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30.06 20140

Scouting Scott Antique Market

Beautiful pillows at Scott Antique Market: Pillow Scott market   Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles June magazine has a great article about Scott Antique Market in Atlanta. Last year, I wrote about Scott Market and how much I enjoy spending time there shopping and just getting lost in all of the merchandise.   distressed furniture   There are so many vendors and items it's worth taking two days! Mirror Gorgeous one of a kind rugs and other items you won't find anywhere else, like this rug: Rug scott market   You never know when there will be that perfect item you've been waiting for, so bring your tape measure! Scott furniture   Scott Market is open on the second weekend of every month. The main show is at the Atlanta Exposition Center in Atlanta, Georgia. November through March, they also have a high end antique show that is at the Ohio Expo Centers. scott market   Scott Market is billed as a huge treasure hunt, and that's exactly what you'll find when you get there! There are so many vintage items, as well as unique one-of-a-kind gems that you won't find anywhere else. Designers from all over love searching through the wares of more than 2000 vendors. still life at Scott A few tips: bring a camera and a friend with you. If you're searching for a specific item, it helps to know sizes and to bring color swatches to help you match items to your room. And take advantage of the on-site food vendors, too. Make the most of your shopping trip to Scott Antique Market, and come away with something special. Mirror at scott

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09.06 20140

Revitalization of Downtowns

The face of America is changing. Small towns that cropped up around industries that have moved on, now have to find other ways to keep the community from falling apart. ghost town     Large cities have lost once vibrant urban centers because of corruption, crime, and poverty. Detroit used to the "The Renaissance City." detroit   The trend of moving to the suburbs and leaving these centers of community is starting to reverse, though. People are realizing that community is impossible without a concentration of people working hard together. There are a number of movements that can help a community. Green space, like a garden can do wonders to improve a city's livability. Just look at our neighbor, Birmingham, and Railroad Park. An ugly concrete crime-riddled part of town is now a beautiful green space that attracts visitors from all over. railroad park   Pell City needs to look to other successful urban revitalization projects and find what works for us. We need more events, attractions, and business. We need to shop locally, instead of driving elsewhere to get what we need. Instead of looking at Birmingham's renewal as a competition, we need to figure out how to capitalize on that and become another success story for Alabama. In the recent Discover St. Clair, there's a spot on Lilly Designs and City Market, which is a rebranding effort on my part in this very spirit. I looked at what Pell City is missing in terms of commerce, and did my best to try and fill that niche. We need more foot traffic in the beautiful downtown area. Cogswell Avenue needs to be a place of vibrancy and life, but it takes vision and commitment from many people to make a change like this happen. It doesn't happen overnight, and we don't need to give up. I believe Pell City can be a wonderful attraction, but it's vital that the residents make the commitment to their home first.   Downtown-Pell-City-St-Clair-County-Courthouse-banner      

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