A Gift Shared
Owning and operating one of the largest architectural salvage stores in the nation, I could list a number of things that I love about my job. I love discovering the history behind many of the artifacts that we rescue. I love the challenge of salvaging an old building. I also love being creative by re-purposing salvaged goods and finding new ways to give them life. But, the thing that I truly love the most are the people who float in and out of Southern Accents each day.
A few Saturdays ago, a young boy by the name of Walker Mallos visited our showroom with his parents and grandparents. He looked up at the huge flag that we have hanging over the staircase and asked if I had anything from the Presidents. I didn't quite understand his question. His Grandfather came to my rescue and explained that his grandson loved the Presidents. He encouraged me to quiz him… "ask him anything about any President." I asked him to list the first ten Presidents, thinking this would be a challenging task for any 9 year old. Walker laughed as he quickly proceeded to name each President, from George Washington to Barack Obama, in order. I was intrigued with my new young friend. Determined to stump him, I then asked if he could name the Vice-Presidents. To my disbelief, he named each one, in order, along with the name of their wife. To say that I was impressed would be an understatement. I then asked Walker if I could video him. He obliged and offered to state an interesting fact about each President as he named them. You can watch a clip of this video on our YouTube channel.
People come in and out of our showroom every day. The gifts that they share with us are one of the reasons that we do what we do. It is the fellowship with our customers and the sense of community that inspires us. Our continuing thirst for knowledge helps in creating and cultivating relationships across the nation. That makes Southern Accents not just a salvage store but a place where relationships can grow based on a love of history and architectural antiques. In that, we learn to be more appreciative of our surroundings.
This 9 year old boy shared with me a history lesson on our Presidents. In return I was able to share something with him. One of the rare door knobs in my collection is a knob that came from JFK's New York apartment. Walker got to hold, in his hand, the same knob that was many times grasped by his idol, President John F. Kennedy. I was honored to have had the opportunity to link this child's passion with one of mine through a piece of salvage that will be memorialized for us both.
Rescuing, restoring and protecting artifacts of historical significance is our passion at Southern Accents. Sharing stories and historical facts that we've been able to gather about these artifacts is a way we keep history alive for future generations. The opportunity to connect with a young 9 year old boy who shares a love of history is a gift. He may one day be creating the history that my grandsons will be collecting!
We appreciate our customers. Your business allows us to continue doing what we love. Your stories and conversations inspire us. Stop by our showroom, grab a coke or bottle of water and stay awhile. Let's share a story or two together!
Written by: Garlan Gudger, Jr. & Lisa Jones
July 25, 2013, Vol. 59
Coach Pat Dye Is Coming
to Southern Accents!
Saturday, July 27th
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Coach Dye will be here this Saturday to meet and greet his fans. Everyone is invited and encouraged to come out and meet one of the winningest and most highly recognized coaches in the history of the SEC.
*Coach Dye will be available for autographs and picture opportunities
*A variety of beautiful Japanese Maples from Coach Dye’s Quail Hollow Gardens will be available for purchase
*Limited amount of memorabilia will be available
*Drawings for door prizes throughout this event. Door prizes include signed copies of Pat Dye's books as well as several of the Japanese Maples from Quail Hollow Gardens
*Moe’s Original Bar B Que will be on hand with sandwiches, chips and drinks for $5.00
*Purchase a Southern Accents t-shirt and have a FREE picture made with Coach Dye by our photographer
A numbered ticketing system will be used to organize visitors who wish to meet Coach Dye, who will be available for autographs and picture ops. Visitors will need to stop by Southern Accents showroom the day of the event to pick up your ticket. Tickets are FREE. Tickets will also be used for the door prize drawings.
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THANKS to all our sponsors and to everyone who came out last Saturday for the 2013 Alley party. A great time was had by all! We are still posting pictures on our Facebook page. Make sure you tag yourself and your friends! We are already looking forward to 2014!!