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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Cabin Fever, yesterday



Glorious day, yesterday.  The Peninsula Chamber picked a fine Saturday for their annual Cabin Fever shop stroll. Jan and I started at ten, when the shops open.  I took my camera in hope of finding a more spring like picture for my header. We started at the west end of Main Street and worked our way east to Mill Street.

Jan has never been to Ohio Hardwood Furniture, and wanted a good look at the Adirondack chairs.  I was only window shopping, then located the perfect bench for our kitchen table, and ordered it.  She found the perfect Adirondack chair, in lime green.  I didn’t think to unholster my camera, but look at their web site and see beautiful furniture, made in Ohio.  You can get to it from Explore Peninsula, under the shopping tab.

Great start; we headed down the hill.



Next stop was Yellow Creek Trading Company.  The building has housed several shops in my twenty five year history with the village; the building’s history goes back to canal days.  The front window carries a Salada Tea logo; left from the general store days.  The original floors bear every sign of use; I love the tin repairs.


I completely forgot the turn into the Log Cabin Gallery (sorry Diane), but her eclectic collection of art and artists is on the Chamber web site.



Next LeSeraglio.  Currently a fair trade importer here; there have been any number of shops in the building.  Once it was a wonderful book store, but we know what happens to those.  In the summer there are tables and chairs on the patio, offset by their wonderful red door.



Next stop the Downtown Emporium, a collectables and antique haven.  I picked up one of the few remaining Blue Santas from the time they were recreated in Peninsula.  Long story.  If I could still dance the night away it might be in these slippers!



Around the corner to the Peninsula Art Academy, Elements Gallery and the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad station.  A fair amount of traffic at the station, so early in the day.



First to the Art Academy, scene of little kid art pandemonium last summer. I love this place from the front door to the back and back again.  I stopped for a good look at the glass man.



Across Mill Street to Elements Gallery.  Steve and Deb put together an entirely new interior to the gallery last summer.  Their daughter left a door for the resident mouse.



Home again, home again, for a very late lunch, but a stop at the golf course for a new picture of the lake and the tree.  The sun may have been shining, but the grass is not green enough or the lake blue enough to make a replacement grade picture.



Hoping to join us for lunch.


25 comments:

  1. Lots of great pictures. I feel like I was right there with you.

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  2. "Steve and Deb put together an entirely new interior to the gallery last summer. Their daughter left a door for the resident mouse."

    Whoa! More explanation needed! (please)

    A very interesting tour indeed. It's nice that you didn't have to wade through a foot of snow to do it!

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    1. I blew through the mouse door. When Steve and Deb remodelled their daughter did all the painting of walls and shelves and such. She painted that little mouse door along a baseboard.

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    2. That's so cute - what a nice touch :) I was daring to hope that there was a real mouse (trained, of course) who could come and go as he pleased, like a cat or dog. That would probably freak out a lot of customers, though!

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  3. Super tour, now I am more curious of the town you live in.

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  4. Liked the tour... especially liked the slippers!

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  5. Loved the tour, and agree with jenny_o, I would really like to find out more about the charming mouse door.

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  6. What an enchanting place - mouse door, glass man & satin slippers ! Beautiful buildings.

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  7. I see blue sky and green grass, spring is definitely on the way there!
    I love the little mouse door.
    Blue Santas?

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    1. A Blue Santa was recovered from a dig at a clay toy factory in my home town. It was a marble factory, but apparently the Santa's were an unremembered seasonal product. He was recreated in Peninsula and has gone all over the world.

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  8. Such a relief to see 'little' stores flourishing...the big box invasion is never ending.
    Jane x

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  9. Dear Joanne, you take us in your blog to some wonderful sites and show us such unique and beautiful objects. Thank you. I find myself wishing that I had someone with whom to roam antique stores, but thus far in my new locale, I haven't met that person yet. I trust I will though and with a new friend I'll have enjoyable times on many Main Streets in the small towns of Missouri. Peace.

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    1. I love little towns with old history and proud people and great houses. I'll do a picture inventory of the town's old houses, but not until spring, when the flower gardens are going strong.

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  10. Like the little mouse door. Beware of the glass man, he'll cut you.

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  11. Oh, those shoes! You have a wonderful town, and I am also glad to see the stores have survived the "big box invasion".

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  12. Oh, I love so much of this! Those blue Santas -- I would love to have one for my santa collection. And those shoes?! :-) Those shoes are a party waiting to happen...

    Pearl

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  13. You live in a charming place. Loved the tour!

    And tell me, why is your blog called Cup on the Bus? I have often wondered :)

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    1. Jenny, check out the "Inquiring Minds" tab at the top of this page - the story is there!

      from the other jenny

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  14. A great escape from the confines of the "cabin." A fine collection of all kinds of stuff. Also I liked that ice-free lake and those fuzzy friends hoping for a hand-out.

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  15. Sounds like you had a perfect day!

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  16. A fine tour, thanks. To start with I had to look Peninsular up on a map. But by the time I had finished reading your post I felt like a local.

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  17. Well, I read this but apparently did not comment first time. What a great collection of eclectic shops. They are lucky they have the support of the surrounding community. The people here in my small town do not support the local businesses.

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  18. This is certainly the cure for cabin fever. I love the sound of that Yellow Creek Trading Company. Sounds like the sort of place you could go looking forever.

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  19. Those two furry friends looked pretty bored and I would love to play with them. :)

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