Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A Facelift...In Progress

As many have already noticed, we have done a major overhaul on the front of our building. The top half of the building isn't going to change much, except for some paint around the windows, a good pressure washing, and a broken window replaced. Since we like to keep things as close to original as we can (somewhat), we decided not to paint the brick. So work on the bottom half began early winter (the absolute best time to work on exteriors, right?)


Before with aluminum covering
First things first, that awning had to come down!! It was so cathartic to get that monstrosity off, that they just kept on going!

While the look of the black marble was actually kind of neat, it was heavy, not that secure and broken in many places, so it too had to go!

Even though it had been previously decided to replace the large glass on the front display windows (with smaller pieces that fit with our look and easier to replace if needed), it was a definite after accidentally breaking a window anyway!

So, the windows came out and the front had to be completely rebuilt to achieve the look we wanted. It was quite a scary moment for us (and the on-lookers driving by too, I'm sure)!

We had it boarded up for a while...

But eventually the glass went in...

And the paint went on...

 Work had to move inside for a while, but plans include to cover the steel beam above the transom windows, paint the top windows with an accent color, and add lighting somewhere. At least for now it is not an eye sore to those driving by anymore, but something actually pleasing to see! 

More progress is happening inside now and we can't wait to share it! Also, after exploring underneath, we have some awesome antique finds to share! Thanks for checking us out!


  1. Wow, you guys have really been working hard at it! You are doing a great job!

  2. Is this store where the old Shainberg's store was located many years ago? Before Shainberg's it was a Black & White store if my memory serves me correctly. You can still see some of the letters from the Black & White store where the awning was taken down. That's a little before my time--I only remember Shainberg's from the 50's.

  3. Hi Michael,
    Yes, you are on correct on all accounts. The boys took down that awning and were so shocked to find some of the letters from the Black and White Store. We saved what letters we could...what wasn't broken...and hopefully can find something useful and cool to do with them. If you haven't already, check out an earlier post about the history of the building and you will find a pic from when it was Shainberg's. Thanks for checking us out!