Monday, March 28, 2011

Old Town Happenings: Music Was Hopping Despite Weather

Posted on Patch March 28. 2011

Questionable Characters

A cool and dreary day did not stop the music on Main Street or photographer Greg Williams from jogging and photographing the local scene.

“Questionable Characters,” Stan and Bruce, performed for a second time at . This two-man rock team likes to jam on the porch of 96 Main Street. In fact, the porch has been named the “Questionable Characters Performing Deck” in their honor. Be sure to check the Lilburn Patch events calendar. They will be back on Main Street soon!

How smart can a car be? Well this black Smart Car was smart enough to come shop in Old Town on Saturday. Marie, the owner of this Smart Car, had fun shopping.

Did you know The Enchanted Forest has an online shop? Visit its website and see what it has to offer at It’s a great way to shop if the weather makes you want to stay at home!

For some of the latest antique news visit Antiques In Old Town’s blog spot:

Chris Jones, organizer of Sci Fi Summer Con in Atlanta, June 10 –12, came by to say hello at The Little Shop Of Arts And Antiques. There is talk that he may help organize a film festival in Old Town later this year. Check out his web for the Sci Fi event.

Spring rain makes flowers bloom. The wisteria on Main Street was a lovely sight to behold.

Thanks to photographer Greg Williams for his photos of the musicians, smart car and wisteria. Greg and his wife Kathy moved to Lilburn in 1994. They are the proud parents of two girls and a son. Greg likes to use a Canon 60D for his photographs. His goal is to take a photo a day for a year. Look for more of his photography on Old Town Happenings.

Mark your calendar for Antiques In Old Town’s Spring Open House April 8 and 9. Come by and meet Terry Kay at The Little Shop Of Arts And Antiques on April 9 from 2 to 4. He will be signing his newly released novel, “Bogmeadow’s Wish.”

There is more happening in Old Town then you realize. Be sure to come visit!

Friday, March 25, 2011

'Lady of Lilburn' Moves Into Old Town

New landmark watches over the comings and goings of Old Town - by Pat Gabilondo on Lilburn-Stone Mountain Patch March 25,2011

Just recently we saw the Blue Rooster Café close down and then shortly after that Little Treasures on Main closed their doors and so many of us were saddened at the loss of these Old Town landmarks.

Fortunately for the Old Town shopping district, The Little Shop of Arts and Antiques opened recently and is already expanding its footprint to include extra space for hosting art events, writing classes and so much more. The owner, Barbara Barth, is bound and determined to liven up Main Street with her own unique sense of style and artistic flair. (Editor’s note: Barbara writes “Old Town Happenings” every Monday for Lilburn Patch.)

One of the first things that you might notice as you drive down Main Street these days is that there’s a new “Lady of Lilburn” watching over the comings and goings of Old Town.

She’s a beautiful young lady with a rather coquettish look on her face who appears to be almost peaking around the corner of The Little Shop of Arts and Antiques. She is elegantly surrounded by red rose bushes lining the walkway, which leads your eyes and feet into the new art gallery and the Front Porch Room.

Barth plans to turn the Front Porch Room into an intimate gallery/café retreat complete with bistro-style tables where beverages and light snacks can be purchased for guests to relax and enjoy their surroundings.

Continuing on through the Front Porch Room, you then enter into the Main Event Room, which will serve as an art gallery and/or event facility and can hold small to large groups up to approximately 40 people. This space will be available for the general public to rent out per event. There is also a small kitchenette attached to the Main Event Room to support catered events.
In addition to the Main Event Room there are two smaller rooms in the back of the building that will be the future home of art classes for home-schooled children starting around mid-April.

Don’t miss the grand opening of the expanded Little Shop of Arts and Antiques on April 2. Be sure to stop by and say hello to Barbara, the new “Lady of Lilburn” and author Jane Harmon who will be signing her novel “Pip” about a boy and his dog and the Trail of Tears.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Becky Kidd, Pet Portrait Artist, And My New Garden Shop Sign

Becky working away on my back deck at The Little Shop Of Arts And Antiques! Garden shop opens April 2nd!

April 2nd will be the opening of the Garden Shop on the back deck of 94 Main Street! The Little Shop Of Arts And Antiques is gearing up for the garden spot and the new building, which will house antiques, meeting rooms for rent, event space for the shop, art studio for classes and a little snack bar cafe in the front enclosed porch.

That same Saturday, Jane Harmon will have her book signing. "Pip" is the story of a boy and his dog (you got it, the dog is named "Pip") during the Trail of Tears.Cole, her dog that inspired Pip's character will be with Jane! More on that event next week!

Right now I want to share the garden shop sign painted today by Becky Kidd! Becky is the Pet Portrait Artist who had her gallery opening at the shop a few weeks ago. She donated a custom portrait in a raffle to benefit Animal Action Rescue. We will see the final product soon!

Meanwhile, look at my wonderful sign. I LOVE IT! Thanks Becky! I can't wait to have the garden spot ready for you and eveyone to visit! Check out Becky's blog for some cool dog portraits!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Rockin' On Main - Live Music

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Art Event Peggy Sullens Plen Air Painting

Posted on Patch March 16, 2011

Local Lilburn Artist Peggy Sullens will exhibit her art and talk about her love of painting.  Peggy uses oils to create pictures that are close to reality, including flowers, landscapes and portraits. 
Peggy is well known to local residents as the artist who created Lilburn's centinnial envelopes of Old Town's Main Street. A set of local cards were included in the Lilburn Time Capsual. Read about this event on Lilburn's Patch
Peggy is the Treasurer of The Portrait Society of Atlanta as well as a member of many local art groups. In addition to painting she teaches art classes.
Saturday the shop will open at 9am. Peggy will be painting outside the shop and talking about her love of art and painting technique.
Come by the shop after you visit the City Yard Sale on Saturday. Free coffee and cookies.
Peggy's art will be on display from March 19 to March 26th.
Meet the artist plen air painting outside shop March 19th starting at 9am.
Shop hours Saturday 9am to 5pm.

Normal shop hours are Thurs/Fri/Sat 11am to5pm.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Visit My New Shop Addition And Enjoy A Pre-Opening Sale!

Some day my prince will come! In the meantime I think I'll shop!

Combination of 94 and 96 Main Street NW. The Little Shop Of Arts And Antiques is already growing. Take a peek and see our pre-opening sale at 96 Main St.

I love my shop - but in less than two months, I've outgrown it! With some very exciting events scheduled through July, I needed more room to bring the talent I want into Old Town! So I rented the little house next door. Now The Little Shop Of Arts And Antiques is ready for anything! The new space will include a Cafe that sells bottled water, canned drinks and snacks on the front glassed porch. All the windows can be opened on a lovely day and you can inhale the fresh air and hear the sounds of the small town traffic as it passes by! The large main room is my events room! Book signings, writing classes, art openings and coming in July, a mini writer's conference. The two back rooms will be set up as meeting rooms, with all the antique/vintage pieces for sale. Rooms will be available for rent at reasonable rates for small events. Space is limited, so book early.

That said - the garden shop at my original spot will be open for business the end of March.

So many wonderful things - I am doing a pre-opening sale. Look at some of the treasures below and if you are interested let me know! I love to wheel and deal and make shopping fun and easy! I also love selling to the trade and understand your needs.

Here are some sneak peeks at the new space at 96 Main Street and items/prices. The official opening of 96 Main St. NW is March 26th, but I am ready to sell now.

Remember 94 Main Street is open with great events and lovely treasures. This Saturday the shop opens at 9AM to join in with the neighborhood yard sale down by City Hall. Lilburn artist Peggy Sullens will be exhibiting her work and plen air painting in front of the shop!

I will post a full list of events within the next week.

The front parlor at 96 Main just starting to fill up.
Wait til you see the finished room! Just a start this weekend. Wonderful Oval Tapestry chairs $125 each in the softest floral peachy pink pattern. Buy the pair - let's deal!

Vintage modern Lexington chest that opens to a bar.

This piece is really fab and in excellent condition. Perfect setting for a buffet or cocktail party! Chest is $185. Print $20 and ice bucket $12. You will be the life of the party.

One of a pair of vintage leather chairs! Very unusual! $95 each. Make offer for pair.

Southwestern style farm table with four matching chairs. Ever so gently worn for a wonderful patina. Inlay top. A heavy sturdy table great for dining or as a desk or work space! Set $165.00

Gently used, vintage, modern, primitive and a touch old paint shabby cottage are the type of pieces that shop will carry. I am stocking it now! Grand opening March 26th - mention you read this on my blog and get 20% off. Dealers please bring copies of your tax certificates for my books and I will be happy to work on pricing for you.

Some wonderful art work and garden items coming in over the weekend. More photos on Monday!

At 94 Main Street spring is already in the air.

Pink cowboy hat is $15, frog statues run from $8 - $22. Vintage watering cans from $6 up.

Ladies Western look is a favorite of mine! Fine line of vintage tooled Mexican leather handbags and mini tooled leather purses. Pricing starts at $10 and run to $45.
King Crow 3-D one of a kind original art, have to see to believe it. Approx 18 by 24, could be larger! If you love folk art, it doesn't get any better! Priced at $145.

Just the tip of the shop. Vintage, gently used and one-of-a-kind artist jewelry pieces, along with grab bag jewelry for crafters!

Into Steampunk? Come see the old pocketwatches, antique binoculars and original cards.

And for the Moms, visit our children's corner. Fine children's fiction and nature books at $5.00 each, originally priced $15 and up. All good, clean condition! Great selection of plush frogs and other toys.

If you see something and can't wait - call me! Come by and say hello! I love to sit and chat with my customers and friends.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Book Signing/Ghost Stories By Norcross Author Sally Toole

Posted March 2, 2011 on Patch

Meet Norcross author Sally Toole, author of "Souls of Norcross" and "Remembering Norcross". Haunted stories and Historic images come back to life on the pages of "Souls of Norcross; A Railroad Town with an Afterlife, a chronicle based on true history and true paranormal experiences of a railroad town with an active afterlife. "Remembering Norcross; Nuggets of Nostalgia", takes you on a journey through the city's past.
Visit Sally's web: and learn more about the Ghost Tours of Norcross!
Meet the author 1pm to 3pm. Books will be available for sale. Event free.
Shop hours 11am - 5pm Thurs/Fri/Sat.
Coffee and cookies to be served!


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Meet Jesse - A Young Boy Who Loves Cats And Loves To Write!

A Boy, His Cat, And A Love Of Reading, And Writing, About Cats!
Jesse and Mia. An inspiring writer and his muse.
Jesse Newton is nine years old and in the fourth grade. He lives in Lilburn.I met him at the shop when his grandmother, Linda, brought him with her to see the dog portraits on display. Linda is active with the Woman's Club and is the secretary of the Lilburn Business Association. She is also a very proud grandmother, who looks way to young to have a grandson!

I loved talking to Jesse. He told me he loved cats and liked to write. I asked him to let me see one of his stories and that I'd like to put it on my blog. Nothing I like better than a kid who likes to write and takes time to do it!
This short story is about Mia, a cat Jesse got for Christmas, who lives with his Grandma Linda. Velvet is a black kitty, Jesse's uncle, Mike, bought about three weeks before Mia arrived. Both cats were from the ASPCA.

So those are the facts. The story is Jesse’s imagination.  He adores cats and reads both fact and fiction about cats. He likes to write about cats.

Jesse wrote this little story in long hand, his grandmother typed it and sent it to me.

I admire Jesse for wanting to write and using his imagination to make a story. At nine, this may be just the beginning of a writing career to come. It is wonderful his family encourages him and supports his love of stories. And, of course, you know, I love writing, and rescue dogs and cats are my favorite subjects.

by Jesse Newton

Mia was an orphan-cat.  She had been into several homes and brought back several times.  She had many friends but within the month they were adopted.  Her life was sad, horrid, really.  All until…..
Mia was adopted on December 11, 2010.  Her sister, Velvet, was adopted three weeks before her. Mia, one day, was looking out of her window, thinking about the outside world.  She wanted to find her sister so one day she dashed out the door as her human was leaving.  She was walking along a cold, hard black path with two streaks of thunder along the middle when a monster began dashing toward her.  THUMP! THUMP! “Whew! She thought, the monster narrowly missed her but hit a squirrel that was on the other side of the road.  She suddenly realized how hungry she was.  “Well,” she thought, “here’s dinner.”
Two days later, she located her sister’s scent.  She followed it to a nearby house.  An unfamiliar human picked her up.  She was fed and then she saw a cat as black as night. “Mia?” Velvet exclaimed. “Velvet?” Mia exclaimed.  After a long night of catching up, the unfamiliar human brought Mia back home.
In the weeks since, Mia has been brought to see Velvet every Friday.

Jesse with his grandmother Linda at the shop.
Thanks, Jesse, for sharing your cat story with us! I look forward to reading more about your pets.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

New Cards From TheArtfulDodger Perfect Steampunk Themed!

Looking for a greeting card to mail a friend or enclose with a gift?  The shop carries a fine line of artist made cards. Just in this week, three new Steampunk themed cards by TheArtfulDodger. Buy at the shop, or buy through our Etsy storefront ShopOfOnesOwn

Cards measure 5 x 7 and come with an enveloped with matching details. Perfect size to frame too!  Priced at $5.00 each.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Meet Laura Martinez, Saturday March 5th

Meet artist Laura Martinez, Saturday, March 5th at The Little Shop Of Arts And Antiques, 94 Main Street NW, Lilburn, Ga.30047

Laura's paintings express her spiritual journey.

Laura will be at the shop from noon til 3PM. Her work will be on exhibit through March 12th.

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