Sunday, July 15, 2012

Adornments, Bric-a-brac, Candles, Doodads ...

Sunday, July 15, 2012. I must have driven past Marc'ette Floral several times since they added the 'Ivy Brick Inn' sign to their building's 'other' door. The Ivy Brick Inn website ( shows what I'd expected: photos of the rooms, rates for overnight and "weekend retreats." The eight-guest minimum was a slight surprise, but what do I know about inns?

The website's home page had another surprise. It says that Ivy Brick Inn "is perfect for crafters and other gathering ideas...." Followed by a longish list of ideas:
  • Quilting
  • Scrapbooking
  • Spiritual Retreats
  • Girls' Weekends
  • Wellness Retreats
  • Small weddings
  • Groom's Dinners
  • Showers
  • Wedding Party Lodging
  • Business Meetings
  • Parties
  • Luncheons
That "Showers" item seemed out of place: until I realized that they probably meant "wedding shower" or "baby shower," not the stand-up personal hygiene service at places like where I fuel up the van.

Marc'ette Floral's south room. This is one of my favorite retail display areas in Sauk Centre. July 11, 2012.

Marc'ette Floral, the gift-and-flowers shop attached to Ivy Brick Inn, redecorates their south display room regularly. That, combined with my not stopping in all that often, means I get a new visual treat each time I'm there.

Marc'ette Floral - plant-related items, flowers, decorations, and candles. July 11, 2012.

Marc'ette Floral and Ivy Brick Inn are at the corner of Main and 6th Street South. About two and a half blocks north, Hidden Treasure doesn't look anything like this photo. Not if you're on Main Street:

Hidden Treasure's back entrance, not-quite-hidden under the stairs. July 11, 2012.

Hidden Treasure is a 'card and gift' shop, with books, decorative items: and candles: including Spiral Light Candle products. I'm particularly interested in that new sort of candle, since my son-in-law and #2 daughter's company makes them.

Butterflies, candles, plaques, and a whole lot of other knickknacks, bric-a-brac, whatnots and curios. July 11, 2012.
I like the look of Hidden Treasure's interior, too. It reminds me of some of the older homes I've been in: the sort where the homeowner likes to collect nifty-looking little doodads.

Sunset at Ash and 9th Street South, Sauk Centre. July 11, 2012.

My Small Town America: Central Minnesota webcam looks in about the same direction as that sunset photo: except it's pointed down to give a view of a hummingbird feeder, birdbath, and whatever's going on near the corner of Sauk Centre's Ash and 9th Street South.

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