulled from the drawer, we began reminiscing about how far this small, family owned business has come. 2017 will celebrate Southern Accents 48th year in business!
This year will mark 17 years since Garlan, Jr. returned home to take over the business for his Dad, Garlan, Sr., who founded Southern Accents in 1969. There have been many changes over the years. The showroom itself got an unexpected facelift in 2011 after surviving a horrific day of dangerous tornados that ripped apart Cullman's downtown area. While Southern Accents online presence was established in 2000, the last few years we have garnered a social media following that numbers in the tens of thousands. In recent years we have expanded our business to include reclaimed wood and have ventured into designing and creating event staging. But, as the business continues to grow and expand in new and exciting areas that were unimaginable 48 years ago, many things remain the same. We have not lost our love and passion for architectural antiques. That love, passed from father to son, is still the core of our business.
As we continued to filter through old photos, we laughed at how much the faces have changed. But in the background of each photo, beautiful architectural relics can be seen. Claw foot tubs, heavily carved doors and mantels, glistening chandeliers, stained glass windows... the same quality of antique relics that started this business 48 years ago still exists today. The only difference is that the relics, along with ourselves, are all a little older!
January 12, 2017, Vol. 209
Social Media Mania
As our presence on social media continues to grow, we invite you to come along for the ride! Looking ahead, we have a lot of exciting events planned for 2017! Whether we are on the road for our next salvage mission, designing the staging for an awesome event, or unloading a truckload of our latest finds, there'a always something going on and we don't want you to miss out! Click on the links below and make sure that you follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. You can also search Instagram for posts from many of our team members by searching the hashtag #digmygig.
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The photo composite to the left shows a few of the old photos pulled from the drawer. These photos show Southern Accents showroom before the 2011 tornado damage, our faithful mascot Bobbie, the upstairs of our showroom before access was added to that area, a very old view of the back alley, Garlan Sr. & Garlan Jr. around the year 2000, one of the first team photos taken after Jr. came back to run Southern Accents, and Garlan during his college internship. Visit our Blog to view these and other photos from our past!!